Originally Posted by bhazard
Alibaba and Aliexpress list some very good companies. I've ordered lots of very nice aquarium equipment off of it with no issues. The clone amp companies are also listed there. It all depends on the company you pick. Some are great, some are horrible.
Ordering a couple things here and there probably wouldn't be an issue, especially if the products weren't audio related. There's a big difference in those industries. But order a fairly large number and all bets are off.
The clone amps are fine for guys buying one or two. But the failure rates on some seem to be higher than I would want if I was ordering 100. Plus there are quite a few companies selling those same clone amps. So who makes the correct one? Just because they say they're company X doesn't mean they really are.
You would be VERY surprised that well over 60% of those "companies" are just college kids that list products, then go to the nearest factory and pick up their rejects and send them your way. Trust me, I know a guy from one of those pages and he said that's pretty much what the site caters to. If you want just a few items, chances are, you might get a decent reject that is hard to compare to the real deal. But order a large number, and you could get a lot bad parts.
You'll notice that when you want just a sample, they might charge you more.That's because they go to the manufacturer and buy one that's not a reject and add in a couple extra dollars, or make it up on shipping fees. It might test okay, not great, but okay. If you put in an order for more, chances are, you're going to get a bunch of rejects or products thrown together. I have a lot of different drivers like that before I finally just gave up.
You simply have no idea who you're dealing with, no matter what they tell you, or who they say they work for. Or how the quality is at any given time unless you are working with the manufacturer. The good manufacturers don't have websites like that because they can't deal with people wanting just a few parts here and there.