The surge in popularity of research chemicals following widespread media coverage earlier in the year resulted in an increase in the number of online retailers. The increase in the number of sellers as well as changes to the laws that have pushed the industry out have resulted in the sale of many counterfeit and dubious products.
There are several types of unscrupulous salespeople among real salespeople that research enthusiasts should be wary of. A scam site that collects your payment but then fails to deliver the product. You can read more here about how to choose the best online research chemical sellers.
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Websites selling chemicals are mistakenly labeled as real research chemicals which can be disastrous. Websites that sell real chemicals when they have supplies but when they don't they intentionally mislabeled and sell different chemicals like real research chemicals.
When navigating minefields, sellers should observe a number of precautions that research chemistry enthusiasts wishing to make a purchase:-
Pay attention to recommendations from friends (but be careful with recommendations on forums unless justified by other forum members). Does the website look "clean" and professional?
This may sound obvious, but serious and professional sellers should have a website that exactly reflects these characteristics. Is the page updated regularly? Be wary of sellers offering products that other sellers currently cannot offer.