AliExpress.com is likely one of the most well-known online marketplaces for getting wholesale goods at direct-to-consumer prices from Chinese manufacturers. It has products for cheap, which can be made even less expensive through the use of general or merchant-specific coupons. Plus, AliExpress has buyer protection guarantees that can help you out if things don't go quite right with your order. Still, orders can be expensive when you factor in that they have to be shipped from China (especially if you choose expedited shipping options), and might also take a while to get to you. Speaking of that, you can't be a seller on AliExpress unless you live in mainland China.
If you're looking for sites like AliExpress that have more affordable shipping options or more reliable track records, try EverBuying.net or TomTop.com, respectively. Or, if you're looking for online marketplaces where you can both buy and sell, then Amazon.com or eBay.com are popular choices.
Here are nine other websites like AliExpress that you can try for discount shopping online.
Another China-based online retailer, LightInTheBox has over 200,000 items for sale, ranging from clothing to small electronics to furniture to sports equipment and more. Its items are mainly spread out across its main website and its companion website, MiniInTheBox (www.miniinthebox.com). Similar to AliExpress, it ships to over 200 countries and regions, accepts most major forms of payment, and uses major international couriers like UPS and FedEx.
Another AliExpress alternative, EverBuying is a Chinese wholesaler portal specializing in fashion and technology. Created in 2006, it serves over 200 countries and regions around the world and features over 250,000 product lines, including those for novelty items like costume accessories. It also has fast and affordable shipping options.
The "top" part of TomTop is certainly well-earned; this wholesale supplier is one of the best-reviewed AliExpress alternatives on this list. Even the Alibaba Group, the parent company of AliExpress, recommends them. They have plenty of promotions to save you money, and they have a reputation for delivering orders exactly how they're supposed to be. The one common complaint is the slow shipping times.
It may not be based in China, and its sellers may not (all) be wholesale retailers, but Amazon is one of the juggernauts of e-commerce, and with good reason. High-quality products (some of which are unique to Amazon), a reputation for great customer service, and a premier club (a.k.a. Amazon Prime) with a whole host of goodies that include free media libraries! It's a bit of a pricier option, though.
Another well-known e-commerce titan, eBay is also a trade-off of higher prices for quicker and more convenient service. What sets it apart is that, in addition to buying items directly, you can also bid for them in auctions or submit price offers to sellers. If you're skillful (and a bit lucky), you can get stuff for cheaper that way.
For more on how to use eBay to buy or participate in auctions, check out our eBay course.
A popular American supermarket chain, Target leans a little less towards low prices and a little more towards stocking top-of-the-line products from popular brands that are on the cutting edge of trends. Its flagship website, Target.com, allows you to purchase items and then pick them up in-store, or have them delivered to your front door.
This home shopping network (whose name is short for "Quality, Value, and Convenience") has traditionally peddled its wares through TV and radio infomercials, but now offers products for sale online, as well. Its inventory tends to be a bit expensive, but it's your go-to source for high-end brand-name products that you may not be able to find on supermarket shelves.
The world's biggest company, famous for its supermarket chains, now has an online shopping division as well. At WalMart.com, you can order products online and have them delivered to you by common courier services, or pick them up at a nearby brick-and-mortar WalMart store (if you don't mind a short walk or drive). WalMart's primary focus is saving money, so you'll probably be able to score some good deals here.
Jet is as much a way to make shopping online more convenient as it is a way to shop online per se. It allows you to order items from popular big-box stores online (such as Target and Wal-Mart, which we mentioned), with free 2-day shipping on orders over $35 and free return shipping on items that don't work out. The catch is that it costs money to use Jet -- about $50 per year -- but you can use it free for 3 months. If it has to be brand-name and it has to be in your hands in a hurry, try Jet.
So, do you prefer using AliExpress or its wholesale-based cousins, or do you stick to more mainstream e-commerce websites like Amazon or eBay? Share your experiences with any of these websites -- or any others like them -- in the comment section below.
Also, if you'd like to use one of our suggestions exclusively, we'll wrap up this course by showing you how to delete your AliExpress account.
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