Admittedly, for the longest of time, I had never purchase anything from Chinese B2B or B2C websites.
Even though billions of dollars of transactions took place in sites like TaoBao and Ali Baba, I had a misconception of the level of credit card security and privacy protection these Chinese sites provide.
That changed one day when I was looking for an addenda for the audio system in my car. I looked in several sites like eBay and and a host of other trading sites from the US. The prices were hugely inflated to say the least.
I googled for the part and one of the search results pointed to an Ali Baba Express site. For those unaware, Ali Baba is the biggest B2B site in China. There are some B2C transactions on the portal too. There are several vendors that sold the part I wanted.
I picked the two least dodgy looking and reasonably priced ones and and began to ask the vendors some questions. One as expected, did not bother to reply. I knew that as there are no user reviews or feedback on their account. The other one with a lot of compliments on their service and responded swiftly to my questions and even gave me a discount. The responses to my questions were answered over the weekend and at night too.
I entered my credit card , though there does not seems to be any verification that took place, I was informed that my transaction went through and notified of my shipment. A few days later, I got my package at a fraction of the price I intended to pay.
Overall, I am a happy customer and would purchase more in the future.
Check out their site at : https://www.aliexpress.com/