I do not buy online from China, it’s too dangerous!

You probably have heard people saying this too….

Over the years I have heard many excuses why somebody should not buy online.

And when it comes to Chinese stores the list of excuses grows.

And sure, there are dangers when you buy online. I can understand why. If you do not know what the dangers of online shopping are, you will stop acting. But if you do know…. You can act upon it!

It’s like crossing the street. You know there is the possible danger of a coming car that can hit you. But you want to cross that street anyway. That’s why you wait and watch carefully before you cross the street. Remember Frogger from the old days?

9 Fears and Dangers for Buying Online in China

Today I like to list 9 common dangers and fears when it comes to online buying in China

  1. They will abuse my credit card …

This danger occur when you use your credit card on a non-secured webpage. Before you give any personal or confidential information be sure you are on a secured webpage. These pages start with https:// Note the ‘s’ after http. It’s the ‘s’ of secured.

  1. The shop might be fake?

This question is the main reason I started my web blog StartBuyingInChina dot com. To filter out fake sites from real sites. At StartBuyingInChina I’ve listed more than 100 legitimate Chinese shops. Check it out.

  1. You can get scammed if you buy online!

Yes you can! This absolutely true. You can be hit by a car too when you cross the street. But does that stop you walking outside?

This is why you must always do your own research.

  1. There is no one to talk to…

More and more online stores understand this. A lot of (Chinese) stores have a chat service, sometimes even 24/7. Make use of it! You will get a much better online shopping experience.

  1. How do I know that the products are real and genuine?

This question seems to be difficult. But is not. Check this blog.

  1. The seller will send me fake product…

I’ve heard the stories too. People who thought to buy a real good product and got a cheap clone. But do you know what they exactly ordered? Do you know where the ordered it? Did they do their own research?

  1. It is impossible to get a refund when the product is broken or badly made…

Most legal shops have a refund policy. And this policy is explained in their terms and conditions. Mostly found at the bottom of the webpage. Read it before you order your products.

Besides PayPal and credit cards have the option to reimburse your money within 45 days if something went wrong with your order.

  1. I cannot send the products back when I don’t want the products

Most legitimate shops do have a return policy. The same with the refund policy. Check the terms and conditions.

Be carefull. These shipping costs for sending the products back can be very high compared to what you have paid to get it.

  1. I don’t know the real costs. I might need to pay again for the same products…

The main problem with not knowing the prices is that your customs can calculate money for duty, sales taxes and declaration. Try to divide you order in multiple smaller packages.

With this I have come to the end of the list with 9 fears and dangers of buying online in China.

What is holding you back to buy products from China. Pls answer the following question in the comment box below:

What is your biggest fear that can happen when you buy online in China?

Wishing you safe purchases!


(This blog is an update and repost. The original was previously posted over a year ago. The post is based on an extract from the Safe Buying in China Secrets eCourse)

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    22 replies to "Fears and Dangers for Buying Online in China"

    • Sameyo

      I like buying from Sammydress but my fear is “How real and genuine are their products and the shipping cost to Nigeria is very high on most products thereby making the products as expensive as getting it in my country” If more can be done to streamline that the quality is real and genuine which worth the price and shipping cost is reduced, it will be a greater ideal shopping from china site.
      Thanks guy for your goodwork, you are really saving some ass out of hurdles.

    • amos

      one of my biggest fear is to unknowingly buy and receive an inferior product. probably because of manipulated reviews or pictures. nobody would want to buy an inferior item with his hard earned money.

    • Wach

      I have been buying smartphones from China, and they have arrived well, but with some hurdles:
      1. Difficult to know how much customs will charge. Unlike buying from the US, Chinese sellers do not include copy of invoice inside package so customs officials just estimate cost of the goods based on how much they think they would be worth locally. Most times the item ends up costing almost double.
      2. For smartphones, most come with generic batteries, so getting spares becomes very difficult. Most times the Chinese sellers do not stock spare batteries/chargers/earphones for the phones they sell.
      3. Some small items sometimes just don’t arrive. Luckily most times I have bought through Ebay, so the refund policy is more streamlined
      4. I recently bought a phone which has its specs doctored. It claims to have 4GB internal memory but after installing a few apps I run out of memory. When I use a third party app to check specs it reads only 250MB internal memory. Luckily the android system can still accept applications, so the phone is usable in a limited way. It would be quite a hassle to return it, and I already paid almost double in custom charges.
      If some of these hurdles can be streamlined it is a great experience shopping from Chinese sellers, because most of their items come at a very competitive price

      • Boris

        Thank you Wach for this great addition!
        Cheers Boris

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