I've been ordering from aliexpress for a while now and really enjoying it. I've mentioned it here occasionally. About 10 years ago it was quite astonishing how cheaply things could be ordered and received at my doorstep within days for little or no shipping cost. As time went on and their market matured the prices rose a bit, but still very good, and the variety of shit there as you drill down and learn how to search is amazing as well. I began to notice over time more and more crossover with ebay and aliexpress with vendors inhabiting both places at once. Perhaps most importantly, over the course of perhaps 30 to 40 orders I've placed I've never, even once, had a glitch in an order.
Here's a cool vid about wire edm drilling. @4:55 he gives a really good example of what I'm talking about. The price for that drill head reflects what everyone only dreamt about prior to the internet. "what if I could shop like a middleman/distributor and get a part right to my door instead of paying that middleman 15X the original cost?"
Anyway. Please resist the urge to let geo politics in here. It's frankly too complicated and over heated. This is only a heads up to tinkerers and hobbiests to check this stuff out.