• September 20, 2023

Temu vs AliExpress: Is Temu Better than AliExpress?

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Temu vs AliExpress
Temu vs AliExpress

Many retailers and dropshippers are used to sourcing from AliExpress because it offers a wide selection of products at low prices. But with the increasing popularity of Temu, they have to look at this competitive emerging online marketplace and make a choice between Temu and AliExpress.

If you are one of them and still consider which to choose, Temu or AliExpress, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, we will compare these platforms from multiple aspects. Read on so that you can make an informed decision.

Let’s dive in.

Temu vs AliExpress: Overview

What is Temu

What is Temu

Temu is a US-based online marketplace that was founded in 2022. It is the sister company of the Chinese shopping site “Pinduoduo”, and both of them are owned by PDD Holdings.

Temu is legit and safe to use. Though not far since launched, Temu has gained over 100 million active users in the United States as of April 2023. It is ranked No. 1 on the Google Play app store.

Temu provides a wide range of products covering from clothing and beauty products to household items and electronics. You can find nearly everything on this marketplace. On top of that, the products are heavily discounted and at very low prices. Many sellers offer free shipping for their products.

What is AliExpress

What is AliExpress

Aliexpress is a legitimate B2C marketplace that was founded in China in 2010. It is owned by the Alibaba Group, one of the largest retailers and e-commerce companies in the world.

Aliexpress connects Chinese suppliers with global buyers. On this marketplace, there are over 100 million products across various categories such as consumer electronics, accessories, and clothing. Most products are sourced directly from wholesalers and manufacturers and at competitive prices.

Though based in China, Aliexpress ships around the world with its robust logistics system. The only drawback is that it can take a long time to ship overseas.

Temu vs AliExpress: A Head-to-head Comparison

Temu or AliExpress? Without a complete comparison, it could be not fair to conclude which is better.

So let’s take a deeper look at the comparison between their features.

Product range

In terms of product range, Temu provides a variety of products in different categories. These products cover clothing, electronics, home products, pet supplies, etc. They are low-priced and mostly shipped for free, which allows you to earn a high profit in your store.

Like Temu, Aliexpress also offers a wide range of products such as clothing, electronics, household items, and motor parts. With more than a decade of development, Aliexpress owns a vaster product base than Temu. As of now, AliExpress claims they have over 100 million products on the homepage. If you click “Automobiles & Motorcycles”, you can find there are more small niches in this category. But it is not the case when you click “Automotive” on Temu.

the category of Automobiles and Motorcycles on AliExpress
the category of Automobiles and Motorcycles on AliExpress
the category of Automotives on Temu
the category of Automotives on Temu

Product quality

Product quality largely depends on the sellers. Both Temu and AliExpress are an intermediary that connects third-party sellers with buyers. Most sellers are reliable and committed to offering quality products while some may not.

But overall, products from AliExpress can be of higher quality than Temu. On AliExpress, there are a handful of reputable suppliers like Sony, Canon, AMII, Disney, etc. Though Temu issued a Code of Conduct to ensure sellers abide by their regulations, some sellers may provide lower quality products to match the price. And it is not easy to come across a famous brand in Temu currently.

Search for the brand Sony on Temu
Search for the brand Sony on Temu

Product price

Overall, products on Temu are cheaper than on AliExpress.

Temu takes the eCommerce world by storm with extremely low prices. It is dedicated to working with sellers and suppliers to offer the most affordable products to buyers. Most often, you can get heavy discounts and free shipping on your orders.

On AliExpress, the product prices are also low. Various discounts can be applied to many products. But as you have to pay shipping costs in most cases, some cheap products seem not so cheap. The advantage of buying from AliExpress in terms of pricing is that you can get a lower price when you buy in bulk. Sellers often provide bulk discounts though the price is already low.

For example, I want to buy a pizza cutter as shown in this picture.

a pizza cutter I want to buy

After research, I found that it costs at least $2.21 in total to get one on AliExpress. And I have to wait for a longer time to receive my order. (I searched for other pizza cutters of this type, and they are more expensive than this one.)

a pizza cutter of $2.52 on AliExpress
a pizza cutter of $2.52 on AliExpress

On Temu, I can pay $1.49 to buy a similar one. This pizza cutter will be shipped for free. The seller is rated 4.7 stars out of 5 stars and has sold more than 100,000 items(including 11 pizza cutters of this kind). Not a bad offer for me.

a pizza cutter of $1.49 on Temu

But if I am scaling my business and I need to buy large quantities at once, I will choose AliExpress. Because many AliExpress sellers offer coupons or discounts for bulk orders.

