How ToDon't Get Scammed: How to Find a TRUSTWORTHY Seller on AliExpress
Finding a TRUSTWORTHY seller in AliExpress is not always easy. It can be time-consuming and tiresome, but it is worth the effort because if we don’t do our due diligence, we may end up being scammed.
First of all, once you’ve found the product you want to buy on AliExpress, click on the “CUSTOMER REVIEWS” tab at the bottom of the page and find out how many positive reviews and how many negative reviews. You may want to wait a few seconds for the web page to be fully loaded before you can see the actual reviews. To me, negative reviews are more informative in term of deciding whether the seller is trustworthy or not. For example, on one of my previous purchases, I found out that this seller had a lot of “always late with deliveries” and never replied back to customer messages type of negative reviews. This made me very wary and so I decided not to buy from him even though his products were cheap and looked good.
Another way to spot a bad seller is to check his/her "reputation standing" that AliExpress has given to each seller.
Reputation is based on a lot of factors including the number of transactions and comments left by customers, even shipping/delivery time is taken into account when calculating seller's reputation ratings. To check the reputation of a seller, click on his/her profile and scroll down to "Detailed seller rating". If the star is lower than 4.0 (out of 5), this should be an indication that you should think twice before buying from him.
If we have any doubts, you can always get in touch with the seller directly and take the guess work out of the way. For example, you can ask the seller to provide more detailed pictures of the product that they are selling. If they are unwilling to do so, then this is a good indication that there might be something sketchy under the hood.
Please also be aware of the fact that many Chinese sellers cheat the system by "ShuaDan", which means Brushing Orders in Chinese, AKA, placing fake orders. ShuaDan is a term coined to describe the act of placing an order for an item but never actually buying that product. The goal of ShuaDan sellers is simply to increase their sales and buy ratings by creating an illusion that they are completing their orders. They will place a buy order for the item and make it look like they are fulfilling their end of the bargain. However, in reality, they don't have anything to sell you because they never actually purchased it. They do so, just to increase their rating, and hence increase their sales.
Please note that we should also be wary of sellers who have little or no feedback on their account profile page. This is another indication that there might be something sketchy going on with them. Lastly, if you notice that a seller's user name has been changed more than 3 times, that is a warning sign that the seller may be up to no good.
To summarize, AliExpress has become the go-to site for many people looking to buy products online because of its affordability and availability, but also because they may be afraid of being scammed or ripped off when buying from other sites. Just like any other online shopping portal, there are those who offer great deals and there are those who will scam you. That is why it is best to do your research and find a TRUSTWORTHY seller on AliExpress.
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