I want to start a business fixing iphones/ipods. There is this site that I have been looking at that seems like the cheapest place to buy parts, but I would be buying them wholesale from China.
My question is how can I test the legitimacy of this site and what kind of import taxes would be involved in such an operation?
Given that Apple products are so proprietary, I'm surprised that anyone would be selling spare parts for iPhones & iPods. Maybe they are "compatible", but it seems unlikely to be original parts, unless from a dubious source.
As for import taxes, that is something that depends on your location. Most governments will help with international trade, to some extent, so it should be possible for you to find out.
You can test the legitimacy of the site by going to visit them, as John suggested, or by asking them what credit terms they'd be willing to extend to you, and judge by their reaction.