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Today I need you help.
It will take no more then 2 minutes of your valuable time.

Like the Chinese word Bāngmáng in the image above. It’s all about: ‘Helping Out‘.

StartBuyingInChina is rapidly growing. Since April this year we built a community with over 1.000 followers. And we are growing every day. StartBuyingInChina might be still small, but we are going strong !!

The reason I started with StartBuyingInChina is that I wanted to give independent information about online Chinese shopping sites. There is so much scam to be found on the internet…

At first I started with long reviews of Chinese shops. Then I wrote blogs about fashion and seasonal events. Now the latest articles are more technical about fake shops and electronic devices like buying smart phones. And the more we grow, the more response I get on these articles.

I really like to say thank you, for your attention and contributions on my site so far.

My mission is to create the most interesting online community for buying in China. I know it is ambitious and it will take time. That’s why I need your help now!

Please tell me what you want to read on StartBuyingInChina.com.
Only then I can serve you the best.

You can write your suggestions in the comment box below.
Based on your ideas, I will come up with new blogs and articles.

The following list have suggestions for subjects.
Feel free to come up with your own subjects.

Gadgets and electronics

  • In depth articles about how to find products in China
  • Reviews of (category of) products like a clone iPhone 6 (haven’t seen it yet)
  • Blogs about seasonal events like Halloween, Valentine, Father’s Day
  • Blogs with special deals and coupon codes
  • Other…

Clothing and apparel

  • Blogs where to find special clothing like dancing shoes
  • Blogs about seasonal events like Halloween, Autumn
  • Blogs about seasonal products like swimwear
  • Blogs with special deals and coupon codes
  • Other…

About reliable and unreliable Chinese shops

  • More and new reliable shops
  • Reviews and user reviews of Chinese shops
  • Identifying fake shops
  • Finding wholesale or large quantity shops
  • Other…

Tips & tricks

  • Tips on saving on shipping costs
  • Tips on calculating or avoiding duty and declaration
  • Other…

 A new shop environment

  • More products on the site
  • Search option to search directly in multiple shops for products
  • Option to compare prices for products in different shops
  • Other…

Please take 2 minutes and write your suggestions in the comment box below.

If you have more than one item, feel free to write them all.

Thank you in advance!
Let’s build this community together!

Cheers, Boris


Bastiaan
Bastiaan

Founder of StartBuyingInChina. It all started as an hobby. I liked to categorize the few Chinese stores I knew. After 6 years over 150 blogs were published. I created a wonderful online course about Safe buying online in China, and served over 1.000.000 people. Thank you for being here!

    24 replies to "What do you need on StartBuyingInChina?"

    • Ivana

      Hello,
      I’m following a few sites and couldn’t help but notice a customer approach through few Chinese web sites. Since they all work as online group of shops there is a huge competition on offering low prices as possible for same article (factory price).It can be found up to 3x lower (for single piece + shipping costs) than on alibaba or other wholesale sites. Maybe this can be a good topic 😉

      • Boris

        Hi Ivana,
        I’m interested. Can you tell me which sites you are suggesting?

        • Ivana

          viennois, dhgate, alibaba and aliexpress…. also viennois removed wholesale(?!) … If I noticed right, Chinese online marker is restructuring and moving toward B2C with B2B prices.

    • amos

      My question is, how are Chinese shops able to sell and deliver worldwide but all shops in Europe and the west (America) only sell and deliver within their country and to a few other countries?

      • Boris

        Hi Amos,
        For what I know, electronic equipment from the USA works with 110V and in Europe 240V. And is not certified for other countries: A-Tick (AU), FCC (USA)or CE (EU). USA stores are not allowed to ship it to Europe or visa versa. Also some companies like Apple forbid their resellers to sell their products over sea. Apple makes a lot more profit in Europe than it does in USA. Another reason are the duty and customs regulations. A lot of companies do not want to deal with these.
        I think Chinese

    • Kwaku

      I suggest to you Boris to open your own online store where we can buy directly from. That way you can check the quality for us and the fraud issue would be over.
      Please are you located in China? Can you also provide a service like buy it for me and may be charge for the service? We send you the cash and you buy for us?

      • Boris

        Hi Kwaku,
        My site is based on my believe that Shopping in China is safe as long as you know how and where. I’m not living in China but in Europe. Building a real store would suggest to have storage in China, people who can handle this and much more. Currently there are a lot of companies who do this very well. My goal is to tell you which do and which doesn’t.
        But I’m thinking of having my own portal to shops I really trust and like.

    • Kwaku

      Hi Boris
      To me you are really helping us.There is this shop cube-tablet.com
      I’m looking to purchase from but it has no reviews. Is it safe? Has anyone bought from there ?

      • Boris

        Hi Kwaku,
        I don’t know cube-tablet.com. From what I checked on their site, it seems a legitimate site to me. Normal prices, shopping possibilities, log in etc. You don’t find these on scam sites.
        Thanks, Boris

    • kemal ünal

      bazı siteler iletişim çok iyi. hemen sorun çözülüyor. telefon için türkiye de gümrük sorunu var. buna çözüm bazı siteler buldu. sizin çalışmanız çok güzel. güvenli sitelerden alışveriş yapmamızı sağlıyor. çalışmanız için teşekkürler.

      • Boris

        Thanks, but I need Google Translate to understand this 😉
        Translation: On some sites, communication is very good. Now the problem is solved. a Phone to Turkey also has problems with customs. Some sites found a solution for it. Your work is so beautiful. It enables us to shop from a secure site. Thank you for your work.

