Aliexpress 11.11 discounts: scam and machinations

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Annual Aliexpress.com sale which is dated at 11 November every year is really notable and famous event. Singles day as a folk festival which is celebrated at 11 November in China. It got international popularity and became an analog of Black Friday in USA in 2013. Sellers promise big discounts, bonuses and presents for different neccesary and useful things. And many prople wait this day during aa year.

However, many people have got doubts about realness of discounts that were offered after past years. THis year we are going to check a real level of honesty for discounts that were on Great Sales Day 11.11

Prefatory information

We gathered a database of some products from aliexpress.com with "best offer" and "hot category" from first to nineteen pages. Finally, we got about 540 000 products for our database. About 30000 products were removed from lists during monitoring time. Now we have got 510 797 products wich are made about 5% from total 10 millions of products which were exhibited by Aliexpress. We think that our collection is the most representative because we gathered the most popular and recomended products

    Well, we start with:
  • Total amount of tracked products in all availible categories -- 510 797
  • Tracking was started in 16 september of current year
  • During monitoring we gathered everyday such changing indexes as price, discount, orders amount, reviews amount.

Aliexpress published beforehand list of products which would be included in the sale with data of price on sale day. Thereby today we can analyze our datas and answer the main question -- Is there real discounts and How much will current sale be honestly?

There are about 412 000 products in out list which would be on sale

Products amount of main Aliexpress's categories:

Products category Amount of tracking products
Clothing and accessories for women 42326
Clothing and accessories for men 28417
Phones & Telecommunications 12833
Childen's goods 25165
Cars and Motorcycles 28428
Jewelry 17986
Clock 16368
Computers & Networking 21667
Luggage and Bags 16591
Home and Garden 14061
Consumer electronics 12126
beauty and health 28779
Sports & Entertainment 40485
Shoes 14721
Lamps and Lighting 13391
Toys and Hobbies 11785
Weddings and Parties 13326
Furniture 8829
Electronic components 3553
Food 3871
Office & School Supplies 16077
Homemaking 8976
Security & Protection 5538
Non-standard products 6701
Total 412000

The first swallow

There were about 70% of product with some discount from the list above at the monitoring's start moment. Some discounts appeared for some products, some discounts -- desappeared but common result was approximetely identical.

But discount started "to disappear" for 11 days before the Aliexpress sale (at 01.11.16). Thereby there were about 388 606 products with discount in 30.10, but today(06.11.16) there are only 424 products with a discount.

In the same time list of saled products with future prices were announced at Aliexpress site.

Conclusion: practically all discounts were cancelled considering discounts from day of prices monitoring start.

How did phony discounts were reveal

We fixated all changes of prices above, compared them with published prices for 11.11 and set next filters:

If a product on sale will be worth 10% or less than minimal price for previous month -- so discount is real;

if a product will become cheaper but won't become cheaper than minimal price for previous month -- so discount is phony;

if a product will become cheaper but a discount will range from 0% to 10% compared with the minimum cost in previous month - discount is insignificant - it is bad result. Why declare about big discounts nad sell products with insignificant or null discounts?

* Minimal price above -- is price with current discounts. For example, product's price is $300 and with discount -- $256. It means that minimal price is $256.

Common results

Products category Amount of tracking products Real discounts Phony discounts Minor discounts Clothing and accessories for women 42326 8882 13411 20033 Clothing and accessories for men 28417 6404 8026 13987 Phones & Telecommunications 12833 3355 3600 5878 Childen's goods 25165 4993 9038 11134 Cars and Motorcycles 28428 5669 8105 14654 Jewelry 17986 6953 4001 7032 Clock 16368 3806 3595 8967 Computers & Networking 21667 4377 6919 10371 Luggage and Bags 16591 4042 4423 8126 Home and Garden 14061 4084 3888 6089 Consumer electronics 12126 2107 4365 5654 beauty and health 28779 7358 8421 13000 Sports & Entertainment 40485 9501 10848 20136 Shoes 14721 3420 4116 7185 Lamps and Lighting 13391 2354 4455 6582 Toys and Hobbies 11785 2725 2936 6124 Weddings and Parties 13326 3969 3056 6301 Furniture 8829 1861 2579 4389 Electronic components 3553 814 590 2149 Food 3871 1058 886 1927 Office & School Supplies 16077 3796 3701 8580 Homemaking 8976 1789 2372 4815 Security & Protection 5538 1030 1223 3285 Non-standard products 6701 1663 1615 3423 Total 412000 96010 116169 199821

Main view

Well, we got next results: every forth item which was included in 11.11 sale will be sold with phony discount. And every second product -- without a discount or with a slight reduction in price

Probability you will buy some product with a bargain price is 1 to 4 -- cool price formation, isn't it?

