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Old 07-07-2017, 05:40 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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Can you post a link to the clear stamp review, too? I have a friend who keeps urging me to try this site.
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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Latest on AliExpress dies.....I recently ordered a set which looked like it went with the Stampin' Up Beautiful You stamp set. Mistake! Back and forth discussion on why they don't work and the upshot is that the dies do not fit the SU stamps, they make their own stamps in China which look very similar. So if you find the die set on the website and want it for your SU stamps, don't buy it! Mine will go into the trash.
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I'll add that I gave Aliexpress a try after seeing it mentioned on here. I've ordered loads of dies over the last few months, all have arrived, and almost every one cuts without problems. A couple of really intricate ones needed shimming, but I've had to do that with far more expensive intricate dies. And for the price of their dies,I can't find any fault.
Do check sizes when ordering, occasionally they look bigger than they are- but that was just my fault for not checking.
Overall, no complaints. They do take a while to arrive, but free shipping from China is never going to be fast. I will be having a look at the silicone mould later!
They take Paypal, which is how I prefer to pay online.
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The only thing I'd add - and it's a personal choice - is that there are stolen, copyrighted designs sold on Aliexpress, Alibaba and other Chinese companies. Not all, of course. There's a reporting system artists can use, but claims against China? Unrealistic. So I won't buy from them.

I agree with many that some companies in the U.S. charge too much for their dies, but the theft is a sticking point, especially since many small craft companies are struggling to survive. Of course YMMV. : )
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ok - now another place to spend money and clog up my craft room even more. thanks for the info. nanette
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The only thing I'd add - and it's a personal choice - is that there are stolen, copyrighted designs sold on Aliexpress, Alibaba and other Chinese companies. Not all, of course. There's a reporting system artists can use, but claims against China? Unrealistic. So I won't buy from them.

I agree with many that some companies in the U.S. charge too much for their dies, but the theft is a sticking point, especially since many small craft companies are struggling to survive. Of course YMMV. : )
I tend to agree with this opinion.


What bothers me the most is that almost all the small, locally owned stamp/scrapbook stores have gone out of business. So we are left with the same old tired selection at the big chain stores, and I, at least, sorely miss the classes that these local stores used to offer. Why did they go out of business? Well, in part because they could not compete with the internet shopping. For my own part, I won't chase a cheaper price in China because you end up losing more, locally. IMHO, of course.
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I do agree there are a lot of obviously copied designs on there, I recall seeing the TH dies of the witch & cat, and spooky house on there. But, I also saw, and bought a lot of designs that either are retired from big name lines, or I've never seen here in the UK. And there are many 'generic' designs of basic shapes, which lots of brands have released. But I agree, I'd personally avoid those I see as design copies.
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Absolutely, and we each draw a different line we won't cross. : )
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JMHO, I will not take a chance on anything from these places. I don't want to "accidentally" purchase stolen designs.
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I will not be purchasing anything from Allieexpress! Reason being the are cheap knock offs.


They steal designs find on other companies. Copyright.
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