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AliExpress, located at and run by AliBaba, is a website established in 2010 for global buyers who are interested in purchasing wholesale products directly from the Chinese wholesalers that produce them.

According to their website, says that there are currently over 2 billion internet users, over 70% of whom have purchased a product online from a Chinese manufacturer.

With over 100,000 Chinese wholesalers available to online buyers today, offers more than 9.5 million products from more than 4,000 categories, like automotive, fashion, computers and electronics, weddings and events, and more. claims to cut out the middle man and instead give you access to all these wholesalers and products in one place, along with a wide variety of buyer protection policies.

First, they use an Escrow payment system. holds your payment until you are able to confirm satisfactory delivery of the product, and only then will they release it to the seller.

They also mark certain sellers as Assurance Plus Sellers. These sellers promise Speedy Processing, where goods are shipped within 48 hours. These sellers also provide a Description Warranty, and if the item you receive is not as it was described in the warranty, you can request a refund.

Some of these sellers also have Free Return policies, where if you are dissatisfied with the product, you can open a dispute claim within 15 days of delivers, and you can get free return shipping. also has a site wide policy which states that if you do not receive your product within 60 days, that you can receive a full refund of your product price. The site hopes that these policies make safe for all your online purchases.

If you have any experience with this site, please leave your reviews below.

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I've had no problems with Aliexpress

Reviewed By goldflesh on April 19, 2017

I buy a lot of small cheap stuff with free shipping to South Africa. It takes forever to arrive (1-2 months) but, free shipping! Ali only releases the money to the seller once you confirm delivery. You can request extending buyer protection or dispute the order and get your money back. The seller does the shipping so you never know. Test the seller by buying something cheap before you buy expensive items and remember to extend buyer protection. Sometimes I forget to extend, but then I lose very little if it doesn't get here. Also, large and/or expensive stuff will probably end up at customs.

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It worked once

Reviewed By Big Kevin on July 4, 2014, London

I used this site once to buy two products. It took a while to arrive in the UK but it eventually did. You must be careful and make sure it is the thing you really want though as I think there is no way you could realistically send it back.

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Reviewed By Maureen on December 3, 2012, United States

They will take your money and no "BUYERS PROTECTION" as claimed!!!

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