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# 253192 31-Jul-2019 11:18
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I'm looking at buying a redmi k20 pro but the only place I can find it for a reasonable price is AliExpress or similar sites. Has anyone bought a phone from there? And is it safe?

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  # 2286343 31-Jul-2019 11:25
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Keep in mind (with anything from Aliexpress really)

 

- will it work on  the network you use ?

 

- Support / warranty - pretty much non-existent

 

- Could be a dodgy knock off

 

- Could be pinged by customs 

 

- Factory OS/ROM or custom pre-loaded with lots of questionable software

 

 

 

I've only ever had one Aliexpress purchase go wrong, but it was only for a $20 item.





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  # 2286344 31-Jul-2019 11:25
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AliExpress in general is quite safe, but I have found disputes increasingly difficult to deal with as AliExpress seems to be siding more with sellers, at least initially. The problem is if they send you a phone, even if it's not exactly as described, they'll just offer you a partial refund. I was almost left with two media players with Rockchip SoCs that couldn't run CoreELEC. The product was described as having a Amlogic SoC which could. AliExpress offered a partial refund because the box worked and the appeal was unsuccessful for the same reason. Only after complaining via their online chat was I given a full refund.

 

I've reconciled myself to the fact that one day soon AliExpress will not find in favour in one of my disputes and my account will be closed as the result of doing a chargeback with my card provider or for opening too many disputes.


 
 
 
 




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  # 2286346 31-Jul-2019 11:29
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I've bought lots of stuff in the past but nothing over $70. I had my first package non delivered the other day and I opened a dispute and AliExpress ended up taking it over and getting refund after not even a day

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  # 2286361 31-Jul-2019 11:55
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Have bought 4 Xiaomi phones from Aliexpress (Mi2a/Mi A1/Redmi Note 7/Mi 9SE).  All phones arrived ok, the network bands of the Note 7 wasn't in line with the listing (missing b28). 

 

Be careful of Global ROM's vs Global versions - global ROM means the seller has installed a different ROM to give you the play store etc.  As long as it's a genuine device, you can manually flash official sofware more often than not. I would always recommend Xiaomi.eu roms anyway. 

 

Think I used goldway for 2 of those phone purchases and the Mi Global Store for the other 2. 




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  # 2286364 31-Jul-2019 12:07
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I might wait to see if the NZ xiaomi store ends up stocking them, otherwise I'll get from that mi global store and I'll have to pay the $150 in customs fees I suppose

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  # 2286372 31-Jul-2019 12:27
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Vrokxx: I might wait to see if the NZ xiaomi store ends up stocking them, otherwise I'll get from that mi global store and I'll have to pay the $150 in customs fees I suppose

 

Unlikely the K20 range will come here, but the Mi 9T / Mi 9T pro might. The last phone was borderline on the old GST limit, but it was undervalued to avoid this - while I can't gurantee that it'll be the same for you, it's the likely scenario...




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  # 2286374 31-Jul-2019 12:29
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What's the difference between the k20 and 9t, I see they have the same specs but I can't seem to find any actual differences.

 
 
 
 


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  # 2286380 31-Jul-2019 12:33
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Vrokxx: What's the difference between the k20 and 9t, I see they have the same specs but I can't seem to find any actual differences.

 

Network bands mainly. Mi9T has B28, K20 does not.  


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  # 2286495 31-Jul-2019 14:47
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Aliexpress is actually thousands of different sellers with separate Ali stores

Some are really good, some are honestly scum . From experience .
One, Because he didnt have stock , gave me a fake tracking number rather than refund.
Look at the sellers feedback .

 

Or , NZ Post can loose you package when it gets to NZ , then admit they re-scanned then sent it back to Ch despite NZ Post still having a missing parcel investigation open on the tracking no. From experience .

 


Bottom line, dont pay any more than you are willing to loose .

 

Define 'safe'  :-)

 

 


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  # 2286585 31-Jul-2019 14:56
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Agree with above cautions. I have bought a lot of stuff over the years from Aliexpress, though no phones. Some of it has been excellent value for money, some of it pure rubbish. The problem is, it is almost impossible to tell which is which until you get it, and it is almost impossible to make warranty claims with Aliexpress. I decided long ago never to risk more than a hundred dollars or so with them. It just isn't worth it.

 

 





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  # 2286590 31-Jul-2019 15:03
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I found the phone I want on parallelimport so I might get from there, I also messaged the Xiaomi nz store and they said they'll have it on August 15

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  # 2286643 31-Jul-2019 16:30
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Xiaomi K20 pro here delivered yesterday from ALI. All smooth nothing wrong. CN ROM.  paid $570 6/128gb, carbon black.  18 days waiting time.




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  # 2286687 31-Jul-2019 16:36
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Rhapza21:

Xiaomi K20 pro here delivered yesterday from ALI. All smooth nothing wrong. CN ROM.  paid $570 6/128gb, carbon black.  18 days waiting time.



You didn't have to pay the $160 customs fee? What seller did you get it from?

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  # 2286790 31-Jul-2019 19:35
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I've bought my last two phones from AliExpress, both Xiaomi. Haven't had any issues. Haven't spent more than $400 on either of them though.



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  # 2286998 1-Aug-2019 10:10
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Interslice: I've bought my last two phones from AliExpress, both Xiaomi. Haven't had any issues. Haven't spent more than $400 on either of them though.

Have you been pinged by customs?

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