How AliExpress can help your budget

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How AliExpress can help your budget

Online commerce has taken a new turn in recent times and several sites have specialized in the field. Whether you are already a user, or if you are a little reluctant, you have probably heard of AliExpress, one of the big players in this field ?! Well, in this article you will find out several things about this platform.

Small useful details such as the fact that the prices are sometimes slightly lower on the mobile application. (Yes yes we checked and it's good to know). ^^

But what does this have to do with our marriage portal, will you tell me? Well, as many of you have asked us how to optimize your wedding budget, this article is part of the answer, just like the one we shared with you on sponsoring the event. Of course, this one doesn't just apply to marriage. We will see how to take advantage of the low prices offered in general, but you will see that this event is particularly suitable because it is anticipated. Moreover, do not hesitate to share the article if you like it or if it can be useful to relatives.

You can use the table of contents and go directly to a specific part if you want or read the whole thing.

AliExpress: what exactly is it?


AliExpress is a leader in e-commerce and a branch of Alibaba, also well known in this industry. Before going any further, remember that although these 2 names are similar, they are 2 very distinct sites, each having their own mode of operation.

AliExpress logo

This Chinese sales site provides you with a varied range of products from many brands in each area. It is a platform that connects suppliers and customers from all over the world.

Electronic commerce has undergone a huge expansion in recent years. Consumers' habits are changing, they are buying more and more products on the net and that AliExpress, as other players have understood. Moreover, if you are yourself a trader and have no online presence, perhaps it would be good to think about it (Closed parenthesis ^ _ ^).

What can you buy on AliExpress?

AliExpress has an endless selection of products that can be shipped almost anywhere. And contrary to what I have read on some articles, you can find all kinds of brands whether they are Chinese or not.

Electronics, shoes, clothing, furniture, spare parts, the list goes on and there is a good chance that you will find what you are looking for. It would also surely be easier to list what is not on this marketplace.  
This Chinese giant also enables suppliers to raise awareness of their products, thanks to a web platform available in more than 10 languages to date. 

Wedding decoration available on Aliexpress

When one thinks of purchasing from suppliers, one can very easily imagine large volume purchases. And besides, this is one of the points on which some people sometimes confuse the two "Ali". AliExpress is completely accessible to individuals and it is possible to order individual products or even small volumes at affordable prices.

Be careful when you start shopping on AliExpress

If you decide to make your first purchases on AliExpress, especially if the prices are below those charged in your region, remember anyway that these are expenses.

Faced with very low prices, we are sometimes tempted to want to buy everything and even what we do not really need. So for this site to really contribute to your budget as the title of this article indicates, it is important that it is not a source of compulsive shopping for you.

This advice is valid for purchases in general. I saw fit to specify it because in my entourage of the close relations became true fans. They shop there almost every week to the point of forgetting what they ordered the month before. Ahahah.

Others took advantage of it especially for their wedding which gave me the idea for this article, hoping it will be of use to you.

Beware of the standards of electrical or electronic products such as certain smartphone accessories for example. These are things that may vary by country. 

How "well" to buy?

Once on the site or the mobile application start by entering the name of the desired product, then I recommend that you select "Orders" rather than "Relevance" in the sorting options. This choice will highlight the sellers who made the most sales. Logically, they are also those who will have the most customer reviews. It is a very good indicator to make a choice among all the merchants on a marketplace of this type. Prefer stores with more than 90% of positive reviews and existing for more than 1 year. Don't just stop at product photos.

To avoid surprises, make sure your country is selected in the area where you have the choice of languages and then check the "Free delivery" box first. If you do not find what you want you can redo a search with this box unchecked.

A little further down I tell you more about deliveries, deadlines, costs, transparency ...

However, keep this advice for your purchases on Ali Express, especially if you are located in a country of the European Union or further from Asia: Give preference to orders that can wait, especially if you want to benefit from the economical delivery method.

To take the example of marriage, is yours in 6 months or more? Have you found placemats, accessories and decorative items with great discounts on Aliexpress? It would be a shame to do without.

Why is the AliExpress site cheap?

The notion of what is expensive and what is not depends on each person's reference point, and very often on the country in which one is located. Compared to the prices charged in some European countries, for example, some smartphones and a variety of high-tech products are sometimes cheaper on the AliExpress e-commerce site.

Plus, AliExpress often has free shipping despite the distance they travel before reaching you. Great deals paid for from China that reach you without you having to worry about shipping costs, and with no minimum purchase, that's pretty awesome isn't it?

