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If you're no stranger to importing goods then you'll know about AliExpress. A lot of their sellers are discounting many of their goods by around 50% OFF today. Bear in mind that delivery to the UK … Read More
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If you're no stranger to importing goods then you'll know about AliExpress.

A lot of their sellers are discounting many of their goods by around 50% OFF today. Bear in mind that delivery to the UK is usually between 20-30 days - perfect if shopping for Christmas presents.

I'm not going to go into any depth of the items they have on offer as there are simply TOO many to list.

Personally, I've been shopping for soundproof panels, spirit levels, electronics, lighting (bulbs/fixings) all at discounted Chinese prices...way cheaper than UK prices.

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Prices were hiked yesterday and all last week and reduced to normal prices today to give the illusion of a good deal. Items I had in my basket went up by 300% in some cases and then were discounted to maybe a few pence below the normal selling price. This may not be the case site wide but it's my experience
#3
shenmueryan
Prices were hiked yesterday and all last week and reduced to normal prices today to give the illusion of a good deal. Items I had in my basket went up by 300% in some cases and then were discounted to maybe a few pence below the normal selling price. This may not be the case site wide but it's my experience

Thanks for that observation. I've also checked my basket and history of purchases over the past year or so and haven't seen any hiking of price for items that I've bought in the past. With so many products available, it's difficult to tell which sellers may have taken advantage and which haven't. In a competitive market, simply sorting search results by the best price weeds out the expensive sellers for near identical items.
#4
shenmueryan
Prices were hiked yesterday and all last week and reduced to normal prices today to give the illusion of a good deal. Items I had in my basket went up by 300% in some cases and then were discounted to maybe a few pence below the normal selling price. This may not be the case site wide but it's my experience

I agree, that has been my experience too.
It gives an indication of the general trading ethos accepted by AE. I would be wary of spending too much on this site.
5 Likes #5
bresmj
shenmueryan
Prices were hiked yesterday and all last week and reduced to normal prices today to give the illusion of a good deal. Items I had in my basket went up by 300% in some cases and then were discounted to maybe a few pence below the normal selling price. This may not be the case site wide but it's my experience
I agree, that has been my experience too.
It gives an indication of the general trading ethos accepted by AE. I would be wary of spending too much on this site.
Free markets are good, if you don't like it. DON'T BUY

If someone increases prices then decreases them to normal for a sale it doesn't mean that "something has to be done about this!" it means you need to be observant and decide if you still want to buy. Take some responsibility for your own actions.
#6
It is common practice in the UK too. With tight margins already, many of these sellers could not practically cut prices much more. Having said that, you can still get some good deals with coupons and cashback.
#7
shenmueryan
Prices were hiked yesterday and all last week and reduced to normal prices today to give the illusion of a good deal. Items I had in my basket went up by 300% in some cases and then were discounted to maybe a few pence below the normal selling price. This may not be the case site wide but it's my experience

I agree, that has been my experience too.
It gives an indication of the general trading ethos accepted by AE. I would be wary of spending too much on this site.

"Free markets are good, if you don't like it. DON'T BUY"

Like I said be wary.

Edited By: bresmj on Nov 11, 2016 10:10
#8
Cold, standard prices have been jacked up by 60%, the Festival prices are still 20% more than usual.

