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Whats the most you have spent on an item at aliexpress? Is it safe to spend £400?

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I bought a tent once for £47 and that came but £400 is it a gamble? Read More
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6m, 4d agoPosted 6 months, 4 days ago
I bought a tent once for £47 and that came but £400 is it a gamble?
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#1
I don't have experience to comment specifically on the merchant, but if you're spending over £100, put in on credit card (paid direct to the merchant, not via PayPal or similar) and you should have full protection.

Edited By: Illusionary on Nov 17, 2016 02:33
#2
Could make it a credit card purchase so that you're covered if anything goes wrong.

http://www.moneysupermarket.com/credit-cards/guide-to-credit-card-protection/
#3
thamiz
Could make it a credit card purchase so that you're covered if anything goes wrong.http://www.moneysupermarket.com/credit-cards/guide-to-credit-card-protection/
Thanks
#4
as far as I'm aware you may have to pay charges to customs. I've only ever spent smaller amounts always make sure u look at seller reviews
#5
i bought 4k camera for iver £200. Always pay with credit card
#6
Aliexpress are pretty good when it comes to refunds etc.., I ordered something and it never turned up, put a dispute in and got a refund. Did take a little time though.
#7
Good with refunds, but problem is cost of return postage for low value items. I just throw them away. Huge savings can be made, always select delivery post free items. I think the website is brilliant, with multi language support, and useful options to sort by value etc. Have never made a high value purchase over £40 due to risk of Customs Duty. The actual Duty Limit is £15, but just taken a chance, probably come out about even for duty items.
Never had a price charged that was charged incorrectly. You can choose UK pounds as currency, once logged in. Just read the screen carefully. Quality and cost of some fishing tackle is amazing. Braid line 500M for £6, would be around £40 in UK tackle shop. Spade end hooks can be stupid. eg £20 worth for about £2. Delivery can be slow, always allow 4 to 6 weeks for smaller items. Higher value items are sent air mail, and usually have to be signed for on delivery.

Would not chance £400, as it might look valuable due to air mail, and packaging etc. Something large would also be obvious.

My worry would be Customs Duty and VAT



Edited By: regcar on Nov 17, 2016 08:29: Add item
#8
regcar
Good with refunds, but problem is cost of return postage for low value items. I just throw them away. Huge savings can be made, always select delivery post free items. I think the website is brilliant, with multi language support, and useful options to sort by value etc. Have never made a high value purchase over £40 due to risk of Customs Duty. The actual Duty Limit is £15, but just taken a chance, probably come out about even for duty items.
Never had a price charged that was charged incorrectly. You can choose UK pounds as currency, once logged in. Just read the screen carefully. Quality and cost of some fishing tackle is amazing. Braid line 500M for £6, would be around £40 in UK tackle shop. Spade end hooks can be stupid. eg £20 worth for about £2. Delivery can be slow, always allow 4 to 6 weeks for smaller items. Higher value items are sent air mail, and usually have to be signed for on delivery.
Would not chance £400, as it might look valuable due to air mail, and packaging etc. Something large would also be obvious.
My worry would be Customs Duty and VAT


Actually, they quietly lowered the tax threshold to £14 earlier this year.

The largest amount I have spent is ~£2,000; think of AE as Ebay, but with better protection, AE offer a 100% refund if the goods are counterfeit, but proving it can be difficult sometimes, and there are still plenty of sellers (on Ebay as well), selling fake stuff, especially phones and flash memory.

