Best sellers to buy from

What platform do you use to purchase items from China?

  • Aliexpress

    Votes: 9 36.0%
  • eBay

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Direct contact to seller and arranged payment.

    Votes: 17 68.0%
  • Other method??? (Comment below!)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Alibaba

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    25
  • Poll closed .

Mark_M

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Hello there!
Like you, I like a bargain and to find the cheapest price out there but there is a point when an item is too cheap and dysfunctional.
I'm asking if anyone knows what the best sellers are on eBay and Aliexpress are, besides Ray Wu.
I'm primarily wanting to know of eBay seller because of Aliexpresses's terrible shipping costs, and yes, I know it's best to contact the seller and pay via link given but I want to complete it through eBay or Aliexpress.
I'm keeping this general but mostly for pixel strings. (Not cheap power supplies that release the magic smoke.)

Just because this option is available when making a thread, vote above on what purchasing platform you use. See what platform wins (I guess Aliexpress or direct).

Thanks!
 

AAH

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I would be hesitant to buy any bulk pixels via ebay. Aliexpress is great for window shopping for products but going direct to the seller will normally get you a better price particular for combined shipping on multiple products.
There's probably links at the back of the ACL101 for a number of vendors but some of the more reliable are
Ray Wu
ScottLed
Paul Zhang
There's variable quality available from most of the sellers and what you get/see on ebay is almost universally going to be the lowest quality available with the thinnest wire.
 

MD389

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Can confirm with @AAH, got my first batch of pixels from random eBay seller but the overall quality and wire thickness was extremely poor compared to Ray.
 

Superman

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I've found you get what you pay for. You can save 20 cents per pixel and replace them every year or get it right the first time and you might get 5 years out of it.
 

orchidman33

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Im using Alliexpress as like you because of budget and I HATE paying freight (maybe due to my occupation).
Here is a link from Alliexpess www.aliexpress.com/item/WS2811-2811-IC-RGB-Full-Color-12mm-Pixels-digital-Addressable-5V-12V-Dream-Color-LED-Pixels/32842080929.html?spm=2114.search0104.3.49.703435a8GXStbb&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_2_10065_10068_10547_319_10059_10884_317_10548_10887_10696_321_322_10084_453_10083_454_10103_10618_10307_537_536_10902,searchweb201603_57,ppcSwitch_0&algo_expid=b047b378-670c-41ac-9997-7085e022fe2b-7&algo_pvid=b047b378-670c-41ac-9997-7085e022fe2b , currently for us here in NZ 50 x 12V ws2811 pixels $17.50 with free shipping (tracked). delivery might be 2-3 weeks,DHL 9-17 days and you pay an extra 39 bucks. Stick with the freight free and by an extra 50+ pixels. For those in the country west of NZ - $21.26 including $4.48 shipping (tracked) delivery 2-3 weeks
 

Mark_M

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Im using Alliexpress as like you because of budget and I HATE paying freight (maybe due to my occupation).
Here is a link from Alliexpess www.aliexpress.com/item/WS2811-2811-IC-RGB-Full-Color-12mm-Pixels-digital-Addressable-5V-12V-Dream-Color-LED-Pixels/32842080929.html?spm=2114.search0104.3.49.703435a8GXStbb&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_2_10065_10068_10547_319_10059_10884_317_10548_10887_10696_321_322_10084_453_10083_454_10103_10618_10307_537_536_10902,searchweb201603_57,ppcSwitch_0&algo_expid=b047b378-670c-41ac-9997-7085e022fe2b-7&algo_pvid=b047b378-670c-41ac-9997-7085e022fe2b , currently for us here in NZ 50 x 12V ws2811 pixels $17.50 with free shipping (tracked). delivery might be 2-3 weeks,DHL 9-17 days and you pay an extra 39 bucks. Stick with the freight free and by an extra 50+ pixels. For those in the country west of NZ - $21.26 including $4.48 shipping (tracked) delivery 2-3 weeks
Thanks for the responses so far, @orchidman33 Have you tried this store before?
 

orchidman33

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yes - I have purchased that exact product in mid Jan. and they took about 2.5 weeks to arrive. No complaints so far.

PS some of the power supplies are also very good value. I work in the electrical industry and I object to paying freight and the wholesale price of power supplies. Mean Well 12V 30A I have to pay $140 + gst (that's cost to my employer)
 

andy932

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What is athe avg price everyone is pay per 50 pixels. I have brought mine from eBay and have only had maybe 2/3 dead. I’m not worried about wire size as most of the frames as I power every 50 pixels.
 

Paul Zhang

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This is Paul Zhang from China ETOP LED Company,we would like to offer a quote for refer when you have orders....we have the best quality pixels in the market for now.
Full Epistar chip LED---means long life span,less brightness decrease after a few years using.
UV cold resistant wire and very soft wire.
Clear hard glue to protect pixels and avoid water go into pixels housing
Ray pigtails and xConnect pigtails can be attached

Will not let you down if you can work with us!

Thanks
Paul Zhang
Email: info@etop-led.com
 
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uncledan

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I’ve had great results with my 2811 12v bullet and square nodes from Scottled. Less than 5 bad nodes last year with approximately 30k nodes. Some of these have been in the display since 2015. @benbrown frequents chat at ACL and offers competetive pricing and great product from my experience over the last 4 years. Like others have mentioned you get what you pay for. Cheapest isn’t always best
 

Paul Zhang

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@uncledan ,That does make sense,we can be another alternative vendors for quote for refer when you have orders to inquiry,we also have confidence with our quality to let you all happy....No worries!
 

benbrown

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You can contact me for your pixel quotes with all connector styles available in the market. We offer competitive prices

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