Don't believe the hype

Edited By: Sharpharp on Nov 11, 2016 10:07
#9
Combined postage discounts also removed.
#10
ikonanddiva
shenmueryan
Prices were hiked yesterday and all last week and reduced to normal prices today to give the illusion of a good deal. Items I had in my basket went up by 300% in some cases and then were discounted to maybe a few pence below the normal selling price. This may not be the case site wide but it's my experience
Thanks for that observation. I've also checked my basket and history of purchases over the past year or so and haven't seen any hiking of price for items that I've bought in the past. With so many products available, it's difficult to tell which sellers may have taken advantage and which haven't. In a competitive market, simply sorting search results by the best price weeds out the expensive sellers for near identical items.
I will go one further. I have over 20 pages of orders from Aliexpress, I've checking out the first 2 pages and I'm yet to find an item which is being sold cheaper now. Even after their imaginary discount, ALL items were above what I paid. I'm a big fan of the site but this 'sale' is pretty ridiculous and seems to be putting prices up and fooling the consumer in to thinking it's a good deal
#11
shenmueryan
Prices were hiked yesterday and all last week and reduced to normal prices today to give the illusion of a good deal. Items I had in my basket went up by 300% in some cases and then were discounted to maybe a few pence below the normal selling price. This may not be the case site wide but it's my experience
Experienced this last year,fell for this last year, brought some car covers and few weeks later they were same price as 11.11 deal.
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dar72
bresmj
shenmueryan
Prices were hiked yesterday and all last week and reduced to normal prices today to give the illusion of a good deal. Items I had in my basket went up by 300% in some cases and then were discounted to maybe a few pence below the normal selling price. This may not be the case site wide but it's my experience
I agree, that has been my experience too.
It gives an indication of the general trading ethos accepted by AE. I would be wary of spending too much on this site.
Free markets are good, if you don't like it. DON'T BUY
If someone increases prices then decreases them to normal for a sale it doesn't mean that "something has to be done about this!" it means you need to be observant and decide if you still want to buy. Take some responsibility for your own actions.
Its not so much that, its that its deliberately done to mislead, its done to fool people, people don't like being fooled it leaves a sour taste in your mouth.......never understand that if you be transparent and always offer your best price then people will repeat custom rather then buy something after finding its not cheap as they were lead to believe won't buy anything from you again......
1 Like #13
shenmueryan
ikonanddiva
shenmueryan
Prices were hiked yesterday and all last week and reduced to normal prices today to give the illusion of a good deal. Items I had in my basket went up by 300% in some cases and then were discounted to maybe a few pence below the normal selling price. This may not be the case site wide but it's my experience
Thanks for that observation. I've also checked my basket and history of purchases over the past year or so and haven't seen any hiking of price for items that I've bought in the past. With so many products available, it's difficult to tell which sellers may have taken advantage and which haven't. In a competitive market, simply sorting search results by the best price weeds out the expensive sellers for near identical items.
I will go one further. I have over 20 pages of orders from Aliexpress, I've checking out the first 2 pages and I'm yet to find an item which is being sold cheaper now. Even after their imaginary discount, ALL items were above what I paid. I'm a big fan of the site but this 'sale' is pretty ridiculous and seems to be putting prices up and fooling the consumer in to thinking it's a good deal

Again, buyers need to be savvy in knowing their prices and make their own decision on whether items they've bought previously are offered cheaper. For many, there are bargains to be found, for others there are not - it depends upon your interests. Rather than just generalising: I'll list one item that I've bought previously from AliExpress:

$5.14 20pcs 8*35mm bubble level mini spirit level (which was the cheapest price that I could source at the time 5 months ago to fit Hangman French Cleat hangers)
now priced at $1.92 for 20 pcs. That's 63% off (standard price) and a good deal (for me).
#14
Anyone know of a really good dashcam I could possibly find on AE? I purchased an A119 1440p Dashcam, but the motion quality wasn't great, was only around £80. I'm looking to spend over £100, probably £150ish, but not sure if there is a good alternative from the AE market?
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shenmueryan
Prices were hiked yesterday and all last week and reduced to normal prices today to give the illusion of a good deal. Items I had in my basket went up by 300% in some cases and then were discounted to maybe a few pence below the normal selling price. This may not be the case site wide but it's my experience
I have to disagree i have been watching the price for the xiaomi redmi note 3 special edition for the last month and price has been between 150 to 160 i got it today for 123 the last time they had one of these sales a few months back i nearly bought it then and it was 138 then so i have defiantly had a good deal today
#16
Is there a sting in the tail with delivery & VAT? I've bought some stuff from the States before expecting a charge for VAT to be made, but the delivery company also charged an admin fee. I hadn't arranged the shipping so the additional charge was unexpected. Alibaba are offering free shipping but I don't want another bill for import fees etc by a courier I haven't chosen.
#17
Had a look around, can't see any mega bargains. Seems like some UK sellers are cheaper at the moment because of the sterling value reduction. Tried to get a bargain doogee phone from a Chinese supplier but actually cheaper from a UK seller plus no risk of custom's duty and quick delivery too, plus a guarantee to fall back on.

That new doogee phone with the 1080p 3D screen isn't out yet either. Doogee Y6 pro 3D. So no bargains on that.

