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WHY CHEAP N DIRTY?

A lot of the stuff on Aliexpress is cheap n dirty. It doesn't have the nicest finish, it smells weird, it's dusty,  etc.... but none of that matters if what you're buying functions properly. I bought 12 pairs of $2 sunglasses from Aliexpress and they were pretty much the same as what you get at the pharmacy for $10, except for a little dust. One pair had bad optics. I'd count that as a win.

WHAT IS ALIEXPRESS?

It's the Chinese amazon, sort of. There's lots of interesting crap available at low prices, but you never know exactly what you're going to receive.

HOW DO YOU JOIN ALIEXPRESS?

Follow this link: https://goo.gl/3ZNzYD.
Typical account creation garbage, don't be nervous.

WHY BUY FROM ALIEXPRESS?

  1. Sometimes cheap and dirty is exactly what you need.

  2. Almost everything you buy comes from China, why not buy it directly.

  3. Some stuff is pretty good, but some of it is garbage. I'll help you sort that out.

  4. Shipping on lots of items is free.

  5. The site is a legitimate business and the dispute resolution system works well.

WHY AVOID ALIEXPRESS?

  1. Shipping times are long. Usually 1 month minimum and can take up to 3. If you are buying something for a wedding, Christmas, birthday etc.. Plan well in advance.

  2. Items are not always as described.

  3. Some items are counterfeit, some are knockoffs, some are imitations. Use your own moral compass on the that one.

  4. Good luck returning anything to China. Same goes for warranty and customer support. (Aliexpress customer support is quite good, but if you buy a Changstar brand router good luck getting help setting it up).

  5. Most stuff smells weird.

  6. There can be issues with translation/language barrier.

IS BUYING FROM ALIEXPRESS RISKY?

Not really. Aliexpress is a legitimate retailer. The Alibaba group that owns Aliexpress is one of the biggest online retailers in the world.

If you have a problem, the resolution system is  similar to eBay.

WHY SHOULD YOU TRUST ME?

You shouldn't. Read my reviews critically. Buy something cheap and see if you agree with me.

WHY AM I DOING THIS?

For fun. Hopefully I can refill my beer fund through the Amazon and Aliexpress affiliate programs. If you decide to buy something I have reviewed, please use the links I provide. It doesn't cost you anything and I'll receive 3-8% of the  purchase cost. The more money I have coming in the better the site will be; I'll be able to add more reviews and get higher priced items.

WHAT ARE MY QUALIFICATIONS?

I have a credit card and a computer. That's it.
If you don't like my site, complain about it on reddit or something.

FAQ

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