I’ve blogged about SGshop previously as I’ve been shopping on Taobao with their help. This time, I decided to find out for myself if it’d be better to just shop directly on Taobao instead. So… here’s a tale of two Olafs – one bought directly from Taobao and another via SGshop. Both are from the same seller in China, listed on Taobao.com.
Olaf Direct from Taobao:
Product: 34.80rmb (about S$7)
Shipping: 43rmb (about S$9)
The shipping fee is even higher than the price of the plush!
Shipping fees are 43rmb for first kg, and 12rmb for each subsequent 500g:
You don’t get to choose the mode of shipping, unlike via SGshop. But you get to pick the parcel forwarder, and should get your item within 3 to 6 days.
Olaf Purchased Via SGshop:
Shipping cost: S$1.80 (before 20% discount) *Economy Sea Shipping*
PLUS 8% service charge and clearance fee of S$0.98
If like me, you have no need to get your parcel within a week, and you are happy to wait a little longer if it means lower shipping fees, SGshop gives you reason to rejoice:
They have a new shipping flat rate charge, and you pay per 500g. Watch out too for various promotions, e.g. 20% off Economy Sea shipping, 20% off Express Air shipping.
Here’s another one of my Taobao hauls via SGshop.com:
Why Do I Shop With SGshop?
1) Absolute Ease of Shopping – unlike Taobao where everything is in Chinese, I place my order with SGshop and can communicate with them in English. I took a couple of days to figure out how to purchase directly from Taobao, set up an account, do the parcel forwarding, etc. And eventually, I had no idea when the parcel would end up on my doorstep.
2) Peace Of Mind – SGshop places each order for me, and inspects the items when they reach SGshop’s warehouses in China. If the item is defective or is not the one I had wanted, they will do the exchange and returns for me. So what reaches me in Singapore is exactly what I had wanted.
3) Parcel Reaches Me Intact – I bought a Totoro figurine in this order. It came in a box with styrofoam from the seller, and SGshop put that box into another box with paper and bubble wrap to protect it. If I’m getting a plush toy, then yes, buying directly from Taobao is fine. But for anything else that is fragile, I want SGshop to package it well for me before sending it to Singapore.
4) Almost Doorstep Delivery – You don’t even have to pay for delivery if you don’t mind picking up your parcel (weighing 8kg or less) at an MRT station near you:
~ UPDATE ~
I was recently introduced to ShopBack, a website that gives you cashback when you shop in over 500 stores including Zalora, Lazada, RedMart, Groupon and Taobao. You get up to 10% cashback on your Taobao order and during the upcoming Chinese New Year promotion you get an upsized cashback of 16%! Grab TaoBao promotions now by signing up with ShopBack.