Yes, I ignored all the anti-Gearbest posts. I figured I wasn’t going ot get burned for much just buying a $1.79 item. I think I paid more for the faster shipping option
Their confirmation email says “You can use this number to check the shipping progress and location of the package on America Line(IB). ”
and include a link to this “American Line(IB)” (???) tracking tool, which was just a link back to a generic Gearbest webpage that says shipping times vary. I didn’t have a way to enter the shipping number they gave me. Are they just flat out retarded? Maybe it’s me. :~
They are not entirely bad. currently most of my orders get to me within 20-25 days. good enough. BG is similar and ebay seller vary depending on item/location. I had the worst experience over Christmas with Aliexpress where 20% of packages are above 40 days (all from top-rated sellers).
My orders shipped through IB have typically arrived quicker than regular untracked mail, but it never tracks with the IB number. If you’re registered with USPS or Fedex delivery manager, you’ll get a notification once the package arrives onshore and a label is generated with a new tracking number. I’ve not found a way to correlate the IB number with the actual tracking number, but I’ve gotten everything ordered so far. It just takes awhile.
That's what I use as well. 17track doesn't work for IB tracking, at least the 4 or 5 times I've tried it.
Neither the email link, nor the order page tracking link work or have worked for months... laziness from gearbest. Do note that it is highly probable that even though they give you a tracking number it may take a week or two before it is actually sent into the mailing system, and then the tracking updates may or may not start showing up after that.