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Does anyone have an opinion on Alibaba.com?


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#1 Nawtheasta

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 05:03 PM

The website for my small business went on line last year. Through no action on my part Alibaba decided add my site to their listing. :thumbsup: Got a lot of E mails from them wanting me to sign up. Many of these advised potential customers were trying to contact me. I have never responded to anything from them. McAfee site adviser use to give them a red x but know gives a green check. Although further checking with McAfee does shows links to red sites with bad downloads. Reviews on SA site are about 70% negative.
I continue to ignore E mails from them. But business is business and I hate to think I may be missing potential customers. Customers can contact me using the E mail address shown on my web site.
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Posted 28 May 2010 - 06:25 PM

Other than them contacting you, have you ever heard of them? Why don't you ask your customers if they've ever heard of them? Seems like a scam to me.

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 07:15 PM

Owned by Alibaba Group. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alibaba_Group

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 09:49 PM

Thanks Frankp316 & Animal for your response
In answer to your comments.
My present customers would probably have no idea about Alibaba. I sell mostly to USA factories and deal with purchasing depts. and machine maintenance personnel.
My only motivation with dealing with Alibaba would be the potential for new clients.
Thanks for the Wiki ref. Animal
Alibaba is definitely a legit business to business site. However Site Adisor shows 51 bad reviews and 19 good. A significant number of the bad reviews mention malware or viruses. So I guess it is a legit site that doesn’t do a very good job of screening the companies it lists.
It lists my company with out even getting input from me.
:flowers: May be they just know they can trust me. I am not like the others :thumbsup:
Even though I hate to think I may be ignoring a legitimate customer inquiry I just do not want to take a chance with catching some heinous piece of malware. For now, until they can get their act together I will just continue to ignore the inquiries.
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Posted 29 May 2010 - 11:01 AM

IMO, they're using questionable sales techniques on you. It makes them look like a scam even if they aren't. They're new in the US and it would make more sense for them to direct you to testimonials by successful advertisers instead of using scare tactics. Don't like it.




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