In “Aliexpress Portals Review,” I suggested opting for an express delivery service while placing orders, so as to have the purchases delivered to one’s home fast and in sound conditions. Well, the service has a cost that cancels much of the savings that the cheap prices generate. Nonetheless, without going back on my words, I find it necessary to add that where there is no haste, it is better and more profitable to accept the free shipping arrangement guaranteed in almost all business transactions in Aliexpress platforms. You pay the exact sum asked for the articles and within days or weeks or a month or more, (depending in the country you live in and it’s postal services) you will have the goods delivered right at your doorstep —- with no extra cost!
In December 2015 I saw some Winter products I needed: a heating blanket, a heating cloak, and a pair of heating shoes. Settling for express delivery service for all three was out of the question: the blanket, for example, cost roughly $17; if added to the $23 requested for an express delivery, the total cost jumps to $40: much close to the Euro 45 I would have spent buying it in my local store.
In the end I choose the shoes for express delivery and, the blanket and the cloak, free shipping. The express parcel arrived before Christmas. In mid January the heating cloak too was delivered and shortly after, the blanket. Both, I now agree, were excellent bargains since their cost was a lot much less than I would have paid, had I bought them even from a local Chinese-owned boutique.
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I have since learnt a lesson: dig the well before you are thirsty…
Plainly put, I make my orders now in advance of the seasons: for my Spring needs, I placed orders in winter, free shipping, and one after the other they come delivered home to me – Buck-free – I intend continuing the same way. In Spring I will cater for the Summer’s needs and, in Summer attend to the needs of Autumn, etc.
“A stitch in time, I hear, “saves nine.”
Again, permit me to share with you a bit more of my Aliexpress experiences. Two of them, lately, stood out clear of how the cookie crumbles without you wanting it to. An order I placed was running out of its Buyer protection period. Four days before expiration date I opened a dispute but left it to the trader to make an extension, if he believed his parcel was still in transit. He failed to do so and, Aliexpress promptly granted me a full refund. Now I know I should have contacted him first, before filing a dispute.
The second experience was equally educative: a seller sent a mail informing me that my order has been delivered. “Where?” I asked, “here, nothing has arrived.” In the end we agreed to wait a week or two before deciding on what to do. It was as well we did wait: the parcel arrived two weeks later.
Let me conclude by underlining the necessity of keeping an eye on the mail menu in one’s account. Many sellers contact the buyer immediately after receiving an order; sometimes to express their gratitude to the buyer for choosing their store; or they offer information relative to the transaction: principally the tracking information. In all it helps break the ice between the buyer and the seller and facilitates the chances of their transaction being a success for one and the other.