Payment methods

Temu takes credit and debit cards from most major card issuers, which include Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, JCB, Diners Club, and Maestro. In addition, making payments with PayPal, Apple Pay, Afterpay, Google Pay, Klarna, Cash App Pay, and Affirm are supported, too. Payment options like Klarna and Afterpay allow you to buy now and pay later. This adds more security to your transactions.

In comparison with Temu, AliExpress takes more payment methods as it caters to buyers worldwide. Except for credit and debit cards, you can pay with Alipay, Western Union, WebMoney, bank transfer, and your local payment solution. You just need to choose one according to your needs and preferences.

Payment methods
Source: envato

Shipping times and costs

The majority of items on Temu are shipped from China though it is located in the US. Even so, Temu can ship your order within 6 to 25 days. If you choose Standard Shipping, your orders will be shipped for free in most cases. For Express Shipping, free shipping is available for orders above $129. Tracking is accessible for almost all orders.

Like Temu, Aliexpress has Standard Shipping and Premium Shipping. Besides, other shipping methods like DHL, FedEx, EMS, Cainiao Standard, and Cainiao Super Economy Global are also available. But most sellers provide buyers with Aliexpress Standard Shipping and Cainiao as shipping options. These two shipping methods are much more cost-effective but slower. Though they are free to use for lots of products, you need to wait for 14 to 60 days to receive your orders.

Some shipping methods on AliExpress
Some shipping methods on AliExpress

Buyer protection

Both Temu and AliExpress protect customers with a buyer protection policy in the following cases.

  • Your order doesn’t match the descriptions or photos
  • Your item arrives damaged or missing parts
  • Your item is not received within the promised time or was lost in transit

However, there are some differences between their policies. The protection period on Temu is 90 days, and you can return the item within 14 days after you submit your return request. Free shipping can be used on your first return for every order.

On Aliexpress, the protection period is 75 days, shorter than Temu. You can place a return request within 15 days from receiving the order. Free return service is only available on items with a “Free Return” label.

Buyer Protection Program on AliExpress
Buyer Protection Program on AliExpress

Customer service

You can contact customer service on Temu by sending messages or using social media platforms. The live chat works 24/7, so you can get a response to your queries or problems at any time.

If you buy from AliExpress, except for using messages and social media, you can get in touch with customer service through WeChat. AliExpress may reply to you slower than Temu from my previous experience.

Contact customer service
Contact customer service


Temu and AliExpress are both retail marketplaces where most items are already designed. Therefore, there are not many customizable products, and you have a limited chance to customize a product.

But generally, AliExpress gives you more customization options compared with Temu. Searching customization products on each platform, and you will see that.

customization products on AliExpress
customization products on AliExpress


Dropshipping is a business model where you sell without inventory and the supplier fulfills orders. Though Temu and AliExpress don’t require minimum order quantity(MOQ), not each one is equally friendly for dropshipping.

Temu claims that they don’t support dropshipping. Instead, they encourage customers to buy directly from this marketplace. If you insist on dropshipping with Temu, you may fill in your customer’s address at checkout.

Different from Temu, AliExpress supports a dropshipping business. It has been one of the major sourcing platforms for dropshippers across the globe. AliExpress developed the Dropshipping Center to help you find a winning product and make product analysis more efficiently. With the image search function of this tool, you can find a winning product with a few clicks.

TIP: Demands for personalized products are increasing day by day with the development of eCommerce. If you want to build your brand, cater to market demands, and stand out from the competition, you can work with Sup Dropshipping.

Sup Dropshipping is an all-in-one dropshipping company based in Hong Kong. From sourcing to shipping, we handle everything on your behalf, which frees you up from a lot of hassles.

With a diverse network of suppliers and years of experience, we can help you find competitive products efficiently. Like Temu and AliExpress, we don’t require MOQs. You can either buy one single piece at a low price or buy in bulk with various discounts applied.