Hopefully black Friday will be better than this.
#18
bonzobanana
Had a look around, can't see any mega bargains. Seems like some UK sellers are cheaper at the moment because of the sterling value reduction. Tried to get a bargain doogee phone from a Chinese supplier but actually cheaper from a UK seller plus no risk of custom's duty and quick delivery too, plus a guarantee to fall back on.
That new doogee phone with the 1080p 3D screen isn't out yet either. Doogee Y6 pro 3D. So no bargains on that.
Hopefully black Friday will be better than this.

Good point about the guarantee. On AE it's effectively only 15 days. After that no chance if it goes wrong.
#19
markergirl
Is there a sting in the tail with delivery & VAT? I've bought some stuff from the States before expecting a charge for VAT to be made, but the delivery company also charged an admin fee. I hadn't arranged the shipping so the additional charge was unexpected. Alibaba are offering free shipping but I don't want another bill for import fees etc by a courier I haven't chosen.

I've never been stung by additional import fees with AliExpress goods. The price given is what you pay, delivered to your door. Maybe others have experienced differently?

It's a different story though when importing skin creams (ZenMed) from Canada or Items from the US, as customs love to get their hands all over them and slap on additional charges, which is why I'll often buy in bulk to reduce repeat charges.
#20
Interesting ideas. Never tracked my cart items. Just took a screen grab and will compare later just to see.
#21
ikonanddiva
markergirl
Is there a sting in the tail with delivery & VAT? I've bought some stuff from the States before expecting a charge for VAT to be made, but the delivery company also charged an admin fee. I hadn't arranged the shipping so the additional charge was unexpected. Alibaba are offering free shipping but I don't want another bill for import fees etc by a courier I haven't chosen.
I've never been stung by additional import fees with AliExpress goods. The price given is what you pay, delivered to your door. Maybe others have experienced differently?
It's a different story though when importing skin creams (ZenMed) from Canada or Items from the US, as customs love to get their hands all over them and slap on additional charges, which is why I'll often buy in bulk to reduce repeat charges.

That's great to know. Thanks very much :D
#22
markergirl
Is there a sting in the tail with delivery & VAT? I've bought some stuff from the States before expecting a charge for VAT to be made, but the delivery company also charged an admin fee. I hadn't arranged the shipping so the additional charge was unexpected. Alibaba are offering free shipping but I don't want another bill for import fees etc by a courier I haven't chosen.
Could be. IIRC it depends on what you buy and how much you spend and where from. HM Customs website used to be form after form you had to sift through to understand but last time I looked they had a kind of calculator on there where you could put in your own items and it came up with Duty VAT and whatever.

Edited By: Meathotukdeals on Nov 11, 2016 14:30
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Meathotukdeals
markergirl
Is there a sting in the tail with delivery & VAT? I've bought some stuff from the States before expecting a charge for VAT to be made, but the delivery company also charged an admin fee. I hadn't arranged the shipping so the additional charge was unexpected. Alibaba are offering free shipping but I don't want another bill for import fees etc by a courier I haven't chosen.
Could be. IIRC it depends on what you buy and how much you spend and where from. HM Customs website used to be form after form you had to sift through to understand but last time I looked they had a kind of calculator on there where you could put in your own items and it came up with Duty VAT and whatever.

Thanks for that. I'm only interested in a small purchase - probably £15 worth. VAT on top wouldn't be a deal breaker, my concern was unexpected carrier fees.

I've just looked up the HM Customs site & it confirms no duty and even no VAT where value is less than £10. Big thank you for pointing me in that direction :-D
#24
Herc
dar72
bresmj
shenmueryan
Prices were hiked yesterday and all last week and reduced to normal prices today to give the illusion of a good deal. Items I had in my basket went up by 300% in some cases and then were discounted to maybe a few pence below the normal selling price. This may not be the case site wide but it's my experience
I agree, that has been my experience too.
It gives an indication of the general trading ethos accepted by AE. I would be wary of spending too much on this site.
Free markets are good, if you don't like it. DON'T BUY
If someone increases prices then decreases them to normal for a sale it doesn't mean that "something has to be done about this!" it means you need to be observant and decide if you still want to buy. Take some responsibility for your own actions.
Its not so much that, its that its deliberately done to mislead, its done to fool people, people don't like being fooled it leaves a sour taste in your mouth.......never understand that if you be transparent and always offer your best price then people will repeat custom rather then buy something after finding its not cheap as they were lead to believe won't buy anything from you again......

