I learned about the shopping website AliExpress through a fellow stamping friend during our craft retreat to Cape Cod in February. Eager to take advantage of some of these great deals for myself, I recently downloaded the app and made my first purchase.
What is AliExpress?
AliExpress, is like Amazon meets eBay meets wholesale market all in one easy to navigate website! AliExpress is a Chinese e-commerce company which allows smaller buyers to buy small quantities of goods at wholesale prices. The company was founded in Malaysia and and the name came from the character Ali Baba in the Persian literature One Thousand and One Nights. Currently AliExpress is the world's largest retailer as of April 2016, surpassing even Wal-Mart, with operations in over 200 countries, as well as one of the largest internet companies.
Let's take a look at some of the items I purchased on AliExpress and their amazing pricing:
I also purchased these stamp sets:
I also ordered 4 rolls of washi tape at only 64 cents a piece!
WOW! Those are all amazing prices, right!?
In total, I had 35 items in my cart when I checked out and the bill was $97.
That is crazy, right!?
Hello new addiction! I see an AliExpress intervention in my near future. . .
Thanks for visiting and have fun shopping!
*This is not a sponsored post - I simply love sharing great deals with my readers and fellow craft enthusiasts.
Establishing an AliExpress account is free, and easy. You can browse to your heart's content and spend as much time as you need learning your way around before committing to anything. Here is a quick overview that may help you learn a little more about AliExpress and how to be safe when buying online:
1. Seller Feedback: This is number of total feedback points received as well as the feedback percentage. Make sure that the seller has sold at least 1,00 items in the past 6 months and is active. Depending on the quantity of feedback points its always save to buy from sellers that have at least a 95% positive feedback rating.
2. Product Feedback: This number tells you how many people liked the product, think of it as Amazon product feedback. Here you can see if the advertised product is actually good. To be on the save side, make sure that you have at least 10 positive user reviews that talk about the product in a positive way. By doing this you will not encounter any negative surprises.
3. Payment Option: The safest option to buy items online is to use your Credit Card, I would therefore strongly recommend to use your credit card, since this gives you the maximum amount of protection in case something did not work out.
4. Buyer Protection: Perhaps the most important point here. AliExpress is doing an outstanding job of ensuring that the buyer is safe. That’s perhaps one of the most needed features they released recently. The AliExpress Buyer Protection, offers you a Full Refund if you did not receive what your order. In addition, you get a Full or Partial Refund if the item is not as described.
Things to keep in mind when buying from AliExpress: