My newest guilty shopping weakness: Ali Express. It’s sorta kinda like Chinese eBay, I guess, but only new stuff, not second-hand.
It’s so, so, soooo … incredibly cheap! Like, crazy cheap.
I’ve been using the site for about eight months or so now, and have bought scarves, jewellery, handbags and purses. But you can buy anything and everything, from furniture to baby clothes to party hats. To start with, I was a bit nervous buying from China and having to use a credit card, but I must say it’s all been very smooth sailing – I have only had one issue with an item not arriving, and I got an immediate refund without any quibble, so I do feel fairly safe shopping with them.
The only downside is that things can take a long time to arrive – up to six weeks, but sometimes within a week. Mostly an average of 3 to 4 weeks, I’d say.
Anyway, I thought I’d show you a few of the bits and bobs I’ve bought recently.
Bracelet and earrings, £1.05 each (all prices I’m giving here include shipping costs).
Silver heart necklace £1.57
Gorgeous, sparkly earrings, 89p!
More turquoise earrings, £1.05
More earrings, from left 76p, 89p, 61p.
All the above have been very successful purchases, however, I’ve found gold toned jewellery not to be great – far too yellow and cheap-looking for my tastes:
Only £1.32, but this one’ll be going straight to the charity shop, I’m afraid.
If designer knock-offs are your thing, there’s plenty of those, too …
LV scarf, about a fiver, and Ka.te Sp.ade purse £8.20.
I’ve bought a few handbags, of varying quality dependent on price, some better than others. I have to say, though, that this pale pink bag I bought last month is absolutely amazing quality for the price, right down to the lining and the workmanship.
I paid £22.53, and it arrived within five days of ordering. I’m toying with the idea of ordering a black one, too!
Honestly, the hours I’ve wasted browsing – I wouldn’t like to add them up! Have you bought anything from Ali Express? I’m off to look at fake flower wreaths now. Have a great week, everyone!