Then think about things critically enough that you don't get misled. Give your money to those that aren't misleading you and then the others will either change their ways or go out of business.

Buy things that you need based on the price that they are, not how much they're discounted by. If it's currently the lowest price then who cares what it was priced at yesterday? It's like when people whine on ebay about postage prices...order the list by item price+postage and buy the cheapest, who cares how much of the price is defined as postage? Don't like it? Shut up and DON'T BUY IT.

People whining like this is why we end up with a society full of silly rules and people trying to control each other all the time, this is why we end up with governments and other malicious organisations, because people think they can't take responsibility for their own decisions and government protects the stupid and ignorant at the expense of the rest of us.
#25
dar72
Herc
dar72
bresmj
shenmueryan
Prices were hiked yesterday and all last week and reduced to normal prices today to give the illusion of a good deal. Items I had in my basket went up by 300% in some cases and then were discounted to maybe a few pence below the normal selling price. This may not be the case site wide but it's my experience
I agree, that has been my experience too.
It gives an indication of the general trading ethos accepted by AE. I would be wary of spending too much on this site.
Free markets are good, if you don't like it. DON'T BUY
If someone increases prices then decreases them to normal for a sale it doesn't mean that "something has to be done about this!" it means you need to be observant and decide if you still want to buy. Take some responsibility for your own actions.
Its not so much that, its that its deliberately done to mislead, its done to fool people, people don't like being fooled it leaves a sour taste in your mouth.......never understand that if you be transparent and always offer your best price then people will repeat custom rather then buy something after finding its not cheap as they were lead to believe won't buy anything from you again......
Then think about things critically enough that you don't get misled. Give your money to those that aren't misleading you and then the others will either change their ways or go out of business.
Buy things that you need based on the price that they are, not how much they're discounted by. If it's currently the lowest price then who cares what it was priced at yesterday? It's like when people whine on ebay about postage prices...order the list by item price+postage and buy the cheapest, who cares how much of the price is defined as postage? Don't like it? Shut up and DON'T BUY IT.
People whining like this is why we end up with a society full of silly rules and people trying to control each other all the time, this is why we end up with governments and other malicious organisations, because people think they can't take responsibility for their own decisions and government protects the stupid and ignorant at the expense of the rest of us.
I totally agree buy stuff because the price is right not how much discount may or may not be applied. You seem to be missing the point though I have a problem with people trying to mislead others.....that's it. Some people in our society are vulnerable for whatever reason and fall pray to these things. So its just tough luck? Your suggestions are curing the symptom not the underlying problem......people shouldn't have to be constantly investigating misleading reference pricing, suppliers should stop ripping consumers off........its got so bad that the OFT have started to clamp down on it and you trying to defend the practice is remarkable........
#26
Herc
dar72
Herc
dar72
bresmj
shenmueryan
Prices were hiked yesterday and all last week and reduced to normal prices today to give the illusion of a good deal. Items I had in my basket went up by 300% in some cases and then were discounted to maybe a few pence below the normal selling price. This may not be the case site wide but it's my experience
I agree, that has been my experience too.
It gives an indication of the general trading ethos accepted by AE. I would be wary of spending too much on this site.
Free markets are good, if you don't like it. DON'T BUY
If someone increases prices then decreases them to normal for a sale it doesn't mean that "something has to be done about this!" it means you need to be observant and decide if you still want to buy. Take some responsibility for your own actions.
Its not so much that, its that its deliberately done to mislead, its done to fool people, people don't like being fooled it leaves a sour taste in your mouth.......never understand that if you be transparent and always offer your best price then people will repeat custom rather then buy something after finding its not cheap as they were lead to believe won't buy anything from you again......
Then think about things critically enough that you don't get misled. Give your money to those that aren't misleading you and then the others will either change their ways or go out of business.
Buy things that you need based on the price that they are, not how much they're discounted by. If it's currently the lowest price then who cares what it was priced at yesterday? It's like when people whine on ebay about postage prices...order the list by item price+postage and buy the cheapest, who cares how much of the price is defined as postage? Don't like it? Shut up and DON'T BUY IT.
People whining like this is why we end up with a society full of silly rules and people trying to control each other all the time, this is why we end up with governments and other malicious organisations, because people think they can't take responsibility for their own decisions and government protects the stupid and ignorant at the expense of the rest of us.
I totally agree buy stuff because the price is right not how much discount may or may not be applied. You seem to be missing the point though I have a problem with people trying to mislead others.....that's it. Some people in our society are vulnerable for whatever reason and fall pray to these things. So its just tough luck? Your suggestions are curing the symptom not the underlying problem......people shouldn't have to be constantly investigating misleading reference pricing, suppliers should stop ripping consumers off........its got so bad that the OFT have started to clamp down on it and you trying to defend the practice is remarkable........

