It's dirt cheap and we love it!
DealExtreme is a great source for inexpensive electronic and computer gadgets like memory cards, game console accessories and computer parts. It offers cheap products, the quality is acceptable and shipping is free worldwide.
Are there other Hong Kong/China competitors with the same business model? Sure! Like most Chinese products, there are clones... and even clones of clones! But here are some of the sites I have found to be most useful.
Please note that the list is not in any particular order
FocalPrice offers a host of consumer electronics, computer accessories, video games, iPod & iPhone accessories, flashlights and other communications products. They usually have most products in stock and are often cheaper and ship faster than DX. The only downside is that their selection is somewhat limited compared to DX.
Huge selection of goods. This one is my favorite for buying electronics parts. They ship on time and provide excellent after sale service. One downside is that they have multiple warehouses in China and the items in your cart may be shipped from different locations. If you need registered mail, you will have to pay extra for each warehouse.
DinoDirect is my second choice, because, as their name suggests, they are huge! They have the widest selection of products I have ever seen. Their site is nicely designed. They even have an online support chat system that can be helpful if you're looking for something hard to find. Prices are reasonable, but on rare occasions, higher than DealExtreme. The only downside I've noticed is that the comments on their product pages looks a little bit... um... let's just say "home made;" but that's just my opinion.
A Hong Kong based company. Prices are reasonable and ships fast. A good feature is their "Compensation First" policy; if you need to send the item back to Tmart, refund or replacement will be issued to you first upon receipt of shipping proof.
Mini In The Box
A subsidiary of LightInTheBox, Mini In the Box is a very good web site with minimal clutter and good navigation. Unlike its mother site, all products are shipped free worldwide. Prices are also reasonable, they ship fast.
ChinaBuye offers a nicely designed website with average prices. They offer mostly mobile phones, computers accessories, auto parts and gaming gear.
TomTop follows the same design principles as DX (pun intended!) with an impressive selection of goods. They also have reasonable prices and ship fast.
I have made about fifty purchases from these retailers. In terms of price, reputation and speed BangGood is my first choice.
FocalPrice is my second choice for its inventory size and friendly service.
Who's your favorite cheapo?
Did you know...?
- Sites listed on this page are handpicked by me. They are legit. But that doesn't mean they are trouble free. Start small. Test the site first. Don't buy large amounts all at once. Avoid large shipments and split your orders to make sure you have the best experience with these retailers.
- Most of these sites offer "drop shipping." That means they can send their goods without any company logo, so you can simply list these items on eBay and have them shipped directly to your buyer!
- The standard shipping method for most of these sites is regular Airmail, which takes 10 to 20 days. I personally recommend registered airmail, which arrives faster and you can track delivery online.
- Most of these sites are Hong Kong-based, not mainland China.
- You get what you pay for. These are really cheap products and they are often clones of a clone. Unless it is explicitly stated in the product description that it is genuine, all of these products are fake. Period. Do not be fooled by the photos. Stay away from refurbished items, there's no warranty coverage on these.
- You should never, ever use your credit card to purchase from any of these sites. Do not use Western Union or wire transfer. Always use PayPal if at all possible; you will have protection in case of a dispute and your financial information will be kept safe.
- These sites never, ever send you an invoice. Always check your local customs laws before ordering. Most countries charge customs taxes for products that are above a certain value. (Often roughly US $100) If your goods are stuck at customs, print out and have your PayPal transaction information, product page and credit card statement on hand. Customs officers are clever enough to ignore "gift" labels and product values on envelopes.
- Unless you love trouble, never order iPhone/iPod clones, lasers above 50mw and cell phones. These inevitably will be stuck at customs and you will have to go to the post office to clear the goods if you can.