I have been shopping from Aliexpress in Nigeria since 2013 without being scammed. If you get scammed on Aliexpress, its means there is something you are ignorant of and that is what I will be sharing in this article. Also, I will be sharing the different methods on how to pay on Aliexpress from Nigeria with or without debit card and tips on how to save money.
Aliexpress is one top China’s e-commerce site. Launched in 2010 and owned by Alibaba. It sells almost everything you can ever think of. Their products are quite cheap, reliable and they are constantly adding to the product they sell.
Sellers on Aliexpress can be either companies or individuals.
It is very safe to transact. They ship for free to all countries of the world depending on your needs or seller. The products they sell are in categories:
- Computers & Security
- Fashion Accessories
- Home & Garden
- Phones & Accessories
- Shoes & Bags
- Tools & Home Improvement
- Sports & Outdoors
- Toys,Baby & Kids
- Beauty & Hair and so on
- Wireless Microphone for Android and iPhone
Each of these categories has a subcategory.
How To Shop On Aliexpress From Nigeria
Create an Account
The first step to shopping on AliExpress From Nigeria is to create an account. To do this
- Go to your computer’s or smartphone’s browser and type aliexpress.com; you can also use their mobile app.
- Wait for the browser to load aliexpress.com
- Then go to the top left corner and click ‘join’.
- Fill in your details accordingly then click ‘create my account’. You will receive an email in your inbox.
- Confirm your account by clicking on the message sent to your email.
Search for Products
After confirming your account, log in and start shopping. Go to the search box and type what you want to buy, then click search.
In order to save time in searching, use the options at the left and top corner of the site:
- Price– Put the price range of the product you want to get
- Quantity– Put the quantity range you want to buy.
- Free Shipping– Click on free shipping to get the products that ship for free to your Nigeria.
- Top Rated– Click on top rated to get the top-rated product on the site.
Click any feature at the left for the features you want in the product. If you are using Aliexpress mobile app, to do this, click on ‘filter’ to see all the mentioned options. Click on the product you like to buy and wait for the browser to load it.
How To Know A Reliable Seller On Aliexpress
Before you place an order or buy the product, you need to check the creditability of the buyer. There are two ways to check for the creditability of a seller or product on Aliexpress, they are:
- Seller’s overall positive rating: Aim for sellers with a rating of 95% or above to ensure a positive shopping experience.
- Comments of other customers
Before making a purchase, make sure to read the reviews left by previous buyers. This can help you determine whether the product is of good quality and whether the seller is reliable.
After reading reviews and you are satisfied with the product,
- Make the necessary selection like choosing the shipping method you want and click on ‘Buy Now’. You will be directed to another page where you will fill in your details. It is very important to enter all information correctly especially your zip code to avoid your product from getting lost.
- To get your zip/Postal code, go to Google and type your current location plus your postcode. For example Mushin Postcode , 6-digit numbers will be displayed, copy them and paste them into the box.
- After entering the information click on save and ship to this address.
- On the next page click on place my order.
- It takes at least 15 days for the product to get to Nigeria and it will be delivered to your nearest post office or directly to your doorstep depending on the product or type of shipping used.
How To Pay On Aliexpress From Nigeria | Payment Methods
Making payments has been difficult on Aliexpress since CBN restricts the use of naira debit cards for international payments. However, these are the payment methods you can use but first choose your means of payment:
How To Pay On Aliexpress With debit card
- Open a domiciliary account: Go to the bank of your choice and request the creation of a domiciliary account. Make sure you request a dollar debit card. This is what you will need to make a payment. See the best bank to open a domiciliary account in Nigeria.
- Use of virtual dollar card: There are many virtual dollar cards you can use. See this article for the best virtual dollar cards you can use for shopping online in Nigeria.
How To Pay On Aliexpress Without debit Card
- Western Union: In this case, you have to send payment using western union.
- Use of third service: This is known as “pay for me service”. This is how it works, you order what you to buy, then you will transfer an equivalent amount plus a service charge in naira. They will help you pay for it in dollars.
After payment, it takes up to 1 hour or more depending on the means of payment for the money to be confirmed. You will be notified when it is confirmed. Once your payment has been confirmed, your order will be shipped. An email will be sent to you immediately when your order has been shipped.
How to cancel an order on Aliexpress
If you want to cancel an order, you can do that by contacting the seller or go the order and clicking on cancel order. You can only cancel an order before the seller ships the product.
How Will It Take To Get Back Your Money After Cancellation
It takes 21 days to 30 days before you receive your money in the bank.
How to track orders on Aliexpress
- You can track your order by logging into your account, click on my orders. Thereafter click on view details on the order you want to track.
- On the next page of the order click on where it is written ‘you can track your order from………
- You can only track your order 3 days after the seller has shipped the order.
How to get the product When it arrives
You can get the product in the nearest post office or at your doorstep depending on the product you ordered. Never click on ‘Order Received’ until you check the product and you are satisfied with it. If not, open a dispute.
How to open Dispute on Aliexpress
A dispute is a way to solve a disagreement between a buyer and a seller. After you have received the product but are not satisfied with it, log in to your account, locate the specific order and click on Open Dispute. If the seller accepts your dispute he/she will refund the specific amount you requested. Be sure to take a picture of your complaint as a piece of evidence. It takes 7-10 days for you to get the refund to your bank account.
Watch Detailed Tutorial Video On How I Buy On Aliexpress from Nigeria.
How To Get $5 For Free On Aliexpress
To get the free $5, click on this link but there are terms and conditions you must meet, they include:
- You must be a new customer
- Make sure you register a new account on my mobile device and not on your PC.
- Finally, you be given $5
Another Way to get The $5
Step 1. Open the AliExpress App.
Step 2. Tap on your profile in the bottom right-hand corner.
Step 3. Scroll to the bottom of the page. You will see many icons there. Choose the “Redeem invite code” icon
Step 4. Use this code INLGXWHU
Step 5. To apply the invite code, just enter the invite code INLGXWHU into the “Enter code here” part and click “Redeem now”.
Step 6. That’s it! You should now have $5 to spend on an AliExpress purchase.
This $5 is valid up to one month after the day it was received. Your $5 is saved on the “My coupons” page of your account. On this page, you can check the expiration date and other terms.
Tips for Saving Money on AliExpress Nigeria
AliExpress offers coupons that can help you save money on your purchases. Make sure to check the AliExpress homepage for current promotions and discounts.
Shop during Sales
AliExpress frequently holds sales and promotions, such as the annual 11.11 sale. During these sales, you can find products at heavily discounted prices.
Consider Bulk Purchases
Many sellers on AliExpress offer discounts for bulk purchases. If you’re purchasing multiple items, consider buying them from the same seller to take advantage of these discounts.
Before making a purchase, make sure to compare prices from different sellers. This can help you find the best deal for the product you’re interested in.
Check for Free Shipping
Some sellers on AliExpress Nigeria offer free shipping on their products. Make sure to check for free shipping options to save on shipping costs.
Ask the Seller For Discount
I have gotten discounts several by politely asking the seller for a discount.
In conclusion, shopping on AliExpress from Nigeria can be a seamless and convenient experience, as long as you follow the necessary steps to ensure a safe and successful transaction. By setting up a verified payment method, and buying from trusted sellers, you can enjoy the vast selection of products available on the platform without worry.
Additionally, taking advantage of AliExpress’ customer protection policies and reading reviews from other buyers can help you make informed decisions about your purchases. With these tips in mind, you can confidently use AliExpress and enjoy the benefits of online shopping from the comfort of your own home in Nigeria.