Jessie wrote:Safe yes, most of the time. It is things that require a UL cert that don't have one that you should be concerened about.
Do a search on all the exploding iPhones in China lately. There have been vendors there selling chargers to consumers that run the mains power right to phone battery. In China that would be 230VAC. Nice. That being said I've ordered various things from there with good success. I bought a 120V to 12V PSU to run a computer fan in a light fixture and it ran for almost 5 years before the fan stopped turning ( to be fair I didn't check to see if it was the fan or the PSU.) Just be careful and do lots of research before ordering cheap goods from China and realize you are still rolling the dice, and it never hurts to open something up after you get it to make sure that it isn't a bomb.
Thanks about the UL bit. I guess I should be more adventurous as long as the product does not require UL certification.
Currently, I mostly stick to buying clothes and shoes from China at the moment. Food is of course off-limits at the moment because even the Chinese don't trust their own local food products, like milk powder.