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Q: Would you expect products from online shops like 360buy to be faked/2nd hand?

From Taobao shops I would expect a bit of dodginess, but not from the big established online retailers . Today a delivery guy came with a package for me from 360buy/JD. It was 'pay on delivery' so I ask if I can inspect the product. It is wrapped in two layers of plastic, then a bag. Inside the bag is the box, looks brand new, not a problem with that. The box is sealed with stickers. Inside the product is looking authentic, but there are fingerprints on it. This was a Samsung SSD drive, I doubt very much that Samsung puts fingerprints on top of their products prior to shipping them. 

The delivery guy left without any money but with his 2nd hand product. Now to try the next shop.

 

8 years 27 weeks ago in  Shopping - China

 
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Taobao has sent me a few second-hand goods. My shirt was dirty when it arrived, but it's still kicking. Too bad the stains were baked in... and persist.

 

I expect anything and everything in china to be faked/2nd hand. I don't mind fakes as long as nobody gets hurt. I have a serious shanzhai addiction.

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I don't think fakes is necessarily the biggest worry, websites like 360buy, Amazon and Tmall typically sell the real stuff.  The problem is sometimes you get the returned item, that someone else didn't want.  Usually they try to package it back together to appear unopened.  Also, it is common that a refurbished item gets put into the "New" section and sold for the same price.

 

Just read reviews for the item.  If it is genuine or a fake, people will know, and also will tell you how to spot a used or fake/stolen item.  Also, do not trust the seller ratings on Taobao, as they send out free gifts and discounts to customers to get rated 5 stars.  Only read the reviews.

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There is a general rule of thumb for China. The only thing that can be expected is the unexpected. Unless you have 100% proof that what you think and want are right, expect them to be wrong.

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When it comes to buying electronic stuff, I always look for stores which offer warranty (1 year minimum and the more years they can offer, the better). After that, for me, it doesn't really matter if the item is fake or not, as long as I can use it.

I try not to place too much importance on the brand, since I've seen devices that can "change the brand". Whenever I go to the electronics market here, I see shops selling those devices and sometimes they are right next to a shop that sells all these huge Sony, Samsung, LG,  LED and plasma screens. I always wonder if the shop used one of those "change the brand" devices on their LED and plasma screens and changed a Chinese brand (XX brand) to Sony or whatever.

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Amazon.cn was able to ship a new product, even within the promised delivery time

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I was looking for Iphone earphones last month on Amazon.cn here, and a bunch of fake ones popped out. I was hope Amazon wouldn't allow such things yet I was wrong.

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