Is It Safe To Purchase From Alibaba?
i've reached out to a couple of projection screen manufacturers / distributors found on alibaba, including one that is favorably mentioned at avs quite a bit, and in both instances they've reduced their prices significantly once i told them thanks but no thanks.
in the first instance i emailed a company (the one that's been favorably mentioned at avs) asking for details about a specific screen - i promptly received a response with the details i requested but they also informed me that alibaba prices were not up to date and that the screen i was interested in was substantially more than the price shown at their / alibaba site.
i then asked if they sold just the thin bezel frame, they responded absolutely, and quoted me a very, very high price... i thanked them for their time and told them both the screen and frame were much more than i was willing to pay... a couple of days later i received an email from the same company offering me the screen and/or frame at about half the quoted prices, and well below the "outdated" price shown at alibaba.
this spooked me so i moved on.
but i recently revisited screens from alibaba, looking for a custom 2.35:1 screen with thin frame, and came across one that looked absolutely perfect - moreover the delivery time to the u.s. was quoted at 5-7 business days... i mailed the company and got a quick response that included an extremely high quote for the screen i was interested in, way more than i wanted to pay, and responded accordingly, that it was just too expensive... a day later i received an email from them stating that if purchased within the next 24 hours, they could offer the screen at an amount that equated to about 1/3 of their original quote.
so what's the deal with these guys? are they safe to purchase from? their business approach has left me a bit uneasy, but perhaps that's just the way business is done on alibaba?