Practical tips for purchasing from sites like Dealextreme

Published: 26th May 2011
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I think there are so many fans just like me, who like buying things from Dealextreme. Dealextreme is really a great site for selling cheap electronics and gadgets with free worldwide shipping. Dealextreme's popularity has given birth to many competing sites of the same genre, but with different uniqueness's and sometimes better prices, especially the

We discover some Dealextreme alternatives, such as PickEgg, DinoDirect, lightinthebox, Price angels and so on. They offer a variety of cheap products. You may find clothing, electronics, gadgets, cheap deals, products from China and Hong Kong, and much more.

When you plan to place an order on these websites, make sure you read the site reviews to find out if there are any coupons for the specific site or recommended products, this is also one of the tips. Sites that list above this are hand picked. They are legit. But it doesn't mean that they are trouble-free. Start small. Test the site first. Don't buy big amounts at once. Avoid large shipments and split your orders.

You may see most of these sites offer "Drop Shipping", which means that they can send the goods without any company logo. So you can simply list these items on eBay and have them shipped directly to buyer.

The standard shipping method is regular AirMail, which takes 10 to 20 days to arrive. I personally recommend you to use registered airmail, which arrives faster and you can track it online. The sites which offer you free shipping, may always suggest you use registered airmail, and which may cost a small proportion of extra money, it is worthwhile.

You should get in mind that you will get what you paid for. These are really cheap products on the sites; they are often cloning of a clone. Unless it explicitly states in the product description that the product is genuine, they are fake ones. Do not be fooled by the photos.

About the payment, most of sites support PayPal payment, and I always prefer to use PayPal. In this way, you will have protection in case of a dispute and your financial information will be kept safe. You should never ever use your credit card to purchase. Do not use Western Union or wire transfer.

These sites will never ever send you an invoice. Always check your local customs law. Most countries will charge customs taxes for products that are above a certain value. (Often roughly USD 100) If your goods are stuck at the customs print out and have your PayPal transaction, product page and credit card statement at hand. Customs officers are clever enough to ignore "Gift" labels and product values on envelopes.

The last reminder, unless you love trouble, never order iPhone/iPod clones, and other big brands' clones, Lasers ( above 50mw. They will be stuck at the customs and you will have to go to the post office and clear the goods, if you can.

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