Let’s see a little tutorial to see how to buy in the Chinese store Aliexpress. It is one of the best market places that exist on the Internet because the products are manufactured in China at ridiculous prices with good quality. Most products offer free shipping.
There are many possibilities to make these products purchased on Aliexpress profitable. In addition to buying them for personal use, they can be resold on Ebay, or Amazon for double the price.
For my spanish friends, I just wrote a complete guide to shopping at Aliexpress Spain.
Buy a Product in Aliexpress in English
On December, I made a purchase at Aliexpress, something I wanted to buy for personal use. It was an electronic suitcase weighing. Very useful if you make frequent trips.
The first thing I did was compare prices on Amazon and Aliexpress. Of the model I wanted, Amazon prices were between 90-120% more expensive than Aliexpress.
The good thing about Amazon is that their transportation is fast because their warehouses are close to the airports of the cities, and they have a very sophisticated and variable internal quality ranking system. The problem is that prices are high compared to other Chinese stores, and many suppliers buy their products in China and resell them on more expensive Amazon.
Choosing a product in Aliexpress
If you are not yet registered with Aliexpress, you can do so for free and in two minutes. I wrote an article about how to easily create an account on Aliexpress.
You can search for the product you want in the search bar of the web. You can change the country you want, or the currency. I set the prices to be in dollars.
Normally filter by sales and also by prices to have a more global vision. When I choose the product I pay attention to the evaluation of the article and the comments. I did not choose the cheapest suitcase weighing as a couple of his references were not good. So I chose another one, a few cents more expensive but with better references.
Each supplier has a mini shop within Aliexpress where all the products sold on the platform, their evaluation, feedback, score, supplier’s age, and other important data are displayed. They also show you the number of times that store has been added to favorites, so the higher it is, the more people you like.
You can chat or write him a message. It is highly recommended to do it, I did it just to ask a question about the product in question. It’s also a good trick to find out if there’s someone behind that store.
Steps for buying and shipping the product
Once the article has been selected, we take it to the shopping cart and we will have to fill in our personal details. Obviously, it is the data and the address that we want to send the product.
The next step is to review the price and characteristics of the product purchased. We will come your price, the cost of shipping (if free, we will come 0), and the delivery time. If you have a coupon Aliexpress discount will reduce the price.
And finally select the method of payment. The best is VISA.
Then you will see the message of receipt of payment.
In the tab «My orders» you can see all the details about the price and shipping.
Immediately after paying, you will receive an email saying that the payment is being verified and that it will not take more than one day to process it. After the verification, the supplier receives a message to start preparing the order.
Shipment of the Chinese supplier’s order in Aliexpress
Depending on the type of product, its size, etc., the processing time is usually no more than 3 days. In this case, it only took 1 day to prepare it and leave it in Chinapost. Aliexpress notifies you with an email when the Chinese supplier has done so. It also reminds you which date is the last date with order protection. That’s 60 days after the purchase.
If you want to extend the days of protection of the buyer, (which is usually a guarantee) you can contact the seller directly to request acceptance.
Within our Aliexpress profile options, we can see the order locator, to see where it is at the moment.
Check the Product when it arrives at home
In my case, it came to me 38 days after the purchase. If in the 60 days of protection of the seller did not receive the order, you can open a dispute, but before the end of that period because if not, the order ends and is considered satisfactorily received.
And if you received the order satisfactorily, you can «Confirm Receipt» or do nothing at all. Aliexpress will release the money to the Chinese seller.
When we receive the item, it’s important to take pictures of the unopened package, and open it.
Take a good look at the product, take pictures of it and see if it works. You can also make a short video. This is good because it can serve as a test in case the package arrived to you in a defective or harmful way. You can send all these photos to Aliexpress so that they accept the dispute and the seller sends you another product.
The weighing of my suitcases came to me in a padded and well-protected envelope. It worked well and everything was correct.