Anyone bought kit from aliexpress?

Pat71

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Does anyone here bought a kit at aliexpress? Saw San felipe on zhl and only aliexpress and on aliexpress is almost 100 euro cheaper and looks like same kit. Is 42 % discount on aliexpress.
 
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I would be hesitant. If you order from eBay you have protection. There are also Chinese dealers that members here have recommended. You have no protection on Ali.
I have ordered many low cost items from Ali and mostly been satisfied. But, if you get a defective item you have little recourse if the seller does not want to send you a replacement or refund. If you complain to Ali they will ask for “evidence “ that you can’t supply. For example, I once bought a cheap watch that didn’t work. I complained to Ali and they asked for “evidence “. There was no way that I could provide evidence that the watch didn’t work so I only got a very small refund. I had to write it off. I only order cheap items from Ali and only from sellers with a very high (98% or higher) positive rating. Same with dhgate.

If you order a kit it may very well be OK, but if there are missing parts or it’s not as advertised you are at the mercy of the seller.
 

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Why not email Max at ZHL and tell him the kit is cheaper at Ali-express, then he might sharpen up on his price for you.

His kits are covered by Paypal and insurance, so theres peace of mind from my point of view.
 

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Ik wrote a mail and also asked if its the same kit. Kit looks good. I like the filepe but also the soeverein of the seas from Deagostini. The filepe is cheaper and maybe better to practice with. Dont know if the soeverein is more difficult. First learn to walk and then to run. Have the wilhelm to make mistakes and learn to read drawings. I want to do that in between kits with good guidens.wilhelm gives to much stress sometimes.
 
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ZHL pricing is very similar to Ali express. But Max will only ship Courier so it dearer. You are also covered by their guarantee on Ali express. I have used both for electronic kits & parts. No issue. Chat to the supplier via email. As long as you use a credit card you are covered by the credit company. Aliexpress do not fwd Credit they like ebay act on your behalf.

ZHL is dearer because of the use of TNT DHL etc vs china mail on Ali express.
Ali is the Chinese Ebay front end for Alibaba.
Don't use Alibaba direct, there is no protection that way. It is expected that you will email chat with supplier and negotiate exact product on AliBaba .

A scam can happy on any site there are lots on ebay. Both have buyer protection. Ali express is 45 days past the due date or by agreement.

Ali express is a bit like buying from Banggood or Gearbest. You get ti cheaper but wait longer for it to arrive.

Just sort by purchases from, not seller rating. The more purchased from the better the seller.
 

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Going to buy Kits from zhl. Its better supplier. Have sent email about price but even without discount gonna buy there. Have to make choice between felipe from zhl or sovereign of the seas from Deagostini. Still dont know wich one.
 
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