Then buy from the UK where you'll definitely be ripped off with much higher prices. Often you'll be buying the same items with a big markup on them because they're imported by someone else, that's your choice - enjoy.

If you want that kind of protection, buy from the UK where you'll pay for your protection, that's fine, it's your choice. Those of us who can look after ourselves can enjoy lower prices from imported items. My issue is that people complaining about things like this puts things in jeopardy by risking governments setting up more unneeded laws to protect us when some of us don't want to be protected.

So in summary, you do what you want so long as you don't step on the rest of us. (That's the only law we need btw)
#27
It's removing ky items from basket when I try to proceed from basket, anyone else having this problem?
#28
dar72
Herc
dar72
Herc
dar72
bresmj
shenmueryan
Prices were hiked yesterday and all last week and reduced to normal prices today to give the illusion of a good deal. Items I had in my basket went up by 300% in some cases and then were discounted to maybe a few pence below the normal selling price. This may not be the case site wide but it's my experience
I agree, that has been my experience too.
It gives an indication of the general trading ethos accepted by AE. I would be wary of spending too much on this site.
Free markets are good, if you don't like it. DON'T BUY
If someone increases prices then decreases them to normal for a sale it doesn't mean that "something has to be done about this!" it means you need to be observant and decide if you still want to buy. Take some responsibility for your own actions.
Its not so much that, its that its deliberately done to mislead, its done to fool people, people don't like being fooled it leaves a sour taste in your mouth.......never understand that if you be transparent and always offer your best price then people will repeat custom rather then buy something after finding its not cheap as they were lead to believe won't buy anything from you again......
Then think about things critically enough that you don't get misled. Give your money to those that aren't misleading you and then the others will either change their ways or go out of business.
Buy things that you need based on the price that they are, not how much they're discounted by. If it's currently the lowest price then who cares what it was priced at yesterday? It's like when people whine on ebay about postage prices...order the list by item price+postage and buy the cheapest, who cares how much of the price is defined as postage? Don't like it? Shut up and DON'T BUY IT.
People whining like this is why we end up with a society full of silly rules and people trying to control each other all the time, this is why we end up with governments and other malicious organisations, because people think they can't take responsibility for their own decisions and government protects the stupid and ignorant at the expense of the rest of us.
I totally agree buy stuff because the price is right not how much discount may or may not be applied. You seem to be missing the point though I have a problem with people trying to mislead others.....that's it. Some people in our society are vulnerable for whatever reason and fall pray to these things. So its just tough luck? Your suggestions are curing the symptom not the underlying problem......people shouldn't have to be constantly investigating misleading reference pricing, suppliers should stop ripping consumers off........its got so bad that the OFT have started to clamp down on it and you trying to defend the practice is remarkable........
Then buy from the UK where you'll definitely be ripped off with much higher prices. Often you'll be buying the same items with a big markup on them because they're imported by someone else, that's your choice - enjoy.
If you want that kind of protection, buy from the UK where you'll pay for your protection, that's fine, it's your choice. Those of us who can look after ourselves can enjoy lower prices from imported items. My issue is that people complaining about things like this puts things in jeopardy by risking governments setting up more unneeded laws to protect us when some of us don't want to be protected.
So in summary, you do what you want so long as you don't step on the rest of us. (That's the only law we need btw)
