In this video we will see a few select products that we have bought on AliExpress over the past couple of months. All of them have been used for some time, so I will provide some insight on how they last, and what you can expect after buying them.
16GB Micro-SD card
The first product is a 16Gb micro-SD card. Memory card is a typical first-time purchase on AliExpress. The reason is simple: they cost significantly more at retail stores. I paid $4.34 for this card during the 11.11 sale, including shipping, which I think was a great deal, considering that similar capacity cards cost around $20 at local electronics stores. The main problem with cheaper memory cards is that they sometimes have less capacity than listed, and that they break down quick and stop being recognized by the device, so it is best to buy ones from listings with feedback to see if they have been tested by other buyers.
I have been using mine as a primary storage on my phone for some time, and I had zero issues with it, the same with all other SD cards that I bought on AliExpress. It did pass H2TESTW.. Unfortunately, this card did not come with an SD card adapter, but I had a few of those from before. If you don’t, here is a $0.46 USB 2.0 card reader that I use at home.
Product link: http://ali.ski/xL_mO
Maiha D007 Bluetooth speaker
Next thing we are going to unbox is the Maiha D007 speaker, that we have previously seen in the video where we reviewed 5 speakers from AliExpress ranging from $5 to $25. This speaker has a long body and 4 channels. It is very loud, and the sound doesn't pop at maximum volume. The M button switches between radio, Bluetooth and auxiliary mode. The bass opens up at 15hz at full volume, but it doesn't sound very crisp. It's legit LOUD, I had to decrease the volume during the test because my ears started to hurt.
Bluetooth 2.1 isn't ideal, and occasionally it may take some time for the sound to buffer. I also found the sound rather flat, much less dynamic in comparison to similarly priced speakers from Xiaomi and Bluedio. But it is not a bad speaker if loudness is your main priority, and if you aren't too picky with the sound depth.
Product link: http://ali.ski/yAwvw
Another product is this garlic press, which I paid $3.21 for. It comes in a cardboard box, which makes it a good product for possible resale. There are two types of blades, which are easily interchangeable. I like the square one, because the pieces end up being smaller, but there also is a linear one if you want them to be bigger. The tray on the top is also removable for cleaning.
The plastic does not feel thin or cheap, and the edges are smooth and pleasant to the touch. Time-wise, of course, if you have a couple cloves, it is faster to just do it by hands, but if you are cooking something big, this press can save a significant amount of time.
Product link: http://ali.ski/Umod4g
Here is yet another T-shirt that I ordered from AliExpress. This one was just under $10 with free shipping. I usually order them in XL or XXL, with the rare exception for listings that explicitly state that the sizes are the usual European or US sized. Knowing your dimensions such as shoulders width and body length from the neck down to the waist also helps. This t-shirt is no longer sold on AliExpress, and I will not be posting a link to it. Just wanted to mention that despite the description, it was not cotton – instead, it was made out of some synthetic material, and the stitches were not very carefully done, with a lot of loose threads.
Instead, I am posting a general link to the best-selling cotton t-shirts. Double-check the feedback, to make sure they are indeed cotton, and look at pictures: if the material appears shiny/glossy, it is likely not going to be cotton. Natural materials, like linen, cotton and silk are more breathable and they feel nicer and in general more comfortable.
Ladybug bathroom holder
As you may have seen in the Bathroom Things from AliExpress blog post, we have this ladybug bathroom holder on suction cups that is placed on the mirror. The holder was shipped inside a plastic bag, wrapped in bubble wrap. The packaging was sufficient to get it to us safely, although I would much rather prefer it to have been shipped in a cardboard box, but for $1 we can’t really expect a lot of extra care.
To be honest, the plastic is rather thin and the latches don’t make me feel too confident about its’ durability, but as long as we don’t overload it with stuff, it seems that it will be working fine. It is big enough to fit two electric toothbrushes, a razor and a tongue cleaner. There are a few colors to pick from.
Product link: http://ali.ski/rQYOE
These unicorn slippers are more of a lifestyle than anything else. They are for Maria and totally not for me. The packaging was nothing special, just a plastic bag inside another plastic bag, but there is probably not a lot of damage plush slippers can sustain during even the harshest handling conditions.
The slippers are big, nice and comfy, warm enough to be worn around home during the cold months. The soles are soft and have anti-slip bumps on the outer part. The golden horn is also soft, and bendable. They look super cute, and they make me happy each time I look at them.
Product link: http://ali.ski/jJBJQ9
Inflatable camping bed
And the last thing that we are going to unbox is this inflatable bed. They have become very popular and I can see why – they are portable, lightweight, very easy to use, and they provide full bed support. The price has dropped drastically since they first became available: I remember them to be around $50 when they first came out, and right now you can get one for less than $20, with free E-Packet shipping to those in US and Canada. It was shipped inside a plastic bag, with no additional cushioning, but it was not necessary in my opinion. Apparently, it is not very easy to inflate it in a small closed space, so I stepped outside to do it.
You need to open it fully, trap as much air as possible, close the opening, fold it in a few times, and close the latch. It looked about 2/3’s full, but it was enough to support a 75-kg person (not me). The stitches are fairly well-done, and the material seems sturdy enough, but I don’t think it would last much more than a couple of seasons. Still, pretty good for under $20, and we will have plenty of time to test it thoroughly through this summer.
Product link: http://ali.ski/AW2jw
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