Fake suppliers and other scams
Types of scams
1- Shops that never ship the products
We often find shops that are quick to respond our initial questions but after payment has been made never respond and do not ship the products. As we have written about it before, here are some examples of such shops:
2- Shops that pretend to ship the samples
Other shops display more elaborate scams. We have come across a website, buypurechemicals.com , that pretend to ship the sample and send the tracking link of a supposed courier service, airexpresspost . After a couple of days we received an email from this company asking us to pay a "refundable safety deposit" of 400 USD to get our shipment delivered. Of course if we pay we never receive the sample. The sample simply doesn´t exist, this is an elaborate scam.
3- Shops that deliver fake, mislabeled or adulterated products
This is the more common type of problem we see in our market analysis. This may be deliberate in order for them to get more money, but it may also be that the suppliers themselves have been scammed. It may also happen that mistakes with labeling substances happen.
How to avoid scams
1- Use your critical thinking
If a clearnet shop is selling controlled products, if products are way too cheap, if the store seems to have a gigantic list of substances in stock, chances are they are probably a scam
Unsatisfied customers will often try and warn others. Websites like trustpilot may have reviews of the shop you are interested in. If you are purchasing from other sources such as telegram groups or deepweb, try and find honest reviews, ideally from someone you know.
3- Make small purchases
Don´t make big purchases specially if this is your first time using a particular shop. Start with a small amount
4- Test your sample
Regardless of previous reviews or even published analysis such as the ones we provide, remember that different batches from even the same vendor may be of different quality. ALWAYS test your substances. If you cannot afford to send to a lab such as ours, then we at least recommend you to TEST AT HOME. Also feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to hire our services.