What if you could always track your parcels from China?
Unfortunately this isn’t always possible.
Not all shipping methods have a working tracking method. Especially with free shipping methods by China Post or Hongkong Post. Sometimes you need to pay a little for a tracking number, usually just 1 or 2 bucks.
But when you have a Chinese tracking code… Do you know how to track your parcel?
Please read this blog about: Continue reading Chinese Tracking Codes Revealed
Every week I get questions like: What is the best store to buy this product?
Good question… But they cannot expect me to do their homework.
Most of the time these folks just want the lowest price possible.
Not understanding there is more to a Chinese store than just the price…
And what about you… Continue reading 4 Criteria to select the best Online Chinese Store
Importing products from China is fun as long as everything goes well.
But when your products do not arrive, the whole buying process can become very frustrating.
Just check online customer reviews. Most people complain that their products never arrived and that the company didn’t refund their money.
Well, this is all over if you follow the next 9 steps to handle disputes with Chinese stores. Continue reading 9 Steps to Handle Disputes with Chinese Stores
You probably have heard people saying this too….
Over the years I have heard many excuses why somebody should not buy online.
And when it comes to Chinese stores the list of excuses grows. Continue reading Fears and Dangers for Buying Online in China
It’s one of the most frustrating situations when you buy products from China.
In general most products arrive pretty fast, within 2 weeks. But recently, it becomes longer and longer.
What’s your experience? Continue reading Extreme long delivery times…
Being deceived by Chinese stores is probably most peoples worst nightmare (just after falling from an airplane with parachute and eaten by a zombie)…
At StartBuyinginChina.com you can find many articles about how to avoid these fake sites and how to avoid fake products.
A few months ago I wrote about fake products, like fake NBA shoes. Counterfeit as it is called. This article triggered found it’s way through the might Internet to a girl named Gellyfish. Continue reading NBA All stars counterfeit – a real story…
Hi! It’s time to do a new User Questions Blog for December!
BTW we have many questions from our Nigerian readers.
Shipping Costs from China
Livungthung asked: Are there any Electronic websites, that does not have a free shipping included? Since shipping price differs from country to country, while most website that provides free shipping has a standard price on the product irrespective of any country. While I believe closest country will have a shipping price benefit.
Interesting question. It is true that free shipping is calculated on the average costs a company makes for their shipping costs. For many countries the shipping costs are the same.
There are probably store for electronic products that do not offer free shipping. You can check the 100 Chinese stores here, see the free/paid logos.
For more info whether free shipping is more or less interesting than paid shipping, check this blog about free shipping at SammyDress.
Bjorn Asked: Like to hear about these entrepreneurs from Global Sources Magazines, are they to be trusted, and they usually deceive people?
I haven’t dealed with Global Sources ever. It’s a b2b marketplace for what I can recall. This means you are dealing with individual sellers through this site. Like the Alibaba sites. If anyone has experiences with this site, let us know!
Olebeletse asked: Kindly check if www.goexw.com is real?
This is another b2b store. If you need larger quantities, this store might be yours. But also, I have no experience with them.
Vladimirs asked: How can I get my tax and duties refunded from Lightinthebox? When I ordered from you I bought Insurance.
This is an interesting question with a hidden layer. Vladimirs says: When I ordered from you. Well, I do not sell any products, so you cannot order from me. Maybe you were thinking you were responding to Lightinthebox?
Anyway, I wrote a blog about this a few months ago: Lightinthebox pays the duty costs.
Brown from Nigeria wrote: I want to ask since you are residing in China what are the quality tablets, smartphone and phones some one can import from China. Or do you advise against importing such from China.
Secondly sir, I have heard that that products are cheaper on such portals as 1688.com and Taobao.com but the write ups are in Chinese. How can somebody who is not a Chinese negotiate on these sites? How come you’ve never mention these portals in your blogs?
Well, I’m not a resident in China. I live in the Netherlands and have never been to China (yet).
I wrote many times about importing electronics from China. First, do not go for non-Chinese brands. You cannot find them for low prices in China. If you want to know about ordering phones, please see this blog series. Or check my ebook for the Ultimate Buyers Guide for Chinese Smartphones.
Your second question about 1688 and Taobao. I did write about them. Check this: Taobao the undiscovered country
Amos asked: How are Chinese stores able to communicate with us in English especially smaller stores and stores in Aliexpress? Do all of them learn to speak English? Since about 99% Chinese is spoken in the country.
I think you answered your question yourself. Yes sales people need to learn to speak English. But…. If you communicate with small stores, do not expect that they speak English very well. Sometimes you must guess what they mean.
Henri asked: Hi, I am from Nigeria and really interested in buying stuff from China and selling them over here. But I noticed things are not so cheap in AliExpress anymore. When I convert the prices, it’s exactly what is sold or a little less than what is sold in Nigeria. So how do I make profit? I have heard of 1688. Have you used the site before?
Yes, I noticed increased prices too. The more people buy from China, they higher the demand, the higher the prices. But…. AliExpress is a marketplace and many stores compete with each other on AliExpress, so if you search well, you will find the same products for different prices.
To resell products, it is good to buy in larger orders or more directly from sellers. I heard people who contacted the sellers in AliExpress and discussed to close the deal directly. Only do this if you trust the seller!
For 1688, see above. 1688 is a marketplace like Taobao and you need an agent to buy there or you learn Chinese…
Samson asked: Please I’m having this problem of ordering for my goods.. It’s always saying my billing address is not correct with my Nigerian address. Can you help me out please?
Many people have problems with their addresses in Nigeria. I don’t know what the problem is or where you live. Is it possible to use well known post address? Like the local post office or grocery store? Maybe one of our Nigerian readers might help you out?
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Have a nice week,
This Friday 27th of November will be Black Friday. This day and the coming weekend, most stores will come up with huge discounts on most products.
If you are planning to buy some products from China, this weekend will be your best shot!
BTW I wrote about Black Friday last week, check this out, if you missed it. Continue reading Reminder: Biggest Black Friday Sale
It’s called Black Friday.
Just a week ago the biggest Chinese sale was on. Singles Day on 11th of the 11th. With the largest turnovers ever. If you missed this, please read last weeks post.
Now you have another chance. On Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Don’t forget to mark Friday 27th of November in your agenda.
All stores will go wild with discount stunts and mega sales.
Time for you to benefit too!
Without the crazy crowds and long waiting lines. Continue reading Black Friday Sales in Chinese Stores