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Forum topic by b2rtch posted 314 days ago 1268 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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b2rtch

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314 days ago

Trusting the vendor’s promises and trying to have a good deal I bougth an inverter welder direct from China on a website named Aliexpress.
This website is part of another larger website named Alibaba: http://www.alibaba.com/

This company is not new nor small .
Their business is twice the size of Amazon and E-bay combined just in main land China!!!
They even have their own bank.

Any way I bought a welder because it looked attractive and the price was 1/2 or a 1/3 of similar welder sold on Amazon and it seems that the customer protection was excellent.
First I had to wait about 6 weeks to received the welder.
When I got it it was some light damaged to the paint but most important the welder was not working.
As soon as I strike an arc, the welder immediately goes on over-load and it shut down.
I immediately sent a message to the vendor who asked me to send a video to prove that the welder is not working.
I have no video equipment and I do not understand how to make a video of a non-working welder.
Anyway after several weeks of back and forth with the vendor I escalated the case and the verdict was in favor of the vendor at my expenses.
I now have paid for a non-working welder and so far I found no one in SLC to repair it if possible.

-- Bert


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crank49

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#1 posted 314 days ago

Sorry for your experience Bert.
I have seen the Alibaba web site pop up on searches quite often.
Never felt comfortable with the idea of dealing with them however.
A good reason to pay a tiny bit more to get that stuff from a Harbor Freight or a Grizzly type middle man.
Then you let them deal with the non working junk; at least you have someone to go to.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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redSLED

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#2 posted 314 days ago

For basic goods like tablecloths, wire brushes or PVC pipes, I could imagine buying stuff that way. But for a serious machine/tool like a welder – that was a long-shot gamble, IMO. A welder is a top-name-brand proposition only – as any welder would have advised you. I believe you fell unknowingly (?) into the lower-tool-price-trap while also making China richer. Not hating on you. Just observing. I hope you will be able to get your money back.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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b2rtch

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#3 posted 314 days ago

Look on Ebay, there are many very satisfied customers with is very same welder.
I bought other tools in a similar way in the past without a problem.
I never buy ” top-name-brand”, never I refuse to pay the price.
Most of the time I “win”, this time I did not, for the time being.

-- Bert

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SCOTSMAN

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#4 posted 314 days ago

They should be forced to do the right thing by you in any case this is rotten to the core but I have had to date no bad dealing with the Chinese so hopefully you will get sorted out eventually. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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MarkTheFiddler

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#5 posted 314 days ago

Man Bert,

That stinks out loud. Consider me warned! I have been tempted in the past. Temptation is erased thanks to you.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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teejk

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#6 posted 314 days ago

There was a time when “made in Japan” was a warning…but the Chinese thing is different I think. Too many people that have never had a dime trying to escape that. I know most of our stuff comes from there (I don’t know why) but if I don’t have a US label/rep to contact, “thanks but no thanks”.

And just as an aside, you need to watch how you pay those folks too. A few years ago my wife apparently bought 2 Kirby vac cleaners while her car was parked in the airport somewhere over there…she didn’t even know the bridge between NY and China was open!!! Our bank security caught it but it is a real PITA to have to change all those automatic payments/deposits.

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Blackie_

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#7 posted 313 days ago

Thanks Bert, I’ll steer clear.

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tomd

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#8 posted 313 days ago

I purchased a welder from HF and am very pleased with it. I know the flack I will get from saying that, but if you get a lemon they have a great return policy.

-- Tom D

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AlibabaRep

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#9 posted 313 days ago

I am sorry that you have had a problem with a supplier on AliExpress. Please understand that AliExpress is a platform that connects buyers and sellers; we are not the supplier of the goods you purchased.
With that said, I’d still like to help.
AliExpress.com has a customer service team to assist you. There are a couple of different ways to get in touch with them. One is to fill out our online form. It’s here: https://login.aliexpress.com/buyer.htm?return_url=http://channel.alibaba.com/complaint/home.htm (you’ll need to log in) or send an email with the particulars of your situation to buyer@aliexpress.com.
We can’t resolve 100% of customer issues, but I promise that we will try.
Sincerely,
Mark Story
Director, International Corporate Affairs
Alibaba Group

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MarkTheFiddler

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#10 posted 313 days ago

That was the last post I ever expected. Welcome aboard Mark!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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AlibabaRep

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#11 posted 313 days ago

Thanks for the warm welcome!

Mark

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#12 posted 313 days ago

I have bought many things through Alibaba… had a couple of issues, but they were resolved. Like the post above, Alibaba spends time and effort to resolve these issues. They consider their reputation to be very important. Which includes searching for negative things on other sites. Take Mark up on his offer and get this resolved. As for video proof, the best way is to just use a cell phone. It sounds like you only need a few seconds of video to prove your case. If you don’t have a phone that will do that, recruit a teenager to help you out. It gives you a reason to keep in touch with the younger generation. I did something like that and now have a free worker (er… apprentice) for my shop.

-- Think Twice, Decide Once - Still cut three times

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b2rtch

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#13 posted 313 days ago

Mark,
I notice that you created your account just to reply to my post, amazing.
I am also impressed by the fact the you take the time to answer my post and to offer to help.
That certainly tells me a lot about how much you care not only for your reputation and but also for your customers.
Kudos.
Many years before all this noise in the news about what the NSA does I already knew from reading things like “Wired” and from working with CISCO Systems for several years..
Your message reminds me or more exactly confirm to me that there is not privacy left anywhere and especially on the Internet. I know that this is nothing new but it still makes me very uncomfortable.
I propose that the word “privacy and all related words ” be remove from the dictionary as being obsolete
Thank you for offering to help.

-- Bert

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b2rtch

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#14 posted 313 days ago

Mark,
Do you do any woodworking?

-- Bert

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woodbutcherbynight

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#15 posted 312 days ago

b2rtch,

You asked for help, and wham! Better than anyone could have imagined a rep shows up and offers help. Mark’s stated title is Director, International Corporate Affairs, I am thinking he gets the particulars and makes an email or two, maybe a phone call, and suddenly the right people get interested in resolving the issue. Like many others I have seen the Alibaba Group in searches I have run for odd items so this case can be the litmus test to see how they work. Keep posting your results I look forward to seeing how this plays out.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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