We wish to start a commercial brewery in UK, brewing beer from hops which we intend to buy in. An old acquaintance has offered to sell us commercial scale beer brewing equipment , which he “middle mans” in from China. He tells us that we must pay him as a middle man because it would be too risky for us to try and directly approach a Chinese Brewery equipment manufacturer ourselves. He says that he has contacts in China who have already allowed him to “middle man” vast quantities of Chinese equipment into UK…and he has UK references to say that these shipments have been well received by a wide range of UK customers. In particular, he once shipped in an enormous quantity of electronics roadsigns into the UK, for purchase by the UK highways agency…all these shipments went well. As such, we should buy from him, and not try to buy direct from china…would you agree?