Aliexpress - Dishonest seller Chinese style fashion clothing Store No.424602 xuanze wang

Aliexpress - Dishonest Company

Aliexpress - scam!

There are so many good websites online that offer great deals on items of every type. Unfortunately there are just as many shady websites that are out there to take your credit card information and money. They are decidedly less interested in actually delivering what it was you ordered.

Fortunately there are a few simple ways to test the validity of a new website. It may not work every single time, but you can definitely get a good feel for what a website is about with some simple checks.

Check Online for Reviews

If you’ve never ordered anything from a website before, even if you’ve heard of the site or seen ads for it, check for online reviews. There is likely to be a bit of something for virtually every company under the sun. There’s always someone who thinks their soup was too cold or the service was too slow. But look for big reoccurring problems that show up in online reviews.

Customers not getting what they ordered? A terrible return policy? Companies blatantly stealing money? These are obvious problems with an obvious solution. Don’t order!

Look for Contact Information

A reputable company will have contact information listed – often there are many different ways you can get in touch with the company. If you’re suspicious about a company, do a quick search to find the phone number and address of the company.

Addresses are a bit harder to find at times since so many online businesses aren’t in a brick and mortar store, but you should be able to find a phone number. You might even call the number just to see what happens. Get a person? That’s definitely a good sign. Get a busy signal? It could be suspect. Get an out-of-order message? Run.

Try a Sample Order

This can be a hard one as it involves patience and waiting, but it is a good test for many iffy websites or online stores. If you are interested in spending a lot of money on an unknown website, hold off a bit. Rather than place a giant order – even if it’s the deal of a century – try ordering something much smaller first. Buy a $10 something before you buy a $100 something.

If you have to wait more than just a few days for your $10 something to arrive, you might have a problem. If your cheap item arrives and it isn’t what you ordered and isn’t even close to what you thought you paid for, you have the answers you need. If, on the other hand, you have a decent experience with the cheap item, you now have something new and fun to enjoy and a bit more confidence in the store for the big items you’re getting ready to purchase.