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Unread 07-07-2017, 04:40 PM   #1
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I checked out Aliexpress and saw some crafty items that I must have. How does it work? Is it like eBay where you buy items from various sellers or does the money go through Aliexpress? If you've ordered before, how was your experience? Thanks in advance!
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I love Aliexpress but I only buy cheap items. I feel like I'm taking a chance every time i order something. That being said...I have ordered a lot! Tons of silicone molds for clay, nail art supplies, beads etc. I'm not sure how the money works, they have my CC on file. Items take a very long time to arrive most of the time. Sometimes I get surprised when a tiny package arrives sooner than expected. After you get your order you log back into Aliexpress and mark that it was received and leave feedback. If you have an issue with an order you just email the place you ordered from. I've had to do that once when I got the wrong item and they sent the correct one right away. It is very easy to get addicted to ordering $1 items on there. They also have a phone app you can order from.
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Psst BluDragon....Did you know if you put silicon caulking (like the stuff you would use to caulk a tub) in your silicone molds it will set up nicely and release well with no warping?
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Thanks BluDragon. Since shipping is free I think I'll take a chance with a small order.
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I've had good experiences with Ali Express and purchased many craft supplies there, as well as scarves and costume jewelry. I've been happy with everything I received. Only once an item never arrived, and they credited my account within a couple of hours of my notifying them.
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I did a blog post about my experience with buying on aliexpress. Here is a link. http://www.seasidecreativity.com/?p=3318
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Psst BluDragon....Did you know if you put silicon caulking (like the stuff you would use to caulk a tub) in your silicone molds it will set up nicely and release well with no warping?
oh cool, never tried that. I like that silicone can go in the oven too. Some of the molds I bought are a bit too soft but work fine with soft clay. To remove without warping I just chill the mold with the clay in it.
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I did a blog post about my experience with buying on aliexpress. Here is a link. Buying metal dies from China ? my experience | Seaside Creativity
Thank for the nice review. I also read your post about their clear stamps. Good to know!
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Nancy, thanks for your reviews; a lot of food for thought. I've been on the fence about buying here but I MIGHT take the plunge.

I just popped over to check out the stamp offerings and I'm seeing current products from Hero Arts, My Favorite Things, Dina Wakely, and Heidi Swapp (even had her packaging!).............and that's only 3 pages in. For purchasing stamps I'll stick to the ones I know are 'name' brands.
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I have, I only order product less than $10. It takes over 3 months to get to Canada, so don't buy anything you are desperate for lol! but everything I have ordered has arrived, is as described and pretty good quality.
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Currently waiting for an order to arrive to USA. I sure ordered some awesome stuff. Will let you know how long it takes.
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Thank for the nice review. I also read your post about their clear stamps. Good to know!
Can you post a link to the clear stamp review, too? I have a friend who keeps urging me to try this site.
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The link is in post #6 above by NancyK.
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The link is in post #6 above by NancyK.
Yes, I saw that, but missed the search box on her blog at first so I couldn't find the review of their stamps. But I did later find it. It is here for anyone interested: Buying clear stamps from China?my experience | Seaside Creativity
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Thanks Debbie. That made my life easier.

Thanks for the reviews! It is always great to hear what experienced people think.
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So, here's an update... I've received most of the dies I ordered over the last 3 days. More are due to arrive any day. So far, I'm extremely pleased with the quality and overall experience. You can't beat the price for sure. It took about 10-12 days for them to arrive here Ga (USA). I used a pre-paid VISA card and the amount is not deducted until you notify them it has been received. I'll order again!
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I wanted to check back in to say that I placed several orders from Aliexpress and goodies are starting to hit my mailbox. So far I've received several die sets that have performed beautifully in my Cuttlebug. I did need to use a metal shim for one set, but that is not unusual for certain dies. I am so amazed at the low prices and free shipping!

I did take a chance and purchase one stamp set since I had heard mixed reviews. It was a fairy set with a couple of mushrooms and it performed well on my test. In my opinion you definitely need a stamp platform, but my new Tim Holtz platform did the trick.


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