There’s no denying that China is the world’s manufacturing hub. All for its ability to produce good quality goods for cheaper prices. Talking of goods, there are so many crazy items (especially electronics) available in China which never make their way to other countries. How cool would it be to get hands on some of these Chinese inventions while living in another country? Yes, that’s possible!
5 Best Websites for Shopping from China
Thanks to various online shopping websites which procure products from China and ship them internationally. Some of them ship directly from China while others have gone ahead and have made warehouses in different countries, hence providing for lesser shipping times. Here’s a list of some great and trustworthy websites you can visit to fulfill your wish of that Chinese gadget. Most of these also offer bulk and wholesale discounts, just in case you plan to resell.
AliExpress is the Amazon of the world. And no, this is not exaggerated. AliExpress is a very big marketplace combining of small & big suppliers which ship items globally. You can ideally find anything Chinese you can think of and that too with a very attractive price tag. A lot of branded items come with a guaranteed original tag and you can claim a full refund in case the item turns out to be a cheap knockoff.
Add multiple shipping & payment options, buyer-seller communication, a solid disputes redressal system and you get an international shopping website which is hard to beat. You can communicate directly with the supplier to enquire more about the item or ask for discounts. If you follow a few golden rules, you’ll never feel bad after shopping from AliExpress.
Gadgets, gadgets and more gadgets! If you’re up for purchasing a branded or generic gadget from China, there’s no better place than GearBest. That said, you can purchase from many categories including mobiles, computers, networking equipments, apparels, bags, toys, jewelry and lots more.
Unlike AliExpress where there are different suppliers, GearBest is like one big supplier. You do not need to worry about the reputation of a supplier. GearBest also maintains multiple warehouses in USA, Europe, Hong Kong & China. Items more in demand are stocked locally, hence offering faster delivery and lesser chances of damage during transit.
GearBest offers free basic shipping which is usually unregistered and untraceable. However, you can pay a little more and choose registered post shipping which can be tracked all the way till delivery. There is also an option to pay a small fee towards shipping insurance which will cover the cost in case your item never arrives or arrives in a broken state.
3. DealeXtreme – DX.com
DX is another portal that works pretty much in the same fashion as GearBest – one single company selling a wide variety of products. But unlike GearBest, DX focuses even more on gadgets and electronics.
DX offers free worldwide shipping. But orders under $15 are shipped via unregistered post which cannot be tracked. You can, however, purchase a tracking number for an extra fee of about $1.70. Orders over $15 get a free tracking number included with the standard shipping. Alternatively, you can also go with expedited shipping if you need the order to be delivered much faster.
Payment methods include PayPal, WebMoney and Credit Card. Special payment options might appear for buyers from different countries.
BangGood is another trusted website which maintains warehouses in EU and US. You have the option to quickly browse the regional stores rather than finalizing a product and then later on finding out that it is not available from the other warehouses.
BangGood focuses more on low-cost items which include both branded as well as generic items. They have a similar set of product categories as the others, but the portfolio of items is not as vast as the other stores.
All items are shipped for free under the standard slow shipping. However, you can pay extra for a tracking number, shipping insurance or expedited shipping via EMS, DHL or others. You can pay for your order safely using PayPal or your credit card.
Drop Shipping – If you’re a drop shipper, BangGood offers removal of their logos from the packaging. Hence providing for a much better drop shipping experience.
Made famous by its sweet deals on low-value items, TinyDeal now sells to multiple countries. They too have started maintaining overseas warehouses in Spain, EU and the US. TinyDeal primarily focuses on cell phones and accessories but has various other categories to choose from.
They offer basic free shipping which is usually sent via Honk Kong or China Post Airmail. This is again non-trackable, but you can pay more to get standard shipping or even more for expedited shipping which gets delivered in 3-5 days after shipping. TD offers a comprehensive warranty and return policy for defective and damaged items. So, don’t forget to go through the policies before placing your order.
Drop Shipping Possibilities
Drop shipping can be possible through these shopping websites. Some AliExpress suppliers are willing to ship packages without their logos (or with your business logos) to your customers. You can also get in touch with other websites with details about the expected number of orders and they would be willing to adjust for you.
Have you made purchases from some other Chinese website which ships globally? Please do share your experience by leaving a comment down below. It’s always good to know more 🙂