richellemonfort thats very interesting you say you cant recommend them. I have used both Alibaba and Aliexpress, and both have been fine. The products have always arrived quickly with a minimum of fuss. I highly recommend using both
We're glad that you've had good dealings with both sites, however the fact remains that we are not able to recommend them. The reason is, while both sites can be a great resource buyers, you are not dealing with the sites themselves. You are dealing with independent suppliers within the sites, not with Alibaba or Aliexpress.
These are simply B2B business directories and as with all B2B sites, you will find a mix of both good and bad suppliers. When doing any business on these types of sites, you have to research the supplier you want to do business with, not the site itself. So if we were to recommend aliexpress or any other B2B site such as Alibaba, DH Gate and so on, we would be making a general sweeping recommendation of every supplier in their directories, and that's something no one should do.