I wasn't talking about Ali express specifically although my missus buys a lot of stuff from there and unlike eBay they never see in the buyers favour and insist you return costs even when they are at fault. I was talking about sellers in general but if you got no problem with sellers pulling the wool over people's eyes then fine that was all my point was I disapproved of the practice you seem to be all for it fine whatever......
#29
Herc
dar72
Herc
dar72
Herc
dar72
bresmj
shenmueryan
Prices were hiked yesterday and all last week and reduced to normal prices today to give the illusion of a good deal. Items I had in my basket went up by 300% in some cases and then were discounted to maybe a few pence below the normal selling price. This may not be the case site wide but it's my experience
I agree, that has been my experience too.
It gives an indication of the general trading ethos accepted by AE. I would be wary of spending too much on this site.
Free markets are good, if you don't like it. DON'T BUY
If someone increases prices then decreases them to normal for a sale it doesn't mean that "something has to be done about this!" it means you need to be observant and decide if you still want to buy. Take some responsibility for your own actions.
Its not so much that, its that its deliberately done to mislead, its done to fool people, people don't like being fooled it leaves a sour taste in your mouth.......never understand that if you be transparent and always offer your best price then people will repeat custom rather then buy something after finding its not cheap as they were lead to believe won't buy anything from you again......
Then think about things critically enough that you don't get misled. Give your money to those that aren't misleading you and then the others will either change their ways or go out of business.
Buy things that you need based on the price that they are, not how much they're discounted by. If it's currently the lowest price then who cares what it was priced at yesterday? It's like when people whine on ebay about postage prices...order the list by item price+postage and buy the cheapest, who cares how much of the price is defined as postage? Don't like it? Shut up and DON'T BUY IT.
People whining like this is why we end up with a society full of silly rules and people trying to control each other all the time, this is why we end up with governments and other malicious organisations, because people think they can't take responsibility for their own decisions and government protects the stupid and ignorant at the expense of the rest of us.
I totally agree buy stuff because the price is right not how much discount may or may not be applied. You seem to be missing the point though I have a problem with people trying to mislead others.....that's it. Some people in our society are vulnerable for whatever reason and fall pray to these things. So its just tough luck? Your suggestions are curing the symptom not the underlying problem......people shouldn't have to be constantly investigating misleading reference pricing, suppliers should stop ripping consumers off........its got so bad that the OFT have started to clamp down on it and you trying to defend the practice is remarkable........
Then buy from the UK where you'll definitely be ripped off with much higher prices. Often you'll be buying the same items with a big markup on them because they're imported by someone else, that's your choice - enjoy.
If you want that kind of protection, buy from the UK where you'll pay for your protection, that's fine, it's your choice. Those of us who can look after ourselves can enjoy lower prices from imported items. My issue is that people complaining about things like this puts things in jeopardy by risking governments setting up more unneeded laws to protect us when some of us don't want to be protected.
So in summary, you do what you want so long as you don't step on the rest of us. (That's the only law we need btw)
I wasn't talking about Ali express specifically although my missus buys a lot of stuff from there and unlike eBay they never see in the buyers favour and insist you return costs even when they are at fault. I was talking about sellers in general but if you got no problem with sellers pulling the wool over people's eyes then fine that was all my point was I disapproved of the practice you seem to be all for it fine whatever......

