I am seriously considering buying either a netbook or a tablet from alibaba.com. Therefore, I sent out a couple requests for the current price and specifications.
Many of the quotes from alibaba.com are too low to be believable. Therefore, I am wary of sending cash through Western Union, Bank transfer, or personal cheque. I sent a request to pay by either paypal or escrow, but received no response. Therefore, it is possible that these sellers are scammers.
The quotes that are reasonable are about the same price or more than the tablets and netbooks available in Canada. Therefore, I find that buying electronics are cheaper in Canada when comparing the hardware specifications.
In any case, when purchasing from alibaba.com or aliexpress.com, ensure that you are paying with a service that will act as a broker for all transactions. If you do not receive your product, you can get your money back.
Nexus 7 – A newer version should be coming out in July of 2013. Therefore, I highly recommend waiting for the next generation of the Nexus 7.
ASUS 1015E Series – A 10.1 inch netbook that costs more than the chromebook, but it can run Windows 8 and Linux. It is not available in Canada as of May 2, 2013, but that may change later. I will have to see how much the 2GB vs 4GB models cost.
It is rumored that netbooks may come back again for a second round. Therefore, it maybe best to wait til September to see if anything pans out.
In my opinion, it is better to get a 11.6 inch notebook. Acer Aspire One’s 11.6 notebooks are cheap and decent.