China Direct / Aliexpress Favorability

By: Brian Karas, Published on Jun 02, 2017

A source for incredible deals, or too good to be true?

In our Distributor Favorability Survey integrated shared their experiences and opinions on buying product direct from manufacturers in China through websites like Alibaba and AliExpress.

Responses show that several integrators have tried products ordered direct from China, though their experiences varied. In this report we outline integrator's experiences, and where China-direct sourcing has been effective.

China-Direct ************ *******

******* ************ ****** * -23 *** ******, ****** as **** *********'* ************ *******.

******** **** ******* *******/********* and ******* **** *** reasons *********** **** *** their ******** *********** ** this *******.

Quality ********

*********** ****** ******* *********** product, *** ******** **** **** not *******, ** * key ****** *** ******** Chinese ****** *********. ** some *****, *********** **** concerned ***** ***** ******** could ******* ****** ** them *** ****** ****** business.

  • "****. ** ***'* ***** this ** ***. **** from *** ************ ** protecting *** ***** *** supporting *** ******* *** tech *****, ** ***'* go ****.
  • ******* ** ***** ******** this ** ** ** more **** *** *** what *** ********* ** we ** * ******* are ******* ***."
  • "***'* **** *** ** sure ** ********** *******. Never *** * **** that *********** ******** ** IT ************ ******'* ****. We *** ** **** a ***** *** *** extremely ****** ** *** low ***."
  • "**** *******."
  • "**** ****** **** ** trusted. **** ******* ********, knock ****, **** ********. You *** **** *** pay ***."
  • "******* *** **** ********** for *****-****."
  • "**** **** *** ******** have * ***** ******* than *** ***** ** generally *******."

Support *******

**** ***** ******* ************ only ******* *** ***** or ***** ****, *** often *** ****** ****** business *****, ****** *** process ** ******* ******* or ******** ******* ************ difficult. *** **** ******, some *********** ***** ***** them.

  • "***** ***** **** **** but **** *** ******* distributors, ***'* ***** *** return ******** ** *******. Support *** ******* ************."
  • "************ ** *********** ********* and **** ** *******."
  • "*****, *** ** *******."
  • "***** **** ****, ******* of *** **** ** support"
  • "***** ***** ***** *** low ******* ******* **** no *******."
  • "***** ****, *** ***** upon ******** ******** **** China, ****** ******* ** returns, **********, ********, ** issues."

Good ****** *** ******* ******** ** ***-******** **********

* ****** ** *********** did ****** ****** ******** experiences **** ***** *******-****** sources. ** **** ***** those *********** **** **** channel ***********, *** **** the ************* **** *** experience *** *** ** as ****** ** ******* with **** ******* ************.

  • "**** ** **** ********* really ***********, ** ***** the ****. ** ** means *** ****** ********, but ** ** **** an ********* ***** ********* project, ** **** ****** some ******* **** ********* - ** ****** *****."
  • "*** **** ********** *** can *******. *** *** cheap! ** *** *** willing ** ** ******* trial *** ***** *** buy ** **** *** cant ****."
  • "** *** * *** of ***** *****-***, ******, one-off, ***** **** ****. Price ** ******* *********. Shipping *** **** * while *** ** *** always **** ** ********. But ******* ** *** be * *****, ***** supplement ** ** ***** distribution."
  • "**** ********* * *** pieces ** **** ********* and *** ****** ***-*** radios."
  • "**** **** ** *** past *** * *** commodity *****. ******** ** cheap, **** ***** * days ******* ** *** product."
  • "***** **** * ***** from **********, * **** what ** ******. ** might **** **, ** might ***. ** ***** be ****, ** ***** not. ** *** **** them **** **'* *** imperative **** *** ******* is **** *******."
  • "* **** **** ******* a *** *****, **** arrived ****** * **** and *** ******** ****** fine"
  • "**** ***** **** ******* parts *** ****** ******** solutions **** * **** can't **** ********. ********* shipping ** ******* *** be *********** ***/** **** expensive. **** ***** ** typically * **** ****** for **."

Shipping ******

******** **** ***** ** the ** ** ********* slow, ****** *** ***** opts ** *** *** air ********, ***** ****** wipes *** *** **** savings. ***** ******** ** purchase ******** ****** **** China **** ** **** this **** ************* ** ensure ** **** *** delay * *******.

  • "**** **** ****, ******* was **** ** ** "customs" *** ******* *** a ***** ***** **** advertised ** ******."
  • "* ******* *** ******** time (*******)."
  • "* **** ********* * few ********* *.*** ******** from **** *** *** people **** ** ** responsive *** ******* ** work ******* ****** *** some ** *** **** times *** ******** *** be **** *** ***** is ****** *** "* paid *** *** ******* hopefully *** **** **" concern."
  • "************ ******* *** **** shipping *****"

Comments (3)

Chinese distributors scored a -23 net result, almost as poor as Anixter's Favorability Results.

You know things are tough for Anixter when they get beaten out by Aliexpress...

Heh.  Aliexpress.  You put a credit card number into a chinese web site selling (who knows what clone of what.)  How's that working out?

I purchased from AliExpress before I officially started my business. It was a bit sketchy at first, not knowing what I was doing. I made sure to make contact with the sellers (with the highest feedback rating) before I purchased to feel them out. I had a few successful purchases, but in the end it ended up not being worth it. Wait times became ridiculous. I ordered 4 of the same exact model cameras from one seller. They shipped me 3 of that model, and 1 of a "newer" model. It looked very different. Took about a month of arguing back and forth during the "dispute" process. I forced them to pay to have it shipped back (cost over half the price of the camera) and refund the full price of the camera. I made sure that refund was back in my account before it ever left the post office. That was the last purchase I made and decided at that point to never buy from AliExpress again.

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