Mar 28, 2021

How to Shop Safely on Aliexpress

It may be hard to believe, but between October 2017 and till date, I've done more shopping on Aliexpress than I have on any other stores, and today I'll be sharing a few tips with you on how to shop safely on the website.

It is no longer news that many people believe it is very unsafe to shop on Aliexpress. They believe that there are only fake products or as they usually say, "Chinese products", in the store. This is false and in this post, I'll be shedding some light on why it is so.

Believe me, Aliexpress is a good place to shop, there are many misconceptions about the place but as a regular shopper on the website, I can tell you that it's a really safe place to shop.

Of course, I'm not trying to dispute the fact that like most other online stores, there are items that are counterfeited on Aliexpress, but just like the other stores, if you shop carefully on Aliexpress you won't fall for the deceitful sellers.

How to not get scammed on Aliexpress

There are a few things you have to consider when shopping on Aliexpress, mostly about making sure that the product you receive actually looks like what you saw on the website.

I've listed below, a few tips that if implemented correctly, you'll always be sure of getting only the expected genuine products that you paid for, rather than getting scammed of your money.

How not to get Scammed on Aliexpress

Always check the product descriptions: 

This is the best way to make sure that the pictures of the item you're seeing are actually true, you may see a different item pictured and even titled on a product but in reality, the product is actually something different. By checking the description you would get to know what it really is, the sellers tend to always write the real specifications and features of their products there.

Read the product reviews: 

There are numerous people shopping on Aliexpress every day, though only a few of them actually write helpful reviews while others may only leave comments like "It arrived in peace and in one piece", the comments you should look for are those that sound like they actually have knowledge about the actual product and its functions. 

Aliexpress reviews

The best reviews to look at most of the time are those with pictures, that way you can judge the product by yourself and even make comparisons. Don't forget the one-star reviews; if numerous people are complaining of the same thing on a product then you should probably avoid it and look for another, the chance of all those people lying at the same time is very low.

Talking about product reviews... how about you check out a few product reviews of mine below;

Compare products in different stores: 

Aliexpress is a market with different sellers and their respective online stores. It's only wise to compare the prices, reviews, and shipping options available in different stores for the same item before making your purchase from any of them.

Aliexpress real products

Buy from stores with an already high number of orders

When comparing products between stores, I'll advise clinging to the stores with an already high number of orders for the product you intend to buy, and that have good customer reviews and ratings. This is because chances are high that the product is real and will be delivered to you when other customers have nothing but praises to sing about the store and product in particular.

Chat with the sellers: 

If you're in doubt about the quality, specs, or reviews of a product, you can clear your doubt by chatting with the seller. You could even chat with the sellers to ask for special offers or discounts in some cases, maybe if you're buying in bulk or something. 

Not getting scammed on Aliexpress

Also, you don't have to worry about not knowing how to type Chinese, most sellers there speak and write in the English language, and Aliexpress has an auto-translation system that works really well to display your English language written chats to the seller in the Chinese language.

Search deeply and precisely, especially if you want normal branded parts: 

For some reason, Aliexpress does not push some normal branded parts to the front page of the market, even when you search for a product categorically you would usually find only the Chinese branded ones or the normal branded parts but in used condition. To find a specific brand that isn't Chinese or used you may have to be very specific. I mean searching for "Noctua CPU cooler" instead of "CPU cooler", else you may have to scroll through pages to actually find what you want. I'm sure you get the point.

Shopping on Aliexpress is really safe once you take the necessary precautions. Your money is always safe with the Aliexpress management and would only get released to the sellers when you confirm that you received your item without any problems, otherwise, you'd be refunded as long as you're able to prove that there's a problem with the item you received, or if you didn't receive it at all. 

Happy shopping.



Confy Scenty is a Unique Tech Blogger whose aim is to make an impact in Technology. Tech is my passion, it is my calling and I'm always happy to answer to it.


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