Imagine that you need a pair of shoes because your existing ones are falling apart, you decide to go online to have a look. You see a pair that meet your needs for £10 in a sale and another for £15, you decide on the £10 ones. You have just decided that you're willing to spend £10 for what's on offer and that you weren't willing to spend the £15 on the other pair.

You later find out that the shoes that you bought were actually £10 a month ago, the seller put the price up to £15 before the sale then lowered it back to £10 to make it seem like they were reduced. Do you care? Why?

If you do care, how do you react? Do you simply not buy from them again and let the market regulate things or do you act like a whiney little child and go crying to government or some other form of "authority" therefore spoiling it for the rest of us?

If you go looking at the sale and see the £10 shoes but you don't actually need a pair of shoes right now and your sole/primary reason for buying them is that they're reduced to £10 then you definitely are a victim. This is how people get poor. If you buy the £10 AND the £15 ones then you're really going to be poor.

In summary if you buy based on needs and critically access situations in the present moment then this shouldn't be an issue. I bought very little in the sale, what I did buy was in my cart from a few things I selected a week or so before, I saw that some were going to be in the sale and waited to order them during the sale (it's coming from China, what's another week?). I don't care how much these items cost a month, 6 months or a year ago, it's irrelevant, I'd selected the items from the sellers that would be offering them for the lowest price.
#30
dar72
Herc
dar72
Herc
dar72
Herc
dar72
bresmj
shenmueryan
Prices were hiked yesterday and all last week and reduced to normal prices today to give the illusion of a good deal. Items I had in my basket went up by 300% in some cases and then were discounted to maybe a few pence below the normal selling price. This may not be the case site wide but it's my experience
I agree, that has been my experience too.
It gives an indication of the general trading ethos accepted by AE. I would be wary of spending too much on this site.
Free markets are good, if you don't like it. DON'T BUY
If someone increases prices then decreases them to normal for a sale it doesn't mean that "something has to be done about this!" it means you need to be observant and decide if you still want to buy. Take some responsibility for your own actions.
Its not so much that, its that its deliberately done to mislead, its done to fool people, people don't like being fooled it leaves a sour taste in your mouth.......never understand that if you be transparent and always offer your best price then people will repeat custom rather then buy something after finding its not cheap as they were lead to believe won't buy anything from you again......
Then think about things critically enough that you don't get misled. Give your money to those that aren't misleading you and then the others will either change their ways or go out of business.
Buy things that you need based on the price that they are, not how much they're discounted by. If it's currently the lowest price then who cares what it was priced at yesterday? It's like when people whine on ebay about postage prices...order the list by item price+postage and buy the cheapest, who cares how much of the price is defined as postage? Don't like it? Shut up and DON'T BUY IT.
People whining like this is why we end up with a society full of silly rules and people trying to control each other all the time, this is why we end up with governments and other malicious organisations, because people think they can't take responsibility for their own decisions and government protects the stupid and ignorant at the expense of the rest of us.
I totally agree buy stuff because the price is right not how much discount may or may not be applied. You seem to be missing the point though I have a problem with people trying to mislead others.....that's it. Some people in our society are vulnerable for whatever reason and fall pray to these things. So its just tough luck? Your suggestions are curing the symptom not the underlying problem......people shouldn't have to be constantly investigating misleading reference pricing, suppliers should stop ripping consumers off........its got so bad that the OFT have started to clamp down on it and you trying to defend the practice is remarkable........
Then buy from the UK where you'll definitely be ripped off with much higher prices. Often you'll be buying the same items with a big markup on them because they're imported by someone else, that's your choice - enjoy.
If you want that kind of protection, buy from the UK where you'll pay for your protection, that's fine, it's your choice. Those of us who can look after ourselves can enjoy lower prices from imported items. My issue is that people complaining about things like this puts things in jeopardy by risking governments setting up more unneeded laws to protect us when some of us don't want to be protected.
So in summary, you do what you want so long as you don't step on the rest of us. (That's the only law we need btw)
I wasn't talking about Ali express specifically although my missus buys a lot of stuff from there and unlike eBay they never see in the buyers favour and insist you return costs even when they are at fault. I was talking about sellers in general but if you got no problem with sellers pulling the wool over people's eyes then fine that was all my point was I disapproved of the practice you seem to be all for it fine whatever......
Imagine that you need a pair of shoes because your existing ones are falling apart, you decide to go online to have a look. You see a pair that meet your needs for £10 in a sale and another for £15, you decide on the £10 ones. You have just decided that you're willing to spend £10 for what's on offer and that you weren't willing to spend the £15 on the other pair.
You later find out that the shoes that you bought were actually £10 a month ago, the seller put the price up to £15 before the sale then lowered it back to £10 to make it seem like they were reduced. Do you care? Why?
If you do care, how do you react? Do you simply not buy from them again and let the market regulate things or do you act like a whiney little child and go crying to government or some other form of "authority" therefore spoiling it for the rest of us?
If you go looking at the sale and see the £10 shoes but you don't actually need a pair of shoes right now and your sole/primary reason for buying them is that they're reduced to £10 then you definitely are a victim. This is how people get poor. If you buy the £10 AND the £15 ones then you're really going to be poor.
In summary if you buy based on needs and critically access situations in the present moment then this shouldn't be an issue. I bought very little in the sale, what I did buy was in my cart from a few things I selected a week or so before, I saw that some were going to be in the sale and waited to order them during the sale (it's coming from China, what's another week?). I don't care how much these items cost a month, 6 months or a year ago, it's irrelevant, I'd selected the items from the sellers that would be offering them for the lowest price.
Your arguing with yourself here son, I already said I agreed with you I just disagreed with the practice of deliberately trying to dupe people, if they want to legislate to have to make retailers show how long something has been at a certain price....like they have then fine why you got a bee in your bonnet about it? Do you work in a dubious marketing department?

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