Friday, April 29

Julian Ilett: Postbag Summary #62



Postbag #62
Colour OLED, 400kV Taser, Salt Car





  1. 10pcs Block Terminal Wire Connectors 2EDG 5.08-2P 3P 4P 6P Right Angle
    $3.98
  2. 65K Color OLED Display 3.3v 5v Serial SPI Small LCM Module for Arduino
    $11.69
  3. DC 3v-6v to 400kV 400000V Boost Step-up Power Module High-voltage
    $2.98
  4. SALT WATER FUEL CELL POWERED CAR SCIENCE SET BUILD IT YOURSELF
    $2.29

April 28th, 2016
$20.94 (U.S.)

Aliexpress: Day 15 (Hypocrite Thy Name Is...)


Hypocrite Thy Name Is...
Day 15

I forgot and ordered two items yesterday. Today I ordered five items. Even my brain is calling me a hypocrite (definition). I really do not have a good excuse. I found multiple items which cost less then a dollar. Many of those items I thought would make interesting "just because" token gifts for people I know. So I bought over six dollars worth of them.

Also possibly worth noting:
As of today, I have spent over $100.00
  • Order #19
    • 20:30 Ordered
      Qty: 2     Price: $0.33     Shipping:  FREE    Total: $0.65
    • Store: Hequ fashion
    • 20:31 Received email (Order Paid)
  • Order #20
    • 20:30 Ordered
      Qty: 4     Price: $0.48     Shipping:  FREE    Total: $1.91
    • Store: Ad Online Mall
    • 20:31 Received email (Order Paid)
  • Order #21
    • 20:30 Ordered
      Qty: 2     Price: $1.00     Shipping:  FREE    Total: $1.99
    • Store: Goldseller Market All For You
    • 20:31 Received email (Order Paid)
  • Order #22
    • 20:30 Ordered
      Qty: 1     Price: $1.00     Shipping:  FREE    Total: $1.00
    • Store: Health and Beauty Shopping Mall
    • 20:31 Received email (Order Paid)
  • Order #23
    • 20:30 Ordered
      Qty: 1     Price: $0.86     Shipping:  FREE    Total: $0.86
    • Store: Huapengxin
    • 20:31 Received email (Order Paid)
Items Ordered:56     Total Shipping Paid: $1.64       Total Spent: $101.90

Thursday, April 28

Aliexpress: Day 14 (Oops, It's Only Money)


Oops, It's Only Money
Day 14

Do you know what happens after almost two weeks ordering products at random times of day? You, and in this case I mean I, forgot I ordered something before I went to sleep, so I ordered a second item that night.


Interesting fact:
As of today I have received emails from AliExpress saying that sixteen of my orders have shipped. The AliExpress iOS App only shows twelve orders with send dates. 17Track.net shows five of those orders have been "Shipped By Air."

  • Order #15
    • 1:32 Received email (Shipped Order)
  • Order #16
    • 7:48 Received email (Shipped Order)
  • Order #17
    • 2:38 Ordered
      Qty: 5     Price: $2.29     Shipping:  FREE    Total: $11.46
    • Store: Feiyang electronics
    • 2:38 Received email (Order Paid)
  • Order #18
    • 22:25 Ordered
      Qty: 1     Price: $3.53     Shipping:  FREE    Total: $3.53
    • Store: Mega Semiconductor CO., Ltd.
    • 22:25 Received email (Order Paid)
Items Ordered:46     Total Shipping Paid: $1.64       Total Spent: $95.49

Wednesday, April 27

Julian Ilett: Postbag Summary #61



Postbag #61
Green Watch, 12v Powerbank, Doorbell

  • updated: 2016.04.29 ( added total after date )

  1. OLED Bluetooth Health Wristband Sport Fitness Sleep Tracker Monitor Smart Watch
    $13.99
  2. Mobile Power Bank Box USB 6 x 18650 Battery Charger Adapter 3.6V 5V 6V 9V 12V
    $7.88
  3. LED Wireless Chime Door Bell Doorbell & Wireles Remote Control 32 Tune Songs
    $3.71
April 19th, 2016
$25.58

Aliexpress: Day 13 (Another Day, Another Order)


Another Day, Another Order
Day 13

Today was a busy day for me at work, so unfortunately I did not get around to doing much with AliExpress.



