Sunday, November 30, 2014

My Experience with Aliexpress (Store Review)

When it comes to shopping I have a serious mad addiction to online shopping (or buying Line Camera stickers haha)! One of my favourite places to shop for clothes is aliexpress.com
It's basically like Amazon but with broken English.

As an Australian, I'm always wondering how well these items would ship to me because frankly we're just some random chunk of land people sometimes forget about. That's why I wanted to start doing shop reviews on my blog too :D I've purchased a few items from them in the past year and I find that my experience has been really good so far! :)
I'd show you like a haul or something but I can't be fucked. lol

My favourite piece I bought for them as of recent is this super cute milk shirt that apparently says "ganbette" (good luck ?) in Japanese but not written in the right way. I think the safest item to buy off Aliexpress are t-shirts because you really can't go wrong with those. You can get the milk shirt here! Although it says free size, the size is like an XS! I was JUST able to fit it! The milk carton and Japanese writing is much bigger on the shirt in real life too, but I don't really mind.

Stock image


I've bought many items off Aliexpress (18 items apparently) and everything really does run small. Luckily, I have a small-ish build but some of the things show off my fat gut a little haha so I really need to go on a diet to wear these things :') There are some things though that doesn't look exactly like the stock photo in terms of material, so try to keep an open mind, but I still really hate it when it doesn't look like stock photos! D:< For example I bought a high waisted skirt which looked like it was made from boiled wool (if that is the correct term...) but it ended up being some cotton/polyester/elastic fabric, which is fine because it actually says that in the description, but who really reads bad English descriptions? :L

Wearing the Milk shirt and high waisted skirt! The milk carton is slightly distorted because of my boobs (there's not a lot of it btw lol) which I kinda don't like :'( 

The thing I like about Aliexpress is that they give you enough days to open a dispute. The company also knows if there's suspicious activity going on and will email you giving you some information and saying that if the seller doesn't provide proof within 3 days, you'll get a refund. 

A little tip with buying from Aliexpress is to avoid dresses and coats that are really affordable because they are always cheap quality! Maybe something above $18 for a dress would be good quality, but defiantly nothing below! Try not to buy any sheer blouses either. 

Also another tip is that if you find an item you like, copy the title of the item, for example "2014 American Apparel Lady High Waist Tennis" and paste it in the search bar, then you'll see other sellers selling the same item and you can look at different seller's feedback, their ranking and see which one seems more reliable (or cheaper)!

My second favourite item is this Pervert 17 tshirt :D I really like tshirts lol

PROS: 
 Affordable
 Wide variety of clothes and other items
 Easy to navigate
 Trustworthy
 Open dispute option
 Protects you from scammers
 Moderate shipping (better than eBay sellers from China somehow.) I was able to get a package within a week a few times :D So good!! It's never exceeded 3 weeks for me.

CONS:
 Items not true to stock image 60% of the time
 Most items are "free size" which means it's XS ~ S
 Some measurement charts aren't accurate
 Difficult to communicate due to language barrier
 Scammers - although Aliexpress is able to help with this, they are still a nuisance
 You have to login. Every. Single. Time.
 No Paypal option

I give this store:
 /5


What online stores do you shop at? 
Have you shopped at Aliexpress before?
I would love to keep doing online store reviews :D