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Topic # 184057 9-Nov-2015 09:35
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OK folks. Here is your chance to bring the Chinese economy back above the 10% growth mark. What are you all buying this year?

http://1111.aliexpress.com/

I have

 

  • Gopro accessories ready to attach to my new (but old model) Garmin Virb
  • a strap for my LG G Watch R
  • some bluetooth headphones.

so far......

Cheers, Matt.




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  Reply # 1423503 9-Nov-2015 09:42
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I will get some sjcams, absurldy small GSM phone, and whatever other crap in my wishlists is decently discounted to account for the terrible dollar at the moment.




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  Reply # 1423516 9-Nov-2015 09:54
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I've always wanted to buy something from AliExpress however I just feel everything they sell is fake or something that is likely to break within a few days of owning it. I have nothing to back this up, just my gut feeling. Plus sometimes you hear of buyers not receiving refunds etc.

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 1423519 9-Nov-2015 10:02
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I buy a bit of stuff. Things have improved with shipping greatly in the last 6 months.

Your funds are held in escrow until you receive the goods so there shouldn't be anyone not getting refunds.

If you read the descriptions of goods you should be able to tell which stuff isn't fake as the non fake sellers state that they are "100% antifake" ;-)

I stay away from high value items such as cellphones.




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  Reply # 1423521 9-Nov-2015 10:03
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I've always received full refunds for items that weren't *exactly* the same as the item description and item photos. The money is held in escrow. Just provide good evidence and ask for full refund and do not return the item. The seller's may try to trick you into accepting resolution, if they trick you then you have no recourse.

As far as warranty goes, even if they state there is a warranty I'd treat anything as no warranty unless dead on arrival.




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  Reply # 1423522 9-Nov-2015 10:05
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Link not alluding to much. What sort of discount are we talking about, 5-10% only?

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  Reply # 1423524 9-Nov-2015 10:07
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In addition beware electronic items and also anything with mains voltage is unlikely to be certified for nz. Ie no safety tests.




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  Reply # 1423527 9-Nov-2015 10:10
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Discount is variable. Between 5% to 95%. The items with 95% off were hiked up in price.

An example was an electric trimmer that my gf wanted to buy for me. Listed at about 20usd, sale price was 10usd incl shipping. Found the same trimmer for 7usd plus shipping on amazon.

It'll be a mixture of genuine deals and "fake" deals.




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  Reply # 1423528 9-Nov-2015 10:11
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I have bought several ridiculously cheap "genuine fake" watches from Alibaba Express. Couldn't be happier.




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  Reply # 1423531 9-Nov-2015 10:27
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Fake items are mixed in the real ones, as always if it seems "too cheap" then good odds are that it's not the real deal.

For buying generic little bits & pieces, it's pretty hard to beat. I've bought a lot of items from them. They seem to be "official" stockists of the Xiaomi products which are generally of a good quality as long as you don't need any instructions or interfaces in English.

At any given time I've almost always got at least 1 item on its way somewhere, but as that can sometimes take 5-6 weeks, that's not hard.

There's no consistency to the postage, depends entirely on the seller. I've had things ship next day and turn up the following week and I've had things not ship for 2 weeks and then take another month to arrive. When you're paying $5 for something that would be >$30 in NZ and the shipping is free, it's hard to complain.

I don't recall ever having received a dud item or one that was of notably lower quality than I'd expected. I even bought a genuine current-model Volkswagen stereo unit from there, no issues.  Just make sure you do your research if you're spending more than a few bucks!

I've got my eye on a couple of GPS trackers for 11-11.




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  Reply # 1423541 9-Nov-2015 10:45
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Most of the cheap GPS trackers are shipping without battery now because they have got super strict on it. The ones I got take some generic nokia style one which was easy to get locally off trademe.




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  Reply # 1426807 12-Nov-2015 11:38
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Sale is still on until 9pm tonight but is not that amazing.  The Core M i7 10" 64GB tablets look good for US$285.  I wanted to get an Elephone Trunk for USD$66, but whatever combination of colour is picked it always jumps up to $88 - dodgy.  Bought from another Aliexpress vendor for $85, should be a decent 4G phone for approx $140 NZD.

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jonb: Sale is still on until 9pm tonight but is not that amazing.  The Core M i7 10" 64GB tablets look good for US$285.  I wanted to get an Elephone Trunk for USD$66, but whatever combination of colour is picked it always jumps up to $88 - dodgy.  Bought from another Aliexpress vendor for $85, should be a decent 4G phone for approx $140 NZD.


I was looking at those Core M "i7" tablets.

Can someone convince me that "i7" in this case refers to the CPU and it's not a spectacularly misleading model name for the tablet? To me it looks like the Core M CPUs are well below the i7 level.

Cheers - N


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  Reply # 1426828 12-Nov-2015 12:15
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Xiaomi Mi Pad pretty good buying on sale prices.

Some very good slightly older phones at very low prices...





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  Reply # 1426862 12-Nov-2015 12:56
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Talkiet:
jonb: Sale is still on until 9pm tonight but is not that amazing.  The Core M i7 10" 64GB tablets look good for US$285.  I wanted to get an Elephone Trunk for USD$66, but whatever combination of colour is picked it always jumps up to $88 - dodgy.  Bought from another Aliexpress vendor for $85, should be a decent 4G phone for approx $140 NZD.


I was looking at those Core M "i7" tablets.

Can someone convince me that "i7" in this case refers to the CPU and it's not a spectacularly misleading model name for the tablet? To me it looks like the Core M CPUs are well below the i7 level.

Cheers - N



Did you read about my Ali express tablet experience? Sorry on phone no link to thread

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  Reply # 1426863 12-Nov-2015 12:56
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Tl;dr
You d be lucky if it even has a core M. And no M and i7 are mutually exclusive!

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