  • Order #16
    • 0:01 Ordered
      Qty: 1     Price: $2.42     Shipping:  FREE    Total: $2.42
    • Store: Advanced Tech
    • 0:02 Received email (Order Paid)
  • Order #14
    • 1:25 Received email (Shipped Order)
Items Ordered:40     Total Shipping Paid: $1.64       Total Spent: $80.50

Tuesday, April 26

Aliexpress: Day 12 (Better Late Then Never)


Better Late Then Never
Day 12

 After trying to relate the information I am getting back from 17Track.net and AliExpress, I have found another pattern. AliExpress seems to be between 12 hours and 26 hours behind what package tracking websites are displaying. That is only as far as actually updating the shipping information to you.

AliExpress will, after 12-26 hours, actually display the right information, with the right date. It is quite possible for there to be more information for a given date only showing up late the next day.

I have also noticed that my "wishlist" on AliExpress seems to be getting longer, not shorter, the more I conduct this experiment. 
  • Order #10
    • 22:17 17Track.net reports item on Flight CZ329
  • Order #13
    • 5:05 Received email (Shipped Order)
  • Order #15
    • 1:48 Ordered
      Qty: 5     Price: $2.65     Shipping:  FREE    Total: $13.27
    • Store: China good electronic
    • 1:48 Received email (Order Paid)
Items Ordered:39     Total Shipping Paid: $1.64       Total Spent: $78.08

Monday, April 25

Aliexpress: Day 11 ($5.89/Day Habbit)


This has now become a $5.89/Day Habbit
Day 11

I keep thinking it is time to slow down on my spending, then I see something else I want, and boom ... ordered. In fifteen to sixty days I should have an abundance of mail, and toys.

Two days ago this experiment was under five dollars a day average. Today this experiment is quickly approaching six dollars. With thirty four items ordered so far I am at least keeping the average item cost to two dollars forty three cents.
  • Order #8
    • 21:45 17Track.net reports item on Flight KE0828-0071
  • Order #14
    • 0:17 Ordered
      Qty: 5     Price: $2.20     Shipping:  FREE    Total: $11.00
    • Store: XM (ShenZhen) Electronic Ltd.
    • 0:17 Received email (Order Paid)
Items Ordered:34     Total Shipping Paid: $1.64       Total Spent: $64.81

Sunday, April 24

Week in Review (Week 16)


Monday April 18, 2016 - Sunday April 24, 2016
According to ISO-8601 standard, weeks start on Monday. The first week of each year is the week which contains that year's first Thursday. This oddly gives the capability for the year to have 53 weeks instead of the school taught 52.

Week 16's Hardware Review

Here I am going to try to document all "projects" that I have started, continued, or ended in the previous week.

1. Aliexpress: Continuing on with my Aliexpress experiment which you can follow here:
Monday        Day 6
Tuesday        Day 7
Wednesday   Day 8
Thursday      Day 9
Friday        Day 10

2. Julian Ilett: I am in the process of watching/re-watching Julian Illet's YouTube series "Postbag". And I am going to document here in this set of posts, probably with updates, the items he has purchased.
Julian Ilett: Postbag Summary
2014
 June 18  -  July 15                     #1 to #10
July 27    -  September 23         #11 to #20
October 1  -  December 23        #21 to #30
2015
January 1 - May 16                   #31 to #40
May 31 - October 8                   #41 to #50
November 16 - April 12, 2016     #51 to #60


Week in Review (Week 16)

Julian Ilett: Postbag Summary (51-60)


