I just moved in to my new home in Jun 2017 and I taobao quite alot of stuff because I was unable to find most of the things I want in Singapore. And some of them are simply cheaper in taobao.
My friends asked me what I taobao? I was like "erm..haha...everything?"
I wanted a rose gold/copper kitchen with a marble-theme living room. Therefore I outsource alot of stuffs overseas, including U.S websites etc.
Although I taobao alot of things and generally had a great experience, I still do not encourage buying items which are too costly/fragile/made-of-wood. Because I heard even if you activate the insurance, the max claim you can get is S$200. And if you going to spend a big amount of delivery charge, if the fragile item(e.g, chandelier) arrived in Sg broken, your heart will be broken too. Lastly, I also heard of cases where people bought wooden items/furnitures, the wood attract mites.
Initially, I asked my friends and they encouraged me to use EZbuy. However, I realized for the bulk and extensive items I need to purchase, the delivery charges will be very expensive if I use EZbuy airfreight. Therefore I googled and use Taobao2sg.com instead. I had used their sea freight and I feel their service are quite okay. Do note sometimes, for some items(usually big items), taobao provide DIRECT shipping from Taobao to Sg and the charges may be comparable too. If so then dont need go through this hassle. Communicate with the seller
Advantages of Taobao2sg's Seafrieght
- Cheap for bulky and heavy items
- Cheap for ALOT of items - especially small items
- Need declare GST - pay extra 7%
- Long delivery time, 2 weeks to 1month plus
- Chinese platform
I heard some people got problem using Alipay to pay for their taobao purchases so they have this option call 淘宝代付款，aka, they pay for you.
Disclaimer: The last I used them is around 9months ago and I'm not very sure if there are significant changes, do check out the website and read. However the screenshots I took are from the website today itself.
Using seafrieght, 1 cubic metre(volumetric 1metre x 1metre x 1metre) only costs S$90 for delivery(20 items). More than 20items may need extra charge per item.
It doesn't consider weight. However delivery can take from 2 weeks to more than a month and you need to file 7% GST. You need to declare the S$ price at taobao2sg, submit it online, pay the delivery charges PLUS the GST amount, and they will file it for you.
For example, this outdoor swing chair is 2 cubic metre. Aka, 2 x S$90 = S$180
Super small items is 0.01cubic metre
When you bought alot of stuff, the delivery to home is free. Mine is all free because I bought alot.
Summary of steps:
Copy the warehouse address of taobao2sg and put it as the address in your taobao account, so that the things you buy gets shipped to taobao2sg's china warehouse.
Buy things at taobao, pay for them with alipay(credit).
When things arrived at taobao2sg's china warehouse, manage them online at taobao2sg website by grouping them into shipments, the total volumetric weight will be shown(calculated and determined by taobao2sg, only after they arrived at their warehouse), pay the delivery charges(calculated by them) and GST(after you declared their price).
The goods will be shipped to Sg and either be ready at their Singapore warehouse(Tradehub, jurong) or gets delivered to your Sg address.
You need to open an account at taobao2sg
Any queries you can whatsapp 88130282
You will be given a CM number, it's your unique number. For e.g mine is CM3071
Make sure to put this in your taobao account so that your purchases get shipped to the warehouse and kept under your account.
Copy this warehouse address to your taobao account.
Put this address into your taobao account address
Put the new address in your Taobao account(must put CM- _ _ _ _). (Mine was old address because I didnt update the new address). My CM number is 3071, put your own unique 4 numbers.
After you open your taobao account, you can start to buy items. For example, choose the address according to the taobao2sg address. Settle the purchase and pay by Alipay.
Then you need to open Alipay(支付宝) account too.
After you purchased your items, you can go taobao2sg to do your "homework"
-Report your purchases
Since I don't have purchases now, I don't have very realistic screenshots for now. You're supposed to key in your purchases info so that the warehouse know you have items coming. However, I noticed sometimes when I key in late, but the info are already there. All in all, you just make sure the warehouse did receive ALL the items you buy BEFORE you arrange the shipment to be ship back to SG.
Sometimes, if you need to double check the seller ship your items correctly, you can whatsapp the SG number to ask them to open your package to check for you, by giving them the shipment number. They charged S$3 per package. Take note though, sometimes after they open up the package and then wrapped up again, it may not be as protective as they first arrived and they run the risk of arriving broken when the items reach SG. However, if you didnt check, you run the risk of shipping something broken or something shipped wrongly all the way back from China. So decide for yourself.
After your items arrived, declare GST.
Group into shipments
Pay delivery charge + GST charge by Paylah to Taobao2sg.
Then whatsapp to the SG number in the main page, your account value will be updated within a day or two.
Take note the free warehouse period(below). Exceed will have charges
China warehouse 20days --->So buy all your taobao items all at 1 go, and take note their shipping schedule, try to make sure all can arrive within 20 days so that you can ship all at 1 go without incurring extra warehouse charges.
Sg warehouse 7days ---> Arrange delivery from Sg warehouse to your house OR collect your stuff from their warehouse within 7 days. Sometimes website may not be updated immediately even if the items reached the warehouse, if so then whatsapp them.
Although all this looks troublesome and complicated, it's pretty easy once you get the hang of it. And it's very satisfying if you are able to source unique stuff which matches your home's theme. For example, I love this painting from taobao which matches the theme of my living room. This is just something I'm unable to find in Sg. And I simply love my rose gold tap. Lol.
Do read seller reviews before you confirm a purchase. Good luck and happy shopping.
Phew. This entry took longer than I expected. :(
Hope it helps.