That cheap phone case, charging cable or slightly-off-brand Super Mario figure you ordered recently will take a little longer to reach Australia, with Chinese retail giant Alibaba admitting it's having serious problems with shipping due to ongoing coronavirus issues.
Alibaba's Aliexpress is an online treasure trove of wacky and cheap technology, with everything from Godzilla-Themed AirPod Pro covers to terrible knock-off Bowser toys and every kind of electrical gadget you can name, and some that probably shouldn't exist. Who really needs a water-cooled iPhone fan?
Although in the case of phone chargers and cables, it's a genuinely TERRIBLE idea to buy cheap chargers from overseas (or indeed generally), because the risks of non-compliance are not trivial, and can be deadly. I cannot stress this enough: Do not buy cheap phone chargers or cables..
Plenty of existing Australian AliExpress shoppers are all too well aware that shipping times from China can sometimes mean a …