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Had anyone used these guys?

I have considered using these guys a few times recently, but not got round to it yet.

Has anyone used them? If so what are your opinions?

Having had a look round, there seem to be a few advantages and disadvantages:

For non brand goods low prices and free shipping

However, for definite original branded goods maybe even more expensive than Amazon, and there seem to be quite a few fake / grey market things on there.

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Used them a few times. Protection works well if the goods don't arrive/weren't actually sent. If goods are damaged/unsuitable, you can probably say goodbye to your money (basically alibaba will side with the seller on you returning the goods if faulty, and that will likely cost you a small fortune and/or the seller will deny their arrival, offer you only a portion of a refund).

The place has more scammers than eBay. If eBay is like the wild west, then Alibaba is like Mos Eisley space port. I only really consider sellers who have ratings in the thousands (and relatively recent ones too). It is not uncommon for a previously good seller to turn bad.

For a lot of stuff, especially considering the above, they are no longer the cheapest either. If I need cheap Chinese tat - eBay or Amazon usually scratches the itch.

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Used them a few times. Protection works well if the goods don't arrive/weren't actually sent. If goods are damaged/unsuitable, you can probably say goodbye to your money (basically alibaba will side with the seller on you returning the goods if faulty, and that will likely cost you a small fortune and/or the seller will deny their arrival, offer you only a portion of a refund).

The place has more scammers than eBay. If eBay is like the wild west, then Alibaba is like Mos Eisley space port.

"These are not the willy shaped bottle openers that you are looking for!".

Pretty much the above. If it arrives and is damaged you can pretty much wave goodbye to your money.

As an alternative do a google for several Chinese retailers who now have warehouses in places like Spain or Holland.

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