    The biggest percent of phony discounts was in next categories
  • Clothing for women
  • Childen's goods
  • Computers & Networking
  • Consumer electronics
  • Lamps and lighting

Every third product from this categories had got phony discount in categories above.

Results were sad, risk of being taken in discount and buy a good with overvalued price were very high.

We got products that had got more than 100 order at 06.11.16

Here you can see results for goods that were popular

After filtration by orders amount we receive next results

Product categories Sale products with 100 orders and more
Clothing and accessories for women 16941
Clothing and accessories for men 6761
Phones & Telecommunications 6388
Childen's goods 9854
Cars and Motorcycles 9086
Jewelry 13279
Clock 5432
Computers & Networking 5866
Luggage and Bags 4985
Home and Garden 10513
Consumer electronics 6966
Beauty and health 15359
Sports & Entertainment 10364
Shoes 2727
Lamps and Lighting 4501
Toys and Hobbies 5496
Weddings and Parties 297
Furniture 185
Electronic components 563
Food 346
Office & School Supplies 4332
Homemaking 3496
Security & Protection 301
Non-standard products 1217
total 145255

We found 145255 products in outr database -- about 1/3 from all sale products

Filters by "calibration" gave next results

Product categories Total Amount Real discount Phony discounts Slight reduction in price
Clothing and accessories for women 16941 3837 5373 7731
Clothing and accessories for men 6761 1905 1906 2950
Phones & Telecommunications 6388 1883 1638 2867
Childen's goods 9854 2142 3399 4313
Cars and Motorcycles 9086 1933 2566 4587
Jewelry 13279 4793 3043 5443
Clock 5432 1631 1137 2664
Computers & Networking 5866 1093 1990 2783
Luggage and Bags 4985 1404 1353 2228
Home and Garden 10513 2863 3095 4555
Consumer electronics 6966 1198 2461 3307
Beauty and health 15359 3960 4603 6796
Sports & Entertainment 10364 2509 2945 4910
Shoes 2727 801 777 1149
Lamps and Lighting 4501 918 1427 2156
Toys and Hobbies 5496 1322 1308 2866
Weddings and Parties 297 100 62 135
Furniture 185 48 47 90
Electronic components 563 100 122 341
Food 346 96 81 169
Office & School Supplies 4332 1011 1216 2105
Homemaking 3496 760 945 1791
Security & Protection 301 55 91 155
Non-standard products 1217 244 399 574
total 145255 36606 41984 66665

The situation didn't change -- every second product that took part in 11.11 sale will sell without real discount or with slight reduction in price. Every forth product will get overvalued price relatively to minimal price at the month before. And only one product of every four product will get real discount more then 10%

Offensively, even that sellers who have got popular products were exposed in 11.11 discount machinations.

    The most phony discounts were detected in next categories:
  • Clothing for women
  • Childen's goods
  • Consumer electronics
  • Computers & Networking
  • Lamps and Lighting
  • Security & Protection
  • Non-standard products

Conslusions

11.11 sale at Aliexpress is only marketing course and probability for buying some good with discount of more 10% is 1 to 4. Phony discounts are used by sellers with good rating and big amount sellings

    Categories-leaders in machinations with discounts
  • Clothing for women
  • Childen's goods
  • Computers & Networking
  • Consumer electronics
  • Lamps and Lighting
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Annual Aliexpress.com sale which is dated at 11 November every year is really notable and famous event. Singles day as a folk festival which is celebrated at 11 November in China. It got international popularity and became an analog of Black Friday in USA in 2013. Sellers promise big discounts, bonuses and presents for different necessary and useful things. And many people wait this day during a year.However, many people have got doubts about realness of discounts that were offered after past years. This year we are going to check a real level of honesty for discounts that were on Great Sales Day 11.11
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Aliexpress 11.11 discounts: scam and machinations

Annual Aliexpress.com sale which is dated at 11 November every year is really notable and famous event. Singles day as a folk festival which is celebrated at 11 November in China. It got international popularity and became an analog of Black Friday in USA in 2013. Sellers promise big discounts, bonuses and presents for different necessary and useful things. And many people wait this day during a year.However, many people have got doubts about realness of discounts that were offered after past years. This year we are going to check a real level of honesty for discounts that were on Great Sales Day 11.11

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Aliexpress 11.11 discounts: scam and machinations

This year we are going to check a real level of honesty for discounts that were on Great Sales Day 11.11

Aliexpress 11.11 discounts: scam and machinations

This year we are going to check a real level of honesty for discounts that were on Great Sales Day 11.11

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Aliexpress 11.11 discounts: scam and machinations