Did you know you can shop from AliExpress in Kenya?
Alibaba is the largest online shop in the world, seconded by Amazon. It is known for connecting customers to sellers and vice versa. As such, buyers can negotiate agreements with suppliers and make a favorable purchase.
Alibaba and AliExpress are sister associations that are all virtual marketplaces. Nevertheless, their distinction is that Alibaba sells things wholesale to clients while AliExpress is a retail marketplace similar to the renowned Amazon or Jumia.
If you own ever shopped from Jumia and Kilimall, you should not have any problem using AliExpress since they are more similar. However, Aliexpress has a client base of millions of people worldwide.
It is also more stored than the local Jumia and Kilimall online shops. For that reason, some individuals may find themselves purchasing items from AliExpress since they are unreachable on Jumia.
Why Pick AliExpress over Jumia or Kilimall?
The main benefit is that AliExpress has a wide range of products going at a lower cost than Kenyan online shops.
How to shop on AliExpress in Kenya
Here is how to perchase on AliExpress while in Kenya:
Visit AliExpress on a computer or yuor mobile phone (you can download their App if using a smartphone) and construct an account with them. It is a simple process
Guarantee that you include your Shipping Address. E.g. (Kenya, Nairobi, Roysambu, Lumumba drive) Make your site as discreet as possible.
Like on other sites, navigate to examine for products you like. Also, take time to glimpse at the reviews of the product. The last thing you like is a disappointment.
Double-check to confirm you have selected the correct products (Color, size, model, version)
Place the order
Pay for your product
Like Jumia does for imported products, AliExpress will email you a tracking link that will guide you where your product is till it is delivered to you.
How to import/ship products from AliExpress in Kenya.
You could pick between Postal Address and DHL, but DHL is by far the best option. If you choose a Postal address, keep in mind that customs duty and handling payments will be on you.
TAKE NOTE: The post delivery may take from 20 days to 2 months to arrive. The more extended the delivery time, the more affordable the fee.
DHL takes about 4 to days to return, but clearance at JKIA may take another 3 days. With DHL, you must settle tax no matter how small your items are but with Posta; you may not expend any tax for small packages.
Paying for purchases from AliExpress in Kenya
AliExpress in Kenya presents a rather straightforward mode of payment for goods bought by international buyers. For Kenyan costomers, the following methods are most appropriate.
How to avoid relinquishing your money to scams at AliExpress
AliExpress is a Chinese store, and over the years, there have been problems with fake products being traded on Alibaba and Aliexpress hence the low prices. Fake goods are not illegal in China, unlike in other countries where counterfeiting is a offense.
As such, it is essential to go through the reviews on the product you want to purchase. Good reviews show that people are satisfied with the product, while bad reviews will tell you the product is inconsistent.