When you buy products from China many things can go wrong.
By following our weekly tips you can avoid most of them.
But we can’t avoid that your customs will calculate duty and VAT or sales taxes.
There are ways to reduce these costs. And a number of stores have an insurance option, to insure your self for these costs. See this blog: Lightinthebox pays the duty costs
And there is an easier way!
Chinese Oversea Warehouses
From the list of 110 different Chinese stores there are some stores that have an oversea Chinese warehouse. This ware can be situated in Europe for example in the UK or Germany, in the USA, in Australia. I haven’t seen them in Africa or Latin America.
These warehouse have many advantages. DealExtreme notes:
- Delivery in 2-4 business day.
- Free Expedited Delivery by Post NL in 5 – 11 business days
- Free On Time Tracking from China to EU (27 EU countries)
- Exclusive Customer Service team for EU Direct
- Exclusive Product Management for EU Direct
- Multi channels to collect EU customer’s service requirements and products request
- Exclusive after-sale service ensures you have a great shopping experience: EU Direct customer service personnel will follow up on all EU Direct orders. We will respond to customer inquiries within 24 hours (usually much faster).
Stores that have an oversea Chinese warehouse are:
|DealExtreme||EU, USA, New Zealand|
|TinyDeal||Spain, UK, USA, Lithuania|
|GeekBuying||Spain, UK, USA|
|EachBuyer||Germany, Spain, USA|
Irony!! There is no warehouse!!
The funny thing is that DealExtreme doesn’t have a real warehouse in Europe. They say that there is no EU Warehouse, they send EU Direct goods from world factory to 27 countries in the EU, and they have cooperation with Post NL to make faster delivery. But All orders are shipped from China, not Europe.
For the USA their products are shipped by Int. Bridge. For Australia it is TOLL Global Express. I suspect there is no real USA or AU warehouse either.
So they only have a specialized team ready to serve their EU, USA and AU customers. But every thing is still located in China.
That’s why there is still a possibility that you must pay for the custom clearance costs. To cover these costs DealExtreme separates your parcels and arrange the delivery. Normally you do not pay European import duty. But if you are worried, DealExtreme suggests you pay ‘Import Tax & VAT Insurance’. This is the same insurance Lightinthebox offers, as we discussed in this blog.
The real stuff!
TinyDeal has a small warehouse located in Barcelona, the UK and the USA. But the number of products is very low, from 6-116.
BangGood has a big warehouse in the UK and ships all over Europe in 3-6 days.
And so has Tmart, geekBuying and CooliCool.
The latest offers a 72 hours shipping and no custom costs!
And this is what we really like!
Only Electronics, no clothing
The number of Chinese stores with a real oversea warehouse is very limited. And the products are mostly electronics and phones.
I haven’t seen any Chinese clothing store with an oversea warehouse. This is probably not interesting enough because you need very large warehouses to stores all the different clothing sizes. And you need to change it every few months.
Phones are much more easily stored.
My question to you
If you are looking for a new phone or gadgets, it is worth to search in the oversea warehouses too. The delivery time can be very fast and it definitely helps to avoid duty, sales taxes and other custom costs.
Do you buy from these oversea warehouses? And which one is this?
Please write your answer in the comment box below.
Wishing you safe purchases.
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