When it comes down to it, the evidence says that shopping on AliExpress is indeed safe, as long as you’re careful, and this is the case with any other online marketplace. Some, like Amazon, offer you more protections than others, but if you’re willing to pay attention to what you’re doing to save a lot of money, AliExpress is a fantastic option.
Is AliExpress legal and safe?
AliExpress is run by one of the largest Internet (and retail) companies in the world, the Alibaba Group, so it’s definitely legal. It has several buyer protection policies that you can take advantage of, and it monitors its users carefully to weed out sellers (or buyers) involved in any sort of shady dealings.
Despite all this, people can be (and have been) scammed or defrauded on AliExpress, which frankly is a danger with any business deal (especially one conducted online). This isn’t necessarily the fault of AliExpress, though; it’s just a platform for processing transactions. The real fault lies with users who buy or sell with dishonest intentions. Here’s some advice on how to avoid those kinds of people.
First, only buy from sellers that have relatively favourable ratings scores and product reviews. Second, beware of buying items with “too good to be true” prices (i.e. over 30% lower than elsewhere on AliExpress or other e-commerce sites), especially if they claim to be from popular brand names. Third, never give a seller your personal or financial information (including your account details), either through direct communication or logging into a third-party website. Fourth, always use the secure payment system built into AliExpress to pay one of its sellers. And finally, never confirm the delivery of an order from a seller before you actually receive and are satisfied with the item(s).