Buying Transformers on Taobao

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  1. botfan

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    My severX just passed customs! Soon, my $155 X-dibot will be in my hands! I'm officially addicted to taobao!
     
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    I'm happy for you bro!! I'm gonna give it a shot with my next new FT purchases like Cesium & Phoenix.
     
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    Don't stop there, use taobao for all your transformer needs!

    My recent haul: Haul.jpg
     
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    Hmm, any idea why this page would show up? Seems to happen to FT products...I click on some gigapower links and TT links and can get to the product page. But if i search "Fanstoys" or even FT08 in the search box, anyone I randomly click shows like the below!

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    The seller may have restricted the shipping of this item to within domestic china only...not sure. Can you show a screenshot of thw original, untranslated page?
     
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    I get that page a lot also. Just keep clicking on listings until you find one that works.
     
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    This is the message I get for that page untranslated.

    变形金刚FansToys FT-07X 机器恐龙淤泥 Stomp 金属色MP级别比例

     根据所在国法律法规或平台政策,此项商品限制下单购买。

    The translation doesn't help me understand why some listings show this.
     
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    I'm stuck on the "Submit Order" page because that little gray-head (I think it's the Taobao logo) loading bar shows up in the foreground of the screen and doesn't let me click submit order. Am I supposed to do something to get rid of it?
     

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    Oh my gosh. Guys, I think I did it. I ended up using my phone to get past the loading screen on my computer, then switched back to my computer when my phone got stuck on alipay. Is this right? What should I do next?
     

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    Good deal. Each figure is only about $58 each on that site. That's a savings on each figure of $20 or more compared to what bababobo00712 on Ebay sells them for. Then shipping is only about $4
     
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    TaobaoRing helped me get my Holy Grail last summer.
     
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    Ah..I think I've gotten that before one time. The seller does not ship to your country (based on your actual shipping address), even if you have selected Taobao's mail forwarding service. I'm not sure why this restriction is in place, given that the seller would not be shipping not directly to you but to Taobao's own forwarding address.

    Anyways you can get around this by finding your own external mail forwarding service, but i wouldn't recommend it unless you can't find a single seller that ships to your country. Stick with Taobao's 'official' mail forwarders.
     
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    Where are you stuck in alipay? I've never gotten that loading logo before..I assume reloading the page doesn't help?
     
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    My phone couldn't translate whatever text images Alipay was showing me so I had to use my computer to make everything understandable again. The permanent loading logo on the "submit order" page is a complete mystery to me though. It happened on every browser I have.

    I ended up paying about $22 total for shipping all three bots. Do I have to pay a second shipping fee once it gets to the warehouse? I'm calling this the Deal of a Lifetime if it ends up working for me. lol. I've been talking to the seller on WeChat and he's been super helpful/responsive.
     
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    Considering all the fraud I've had to deal with on eBay and the 9 month wait with Premium Collectables, I'm seriously going to give this a try. Is there a specific app for android? The language barrier is my hurdle but It may be worth trying. Seems like pricing is so much better.
     
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    For the language barrier, use Google Chrome both on android and your computer. The browser has an option to automatically translate pages in foreign languages.

    As for price, i've noticed the savings really kick in if you are:
    -buying in bulk
    -buying expensive figures ($120+)

    This is because shipping fees are where some of your savings get eaten up along the way.
     
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    This would explain why botfan remarked that he saw the most savings with FT products.
     
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    Change your location "United states" to "China mainland" top left of the page.
    This does not affect international forwarding. It will however remove the USD conversion from the listed price.
     
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    Oh ok. Cool thank you