Let’s get the elephant out of the room right away: I’m no fan of copyright infringement to say the least, and I am well aware of the bad rap Alibaba Group is getting. Asia’s biggest Internet company has, on multiple occasions, been labeled a haven for knockoffs and put on the blacklist for fakes, surely not entirely without grounds.
Despite their damaged credibility in the U.S. though, I’m determined to demonstrate to you how AliExpress can still be your go-to for scoring pretty cool (and not fraudulent) stuff by showing you some of my favorite purchases on the global retail marketplace.
To call the following items affordable would be an understatement, dirt cheap explains the case better. Sometimes you can’t help but wonder, how on earth is it possible to maintain such offers? And it’s not just the prices either!
It’s true I could get some of these items locally from brick-and-mortar shops, but why would I really, when I can order from the convenience of my home to be delivered – with free shipping! – right to my doorsteps.
You might argue the importance of keeping local enterprises in business and I wholeheartedly agree, especially when it comes to the food economy (see my thoughts on honey). These products however are not made here. Stores are just re-selling them, probably sourced from the very same place anyway.
I don’t mind the waiting either, because what I buy from the site is never needed acutely. It arrives when it arrives, usually within 2-3 weeks (20-60 days being the official estimated shipping time).
But what about buyer protection? In hundreds (oh my!) of transactions, the few problems I had so far were all satisfyingly resolved. With full refunds if you don’t receive your order, and partial or full money-back guarantee if your item is not as described, you are covered.
Still not convinced? Check out these products and remember, you’re just a few clicks away from such bargains. Thank me later 🙂
10 Absolute Steals from AliExpress:
Chalkboard stickers. Reusable and removable in different shapes, 8 pcs from $0.37.
Paper cupcake liners. Many shapes, sizes and patterns, 20-50-100 pcs starting from $0.63/lot.
Paper straws. For all your soirées from $0.86/25 pcs, in many colors and patterns.
Glass vials with cork. I’m thinking favors! Different shapes and sizes available, per piece or per lot.
Baker’s twine. 4-8-12 ply, over 40 colors available (even metallics!) by yard or spool.
Kraft paper tags. Many shapes and sizes starting at $0.16, from 10 up to 1000 pcs.
Silicone moulds. Unbelievable selection for ice cubes, chocolate, fondant or even candles.
Tea bags. Empty, with a string seal. Get 100 pcs for as low as $1.12
Satin ribbons. With different widths, a variety of length and all colors of the rainbow.
Cookie cutters. The cutest, funniest and weirdest you’ll ever find, starting from $0.46
All images via AliExpress
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