Searching the web Lub (from our Technical Support) came across listing for our boards in Alibaba.com
This is weird as we do not have Chinese distributor nor we know the companies who list our boards there, so I’m sure these companies have zero stock of our boards, then what happens when somebody order from them and pay? I don’t know nor I’m curious enough to check myself 🙂
More ridiculous is that they have listed under OLIMEX brand boards which are not ours:
and under LPC-P1343 which is development board with NXP microcontroller https://www.olimex.com/Products/ARM/NXP/LPC-P1343/ they list something totally different:
Alibaba is blacklisted by me long time ago for purchasing anything due to the scam and the absence of any control of the advertised content.
Usually same items which are listed on Alibaba could be found on ebay too, but with buyer protection which ebay offers.
In Alibaba first they never list correct prices, you could see prices listed like from $0.01 to $100.00 which means exactly nothing. Also they will write anything in the item description.
I do remember when A13 was announced I searched for A13 tablet to may test software in advance.
In Alibaba there were few listed tablets with A13 in their description, but in this description was written that these tablets have HDMI which rings some bells to me as A13 have no HDMI output.
So I started ‘conversation’ with seller on Alibaba:
me>Is this tablet with A13?
me>but it’s written in the description that it have HDMI output, right?
seller>yes, it does have HDMI
me>how this is possible? A13 have no HDMI output?
seller>yes, you are right A13 have no HDMI output
So I understand that this is probably A10 tablet but with false description as A13 which was newer chip at the moment.
OK who need this bullshit? Obviously more listings may generate more sale leads so these guys list everything they have (and everything they don’t have) and wait some foolish white man to come and order from the China’s heaven 🙂
This could never happen on ebay, after few negative feedbacks this seller will have to make new account as nobody will buy from him/her.
I try twice to buy chips from alibaba.com and both times have been burned.
First time I was searching for MCP601 OAMP which was out of stock by official Microchip channels. Ordered and got few reels which I discover to be 94LC46 memories which were re-labeled to MCP601 with labels printed on laser printer.
The second time was similar I couldn’t find MAX232 in DIP package and I though what the hell this is so simple chip nothing can go wrong and I ordered 2000 pcs they came and on first sight everything was fine, Texas Instruments marking etc, but when we put it on the device we found that these chips have 300mA consumption!
Maybe I’m out of luck, but I decided to not try to do this anymore, so I just blacklisted this site from my books 🙂
TLDR; Beware of Alibaba.com poor content control, no buyer feedback, most of the listings there are scam and possibility to get burned is high.