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How to Buy a Product on AliExpress - DIY Guide

Buying product(s) from Jumia and Konga is easy with Debit Card issued by any of the Nigerian banks but buying products from AliExpress is not, because unlike Jumia and Konga, AliExpress processes payments in US Dollars. To purchase any product on AliExpress, you must have a dollar card. And not just on AliExpress but also on Amazon, eBay, Wish or any other E-commerce websites that processes payments in US Dollars.
AliExpress website homepage
When I say Debit Card, I'm talking about your ATM Card.
Kindly be aware that you can't use any Naira Debit Card to buy products on AliExpress even if it's a MasterCard.

So, Where can I Get a Dollar Card?

I know of two ways you can get a Dollar Card in Nigeria. One is opening a domiciliary account in banks such as United Bank for Africa (UBA), Zenith Bank, First Bank or any other banks that support this service. While the other which I'm going to recommend as being the easiest, fastest and simplest way to get a Dollar Card is using Flutterwave product called Barter. Flutterwave is an innovative company providing solutions to digital problems of the Africans. With their Barter product, you can create a free virtual Visa Dollar Card in few minutes and fund it using your Naira Debit Card. Kindly check out the guide here.

Now, you must have gotten a Dollar Card. Let's proceed on how to buy your favourite product on AliExpress. All you need from that card to start placing orders on AliExpress is the serial number at the front of the card, the Expiry Date (month/year) and the 3 digits security code (CVV) at the back of the card. On the Barter app, simply tap on your card to switch view (front or back).
From and back view of a Dollar Card created with Barter

But, Why AliExpress?

AliExpress is an online shopping centre owned by Alibaba Group, a leading retailer and e-commerce company in China. AliExpress has millions of products you can buy and can be shipped to anywhere in the world. From mobile accessories to Electronic gadgets, from kid's fashion to men's and women's fashion, groceries, mobile phones, laptops, kid's tablet, cameras, home appliances and more all at a very affordable prices with shipping fees varying from as low as free shipping to as high as any amount. You can enjoy free shipping on variety of products on AliExpress and at times it can be very costly. You just have to look out for yourself.

AliExpress service also includes buyer protection (usually 60 days) that ensures that if anything goes wrong you'll get your money back. And unlike Jumia and Konga, AliExpress allows you to chat directly with the Seller of the product you want to buy.

However, since the products are not shipped from Nigeria, the delivery can take up to a month or more in some cases and there is no Pay On Delivery or Home Delivery service on AliExpress. So, only prepayment method is available and your package will be delivered to the nearest Post Office.

But with what I've said before, AliExpress is still very considerable if you want something cheap at their standard quality. Because sometimes, what you purchase from Jumia at a certain price, you can get it at half the price on AliExpress. But you shouldn't be too much obsessed with cheap product, check quality first!. And the only way you can do that is to read the customer reviews on that product.

Procedure to Purchase the Product you want on AliExpress

  • Go to AliExpress website or App and log in/register your account.
  • Search for the product you want to buy and select from the search results.
  • Ensure you've funded your card with the appropriate amount of money. Check the product price and the shipping fee to know.
  • On the product page, click Buy Now or Add to Cart if you want to surf for more products.
  • Enter your delivery address properly(with zip code) and don't make a mistake in entering your phone number. You can look up the zip/postal code of your area on Google search.
  • Now, enter your card details and proceed. You may get an error message as shown below if you're using Barter Dollar Card for the first time.
AliExpress payment failed due to security reason. Click Claim on Alipay to verify payment
  • Keep calm and click Claim on Alipay to verify your identity. 
  • Upload screenshots of your ID card and the Dollar Card you want to use for the payment. In my case, I used my NIN slip and it was accepted.
  • Within 2-3 business days, you'll get an email that your card has been verified successfully. Now, you can go ahead and continue your payment.

Where will my Package be delivered to?

After successful payment, your payment will be confirmed and your package will be shipped within few days. As I have said earlier, the delivery can take up to 30 days or more. Then, your package will be delivered to the closest Post Office to the address you entered. Simply go to the Post Office to collect your package. Ensure you go along with your ID card.

How can I track my Package on AliExpress?

  • Go to My Account on the AliExpress app or website.
  • Tap on Orders and then click the TRACKING button on the product you want to track.
My orders and tracking page product purchased on AliExpress
Are you still facing issues buying a product on AliExpress?. Please let me know in the comment box below.

Have you seen:
How to Buy a Product on Jumia Online and Get it Delivered to your Doorstep

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