In 2014 I ordered flash memory from 4 different sellers, all 4 turned out to be fake, so I made the claims, 3 didnt defend themselves, so AE paid up, the last insisted I return the memory to be inspected, then refused to accept delivery of it until AE closed the case on me, eventually, Chinese customs returned the fake memory to me as it had been sat in the customs warehouse for 6 months.
#9
Gentle_Giant
regcar
Good with refunds, but problem is cost of return postage for low value items. I just throw them away. Huge savings can be made, always select delivery post free items. I think the website is brilliant, with multi language support, and useful options to sort by value etc. Have never made a high value purchase over £40 due to risk of Customs Duty. The actual Duty Limit is £15, but just taken a chance, probably come out about even for duty items.
Never had a price charged that was charged incorrectly. You can choose UK pounds as currency, once logged in. Just read the screen carefully. Quality and cost of some fishing tackle is amazing. Braid line 500M for £6, would be around £40 in UK tackle shop. Spade end hooks can be stupid. eg £20 worth for about £2. Delivery can be slow, always allow 4 to 6 weeks for smaller items. Higher value items are sent air mail, and usually have to be signed for on delivery.
Would not chance £400, as it might look valuable due to air mail, and packaging etc. Something large would also be obvious.
My worry would be Customs Duty and VAT
Actually, they quietly lowered the tax threshold to £14 earlier this year.
The largest amount I have spent is ~£2,000; think of AE as Ebay, but with better protection, AE offer a 100% refund if the goods are counterfeit, but proving it can be difficult sometimes, and there are still plenty of sellers (on Ebay as well), selling fake stuff, especially phones and flash memory.
In 2014 I ordered flash memory from 4 different sellers, all 4 turned out to be fake, so I made the claims, 3 didnt defend themselves, so AE paid up, the last insisted I return the memory to be inspected, then refused to accept delivery of it until AE closed the case on me, eventually, Chinese customs returned the fake memory to me as it had been sat in the customs warehouse for 6 months.

Thanks, interesting comments. £14 even worse than I said. What did you buy for £2000. Where possible I always break orders down in smaller lots if post free. Odd one the other day was where items were 71p each. Up to 4 the total was correct at £2.84, then totals were wrong. eg 5 was 3.96 instead of 3.55, and it got worse. Think this was an error, rather than fraud. Just have a calculator handy!
#10
Personally, although the aliexpress marketplace is excellent I would not risk spending £400.
#11
Aliexpress is fine, buyer protection is included. It's alibaba that can bite you in the ass. But as other said put it on a credit card if possible.
#12
Use topcashback as well for 8.25% cashback.
#13
regcar

Thanks, interesting comments. £14 even worse than I said. What did you buy for £2000. Where possible I always break orders down in smaller lots if post free. Odd one the other day was where items were 71p each. Up to 4 the total was correct at £2.84, then totals were wrong. eg 5 was 3.96 instead of 3.55, and it got worse. Think this was an error, rather than fraud. Just have a calculator handy!

It was my wife ordering scarves, as she had decided to open a shop on Amazon (DragonBabyUK).

As for the possible error you mention, it could be the size/weight limit they have for free postage, ordering the extra 1-2 takes it over the limit. I have a friend with an Ebay shop, he can send up to 4 of his items for the same cost via RM, but 5 takes the weight above the limit, so he has to charge a bit more.
#14
Gentle_Giant
regcar

Thanks, interesting comments. £14 even worse than I said. What did you buy for £2000. Where possible I always break orders down in smaller lots if post free. Odd one the other day was where items were 71p each. Up to 4 the total was correct at £2.84, then totals were wrong. eg 5 was 3.96 instead of 3.55, and it got worse. Think this was an error, rather than fraud. Just have a calculator handy!
It was my wife ordering scarves, as she had decided to open a shop on Amazon (DragonBabyUK).
As for the possible error you mention, it could be the size/weight limit they have for free postage, ordering the extra 1-2 takes it over the limit. I have a friend with an Ebay shop, he can send up to 4 of his items for the same cost via RM, but 5 takes the weight above the limit, so he has to charge a bit more.

Never realised that about the weight. I have ordered a mincer, which was quite heavy, which was OK for postage. Maybe different suppliers work on their own scales?
Thanks very much.
#15
Not so much suppliers as postal services, Chinamail is VERY* cheap, but only for very lightweight stuff; then they have to switch to increasingly more expensive (per 100g) postal services as the weight limit is passed.

Are we ripped off in the UK?? If I book a 7KG china-bound parcel through the cheapest UK service, it costs about £90; if I book the exact same parcel through a Chinese service affiliated with the EXACT SAME UK service, it costs £30........

* Seriously, you can get 99p stuff with "free" international P&P on AE !!

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