How to Shop on AliExpress

How To Shop On Aliexpress (Buyer’s Guide)

How To Shop On Aliexpress (Buyer’s Guide)


AliExpress Nigeria Buyer’s Guide – This post contains how to shop on AliExpress from Nigeria and get goods delivered to your doorstep.

The whole online space could be a bit scary when you consider the level of scam activities happening every day online. For this ultimate reason, many are scared of buying, paying and carrying out other money-related activities online.

Today, I will show you how to shop on AliExpress from Nigeria and get it delivered to your doorstep or the nearest post office in your LGA. To those who want to know how to import goods from China to Nigeria, this guide you’ve been looking for.

I’m going to help you scale through the hurdle of buying things online directly on AliExpress. These steps are quite simple, all you need to do is, follow my step by step directional guide on how to successfully purchase products or goods from one of the biggest online stores in China.

Before we continue, I’m going to answer a few AliExpress related questions. This will help you properly understand the China-owned online store, how it works and how you can truly benefit from it.


How to Shop on AliExpress From Nigeria (Step-by-Step Guide)

Step 1: Choose buying option and register

You have two options in shopping on AliExpress, you can shop by directly accessing their site at or download the Aliexpress application from the app store for free. Of course like other online shopping sites, the first thing you should do is create your account on the platform.


Step 2: Search for a product

Browse the site, search by categories or by typing keywords associated with the specific item you are planning to buy.

Step 3: Select Item

Click the item you are buying to be redirected to the product page. Check the product details to see if it conforms to your specifications.

What details would you see on the product page?

  1. Price: This is the original price per unit of the item you are buying.
  2. Discount Price: There are instances where the item you are buying is on sale; in that case, this is the price you would pay per unit of the item you choose to buy.
  3. Colour/Size: This shows the colours and sizes available for you to choose from.
  4. Shipping: This shows the available shipping method to choose from. Prices will vary depending on the shipping company you will prefer.
  5. Quantity: This is where to place the quantity of your order.
  6. Total Price: The total amount you will pay for that particular order.

Step 4:  Check seller’s credibility

Check the seller’s credibility to know if it is safe to buy from your prospective seller.

Before placing an order, make sure to do a background check on the seller you are buying from to make sure you are actually getting what you are expecting to. To do this you may want to check the detailed seller rating. Here’s how:

What is Detailed Seller Ratings?

Detailed Seller Ratings are completely anonymous ratings left by the buyer after transactions have been completed. These ratings provide a complete picture of the seller’s performance. Detailed Seller Ratings are a part of the site’s overall feedback system, which has three detailed options for buyers to evaluate a seller’s service and items. The Detailed Seller Ratings are based on a one- to five-star scale. Five stars are the highest rating, and one star is the lowest rating.

How to check Detailed Seller Ratings?

  • When you view the product page or the seller’s store page, you can find information about the detailed seller rating just below the seller’s overall positive feedback.
  • You can also find more detailed information by clicking the “Feedback Score” button located in the navigation bar of the seller’s store page.
  • Under feedback, you may also check the comments of other customers who have bought the same item you are eyeing. Sometimes other buyers attached real photos of the item, check those to see its actual appearance.

Step 5: Select a shipping method

Choose the shipping method you wish to go ahead with. There are items that offer free shipping but this would normally take a lot of time before your order will arrive. Or you may opt to choose the method that will cost you extra cost but will take your order delivery faster and delivered at your doorstep. If you opt to choose free shipping normally your items will be delivered to your nearest post office.

  • If You’ll Select Aliexpress Standard Shipping: Normally No Custom Duty Or Less Chance of Custom Duty.
  • If You’ll Select China/HongKong/Singapore Post: Normally No Custom Duty Or Less Chance of Custom Duty.
  • If You’ll Select DHL Or FedEx: 100% Chance of Custom Duty Because DHL Or FedEx Pays Custom From Your Side and Also Handles All The Custom Procedure. And Deliver Product To You, Only If You’ll Pay All The Custom Charge To DHL or FedEx.

Step 6: Place order

Next, click Buy Now, but before placing your order verifies your shipping address first, the quantity of your order and the shipping company you’ve chosen.

Click Place Order after you have completed all the required information.

NOTE: One of the reasons people doubt the legitimacy of AliExpress is when they don’t receive their orders, most times, this is because they enter the wrong ZIP or postal code. When filling in your address, bear in mind that the wrong postal code can affect the delivery of your item. For example, if you live in Lagos and you mistakenly enter an Owerri postal/ZIP code, just know that your package would be shipped to Owerri instead of Lagos.

Most times, it’s safer to enter the default postal code for Lagos (100001) which means your item would be shipped straight to GPO Ikeja (the headquarter of post offices in Lagos) before packages would be sent to their local branches and then delivered to you.

However, you can refer to the image uploaded above, then choose the right postal code to help your packages get delivered straight to your local post office.

Step 7: Fill in card payment details

On the checkout page, choose the credit card you want to use and complete the required details then click Pay My Order. Your payment will be held securely by Escrow and is only released to the supplier after you confirm satisfactory receipt of your order.

Also, as a Nigerian, you should understand that the Central Bank of Nigeria placed a spending limit on your cards which means you can’t spend more than $20 monthly, so how then do you pay for an item worth more than $100? The answer is getting a domiciliary account or perhaps, a Virtual Dollar Card!

Step 8: Await shipping

Click Back to Order to see your order details. Wait for the supplier to ship your order; you can opt to contact the supplier for more information.

Step 9: Track order and confirm receipt

After the supplier has shipped your order, click Tracking to track your order. Once you have received the full shipment of your order, inspect all items carefully. If you are satisfied with your order, click Confirm Receipt (web) / Confirm Order Received (mobile app) but if not click Open Dispute.

Right after confirming receiving your item, courtesy demands that you drop feedback of the package just confirmed. This feedback will most likely help prospective buyers learn more about the item which you just ordered.


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