Shopping online can be a lot of fun, and the Internet has made shopping a whole lot easier than it used to be. One used to have to go to fancy stores that carried imported items to find odd things from around the world, but now, thanks to the Web, you can shop from pretty much everywhere.
It’s still a bit of a nuisance to have to shop at multiple places to buy things, as most online stores are pretty specialized. Some stores only sell electronics and others only sell clothing. That’s what’s different about CNDirect.
CNDirect is not exactly a “one size fits all” place to shop, but they do carry a pretty wide variety of merchandise, and all at surprisingly low prices.
Read on for the full CNDirect review.
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CNDirect is based in Hong Kong, though they ship all over the world. Their slogan is “Pretty cheap, easy buy.” That’s what they’re offering – a large selection of what they call “newfangled” merchandise at prices that are hard to resist.
CNDirect offers an astonishing variety of merchandise, in categories that don’t necessarily logically fit together. They offer women’s and men’s clothing, for example, but they also offer toys, and small electronics. You won’t find a television set, for example, but you’ll find game controllers, or headsets, or even tablet computers, including some good deals on refurbished iPads.
Here’s the full CNDirect category list:
- Women’s Clothing
- Men’s Clothing
- Health & Beauty
- Consumer Electronics
- Mobile Phones
- Toys & Hobbies
- Electrical & Tools
- Bags & Shoes
- Jewelry & Watches
- Kids & Baby
- Home & Garden
- Automobiles & Motorcycles
- Intimate Apparel
And yes, it’s sort of weird to go to an online store that has a huge selection of dresses, tops and sweaters for sale only to see a category called “Automobiles & Motorcycles.”
I checked that one; they don’t actually sell cars and motorcycles there. But they do have car stereos, GPS units, car alarms and other miscellaneous accessories.
CNDirect probably offers more clothing than anything else, along with jewelry, makeup and related fashion accessories. They have a ton of attractive dresses, lots of fashionable tops and blouses, skirts, and jeans.
Their “Dresses” section of their Website showed that they had some 18,000 dresses in stock. Yes, eighteen thousand.
The price range for those 18,000 dresses ran from a low of $2.93 to a high of $572. They had literally thousands of dresses for under $20. Sizes ran from XS to XXXXL, so given the range of sizes, the range of prices, and the huge selection, it’s likely that anyone can find something they like at CNDirect.
Within any category, be it Dresses, Home & Garden, or Baby items, you can sort by price from high to low, low to high, best reviewed (the site allows customers to post product reviews), top sellers, and new arrivals.
If you just want to see what’s hot, what’s on sale, or what’s new, you can easily find those right on the home page. In fact, they even have special section on the home page for items priced for less than $5.
With most items, you’ll be able to see how they’re reviewed. You’ll also be able to see the number of people who have added that particular item to their wish list, and how well reviewed the item happens to be on a 0-5 star basis.
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As part of CNDirect’s attempts to allow people from all over the world to shop there, they offer pricing in 22 different currencies, and the site can be adjusted to show you merchandise in six different languages: English, Spanish, French German, Russian, and Portuguese.
If you’re concerned about security, CNDirect is a secure Website, with full https protection. They accept payments via credit card, bank transfer and PayPal. As PayPal and credit card companies have good security measures, you can be sure that your transactions with CNDirect will be safe.
One feature that I really liked about CNDirect is their customer guarantee. If you purchase something from them, they give you a delivery date. If the merchandise doesn’t reach you by that date, it’s free.
Furthermore, if your item arrives and it is not as described, you can either accept a partial refund and keep the merchandise or return it for a full refund.
CNDirect ships all over the world, and they offer several shipping methods via Fedex, DHL, UPS, EMS, Aramex and China Post:
Standard shipping(Mail service):19-35 business days
Expedited shipping: 8-12 business days
Express shipping: 3-7 business days
To make it easier to shop for clothing, the site offers a handy and very helpful size chart, which makes it easy to see what size you need. This chart includes basic measurements in inches, so you won’t end up being confused by sizing, which can sometimes be a problem when you’re buying from sources in Asia, as most clothing made there tends to run to the small size.
Like Amazon and a few other sites, CNDirect allows you to create an account, post reviews, and even create wish lists for later use. A shopping guide also gives you a quick pictorial lesson on how to use the major features of the site, though it’s pretty easy to use.
CNDirect has a pretty generous return policy, offering unconditional returns for up to 15 days from the date of delivery. They do recommend that you contact them immediately if you have a problem, as it can be expensive to return items via mail.
Assistance at CNDirect
If you need help while shopping at CNDirect, you can click on the headphones icon to start an online chat with an assistant who can help you.
There are lots of places to shop online. Some are niche stores with specialized inventory, and some are a bit more broad. CNDirect falls into the latter category, with tends of thousands of items for sale at very reasonable prices in about a dozen major categories.
They’ve got a huge selection, astonishingly low prices, and a very good customer guarantee. Their site is secure, they offer trustworthy methods of payment, and they guarantee that you’ll get your merchandise on time.
If you’re looking for a place to shop where you can get a lot of fun stuff for your money, CNDirect is worth a look.