It’s no longer news that many people believe it’s very unsafe to shop on Aliexpress. They think that there are only fake products or, as they usually say, “Chinese products”, in the store. This is wrong and in this post I will shed some light on why this 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 site, I can tell you that it is a really safe place to shop.
Of course, I am not trying to deny the fact that like most other online stores, there are items that are fake on Aliexpress, but just like the other stores, if you store carefully on Aliexpress, you will not fall for the fraudulent sellers.
There are a few things you need to consider when shopping on Aliexpress, especially about making sure that the product you receive would actually look like what you have seen on the website.
I have listed below a few tips that if implemented properly, you will always be sure to get only the expected genuine products that you have paid for instead of being cheated out 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 see are actually true, you may see another item pictured and even titled on a product but in reality the product is actually something else. By checking the description you would get to know what it really is, sellers tend to always write the real specifications and features of their products there.
Read the product reviews:
There are numerous people who shop on Aliexpress every day, although only a few of them actually write helpful reviews while others just post comments like “It came in peace and in one piece”, the comments you should look for are the ones that sound like they actually have knowledge about the actual product and its features.
The best reviews to look at are usually the ones with pictures, that way you can judge the product for yourself and even make comparisons. Don’t forget about the one-star reviews; if numerous people are complaining about the same thing with a product, then you should probably avoid it and look for another one, the chances of all those people lying at the same time is very slim.
Speaking of product reviews… how about you check out some product reviews of mine below;
Compare products in different stores:
Aliexpress is a market with different sellers and their respective online stores. It is 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.
Genuine products from Aliexpress
Buy from stores with an already high number of orders
When comparing products between different stores, I recommend you stick to the stores that already have a high number of orders for the product you want to buy and that have good customer reviews and ratings. This is because chances are high that the product is genuine and will be delivered to you if other customers have nothing but praises to sing about the store and the product in particular.
Chat with the sellers:
If you have doubts about the quality, specs or reviews of a product, you can clear your doubts by chatting with the seller. You can even chat with sellers to ask for special offers or discounts in some cases, such as when you buy in bulk.
Don’t get scammed on Aliexpress
You also don’t have to worry about not knowing how to type Chinese, most sellers there speak and write in English, and Aliexpress has an automatic translation system that works really well to display your chats written in English to the seller in Chinese.
Search deeply and accurately, especially if you want normal branded parts:
For some reason, Aliexpress does not push some normal brand parts to the first page of the market, even if you categorically search for a product, you will usually only find the Chinese brand parts or the normal brand parts but in used condition. To find a specific brand that is not Chinese or used, you may need to be very specific. I’m referring to searching for “Noctua CPU cooler” instead of “CPU cooler”, otherwise 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 if you take the necessary precautions. Your money is always safe with Aliexpress and will only be released to the seller if you confirm that you received your item without any problems. Otherwise, your money will be refunded if you can prove that there is a problem with the item you received or if you did not receive it at all.