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Reastie Fri 30-Aug-19 19:02:39

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Reastie Fri 30-Aug-19 19:03:19

Sockeatingmonster’s top tips for using aliexpress

1. Check reviews
2. Be wary of plastic toys. There have been concerns about toxic plastics from China, and I have binned plastic figures for having very unpleasant smells. I no longer buy any 'low-end' plastic items (UPDATE: I wouldn’t buy squishiest either, for the same reason) and only ever from sellers with lots of positive reviews
3. Aliexpress refund/complaints procedure is actually way more straightforward than eBay, and stacked in the buyer's favour
4. Beware of mains operated electricals, many of which are supplied without fused plugs. Always message the seller first if in doubt, don't rely on the photos
5. I don't trust dress up clothes to be flame retardant, although I don't believe this is UK law anyway?
6. Clothes can come up very small. Quality can be variable (excellent to awful). Photos are often of similar items, so take them with a pinch of salt and check the reviews.
7. Actually, all photos on Aliexpress should be taken with a pinch of salt. Again, check reviews (where buyers often post photos of the actual item received)
8. I wouldn't trust toys to meet UK safety standards and wouldn't buy anything that could pose a risk (e.g. Paint might not be safe for children to gum, there could be sharp edges/choking hazards, etc)
9. Lego alternatives don't tend to stick together as well as genuine Lego. Minifigures are still excellent value, but the odd one might benefit from a few drops of superglue.
10. Barbie and other doll clothes can be excellent value, but check reviews for fabric quality and finish (UPDATE: Type “18 inch doll” for clothes that will fit American Girl/Our Generation/Designafriend dolls. Shoes are particularly excellent value. Wash dark clothing first as dyes can stain dolls’ limbs)
11. Stationery is generally excellent value, although paper quality can be lower than expected. Type 'kawaii' into stationery and be prepared to spend a fortune!

Also to add I’ve seen a fair few posts from fb this year from small businesses where aliexpress have posted photos of their products and photos without permission, so be wary and be warned the photo might not be exactly what you get.

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Thegirlhasnoname Fri 30-Aug-19 19:10:15

I gather (from the previous thread) that there aren’t many people buying for younger children but Mamas & Papas are showing bank holiday deals on their website and just got an email through about them so they can’t have forgotten to update it from last weekend!

Jammiebammie Fri 30-Aug-19 19:15:48

Yay thanks @Reastie great thread title too.

SquintEastwood Fri 30-Aug-19 19:17:47

Thread 2 already, I wonder how many we'll have this year?!

Wait4nothing Fri 30-Aug-19 19:36:20

Sass & belle voucher can with my delivery

Metal tea set is lovely!!!

Willow4987 Fri 30-Aug-19 19:41:06

Thanks for the mamas and papas tip @Thegirlhasnoname I’m buying for some small children (including my own) so will take a look

MulticolourTriangles Fri 30-Aug-19 19:43:25

The LEGO garbage truck set is reduced from £14.99 to £9.99 on Amazon

gaggiagirl Fri 30-Aug-19 19:52:57

Can someone tell me about these hot chocolate bombs please?
Got a card off boden this morning saying they were having a 20% off day next week , there was no unique code and sadly the card had been binned.

ScarlettDarling Fri 30-Aug-19 19:57:00

I just bought the chocolate bombes, didn't know such a thing existed until I saw them mentioned on the last thread ten minutes ago! These threads are so bad for my bank balance!

Fantababy Fri 30-Aug-19 20:12:59

Following. Am just about to check out Mammas & Pappas as I'm buying for two babies plus gifts for friends' kids.
Just got a Gruffalo sleepsuit and Gruffalo PJs for £4 and £5 respectively from the Sainsbury's sale.

Fantababy Fri 30-Aug-19 20:13:25

Mamas and Papas even. grin

Luxplus Fri 30-Aug-19 20:32:35

Playmobil 6919 Man City Action Police Headquarters with Prison, Multi-Colour on Amazon down to 59.95 from 79.99
Got it for dd...
Sorry don't know how to link to it

HoneyDragon Fri 30-Aug-19 20:45:26

Don’t know if it’s been mentioned but Card Factory have a good selection of really quite lovely children’s picture books for £1 each. Great for those looking to do a. Ok advent for littlies.

HoneyDragon Fri 30-Aug-19 20:46:00

*book advent <fat fingers today sorry>

Thegirlhasnoname Fri 30-Aug-19 20:48:16

I’m not much of a make up person but this looks like an alright freebie from Boots and will do to divide up as extras to gifts or stocking fillers

Whitecandle Fri 30-Aug-19 20:59:11

@ScarlettDarling I can't find any comments about these on the last one... what are they??

SquintEastwood Fri 30-Aug-19 21:00:52

Got my hot chocolate bombs for Christmas eve and a talking emoji Poo thing for the 6yo's stocking - cost less than just the bombs with delivery grin

Glad to have found something I was planning on buying anyway as I'm determined not to buy for the sake of it this year so the last thread was tough!!

@gaggiagirl they are hollow chocolate balls filled with mini marshmallows. You put them in a mug and pour hot milk over them and the "explode".

TheFatberg Fri 30-Aug-19 21:05:51

My Sass and Belle delivery arrived today. Really great quality products and nice to get a £5 off voucher.

ASOS seem to be doing 20% off everything for 2 hours events more often so worth keeping an eye.

DarkHumour Fri 30-Aug-19 21:12:34

Some great Lego City deals on Amazon just now. Caravan set now £14.50 from £24.99 Amazon

101Robin Fri 30-Aug-19 21:15:01 are doing a sale where some clothes are £2.99 instead of £5.

I've bought from there before and the quality can be hit or miss (it's old overstock from high street shops) and the postage can be pretty hefty. However, I've had some really nice items from there so £2.99 could be a bargain.

Ilikesweetpeas Fri 30-Aug-19 21:17:09

I feel I need chocolate bombs! Where are these from please?

totallyLosingIt Fri 30-Aug-19 21:20:12

After my initial resistance to Lands End due to my determination not to pay for postage, I have since placed 2 separate orders and paid for postage on each (they couldn't combine as the first had been despatched)! Ah well, I know that the slippers are fantastic, so needed a back up pair and couldn't resist at £7!

Thank you to the poster who shared the Lands End sale info/extra discount code!

Wineandchoccy Fri 30-Aug-19 21:24:13

I can’t comment on the quality because I have only just ordered it the reviews are good for this Fox scarf £2.05

Wineandchoccy Fri 30-Aug-19 21:26:24

Also Morrison’s have a sale on selected toys

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