Updated 25 May, 2013, 3:26 pm IST
Chinese websites with free worldwide shipping
| by Francis D'sa
We bet many of you fascinated by cheap, Chinese gadgets, small and big, would like to have them for fun or work. Be it fancy Apple accessories, LED gadgets, car accessories, tablets, phones, toys or hobby products, the Chinese market is full of stuff that you would wish was available at a store near you. Usually, streets markets are filled with LED and lighting gadgets, and small toys available for cheap. But where do you find cheap Chinese accessories for mobile phones, tablets, audio equipment or car décor?
Several online shopping websites such as eBay sell Chinese gadgets and accessories, but they are not as cheap, and additionally involve a shipping fee. Here is a selection of Chinese websites that sell these products, and ship them worldwide for free.
For free shipping, you have to sacrifice on delivery time as shipping to India usually takes anywhere between 15 and 30 days. The parcels arrive via air mail (China or Hong Kong post) through various air routes into the country, and are screened at the main customs' office for contents to filter out, illegal items, and products that need duty to be paid for. Then they get deployed to various cities, local post offices, and finally to your doorstep.
The websites are neatly designed and the products are easy to find.
En route, if your parcel is lost, damaged or unfortunately flicked, then you can consider yourself unlucky. But there are ways to safeguard your product delivery. You can opt for a tracking number, at a nominal additional cost, where each parcel is tracked by the shipping company all the way from China to your local post office. They can then pin-point the exact route, present destination and status of the parcel at any given time, assuring you of the receipt of your parcel. However, if you want your product to surely reach you faster and safely, you can opt for shipping services such as DHL, UPS or other international courier services. However, these services come at a very steep price, and at times you end up paying almost 3 to 10 times more than the product itself. We suggest you opt for these shipping methods only if you have shopped for multiple items, expensive items, or if you really want them urgently delivered. The shipping options are available just before you finally checkout for payment.
Discount coupons and service charges
These websites also offer heavy discounts using coupon code systems. Coupon codes can be searched for online through various websites such as couponcactus.com, dealcatcher.com, and dealspl.us. These coupons vary in discounts ranging from 2 percent to 50 percent on either a minimum shopping bill of USD 10, or any other amount. The currency is calculated by default in USD, but you can change it to INR, if you wish. However, it is usually preferable to transact in USD, because when payments are exchanged, they are done in US dollars. Remember, when you pay online, you will be charged a service fee by the payment company, which is usually 5 percent to 10 percent of the bill. This charge varies from one payment gateway to another.
Checkout is easy with advantages of points and coupons for discounts.
Most of these online shopping websites offer a range of products that can fulfill your desire of acquiring cheap Chinese products, and most of these are of good quality. All you need to do is register yourself for free, fill out your details such as shipping address and phone number, and you are ready to add stuff to your cart. Payments can be done through various methods, which include the safe and friendly PayPal, Visa or Master debit or credit card, or direct net banking. Some of these websites offer points on every purchase, which can be redeemed later for a free gift or added discounts. These websites also offer bulk or wholesale purchases, and have heavy discounts and clearance sales from time to time. Lastly, these websites also offer dropshipping options, where they remove all the labels and traces of their company name from the package in case you want it delivered to someone else as a gift. However, do remember, dropshipping will only get rid of the online website’s name and not the contents of the package because of customs and duty rules. Dropshipping is usually free or costs around USD 0.01. We patronised a few of these websites over the past few months, and here is what we experienced with a few of them.
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