Buying Transformers on Taobao

Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by botfan, Feb 25, 2017.

  1. ChromeMagnus

    ChromeMagnus Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2015
    Posts:
    8,704
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    227
    Likes:
    +2,487
    Congrats brother. Did you place your order on 4/16/17? Is WeChat the in-house desktop pc messenging service that Taobao uses?
     
  2. TangoThree

    TangoThree Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2016
    Posts:
    29
    Trophy Points:
    12
    Likes:
    +13
    WeChat is a messaging/texting app for your phone. It is very popular in Asia. Taobao has their own chat service that you have to download if you want to communicate with the store/dealer.
     
  3. ChromeMagnus

    ChromeMagnus Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2015
    Posts:
    8,704
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    227
    Likes:
    +2,487
    What did the grand total come to with shipping for 2 KBB OS Bumblebees? Was the savings significant vs $25 a piece shipped thru Ebay?
     
  4. TangoThree

    TangoThree Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2016
    Posts:
    29
    Trophy Points:
    12
    Likes:
    +13
    I ordered some other stuff like KO Star Wars Lego. Shipping from Shanghai, China to Taiwan is about $6 for a consolidated shipment usually less than a week transit time. The trick for savings on Taobao besides the prices is that you should consolidate your packages from different sellers and have Taobao's shipping company ship to you wherever you are. Since Taiwan is closer to China, my shipping will be cheaper instead of having them ship to me in California.

    Edit: for the three big items in my shipment, Bee is about $12 each and KO Lego UCS B-wing was about $40
     
  5. ChromeMagnus

    ChromeMagnus Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2015
    Posts:
    8,704
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    227
    Likes:
    +2,487
    Well I like most others have only one shipping address in the US. Will that hurt me?
     
  6. TangoThree

    TangoThree Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2016
    Posts:
    29
    Trophy Points:
    12
    Likes:
    +13
    You can try ordering something small and not as expensive as a test run. Shipping is determined by weight and distance.
     
  7. ChromeMagnus

    ChromeMagnus Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2015
    Posts:
    8,704
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    227
    Likes:
    +2,487
    Will it show me my shipping cat the time of the initial order? I like to know what shipping will be upfront. That way i can back out if it costs too much.
     
  8. ShadowOfSilver

    ShadowOfSilver Element 47

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2016
    Posts:
    276
    Trophy Points:
    72
    Likes:
    +55
    Ebay:
    I placed my order on the 15th. Due to the delay in time zones, they shipped it out on the 16th.

    Regarding shipping prices, the standard rate is 90 yuan for the first kilogram and 15 yuan per extra 500 grams (something like that).

    Edited to be more accurate.
     
    Last edited: May 5, 2017
  9. nhyone

    nhyone Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2017
    Posts:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    2
    Likes:
    +1
    You need to work out the volumetric weight from the box dimensions. Ask the seller if they are not shown on the page.

    The forwarder will have a first-kg and subsequent-500g price.

    This is quite accurate for single item, but for multiple items, it depends how the seller packs them. (Try to group items where the boxes line up nicely so that you don't pay for air!)

    For shipping to Singapore, I don't find it particular cheaper to combine orders. I mean, combine if you can, but don't go out of your way to do so. The savings is from the first-kg only.
     
  10. ChromeMagnus

    ChromeMagnus Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2015
    Posts:
    8,704
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    227
    Likes:
    +2,487
    Anybody planning on getting FansTOys Phoenix thru Taobao when it drops?? I'm thinking of doing it as my first Taobao transaction....that is if the savings is really worth it.
     
  11. ShadowOfSilver

    ShadowOfSilver Element 47

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2016
    Posts:
    276
    Trophy Points:
    72
    Likes:
    +55
    Ebay:
    Just use the weight on BBTS' website to calculate shipping costs from Taobao, then add it to the base price from your preferred Taobao seller. Your savings will come from how much significantly lower the Taobao base price is than BBTS, TFsource, etc.
     
  12. ChromeMagnus

    ChromeMagnus Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2015
    Posts:
    8,704
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    227
    Likes:
    +2,487
    Thanks.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  13. Bots and Bits

    Bots and Bits Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2016
    Posts:
    469
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    112
    Location:
    Australia
    Likes:
    +598
    So I've run into a new issue. 4PX Warehouse is refusing to accept KBB KO Megasorry because it looks like a gun.
    [​IMG]
     
  14. calubin175

    calubin175 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2016
    Posts:
    534
    Trophy Points:
    117
    Likes:
    +105
    Wow.

    Do they detect it from the Taobao item listing?

    That means no Weijiang Megatron either. I will not be buying any gun Megatron ever, except the Rioter Despotron that I own.

    How about DX9 Legends sized Megatrons then?
     
  15. Bots and Bits

    Bots and Bits Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2016
    Posts:
    469
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    112
    Location:
    Australia
    Likes:
    +598
    Not sure, I think perhaps the seller wrote "Toy gun" as item description on the postage label.
     
  16. Mobb One

    Mobb One Godmaster

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2008
    Posts:
    1,963
    Trophy Points:
    177
    Location:
    Manhattan, NY
    Likes:
    +189
    Checking taobao, seems nobody (reputable) has Phoenix instock yet. Anyone else looking have better success? I was under the impression it was out in China already.
     
  17. ChromeMagnus

    ChromeMagnus Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2015
    Posts:
    8,704
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    227
    Likes:
    +2,487
    I was about to ask a question similar to this.
     
  18. connseanery

    connseanery New Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2017
    Posts:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Likes:
    +0
    I've asked quite a few taobao shops and they are saying june. Seems like the overseas shops are getting priority from the manufacturer.
     
  19. Mobb One

    Mobb One Godmaster

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2008
    Posts:
    1,963
    Trophy Points:
    177
    Location:
    Manhattan, NY
    Likes:
    +189
    oh shit really? I better ship off my loot then...toyworld devastator and FP bugs. I'm approaching the 20th day!

    Thanks for the info.
     
  20. kukuburd

    kukuburd Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2016
    Posts:
    455
    Trophy Points:
    97
    Likes:
    +170
    Crap. So how are you handling this? Request the seller to relabel the package?
     

Share This Page