Interesting thanks for heads up but, type in "charge back aliexpress" in google, and you will see plenty of people being given money back by credit card company using aliexpress e.g. " If they do neither then call your credit card for a charge back. This is what I had to do. Make sure you did the dispute first as your credit card company may want to see you actually tried to resolve on your own." https://forums.redflagdeals.com/aliexpress-dispute-help-2072683/ so the rules are abit more complicated , read this https://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/credit-cards/section-75-credit-card-warning-online-payments-lose-protection/ "However, if the firm you're buying from has a "Commercial Entity Agreement" you'll be able to make a claim under Section 75 even if you use PayPal." not sure if aliexpress has that but if its already been given back by a credit card company then that sets a precedent and I see no reason another credit card company deny you that. Lastly read this article https://forums.redflagdeals.com/aliexpress-damaged-good-chargeback-2169025/ just reminded me how aliexpress operate, they wont let anyone fuck up their platform so they will side with the buyer as long as you have the evidence and they will give you your money back, the sellers are scared of you escalating your claim with aliexpress. at the end of the day this has more than reassured me with my rights and I have 100% faith I am covered even below £100 since I would ask aliexpress to step in. but I guess its upto you to make an educated decision if your covered, have I convinced you?
If you are thinking of section 75 protection on a credit card then i don't think it will apply on aliexpress because you pay aliexpress who hold your payment until you confirm you have received the phone or i think it is 60 days and you have not opened a dispute before they pay the seller so it will be seen as third party involvement and not a direct contract between you and the seller apparently the same applies to using a credit card on paypal to buy something they are seen as third party although you may still have paypal protection. Another one is if you buy goods on a credit card from Amazon third-party sellers listed with the company name you're buying it from (as opposed to buying goods which Amazon directly sells itself, clearly listed as 'dispatched from and sold by Amazon'). Here Amazon is acting as an agency. Here is link to moneysavingexpert explaining it https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/credit-cards/PayPal-Section75/
there's no such thing as 100% defect free. Even Samsung have defect units. This is part and parcel from ordering from China. BUT you can cover yourself, 1/ pay with a credit card, the sellers always say you have a years warrenty, if they don't honour it, all you do is take pictures, and send it recorded delivery back to china, yeah it will cost you postage back, but you give that information and tell your credit card company and they will put money back into your account (what you paid for the phone not postage back). This way your gambling £10 ish. 2/ do your research, read reviews for unit, for shop, check how reputable the company that make the phones are, xiaomi are one of if not the best hardware marker for phones, make solid phones. A phone with this hardware is about £350 if you buy from UK, your paying just over a third for this phone and potentially loosing out on £10 (return postage back), so the maths works out and I will take those odds any time. btw I've not found a defect unit of buying from china yet
Got mine 2 months back and won’t charge. No support from Ali express nor the supplier. Better to get something local with warranty
Pay a bit extra and buy the global version.makes sense in the long run.i have the global version got it off eBay from ireland.when the USA codes were on paid 140.fantastic piece of kit.even the camera is good.put nova launcher on it runs perfect.mi max 3 be my next purchase once global version available September,October ish