purchases from China.. #1: Making purchases from China

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Blog entry by abie posted 11-22-2020 07:56 PM 929 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Be forewarned Purchases from China, shipped from China are problematic..
My personal experience leaves me to find supplies from local dealers and not direct from China
Many items on the net are direct from China and often have phoney shipping information…
Pay pal will not refund monies sent to China if you cannot track the shipment..
Nothing against Chinese products, just the shipping aspect..
things from China take weeks to arrive and if tracking info is suspect you are out your hard earned Cash..
Just Stay with Local Dealers..

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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View eccentrictinkerer's profile


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#1 posted 11-23-2020 04:31 AM

As my screen name indicates, I’m a tinkerer. I’ve been buying gizmo’s and gadgets from and for several years.

Items have been small electronics like a saline pool analyzer, various bluetooth devices, temperature readouts and current and voltage readouts. I’ve never had a problem with honesty or non-shipment. In a couple of cases products were substandard or defective. the vendor always made good on the deal

On big ticket items like the motorized bike wheel I bought for my wife’s bike I chose to go to Walmart site or Ebay. Amazon also carries a lot of the Chinesium products at fair prices.

My mailman must think I’m a spy because of all the packages from China! ;)

-- Sent from my Commodore 64

View Planeman40's profile


1559 posts in 4001 days

#2 posted 11-23-2020 11:25 AM

I too have had good luck with buying direct from China on the few things I have bought. Always a risk, but if you use a charge card or Pay Pal the risk is very small in my view.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#3 posted 11-23-2020 03:39 PM

My gripe is the shipping times are extremely long and often for some items the minimal packaging can be a problem. Case in point, it took about 6 months for 100 R.E. magnets to arrive, spent 3 months in Amsterdam of all places, assumedly stuck to the side of some metal piece of sorting equipment.

Now-a-days I pay more attention to the ship-from details as many Amazon resellers will state if the items are already located in the States vs. shipped from China. Usually the price difference is minimal.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#4 posted 11-23-2020 09:52 PM

Well, you don’t have to order things directly from China. Just order something from the US. Chances are it was from China anyway. Then you have the American dealer to hold to any issues. I have ordered from China a couple of times but only via Amazon. After waiting a month to receive the product Amazon will order a refund.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

View abie's profile


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#5 posted 11-24-2020 04:10 PM

Pay Pal was no help to me as I returned the items for a refund and Paypal delayed… delayed and in the end sided with the seller as my return receipt was sent to an address in the U.S. and the real address in China was never discovered
I was out my money and three months of trying to deal with PayPal…

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

View Steve's profile


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#6 posted 11-27-2020 07:43 AM

I have no issue with Chinese-made products themselves. However, I’m not a fan finding out that a purchase is coming from overseas after the fact.


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