Aliexpress Anniversary Sale
Aliexpress is offering a Anniversary Sale promotion. Several sellers are participating, and some are offering pretty reasonable discounts. For example, Runner 250 rotors, usually about $4 a pair, are as low as $2.60/pair.
The catch is it's an "app only" promotion. If you're like me, and get frustrated trying to shop out the best deals on the wee little phone screen, here's a trick:
1. On your computer, go to Aliexpress.com and login to your account (or create an account if you don't have one).
2. Shop out the best deals. Any seller who is participating will list the "app only" discount in the product listing.
3. Add the items you want to buy to your shopping cart. They don't have to all be from the same seller. You can mix and match best prices from a number of sellers.
4. Logout of the Aliexpress website, then grab your phone or tablet and open the Aliexpress app
5. Login using the same account you use in the website. Everything you added to your cart will be there, now at the app only discounted prices.
6. Checkout using the app and save piles of dosh.
7. Send @ruouttaurmind a thank you note
BTW, don't assume just because a seller's regular non-discounted price is higher that they won't have a really great sale price. I found a few items where the seller's normal price was quite a bit more than other seller's regular price, but that seller's Anniversary Sale price was the lowest available.
A few more notes about buying on Aliexpress:
- Aliexpress is not like Banggood or GearBest. It's more like Chinese eBay. Several sellers, all competing with each other to offer the best products at the best price. As such, there are some good sellers and some bad sellers. Do your due diligence; check the seller's feedback record. Aliexpress guarantees your purchase, so you won't lose your money, but you MAY wind up waiting a really, really long time to get your goods if you choose the wrong seller. Some sellers offer guaranteed delivery dates, some do not. Take this into account when you choose which seller you buy from.
- The lowest price is not always the best deal. Some sellers offer free shipping, some do not. Often the seller with the lowest price will add on another buck or two for shipping, bringing the total back above the other sellers.
- The lowest price is STILL not always the best deal. Make sure you check the seller's estimated delivery time. Some sellers have delivery dates as much as 60 days or more. Some have delivery dates in as little as 7 days. Depending on the item, I might rather pay an extra $0.50 or $1.00 to have a 10 or 12 day guaranteed delivery date versus waiting a month or more.
- I have had items arrive from Aliexpress in as little as 4 days (my ZMR250 kit) and a couple of items took nearly two months. I've also had a couple things never show up at all. Make sure you keep an eye on your orders. Aliexpress sets timelines on making claims. In most cases you have the option of requesting an extension of that time (for example for an item with a 30 day delivery estimate). Make sure you stay on top of that stuff. Aliexpress is really, really good about NOT letting buyers get screwed, but they are not very flexible with their policies (read: not AT ALL flexible).
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