We have seen so many obviously dangerous decisions and communications recently, on the topic of buying disposable mask from China, that we thought it might be helpful to show a few ‘examples of what to avoid’.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic engulfing the world we’re seeing a huge number of ‘mask vendors’ touting their wares on LinkedIn, WeChat, and other social media channels. There are also endless victims buyers out there screaming for stock as they try to import them into their countries from China, most of whom seem to be suffering from a shortage of face masks due in part to, until recently, China diverting most of the global mask supply internally to support their own handling of the virus outbreak.
Here are a few screenshots from Linkedin alone illustrating the risks involved in jumping into the Wild West face mask market unprepared, with our comments below:
This one has the typical tone of experienced scammers. It wants to deal with people who self-select as ready to place a big order FAST (i.e. without due diligence).
A few red flags:
Unfortunately, these days, (nearly) no manufacturer extends credit to their new customers. And I understand it. It’s one-off transactions. And there are many buyers waiting in line…
A couple of red flags:
This buyer makes several mistakes:
Same issues as the example above. This will attract scam artists.
Well… that’s an example of what happens when a buyer made mistakes and ordered from the wrong people! At least he can laugh about the situation, but if these found their way into the order of, say, a hospital, this wouldn’t be so funny.Conclusion
The above examples serve as a warning to would-be mask importers.
A lot of Chinese ‘suppliers’ aren’t who they say they are – they may be resellers who have never seen their own supplier’s factory. With even legitimate mask manufacturers in China dubbing their production lines ‘money printers,’ can you be sure that you’re not being taken for a ride?
Financial risk is only a part of it. There’s also a proven risk of ‘fake’ face masks from China being supplied, and not just a few, hundreds of thousands. Do you want to take the risk of your friends, family, or others’ lives into your hands?
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