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The 11.11 sale is approaching, and AliExpress reminds that to us with every chance they get.
This year it’s a hit and miss; just like the stock market, it seems to be a zero-sum game. There are some really good deals, and there are some where you would pay more than you normally would.
The Truth About the 11.11 Sale
I’ve had some tabs open from the last weekend, and, surprise-surprise: what then was the original price, now is an 11.11 price, and the “regular” price is upped by a a few bucks. As such, I suggest you treat the 11.11 sale with extreme caution, as it appears that a lot of AliExpress sellers are getting sneaky.
Here is one example.
A few tips for surviving 11.11:
- Do not buy shit only because you think the discount is good.
- Try not to buy shit that you don’t need but you think you may need (because most likely you won’t).
- Compare the 11.11 price with the regular price using the search bar. You may be able to find same items listed by other sellers cheaper than what the 11.11 price is. It is important to understand, that 11.11 sale prices are set by the sellers; and the same item could be (and often is) sold by more than one seller.
Nevertheless, there are some good 11.11 deals – especially the promo deals, where the seller lowers the cost with the hope of generating enough sales to get a good rating, or to promote their other products with a higher profit margin.
Some examples of good and bad prices.
I bought these pants at a sale about a year ago for $12.50. Great pants, I really liked them (I’m wearing them right now btw), and wanted to buy another pair, but couldn’t find them for any less than $18. This 11.11 event you can find them for $12.50 again.
Morale: There are certain cases when the deal would be good.
Last winter I bought myself a pair of KTM pants (which I sold locally because they were not at all waterproof as described) for $62.70, which are now sold at reg. $79.99 / 11.11 price of $67.99.
Morale: The price could vary unexpectedly. Currently, these pants are around $78-80 reg. price, so the 11.11 sale price is actually good in this case; but this item was sold at an even cheaper price last year.
Neoprene (what a stupid idea) touchscreen-friendly motorcycle gloves. I paid $8.62 per piece for them when I bought them for re-selling, and now the 11.11 price is at $6.99 per piece. However, when I checked the Related Products grid, I found the same gloves sold by a different seller at reg. $6.97 (which isn’t even an 11.11 price).
Morale: Check yourself before you wreck yourself. The deal may seem good, even in comparison with the previous regular price, but it still isn’t the best price you can find. Double and triple check the prices with other sellers before you click the “buy” button.
The bottom line is, do not buy things during the 11.11 that you normally wouldn’t buy, and you should be fine.
Thank you for reading this, friend!
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