AliExpress.com is an online marketplace like Amazon where thousands of sellers put up their products for sale. It is owned by china’s leading online store Alibaba.com. With AliExpress you can actually start a mini importation business here in Nigeria as a lot of wholesalers are on AliExpress.
On AliExpress.com you can find a whole lot of manufacturers, exporters, suppliers & individual sellers selling millions of products at a relatively cheap price(wholesale price). However if a price is too good to be true there’s a big chance that you can be scammed as the buyer protection is not as protective as that of popular US online stores like eBay and Amazon.
This article would guide you on how to order any product safely on AliExpress.com
How To Order Goods From AliExpress Safely
Visit AliExpress.com and sign in. If you do not have an account do create one
Search For A Product. There a different methods of searching for products on AliExpress.
You can search by using the search bar. Type in the keyword of the item and hit the search button.
You can also search by using the categories displayed by the left side of the page. Hover your mouse over a category and a sub category will be displayed. Select the category you are interested in and browse products.
Find a product from your search result and click on “Chat now!” to contact the supplier. You can ask for details of the product to ensure it meets your expectation or if you require a modification to the product you can inform the supplier.
If the Supplier is offline you can click on the “Offline” link to leave a message with the supplier and you will be contacted when the seller comes online.
The most important step to shopping safely on AliExpress.com is buying from Top-rated sellers and sellers with 5 stars feedback.
Buying from unrated suppliers is at your own risk.
If the product is good enough then go for it by clicking on the product.
Enter the quantity or colour if it has variants and Click on the “Buy Now” button then check out or Add the item to cart and continue your shopping.
When Checking out, a page is displayed to view your shipping destination and review your order.
When reviewing, you can select the shipping method for your product. The cheaper the shipping cost the longer time it takes to get to your address.
Select your preferred shipping method, please avoid the free shipping option as this is not reliable for destination outside China.
Making Payment For Your AliExpress Order
There are different methods of payments namely Visa Card, Master Card, Western Union, Bank Transfer and others so using your debit card is quite easy as this is what most Nigerians have.
However due to CBN ban on foreign transactions with Nigerian debit cards the only bank ATM card allowed to shop is the GTBank Master Card. Although this has a limit of $100, it is recommended for now as it is seamless when chopping online with it.
Review your order once more and click on the “Place Order” button
And Your Are Done!
Tracking Your AliExpress Order
You can track your AliExpress order by clicking on your account at the top right and selecting the “My Orders” option.
On the “My Orders” page, your purchased items would be displayed where you can see the status & current location of your product.
Usually when the product gets to Nigeria it would be sent to the nearest post office. The post office would contact you but if you are not contacted, kindly walk down to the post office and make enquiry.
A one time clearance fee of N500 is usually made to the post office as handling charge.
Make the payment and pick up your Item.
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