So, I am sure you have been on YouTube watching one of the myriad of videos available and have been bombarded by a series of “I’m shopping like a billionaire” Temu commercials and if you haven’t fallen down that rabbit hole of shopping, well, consider yourself lucky. If you are interested in finding out what our take is on the Temu shopping experience then, please continue on reading our Temu review.
What is Temu Anyways?
For those who may not know or have never heard of Temu, you may be wondering what is Temu anyways? Well, Temu is a company that is registered in the Cayman Islands, but is Chinese owned.
It is a company that is a platform for third party sellers to post items they have for sell. These items are often sourced from manufacturers, as well as suppliers, around the world. In a nutshell Temu is a Chinese version of eBay with bit of AliExpress.
If you look closely at the items offered you will notice the sold by & name of seller on the item’s description page and basically you are purchasing from several sellers that are supposedly the manufacturers and are giving you a great deal…right. As the saying goes, “you get what you pay for” [always]! So, keep that in mind if you ever find yourself clicking that “place order” button.
If you have any questions as to the legitimacy of the Temu site, be sure to do your own research and check out reviews like this.
Is Temu Really Worth It?
The price range of these items are from low to mid range based on the type of product and in some instances is inline with the price range for said item(s) on Amazon, so it is best to shop around and determine whether it is worth it for you.
Pros and Cons of Shopping on Temu
- Cheaply priced items
- Shipping is moderately fast
- Items sold can be of average to good quality depending on seller
- They carry a myriad of items from different categories of needs
- Shipping can be free.
- Once in a few orders you can get some high quality items
- Returns seem simple enough….
- Temu can be a bit of a bait and switch site, i.e., they will lure you in on the premise of getting an item at say 70 % off, but when you click through the promo it morphs into something else entirely, that will require you to spend a 100 dollars, for instance, in order to receive say 30% off.
- Besides the bait and switch game, the initial impression of the site is it seems a bit scammy, because you encounter wheel pop ups that ask you to click and see if you are a winner…and we all know most virus sites have such gimmicky pop ups that cause you to regret clicking if you do happen to click the buttons on these pop-ups.
- You need to download the app in order to get any decent incentives actuated when you place your order.
- You will have to “kiss a lot of frogs” to find that one gem of a purchase, in other words, you are highly likely to get low to average quality items…the kind of items that barely last a year…but that comes with the territory – “you get what you pay for”.
- The 5-Star reviews for products aren’t always pertaining to the particular product being viewed, so do take the time to read through the reviews and pay close attention the item that is being referenced in the item’s title or otherwise.
- You will received several emails on a daily basis (spammish)
- You will receive several texts of promotions that are not valid…but you can opt out of receiving texts.
- App’s notifications can be excessive.
Temu is an okay site to purchase from if you are needing temporary items or items that you know you won’t care to have in use in the distant future (say two to three years time). You are able to get several items for a lower cost, so if you need a great source for stocking stuffers for the holidays or as giveaways without going over your budget, then Temu is a great option for low cost goodies (keeping in mind that cheap isn’t always worth it). However, if you care about the level of quality and want to present someone with a good quality item, then your best bet is to shop around with other well know establishments or a local small business of your choice that will provide you with quality goods. After all, cheap isn’t always the way to go.