All parcels have a tracking number. You can track parcels using it directly on the website and in the “Aliexpress” application. All parcels go in different ways: some directly to Moscow, others through logistics centers in Latvia and Finland. When the parcel arrives at the Russian Post office, you will see the “Delivered” status – you can go to check the mailbox. If the package is shallow and flat, then they can throw it directly at it; in other cases, they will send a notification with which you need to come to the mail.
Once I saw the status “Delivered” on the site, but I did not receive a notification from the Russian Post. Then I found out that this happens, especially if you use AliExpress Saver Shipping. With this delivery method, small parcels are combined into one bag, which is assigned a track number. Post office staff do not know which orders are in this bag and to whom they are intended, so they cannot send notifications.
To get the package, I had to quarrel with the department staff. I came with the phone and showed them the track number and delivery status. At first, they did not want to look for anything, but as a result of persuasion they still went to the warehouse and found a bag with a bunch of small packages. They went through them until they found a package with my last name. I was not allowed to rummage in the bag myself: it is forbidden by the rules.
I used paid delivery only once, and then I didn’t immediately understand what I had paid. Paid does not mean fast: the parcel arrived just two days faster than usual. Now I’d rather take another look at the default delivery.