    • Ruby

      God bless you! Pls I need your help, I am from Nigeria and I want to start buying things online and then sell them here in Nigeria but I don’t know how to start especially the right site that can sell quality things cheap and more importantly deliver products that I buy to me. Pls I want you to put me through, I have Tinydeal.com in mind now but I don’t know how efficient they are or if there is any other better site to do the business with. Again I don’t know how they do the delivery because my address is not that open, I don’t know if they make use of the phone number to locate the person. Thanks for support.

      • Boris

        Hi Ruby,
        A few thoughts to your questions.
        1. If you want to buy stuff online, import it to Nigeria and sell it again offline, it depends on the quantities you are buying. You can either buy it from Chinese consumer stores like TinyDeal (small amounts), or buy large quantites at b2b shops like DHgate. The prices are even lower. Another way is to contact the Chinese manufactories and negotiate on the price. I bet you can get the best price, since you are not dealing with any retail shop.

        2. If you want to sell the stuff online, why not dropship the products? This means your customers buy in your (online) store and the Chinese shops ships it directly to your customers. This will save you storage and expedition.

        3. No matter where you start buying your stuff from China, you must do your own research. Always buy some example products and test the quality yourself. Also test the delivery time, parcels, customer care etc. If you are doing long term relations with any store, I would go for personal contact with the people behind the store.

        4. I don’t know the situation in Nigeria when you say your address is not open. Every shop can ship the products to any address. Maybe a PO box can help? Or a distribution point nearby?

        5. All the shops on my site are legitimate. Check this Chinese Store list. Some shops have better service, some shops have better prices. But all do deliver. Not saying you’ll never encounter problems with these shops. But the better your relationship is with these shops, the better their service.

        6. I can introduce you to shops like TinyDeal. But I can only do this if you have a serious business to offer (large quantities, long term relationships).

        Good luck and please tell us you experiences and progress,
        Boris

    • steve

      Hi, I buy lots of stuff from china and work closely with a manufacturer of beekeeping products. I also buy stuff from lots of sites like buyincoins, tinydeal, obostore, dx, etc… How do you go about becoming a supplier to these online stores as a way to expand your buying relationship with a Chinese manufacturer and what issues might arise!!!!

      Thanks
      Steve

      • Boris

        Hi Steve, that’s a difficult question I cannot answer fast. I need to do my research on this too. Thank you for your suggestion!
        Cheers, Boris

        • Steve

          Hi Boris,

          I am not sure exactly how these various companies work. I believe most of them run warehouses out of Hong-Kong and send from those warehouses. I wonder what type of stocking rates they require or do they order 1 item at a time on demand. They seem to have special postage rates well below what most of us have access to. Would be nice to know more and maybe find a way. Are there any restrictions sending products from Mainland China to Hong-Kong ?

          Thanks
          Steve

    • thulani

      hi Boris i place an order for car tracker on the 14th August from dealextreme and when i try to track it on their website it just said” ERROR”.please help me what i can i do because i sent them email but they did not respond!thank you

      • Boris

        Hi Thulani,
        Tracking info on DealExtreme never worked for me too. Maybe you can try this site: http://track-chinapost.com/ it tracks different couriers.
        You bought electronic equipment, the parcel can be delayed at your customs. For now keep trying to contact DX.
        Wish you luck! Please let it know when you get your equipment.

    • vojc

      Hello Boris. Im buying tablet on aliexpress or tinydeal. The tablet will be onda v989. Yesterday i found price whit 50% discount, the price were around 79 eur, but for limited time of 2 h. I see that seller havent any feedback comment and only 3 slod items. I wrote mail to him, but seller arent answer to my mail.
      Q: can we trust similar sellers on aliexpress and buy stuff from they.
      Please wrote your opinion. Thanks
      PS. My english isnt good, so sorry for the mistakes..

      • Boris

        Hi Vojc,
        AliExpress has no real policy for their shop owners. Anyone can create a shop. But, AliExpress has a 100% buyer protection. If you do not receive the goods, your money should be refunded (check their policy on that).
        If a seller on Aliexpress has no or bad user reviews, I wouldn’t go for these 50% off deals. (I checked for onda v989, all prices are around 200 usd or 160 euro)
        Good luck.

    • fouad

      hello iam fouad from algeria i realy liked what you do on your web site it is realy usel realy help people to buy so thank you so much

      • Boris

        You’re welcome, Fouad. I’m glad you like this site.

    • Daniel James Loftus

      Hi Boris, Thank you very much for your help with buying from China, I was truly a week away from being robbed of £300 for a smart TV, from made in china (that’s where it all started anyway) when I/you found you/me I forget how it happened I am just glad it did thanks again. Now to my question?
      I’m struggling to find anyone (legitimate) to buy a large 40/55″ smart TV from in China Is there a reason for this or am I just looking in the wrong places?
      I hope you can help
      yours sincerely Daniel James Loftus.

      • Boris

        Hi Daniel,
        Thank you for you compliments.
        Buying a smart TV in China? This is really something your customs will notice. If you are from UK (noted the pounds), calculate another 20% above the price.
        But what about finding them… Most Chinese shops I know only sell small displays. I think the shipping for a 40 inch might be too expensive or riskful. I saw some larger smart TV’s on AliExpress round 899 USD. Not very cheap.
        Most sites where I did see the real stuff like Samsung or JVC were scam sites (the too good to be true sites).
        Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll think about it!
        Cheers, Boris

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