Aliexpress is not new and as a matter of fact, you may be wondering how come i am just coming up with this post now after all these years. Well, the gospel truth is that i haven’t tried using the site until recently and until i get detailed fact, i didn’t want to write anything about it.

Based on the fact that i recently ordered some products on Aliexpress site with some level of skepticism and using the free delivery service, i got it delivered few days back and i have decided to come up with a full experience to aid those who are thinking whether or not the site deals are legit.

This post will contain all the process it entailed, how it worked and pretty much everything you should know. If you’ve got any question (s), i am more than happy to respond using the comment session.

Buying From Aliexpress Online Market – The Process

It was precisely on the 30th of Last month being September, that i made orders for two items on Aliexpress. When trying to buy from the site, there are two factors i was looking very much interested in other than the items i am looking at purchasing and that’s the Customers Feedback and Ratings.

Customers feedback and ratings isn’t just essential when it comes to the online shopping mall, it’s required in pretty much any dealing. You should be keen on whether people think about a certain product or seller before committing your hard earned money.

shopping from aliexpress to Nigeria using free shipping

These two things come to place when looking at not being scammed. If a buyer has been scammed before, he/she will post a feedback comment which anyone who wants to buy from that seller will see and have a change of heart.

The rating clearly states how genuine the seller and the products are. These two things should be put to consideration when buying from any popular online market.

Payment Methods On Aliexpress

Personally, i made payment using my credit card details (Access bank Visa Card precisely) since they do not have PayPal payment method. Before making payments, please be sure that the details in your account are accurate and you have also verified your email address.

Making payments using your local credit card means you will be charged at your bank’s current exchange rate. When buying from the online shopping mall as a Nigerian, the price is in US Dollars. Making payment using my credit card which obviously is in Naira value, i was charged the exchange rate.

Free Shipping On Aliexpress – How It Works

Yes! I actually choose the free shipping method. Using this method doesn’t require me making any extra payment for the items purchased.

Most express shipping services like EMS, DHL and sorts charge pretty high for a common wrist watch. Free shipping was definitely the way to go. However, free shipping ain’t always the best options every time.

If you are choosing to use free shipping service, you should be getting your product in 2 weeks time or even more. This solely depends on when the product was shipped by the seller. Another reason your product could take longer time, is your location. Using paid corrier/shipping services like EMS and DHL takes only a matter of days before you receive your product. Faster, but expensive.

Owing to the fact that i wasn’t willing to pay that high amount of money for shipping (the cost of shipping was more expensive than the product(s) bought), free shipping was the only option i was left with.

How Long Did The Free Shipping Take For Me To Get My Product?

22 days if my calculations are correct. As earlier stated, i placed my orders and made payments on the 30th of September, 2014. I got the items received at the post office here in Lagos, Nigeria precisely on the 22nd of October, 2014.

I am sure you should be able to do the math and correct me if i miscalculated. As you can tell, 22 days is a whole lot of time. That’s about 3 weeks and a day. It took that long to receive my ordered item here in Nigeria.

Requirements Before Being Given Your Product At The Post Office

Since using free shipping, the goods do not get delivered to your doorstep. Instead, it is delivered to the nearest post office.

I don’t know about other countries but in Nigeria, a valid proof of identity is required before collection. Being Naive at that point, i thought going to the post office with my tracking codes will do, but i was wrong.

On getting there, i was told to present my ID card. Since i didn’t go with any initially, i had to return home to get my working ID card. Presenting it, it was declined and it was made clear that a Drivers License, National ID Card or an International Passport are the accepted means of identity. Hence, i had to return home again and search for my National ID card before i could get my items.

I am sure you’d like to see what i ordered for, right?? Oh well, nothing much. Just a blazer and a wrist watch. Those were the stuffs that were on my mind as at when looking at what to purchase from the site. See the picture before before they were unwrapped by yours truly.

My products from aliexpress

Just those little things depended that much stress on my part. But, i guess it was worth it as i am more experienced now and i get to share with you, my esteemed readers.

Also read: My Experience Shopping From GearBest

There you have it. My detailed experience with shopping on Aliexpress. If you have any questions as regards shopping on aliexpress, feel free to convey it to me using the comment session and i will reply you. Cheers!

222 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you?. And about Escrow, how does that work ? Do I need to create an Escrow account, or is it a part of the payment process?

    • You can use your home address. However, if using free shipping option, the package will be delivered to the post office closest to the home address you inputted.

  2. Sir you said you use China mail
    My question is where can I get that mail from. Am confused
    Also how did they convert their USD to Naira and also which debit or credit card is now accepted as of this year??
    Visa, MasterCard?

  3. okay but last time I checked the goods are going to the post office in the first place irrespective of the address one dropped .. I just wanted to be clear, as for valid means of ID, i only have my school ID.. anyways thanks but I think there’s no problem.

  4. Ho, I just ordered for a phone on aliexpress and my payment is still bring verified, however the issue is,I dropped the address of the nearest post office to me as my shipping address instead of my home address, this of course wasn’t intended, its partly due to the fact that never knew I was supposed to drop my home address, since it’s most likely that the goods are collected from the post office and also my area doesn’t have house addresses yet. So I felt it was easier using Ikeja post office address. However, just to be sure I hope this won’t pose a problem

    • Well, it could. However, if you have the tracking number and can provide a valid means of identification to show you own the item(s), you should be fine.

  5. Hi, I’m in south Africa, I’m planning to order a phone, do you think it will be safe/ will i get it if I use aliexpress free shipping? Would it be delivered to the post office or my address, And how long do you think it will take? Thanks 馃檪

    • Hello Matthew, you should be able to receive your ordered item(s) in South Africa using free shipping. It will be delivered to the post office closest to you. I can’t give a definite date. Max of 30 days should be fine though.

  6. Hi Sam, I ordered a Xiaomi phone last week and the last tracking info was that the item has been dispatched to overseas country. Question is how long till from here on out will the package be delivered?

    • Well, depending on your location, it can take between 14 to 21 days. Sometimes more. Just keep tracking using the tracking number given.

    • Chris, track your order using the tracking number given to you by the seller. If it is already at your location, you should visit the closest post office and make inquiry.

  7. I was asking one seller in aliexpress about the free shipping via china post registered airmail, it say i have to pay the freight. I dont understand i thought its by free juz the amount of items i will pay.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here