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Old 06-22-2022, 02:19 PM   #1
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Anyone ever bought from Alibaba?

I need a new oil pan for my 8.3 cummins and buying it from cummins is 700.00Can. but buying it from China through Alibaba is $130.00Can. plus shipping.
I prefer not to buy stuff from China but for almost a 600.00 savings I will. I just don't know anything about Alibaba other then seeing it while searching for other parts.
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My one and only experience was verrrrry slow shipping.
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Once ordered a backup camera. Didn't work when received. Was a problem to return and get refunded. Finally got refund by going through credit card.
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Old 06-22-2022, 03:51 PM   #4
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My experience was very slow shipping. it is coming from China. I knew this when I ordered and just waited 6 weeks.
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Old 06-22-2022, 04:18 PM   #5
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Alibaba is like a E-Bay or Amazon, merchants use Alibaba as a way to promote products.
I don't really care for dealing with them, I prefer doing business directly with the producing company. I would suggest using a Credit card that protects purchases or PayPal that charges back the supplier and you get your money back.

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All the time. There are factories and there are resellers posing as factories. I only deal with factories. Do research to make sure as best as you can that they are legit. Feel free to message me and I can help. I have several Chinese friends in Shanghai, Wenzhou, and Ningbo that can find out for me if they are legit.
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I tried once to buy a kayak, wasn't able to get a shipping cost.
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Old 06-22-2022, 04:34 PM   #8
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I used to order a lot of small items from Alibaba years ago. Now I don't order anything from them due to extremely long shipping times....months.

Returning items is not possible from my experience.

My problems started when Covid hit them.
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Old 06-22-2022, 04:34 PM   #9
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I've used Ali Express, which is kind of a cross between eBay and Amazon. If a listing says "30 day delivery', believe it. That way you're pleased when it took just 3 weeks.


I was buying electronic stuff not immediately available in the USA, so an oil pan seller may be different... but I got what I paid for.
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I've only bought from them one time. It was for a dash-cam. It took 6 weeks to get here, it worked for three days then quit. No more for me,
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Thanks guys, at least it sounds like I will get what I order so I fell a little better giving it a try.
I sent you a pm Jake21.
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Craigh1960....It would be interesting to know how long the delivery takes.

Could you post on here when the part arrives?
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Craigh1960....It would be interesting to know how long the delivery takes.

Could you post on here when the part arrives?
I haven't ordered it yet but for sure will post here when I decide and again when I get it if I do order it.
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Return shipping

I never gave it a thought but bought an item and had to return it back to China. Cost $75 to return an item worth $120. Never again.
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