Our platform integrates with major e-commerce platforms and markets seamlessly. It is easy for you to import and list products to your store. When you receive an order, it will be automatically fulfilled. Before shipping it, we conduct product checks to ensure the item is in good condition.

The most incredible feature of Sup is that we give you various customization options to brand your business. Except for basic customization like adding your logo or brand name, we also allow you to customize product packaging, white or private label your products, or print them on demand. 

Temu vs AliExpress: A Summary

Product range and qualitya variety of products at high qualitya vaster base of products at high quality
Pricinglow prices; different discounts on most productslower prices; various discounts
Payment methodsmultiple payment methodsmultiple payment methods
Shipping times and coststypically 6 to 25 days; free shipping for most ordersusually 14 to 60 days; free shipping for many products
Buyer protectiona 90-day protection period; return the item within 14 days after your requesta 75-day protection period; return the order within 15 days from receiving it
Customer servicecontact by sending messages and using social mediacontact by sending messages, using Wechat or social media
Customizationa few customization optionslimited customization options
Dropshippingdropshipping is not alloweddropshipping is allowed; provide useful dropshipping tools

Temu vs AliExpress: Which Is Better for You?

Temu vs AliExpress? Which to choose relies on your preferences and needs.

If you prefer faster delivery times, better buyer protection, and heavy discounts, you may choose Temu. Fast delivery is essential to improve customer satisfaction and retention.

Otherwise, dropshipping from AliExpress would be a better choice if your customer is not in urgent need for an order. AliExpress can offer you products of better quality, and support multiple payment methods. Meanwhile, AliExpress is good for dropshipping with more customization options and dropshipping tools.

Additionally, Temu doesn’t ship to the world as AliExpress. The products and services are not available to customers in some regions. If your market is based on such a region, you had better buy from AliExpress or other alternatives to Temu.  


1. Is Temu or AliExpress cheaper?

Overall, Temu is cheaper than AliExpress.
Products on both platforms are at affordable prices. But Temu offers free shipping for most products, which further lowers the total costs. On AliExpress, you need to pay shipping fees in many cases. So some low-priced products can be not that cheap.

2. What is the difference between Temu and Alibaba?

Alibaba is primarily a business-to-business(B2B) marketplace that connects businesses with manufacturers and suppliers. It mainly caters to bulk orders though it allows individuals to make purchases. Most products are available with MOQ requirements.
Different from Alibaba, Temu is a direct-to-consumer(D2C) marketplace. It is more consumer-oriented, offering a variety of products to individual buyers. All products on Temu don’t require MOQ.

3. Does Temu do dropshipping?

According to Temu, they don’t support dropshipping. However, you can sell products from Temu if you work with Sup Dropshipping. At Sup, there is a vast range of products from suppliers in China and other countries. You can easily find similar products on Temu with our free sourcing services. Our Chrome extension also allows you to source products from Temu with a few clicks.

4. Where is Temu shipped from?

Temu is located in Boston, US. However, the majority of products on this platform are shipped from China. This contributes to the affordability of Temu goods.

Temu vs AliExpress: Conclusion

Temu or AliExpress? That is not a question.

Each of them has features that make it stand out from the other. You just need to choose Temu or AliExpress based on your needs and preferences.

If you still have difficulty making a choice or you need a better solution than Temu and AliExpress, then Sup Dropshipping is the go-to for you.

Honestly, we not only provide a variety of high-quality and affordable products but also allow you to customize them as you desire. Most importantly, we conduct product inspections to ensure your items are in good condition before shipment. Our delivery time is as fast as Temu with the US warehouse.

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About the Author


May is a blogger at Sup Dropshipping with over 5 years of experience in eCommerce. May’s passion for eCommerce drives her to stay updated on the latest trends and share her expertise with you through her blog. In her spare time, she likes to read a novel or chat with friends.

13 responses to “Temu vs AliExpress: Is Temu Better than AliExpress?”

