Yes you are cutting out the middleman, by ordering on Temu. Everything comes straight from the factories, rather than through third parties like Amazon, so the products are cheaper. You just have to be aware they come from Chinese production lines and are not USA made, unlike companies like Etsy.
Honestly, I don’t mind buying from China. The people there need to live, too. And at least no one there is trying to pass off cheaply made items as superior based on it being mass produced in a similar factory down the road from me an charging 1000%more.
Amazon has good customer service in my experience one time I ordered a product and received something completely different and they refunded my purchase and they didnt even have me return what they gave me lol but the price of the shipping is what gets me