The 20 Most Bizarre Products We Found on AliExpress

The 20 Most Bizarre Products We Found on AliExpress

Sure, I used to be like you, up all night paging through Instagram or TikTok. That’s great for beginners, but I’ve moved on to the hardcore stuff. These days, when I’m passing time on my phone, you’ll find me scrolling AliExpress.

For the uninitiated, AliExpress is sort of like Amazon or eBay if they were Chinese surrealist nightmares. AliExpress is a subsidiary of Alibaba, one of the world’s biggest retailers, and perhaps the most important tech company that the majority of Americans probably don’t know about. Alibaba connects businesses directly with factories in China to purchase, for example, 500,000 water bottles with a bulk discount. AliExpress is Alibaba’s consumer-friendly cousin. Here, the factories sell directly to you.

Unlike Amazon and eBay, there’s often no middleman curating products for the palate of the typical consumer. AliExpress feels like an unfiltered stream of every single thing being manufactured in China. It offers a window of the global supply chain you normally don’t get to see; it’s overwhelming to know just how many things human beings make. There’s an algorithm recommending products, but it’s got some pretty bizarre ideas about what you might want to buy.

Over the last week, for example, AliExpress recommended I buy a drinking bowl for a chicken, what looks like counterfeit money, and a disturbingly-realistic baby doll (click at your own risk). There was also the “I Heart Microplastics” shirt, which I simply had to purchase.

There are plenty of normal products, too: interesting furniture, sunglasses, cool lighters. AliExpress sells everything you can imagine, and everything you can’t.

You’ll also notice, if you look long enough, that you can find many of the exact same products you see advertised on social media, or even sold on sites like Etsy and Amazon—but at a staggering discount. That’s because a lot of the products we see online are sold by drop shippers. Drop shippers are resellers. They sell products that they don’t even keep in stock, and essentially order them directly from sites like AliExpress and have them shipped to you, for a huge markup. If you’re ever tempted to buy something you see advertised on Instagram, do an image search on AliExpress first. You might find an identical product for 90% off.

The downside to shopping on AliExpress is many of these products are shipped by boat. Sometimes the shipping estimate will be 60 to 90 days, though other times it’s just a week or too. If you decide to descend into the abyss and make a purchase, check how long it’ll take to get to you first.

This isn’t necessarily an endorsement of AliExpress. I have personally been scammed on this platform and had to battle for a refund. And there is, of course, an environmental and social cost to this corner of the retail industry, though it’s probably no worse than buying something from Amazon or any other giant conglomerate. I’d much rather suggest you buy something used, or support a small business. But whether or not you click “buy,” I highly recommend you take a look at this Frankenstein of a website that capitalism built for us from the lifeless parts of lifelike baby dolls.

Click through the slideshow at the top of the page to see the weirdest products I’ve found on AliExpress, or just scroll down if you’re on a mobile device.

A Fake Butt

Screenshot: Gizmodo / AliExpress

God blessed some of us with beautiful rear ends, but if yours needs a little augmentation, AliExpress has just the thing.

A phone case that can… take a bath?

Screenshot: Gizmodo / AliExpress

I’m begging you to explain this to me.

Jason Statham’s Torso

Screenshot: Gizmodo / Aliexpress

Just $20! Normally I pay five times this much for my Jason Statham torsos. Available with or without tattoos.

A sticker to make it look like a cat is busting out of your toilet

Screenshot: Gizmodo / AliExpress

Why would anyone want this?

Plastic “Simulation shrimp”

Screenshot: Gizmodo / Aliexpress

Thank god for AliExpress, it’s so hard to find good plastic shrimp these days.

That doormat you’ve been looking for

Screenshot: Gizmodo / Aliexpress

Gaslight. Gatekeep. Girlboss. The three food groups.

You know, for when your wife cuts your hair!

Screenshot: Gizmodo / Aliexpress

Say goodbye to whatever problem this solves for you.

Garfield Neon Genesis Evangelion Enamel Pin

Screenshot: Gizmodo / Aliexpress

If you have to ask, you’ll never know.

Emmanuel Macron toilet brush

Screenshot: Gizmodo / Aliexpress

I’m telling you, they have everything.

A dog bob

Screenshot: Gizmodo / Aliexpress

Does your dog seem sad? It’s probably because it doesn’t look like it works at a coffee shop in Bushwish, Brooklyn. Here’s a solution.

David Lynch passing a blunt t-shirt

Screenshot: Gizmodo / Aliexpress

Would you accept the doob?

The world’s greatest bathmat

Screenshot: Gizmodo / Aliexpress

I own this and my life is finally good.

A wig for the modern man

Screenshot: Gizmodo / Aliexpress

Now they’ll have to respect me.

A tiny Amazon box

Screenshot: Gizmodo / Aliexpress

For the dad who has everything.

I cannot stress this enough.

Screenshot: Gizmodo / Aliexpress

I am begging you not to hurt with my princess.

Drinking bowl for a chicken

Screenshot: Gizmodo / Aliexpress

Stop giving your chicken water in human cups. This is about respect. Cheaper if you buy in bulk, too.

An entire prefabricated house

Screenshot: Gizmodo / Aliexpress

Free shipping too!

A tongue from across the uncanny valley

Screenshot: Gizmodo / Aliexpress

I’m sorry, but if you buy this, you’re weird.

Banana umbrella

Screenshot: Gizmodo / Aliexpress

But if you buy this, you’re not weird.

Tell me you don’t want this shirt and I’ll leave you alone.

Screenshot: Gizmodo / Aliexpress

Go ahead. I’ll wait.

A mouth laser?

Screenshot: Gizmodo / Aliexpress

Let’s going to go ahead and strongly recommend that you speak with your doctor before you try whatever this thing is.

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