  1. Pika Avatar

    L’article doit être vieux parceque perso j’ai découvert temu tout a l’heure sur une vidéo très récente disnat ‘prix vraiment pas cher blabla’ je regarde quelques produits;
    – Ca me semble + cher qu’Aliexpress (notement sur deux trois articles que j’ai acheté récemment)
    – Il n’y a pas de marques chinoises réputées comme Redragon ou Somic

    Bref du coup je regarde votre article et je m’arrête a la roulette a pizza, pas con de comparer alors lets go:

    – Aliexpress: 0,49
    – Temu: 1,48 (sur un modèle très différent avec une poignée chiante a tenur/pour petites mains)

    J’espere vraiment que votre article est ancien car sinon c’est assez peu sérieux ^^”

    1. Jack Han Avatar
      Jack Han

      Bonjour Pika,
      Merci de l’intérêt que vous portez à notre article !
      Nous ne disons certainement pas que tous les articles de Temu sont moins chers que ceux d’Aliexpress, mais il s’agit d’une comparaison globale.
      De plus, comme indiqué dans l’article, la plupart des articles d’Aliexpress accordent aux clients une « remise pour la première fois », ce qui représente une remise très importante. Mais cela n’est généralement pas disponible la prochaine fois que vous l’achetez.

      Quoi qu’il en soit, merci pour votre commentaire et nous espérons que vous passerez un bon moment à magasiner sur les deux sites !

    2. El kihal Avatar
      El kihal

      Temu son correct, ali express n’envoie pas toujours les colis, leurs services clients sert absolument à rien faut passer sur les plate-forme magasins..ils offrent 0 geste commercial aucun cadeau, remboursé pas toujours sa dépend des vendeurs..service client temu faut pas lâcher l’affaire tu peux être remboursé et avoir pas mal davantage faut attendre et patienter pour avoir le bon, les bon au service client répondent tout de suite à tes besoins, remboursement en 3 secondes si ces en attente faut demander à couper court et demander au suivant, sur 10 yen a 1 ..faut demander sur temu pour couper court à la discussion sur ali express on peut couper directement mais ya rien au niveau service client..la qualité ali express vraiment dégueulasse..ils t’envoie des choses cassé malgré de beaux sachet très bien protégé…temu et fiable et meilleur qualité..après ya plus de choix sur ali express..je pense qu’ils s’arrange entre eux sur certains produits..certains produits n’apparaissent pas sur temu et pourtant ils y sont..la solution et de faire une prise d’image en prenant la photo de l’article sur ali express et en haut à droite de ta demande de choix, appareil photo galerie et mettre la prise d’image récupérer sur ali express et s’armer de patience…pour des bijoux par contre les produits sont les mêmes mais certaines couleurs n’existe pas sur temu..ils doivent s’arranger entre eux pour qu’on soit départager ..je pense..ali express on peut attendre 2 mois mêmes plus avec soit disant 98 cts de remboursement ils disent 1 euros ou 98 cts..sur temu ils te rembourse 5 euros..ils sont beaucoup plus généreux et on paye jamais de livraison jamais..ali express effectivement quelques produits sont moins cher et encore tout dépend de ma livraison mais tu attends énormément de temps..personnellement j’attends mes dernières commandes chez ali express qui portent très mal sont non et j’efface leurs applications..ce sont des voleurs aucune générosité..le service client ils n’ont absolument aucune main mise sur rien à par prévenir les vendeurs..sur temu ils ont toutes liberté mais faut chercher et attendre de tomber sur le bon..temu de loin et meilleur sa fait 4 mois que j’explore, après à savoir que je suis pas dans le coupe pizza mais montre bijoux et vêtements..pour moi ya vraiment pas photo…ali express tu nes pas du tout sur de recevoir ou alors des choses que ta pas commandé à 2 franc cassé dans l’enveloppe à nombreuses reprises..articles exactement similaires, les mêmes produits plus solides chez temu largement et sur les commandes pas une seule erreur. ..ali express mon réclamer 18 cts supplémentaires sur un produit que j’avais déjà payé..chantage en disant que Simon ils te l’envoye pas ..tu fais ton payement ils te prennent l’article une deuxième fois dans la poches…ya très peu davantage pour moi chez ali express que temu et de loin..mais sûrement qu’ils se sont répartis les bénéfices selon les articles..certains articles moins ou plus rentable, les choix apparant et proposés et d’autres caché..je pourrais écrire pendant encore des heures tellement j’ai étudié le sujet le fonctionnement de l’algorithme..ajustements de prix inexistant sur ali express…sur temu ils effacé des fois certains produits prétextant que l’article n’existe plus en disant que ya pas d’ajustement de prix selon certaines règles mais une fois de plus on peut réclamer..ils font des gestes commerciaux…faut jouer avec l’algorithme aussi..on peut même faire sur certaines commandes plusieurs fois l’ajustement des prix..demande de coupon ils les donne direct mais demande 01 cts à ali express t’aura 0 😱..temu il t’offre même des produits à 1 cts pour faire une commande soite mais des produits intéressants tu prends pour 10 euros pas grave…j’ai encore beaucoup à rajouter et dire mais il me faudrait écrire un livre et du temps..merci pour le partage. Bonne santée à toutes et tous 💫💫💫🕊🕊🕊

