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Discussion in '101 Display Basics' started by Mark_M, Feb 12, 2019.

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What platform do you use to purchase items from China?

  1. Aliexpress

    8 vote(s)
    42.1%
  2. eBay

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Direct contact to seller and arranged payment.

    12 vote(s)
    63.2%
  4. Other method??? (Comment below!)

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  1. Mark_M

    Mark_M New Elf

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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!
     
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    AAH I love blinky lights :) Community Project Designer Generous Elf

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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.
     
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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.
     
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    Superman I Have C.L.A.P and its very infectious Global Moderator

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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.
     
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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
     
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    Mark_M New Elf

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    Thanks for the responses so far, @orchidman33 Have you tried this store before?
     
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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)
     

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