Although slightly concerned, I decided to try out Aliexpress - they got a lot of stuff to choose from and prices that are often extremely low (not always - make sure to check them!). I have used my VISA to shop and have now received 8-10 different purchases during recent 3 months. Some times delivery times have been long - mostly related to long shipment time of the free shipping from China, so I cant complain about that. I have always been able to see that the product actually leaves the seller quite fast - and then it can end up hanging for some time at international export or import post offices. I have been very positively surprised - the stuff I've received have been according to description and in fine working order. Some times I've ended up concluding that some of the items were just cheap Chinese products - which is exactly what I paid for... at other times I have gotten quite good quality stuff exceeding my expectations and at only a fraction of the cost I would have paid normally.
There's a question on import duties etc: I live in Denmark (Europe) and as with all trade across EU borders import tax and VAT must be paid - including a steep 180DKK handling fee. However, there's a triviality limit of 80 DKK (excl postage) below which Import handling is not necessary. Several of my purchases has been within that amount. On some occasions my more expensive shipments have sneaked through also without import handling.
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