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SkyMan

I'm looking to order some solar equipment from Alibaba but it seems a bit dodgy.  Like George Carlin talking about "sending away" to Battle Creek Michigan.  So now I'm sending away to China and they're going to send something back.  I remember as a kid sending away to Battle Creek and 50% of the stuff came back.  Not great odds.

Same kind of thing with OLX.  I put money in their account and hope they're honest enough to send me something back.

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RogerDuMond
2 minutes ago, SkyMan said:

ISame kind of thing with OLX.  I put money in their account and hope they're honest enough to send me something back.

I have used OLX with no problems.

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topcat72m

Alibaba is called ali express here. I have used it many times with no problem. Its not them id be concerned about. Its phil post. In Ireland the national post is excellent so i never worry about them. Im not sure i could say the same there. 

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1 hour ago, topcat72m said:

Alibaba is called ali express here. I have used it many times with no problem. Its not them id be concerned about. Its phil post. In Ireland the national post is excellent so i never worry about them. Im not sure i could say the same there. 

Alibaba and AliExpress are not the same. AliExpress is where you go to order one or two items, Alibaba is where you go to order in bulk direct from the manufacturer.

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SkyMan
2 hours ago, T.S. said:

Alibaba and AliExpress are not the same. AliExpress is where you go to order one or two items, Alibaba is where you go to order in bulk direct from the manufacturer.

That's what I used to think also but I'm seeing many items on their site can be ordered with a minimum order of 1 unit.  All my previous searches with them had min orders in the 1000s.

 

3 hours ago, topcat72m said:

Alibaba is called ali express here. I have used it many times with no problem. Its not them id be concerned about. Its phil post. In Ireland the national post is excellent so i never worry about them. Im not sure i could say the same there. 

These are supposed to be sent DHL to the door.

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Tinbum

Both for business purposes and personal i have used Alibaba, Ali Express and Olyx.

This month alone i have a wet diamond core drilling rig coming plus 40KG of special fixings from mainland China. Communication is great, they have even called me, i have taken up the added insurance offered and all is fine.

As with any remote business transaction, be vigilant, take care and realise that you are taking a small risk.

Go for it!!

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Richard K

I have used OLX several times with good luck.. I found my tricycle on there and also my current house that I rent. I like that you can msg on there and it mostly provides contact info..and also you can select a regional search

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A_Simple_Man

My experience with those (and other sites) has been good but I always check for lots of good reviews before sending my money.  I figure I don't want to be the guy's first customer and if there are only a few reviews i figure those are from his friends.

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topcat72m
10 hours ago, SkyMan said:

 

These are supposed to be sent DHL to the door.

Not here. They use the postal service. Which is as good as DHL. 

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to_dave007

Bought AND sold on OLX with no issues.

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Richard K
1 hour ago, topcat72m said:

Not here. They use the postal service. Which is as good as DHL. 

I would really be hesitant to use the PO here in the Phils.. I have heard some stories..

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to_dave007

LBC works pretty well for delivery inside PI

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SkyMan
23 hours ago, A_Simple_Man said:

but I always check for lots of good reviews before sending my money.

Is there a way to get reviews on OLX?  If I click on the seller's name all I get is a page of other stuff they're selling.

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