Where other e-commerce places the emphasis on extremely short delivery times, Ali "Express" puts more emphasis on price. The delivery method has something to do with it and will have an impact on the delivery times that can reach several weeks ... The site does not hide it and displays delivery estimates leaving the user in general a wide choice. paid delivery methods for faster reception. 

Of course if you are located in Asia these deadlines will surely be even shorter, just as the concept of reduced price is not the same as explained above. It is this particular point that makes this site an asset for the budget for a wedding. Indeed, as this is an event that is generally prepared a long time in advance if you find your happiness there at a favorable price it would be a shame not to take advantage of it. Decorations, accessories for a dress code for your guests, disguises for the photo corner the options are numerous.

Apparently there are no VAT or customs charges applied to the end customer, two points which generally increase the price of the items purchased.

You will see that some sellers (not all) offer deliveries from countries other than China. This can have an impact on time and price, it's up to you which is more important.

Is the AliExpress site reliable?

As mentioned above, this platform is not a company that markets its own products. It sells different products from different suppliers and intended for the general public. Most of the sellers that you will find on this site are reliable but that does not exclude the possibility of stumbling upon some merchants who do not obey the clauses of the platform. That being said, for me Aliexpress is a reliable site to shop for.

In details:

Product quality

Each product is generally offered by several suppliers in order to give you more freedom of choice. Before making your choice, you can consult the opinions of previous customers to ensure quality and seriousness.

These customer opinions are valuable indicators when we are faced with a catalog offering such a large range of products. Don't settle for the star rating and read the details. As much as possible, seek opinions from customers from the same country as you or from neighboring countries. You want to know how to order that product that attracts you has traveled to arrive at your next door neighbor. Also on electronic products, standards that may vary these comments may provide valuable information. However, do not turn around at the first negative comment, rather use it to form an opinion on the customer relationship and the supplier's after-sales service.

Product guarantees

An unhappy customer has the freedom to give the seller a bad rating on AliExpress. This is why sellers most of the time try to find common ground with you if the product sent is not actually what you expected. You have of course the possibility of returning it to the seller but only in case of product not conforming to the description and not when you change your mind and no longer want the product in question.

Refunds and disputes

Before you ask the question, know that yes, the AliExpress site offers the possibility of obtaining a partial, sometimes total, refund for your items under certain conditions that you will find at the footer of their site.

Unusual payment methods?

AliExpress offers a variety of payment methods. It is possible that some of them are unknown to you because little or not present in your country of residence. In this kind of situation it is better to choose a payment method that you are used to. The site also offers two more specific payment methods: AliPocket and AliPay.

Alipay is a payment platform designed to simplify online transactions. It is possible to create an account there, in order to register one or more means of payment and then use the account created to make an online transaction without entering your card information on the merchant site. To put it simply AliPay is a wallet, comparable to Paypal , which some of you may be familiar with, with similar advantages such as a purchase protection system in particular. So you can find AliPay on other sites that accept this payment method.

Alipocket is a system of pre-paid "gift" cards. There are different amounts that you can purchase for yourself or as a gift for use on the AliExpress site.

To go further with your purchases

Trend monitoring

There is an extension for Google Chrome that lets you know the price history of a product. This allows you to quickly know if you are getting the best price and why not negotiate by contacting the seller. Yes yes it is possible to get coupons from sellers and pay even less. Find the extension here.

Ali Express Cashback

For those who do not know, the principle of cashback is to recover part of the amount spent and it is possible on the AliExpress Marketplace. For this you can click here and create an account on the iGraal site which also offers an extension to add to your browser. Once installed, this extension will tell you if a casbahs offer exists on the site you are visiting and you will only have to click on a link to take advantage of it at the time of purchase. You will see that many merchant sites are partners and offer cash back.

On Ali Express on average you will be reimbursed from 2 to 7% of the amount of the purchase. On other brands such as ASOS, Lancôme or Sarenza, they may be different. As a general rule, the sum is validated once the order has been completed, received and accepted or within 60 days.

Note: If you are an Adblock user, be aware that there may be a compatibility conflict. If necessary, deactivate Adblock while using iGraal and then reactivate it. 

It will have been a fairly long article but I hope you find it useful. I invite you to indicate in the comments if you have discovered some of the information and if so which ones or if you have any advice to share with the readers of this publication. If you enjoyed sharing the article, we may share with you other tips to save money. Because as they say money does not make happiness but it contributes to it. And participating in your happiness is pretty cool. 

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