Does Anyone Actually Order From These People???
SAMPLE 2: Here is an "interesting" product spotlight.
KAYFOO ENTERPRISES CO., LTD:
"Here is our hottest Gift for your 2012 marketing.
Model: 328A Vintage Phono Clock Radio
Is it interesting?
So pls let me have your request details and then you will have a satisfactory unit price.
Any more things I can do for you, pls do not hesitate yo contact me any time.
8 Years Gold Supplier of the most famous B2B Alibaba.com"
SAMPLE 3: This was part of a Linkedin tread looking for high-end golf shirts.
"hi girls, I'm in China. Our company is a professional gift company. We can supply golf T shirt at good prices. Please contact me at " firstname.lastname@example.org " skype " cnkelikeli". Wish to be your friends also. I like your smile on your photo"
SAMPLE 4: This is one from a Linkedin thread on someone looking for kid's products. I was the only one who posted that it's important that children's products be CPSIA compliant. Sadly, this is the new reality, especially when dealing with kid's products. The soliciting overseas factories never responded to the question.
"[Name removed], I am glad to injoin the discussion, and could you please reply our questions:How old are the children? What about the goal of this products?What about the your prepaid, as you know, there is no lowest, there is lower."
Really!! What is Dara saying? (Remember I'm pasting these in as they were. No editing was done.)
There are many more examples, but I'm sure you get the point. I often joke that we may only make one mistake; it's just repeated many times. In the case of a large imported order something going wrong with be repeated thousand of times.
Here is a real life story. A distributor colleague was working on a large quantity of digital picture frames for holiday gifts. The client ended up going to a direct source, bypassing the distributor. This is a pricey item and I'm sure they saved a bunch of money ... or so they thought. When they arrived from the overseas source, the product was defective and not usable. It of course became a disaster for the end-user buyer and they incurred far greater costs rushing to get quality items from the distributor, who ultimately stepped in and saved the day.