Unfortunately, many Chinese suppliers do not show the truth in their catalogs, websites, and other marketing materials.
I found some really good illustrations on the Procur’Asia blog.
In Don’t select suppliers on a brochure or website, Etienne Charlier shows the difference between the photos shown in a brochure and what he saw in the factory.
“Supplier brochure pictures (on the left side) and our pictures (on the right side) are comparable but do not show the same reality:”
And in What you get is NOT what you see, Etienne shows that the brochures from two separate suppliers contained the same photos. Obviously they can’t each own a factory that looks exactly the same.
“The product pictures in the brochure are copied from other manufacturers. When you compare many suppliers, it becomes obvious, like in these real examples:”
Anybody got similar stories or photos?
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