  2. Diego Avatar

    Buonasera, l’articolo è incorretto. Acquisto sia da Temu sia da AliExpress e vedo la differenza. AliExpress consegna in 9 giorni in media. Puoi pagare in 3 rate senza interessi. Servizio soddisfatto o premiato. Tempi massimi di consegna al 15 gennaio 2024 sono di 15 giorni. Provate per credere. Cainiao è incredibile. Il mondo del e-commerce cambia velocemente.

    1. Jack Han Avatar
      Jack Han

      Ciao Diego,
      Grazie per aver condiviso la tua esperienza con noi!
      Aliexpress è un buon mercato per lo shopping, tuttavia, a volte i tempi di spedizione possono essere instabili. Abbiamo ricevuto molti commenti in cui si lamentava che la spedizione di Aliexpress fosse lenta o mancasse dopo molto tempo senza informazioni di tracciamento.
      Credo che questi non siano casi generali, ma dobbiamo tenerne conto.

  3. John Avatar

    Temu ou Aliexpress….on est dans les deux cas dans un dispositif pour détruire les circuits courts

    1. Eric Avatar

      Il faut s’attaquer à amazon dans ce cas qui vend la même chose pour 10 fois plus cher : )

  4. Nini Avatar

    Bonjour. Je ne peux pas trop dire sur temu je n y ai jamais commandé, par contre aliexpress oui. Je suis commerçant et me fourni sur leur site principalement pour des sacs en velours façon bijoutier ou en organza ainsi que des chaînes et beaucoup d autre produits en gros, cela depuis presque 10ans, des milliers d euros dépensé. Je suis plus que satisfaite de ce site, le peu de problème eu avec un vendeur ont été résolu très vite, remboursement ( des fois sans retour)..
    Le plus ( je ne sais pas pour temu !), c’est que mes commandes ( Grosses ou pas, même avec différent vendeurs) sont regroupés ( quand bien sûre réalisé le même jour) et envoyés ds un 1er temps en Allemagne ou autre pays d Europe (! Je ne me rapelle plus) et ensuite à mon domicile c’est à dire que je n’ ai AUCUNES TVA française de 20% + frais de dédouanement à payer, c’est la plate-forme intermédiaire qui ( apparement) s’en charge. Un important point à ne pas négliger. Sachant que depuis 2 ans ce n’est presque plus le cas pour des produits venant hors Europe après 150€ ( attention des fois c’est frais de port inclus).

    1. Jack Han Avatar
      Jack Han

      Salut Nini,
      Merci de partager votre expérience.
      Aliexpress est une bonne place de marché et également une bonne plateforme de fournisseurs.

  5. Baccarard Avatar

    Je suis de la Martinique et je cherche à passer commande chez vous faites vous des expéditions sur la Martinique ?

    1. Jack Han Avatar
      Jack Han

      Bonjour Baccarard,
      oui nous pouvons expédier en Martinique.

  6. antonio Avatar

    aliexpress son unos estafadores no devuelven el dinero de los artículos e incluso habiéndose equivocados ellos mismos ademas el tiempo de envió es una pantomima fallan muchísimo y los retrasos son eternos
    sin hablar cuando cojen la temporada del año chino se pierden los envíos y aliexpress se queda con el dinero y no te solucionan nada
    otro punto a tener en cuenta es la poca comunicación con los usuarios o compradores no actualizan los envíos ni son claros

    1. Jack Han Avatar
      Jack Han

      Hola antonio,
      Gracias por compartir su experiencia.
      Estos problemas resultan molestos para los clientes, por lo que Sup Dropshipping ha estado trabajando arduamente para cubrirlos.
      Si eres un dropshipper y utilizas Aliexpress como proveedor, ¿por qué no pruebas Sup?

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