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Aliexpress and other Cheap Stuff Thread

Discussion in 'General Scuba Equipment Discussions' started by Addison Snyder, Jul 9, 2020.

Do you buy/trust cheap unbrand/nobrand Chinese stuff?

  1. No

    43.8%
  2. Yes

    21.3%
  3. Only for non-life-support

    38.8%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Scared Silly

    Scared Silly Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: on the path to perdition
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    Given penchant for shark fin soup, gill rakers, ivory, pangolins, and a whole host of other endangered animals (not too mention human rights violations) I do buy products made in China unless there is no other choice. And there is always another choice when one compares against cheap knock crap that more than likely violates multiple copyright and design pattens.
     
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  2. greeniguana

    greeniguana ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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  3. Addison Snyder

    Addison Snyder Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Daytona Beach, FL
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    If they are, they're really good ones (compare photos between your site and user reviews on aliexpress). I've gotten dirt cheap panasonic button cell batteries from aliexpress before. Worked well, came in asian packaging that look legitimately like what panasonic would package batteries like in asian countries. I'm just guessing that there's some seriously artificial price hikes in certain products coming overseas.
     
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  4. Tassi Devil Diver

    Tassi Devil Diver Barracuda

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Tasmania, Australia
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  5. Addison Snyder

    Addison Snyder Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Daytona Beach, FL
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  6. MrVegas

    MrVegas Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Ohio
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    Are you still diving that drysuit? How is it holding up?
     
  7. Addison Snyder

    Addison Snyder Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Daytona Beach, FL
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    I cut the neoprene wrist seals off, quickly learned that latex seals and 4-8mm neoprene are tough to bond. My last 'successful' reinstallation lasted probably a dozen dives. What it came down to was my ignorance about getting the right glue, installing, etc. That last installation I stretched the wrists a little too much when bonding them, so there was too much seal trying to match up with too little neoprene. This time I've used a smaller cup to keep them both slightly stretched on the installation. Haven't tested it since because of a last minute thing. Btw, I confirmed that there are no other leaks in the entire suit, so these issues are entirely my fault.

    Tldr; it is a fine suit, but I have made a lot of wrong decisions and am learning the joys of drysuit repair.
     
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  8. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Feeling the Love ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location:
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    If I can avoid it I do. I'm not sure any of my gear is made in China at all. For household stuff it's harder to avoid. I vote we start eating Pandas, can imagine that would go down well.
     
  9. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Feeling the Love ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location:
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  10. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Feeling the Love ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location:
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    Did a quick inventory in my head, can't think of any dive gear I have made in China.
     

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