Today there are thousand of suppliers who sell any kind of headphones on Amazon. Most of these headphones come cheap, they sell for less than $30. They might not come from established audio brands like Sony, Beats, SkullCandy, Jabra and LG but actually they does sound good, look good and comfort user expriences. And being rated almost 5 stars by thousands of buyers is a strong selling point for music lovers, who are seeking for their first pair of earbuds.
You may wonder where those earbuds are outsourced from (originally manufactured). It is easy to figure out that they are made by suppliers on Alibaba the wholesale website founded by an English teacher, who is now multi-billionaire, Jack Ma. He also founded Aliexpress, a retail website that lets sellers in China sell their products around the world. So if you see a pair of earbuds listed on Amazon, it is very likely that it would be listed on Aliexpress too.
The process from ordering earbuds from China to which is available to consumers in US may take months. You would see a new earbuds appearing on Aliexpress before they are on Amazon.
If you don’t live in US and you have found a good pair of earbuds on Amazon.com, whether they are available or not to order, you can head up over Aliexpress, I am sure you can find them with a much cheaper price. In this post I will show you how to buy from Aliexpress the same pair of earbuds found on Amazon.
I am interested in metal earbuds and after a simple search term “metal earbuds” on Amazon I found a really good pair on Amazon: Acode in ear headphones (availabe in Black, Gold, Silver and Rose Gold). It is rated almost 5 stars with 459 customer reviews. Indeed, this numbers only accounts for small numbers of buyers.
Choose the image you think the most unique, then right click on it to copy the image url.
Go to https://images.google.com, click on search by image and past the image url.
To find on aliexpress, just type Aliexpress afer the photo in the search box. Then click on “Visually similar images” or “Pages that include matching images”
Here it is and it only costs $3.5, plus 1.5$ shipping via ePacket.
What you need to do next is find a reliable store, which sells these earbuds and buyers left possitive reviews on the product.
Tomkas Official Store: 4.8 with more than 16000 orders
You can even find this product on 1688, and it only costs 10 yuan (1.5$)
Bear in mind that the shipping time is varied from 15 to 20 days, depending your locations.
I need a pair of Bluetooth for running, and they should sound good and have decent battery life (6-8 hours)
Search term: Bluetooth earbuds
On Amazon: 4.3 with 850 customer reviews, $24.55 ALZN Bluetooth earbuds, this is a new model in 2017, I am certain that many brands outsourced from the same company.
On Aliexpress: 4.8 with 711 customer reviews, $16.25 IPUDIS Sport Bluetooth Earphones
They have the same spec, design except the logo on earpiece.
Here are some key features:
Totally Wireless Earbuds
Search term: totally wireless earbuds
On Amazon: 4.3 with 850 customer reviews, $24.55 True Wireless Earbuds, LiteXim TW-08, this is a new model in 2017, I am certain that many brands outsourced from the same company.
Aliexpress: This time I clicked on the “visually similar image” to find the product On Aliexpress: QCY Q29 Airpods business bluetooth earphones, 4.8 with 711 customer reviews, $16.25
Why did this happen?
Like Amazon, Aliexpress is a market place where individuals or comapany can sell their own products. But unlike Amazon, only Chineses suppliers are eligible to sell on Aliexpress.
Here is the simple explanation how it works.
You found similiar product X with different brands.
On AMAZON: Sellers ordered product X from the Chinese supplier A on Alibaba
On ALIEXPRESS: Sellers ordered product X from the Chinese supplier A on Alibaba or 1688
What happens if the Aliexpress opens warehouse in US to compete with Amazon. Aliexpress no longer has disadvantages of shipping time (5 to 20 days) compared to Amazon.