Julian Ilett

Postbag #51 - 60


  1. Banggood Special
    1. ESCAM brick QD900 WIFI 1080P P2P Cloud IP IR Waterproof Security Camera
      $49.99
    2. 2 Pcs DIY Electronic Intercom Kit Walkie Talkie
      $8.17
    3. GM328A Transistor Tester Graphic Wave Signal LCRRLCPWMESR Meter
      $15,20
    4. 1200W 20A DC Converter Boost Step-up Power Supply Module IN 8-60V Out 12-83V
      $17.99
  2. Big Box of Integrated Circuits (Part 1)
    Big Box of Integrated Circuits (Part 2)
    1. AS DESCRIBED
      (Gifted by Derek Heath)
  3. Patreon, 12v COB LED, Buck PSU
    1. Super Bright 17cm 5W 84 COB LED Lamp Strip 12V White
      $1.89
    2. DC Buck Converter DC5-32V to 0-30.0V 5A 30W adjustable with LED
      $11.50
  4. USB Warmers, OLED Power Meter
    1. CP2102 Micro USB to UART TTL Module 6Pin Serial Converter STC
      $2.06
    2. 10FT 3M USB 2.0 A MALE M TO A Femaile For Extension Cable 2014
      $1.98
    3. 12 Compartment Double Sided Fishing Lures Tackle Boxes
      $6.68
  5. PCBs, Breadboard, Batt Boxes, DCOs
    1. 10 Pcs DIY Prototype Paper PCB Universal Matrix Circuit Board
      $7.79
    2. SYB-500 4-in-1 700 Tie-point PCB Solderless Breadboard + 65pcs jumper cables
      $17.97   =  $9.98  + $7.99 Shipping
    3. 1 pcs New 10x AA Mobile Battery Clip Holder Case Box w/Wire Leads
      $1.45
    4. AD9833 Programmable Microprocessors Sine Square Wave DDS
      $5.80
  6. ICStation Modules
    1. AD9833 DDS Signal Generator Module 0-12.5MHz
      $16.25
    2. Single-Supply to Dual Power Switch Module DC-AC Car Tone Power
      $9.78 (on sale Regular $12.22)
    3. Innovative Universal Double Side Board PCB 9x9cm 2.54mm DIY Prototype Paper PCB
      $4.22
  7. Microphone, Multi PSU, 8W LED, Bulb
    1. Karaoke Singing DJ Professional Handheld Wireless Cordless Wired Microphone Mic
      £9.84   = £9.14  & £0.70 Shipping
    2. DIY USB Boost Single Turn Dual Power Module Linear Regulators Multiple Output Power Kit
      $8.44
    3. Vintage E27 Edison Bulb LED Lamp Retro Filament Light 85V-265V 8W Warm White
      £4.20
  8. Karaoke Reverb PCB, Dynamic Mic
    1. PT2399 Karaoke Microphone Reverberation Audio Pre Amp Amplifier
      $11.32
    2. Uni-directional Handheld Wired Professional Dynamic Microphone
      $4.99
  9. Wonderful Tech or Worthless Tat?
    1. DC-DC Converter Isolated Power Supply in 9v-18v Double out 5v
      EVISUN D120505S-2W DC-DC Converter
      $4.19   = $3.80  + $0.39  Postage
    2. Multifunction 60W Constant Current Electronic Load Battery Capacity Tester Module
      £15.87
    3. OLED Smart Wrist Band Bracelet Watch Pedometer Bluetooth for Android (Orange)
      $11.38   = $9.39   +  $1.99 Shipping
    4. Creative DIY 4 IN 1 Education Learning Power Dragon Solar Robot Kit
      $9.99
  10. Electronics & Modules from China
    1. Digital DC Converter CC CV Power Module Led Driver Auto Step Up/Down 6A Max
      £15.28  (on sale Regular  £16.98)
    2. 10pcs Anti-static SMT SMD Kit Lab chip Components Screw Storage Box Case
      $6.48
    3. Universal Bread Board Prototype Board 6*10cm Chassis Amplifer Amp Board DIY Kit
      $5.79
    4. 5V 4-phase 5-wire Stepper Motor+Driver Board+Remote Control RC Speed Adjustable
      $8.18
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