AliExpress.com Is Alibaba’s Hilarious, Deeply Bizarre, Factory-Direct Marketplace

With news about Alibaba’s IPO bringing the company into the American mainstream, it seems like a good time to check out its factory-direct marketplace AliExpress.com. What’s happening on this bargain basement of a site? Chinese manufacturers sell directly to customers to keep prices down. But it also means that a lot of junk, and a few apparent scams show up among the gems. Let’s take a look, shall we?

The first tab you’re gonna want to navigate to is Hair Extensions & Wigs. AliExpress has extensive offerings, including 573,624 items in the “Human Hair” subsection. There’s nothing like this mannequin’s dead eyes to make you want a new wig. And AliExpress is available in a ton of languages and ships all over the world, so your extensions can arrive at pretty much any door.