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With the development of the global economy, more and more people from all over the world like to buy from the same website -Taobao. However, some friends buy similar or identical products sometimes. For example, when you travel together with your friend, you find she carries the same bag with you. That would be embarrassing, right? However, if you buy the same bag but customized with your own letters, it will be special and will surprise her.
As mentioned earlier in previous blogs, 42agent can help customize cosplay and cos shoes for special size. But besides that, we can accept all kinds of items to be customized as well. Such as bags, key chain, pillow, BJD, etc. You only need to provide detailed information or pictures to us, and the experienced sellers will get it instantly. There is a few extra cost for customization service, but will be a large discounts if do mass production.
What do you care most except for the payment when you shopping from Taobao overseas? I think it is the international shipping methods. Have you ever struggled for which shipping method to choose before you place the order? Let me introduce the shipping methods from 42agent. I believe you will feel more relaxed next time.
- EMS. Most of our customers choose it and we also highly recommend because it is fast, safe and reliable. It usually takes about 3-14 days to arrive. Some lucky USA customers even can receive their parcels only within 4 days. Unbelievable, right? At the beginning we also feel the same with you. But more and more customers have experienced the same luck, so we have to admit the speed of EMS. See the below tracking, it shipped on Aug. 7th, arrived at Sorting Center on Aug.9th and delivered on Aug. 10th. Really super fast!
To the other countries, although it is a little slower than to USA, but still fast, usually takes only 7-14 days to arrive. However, not each parcel is so fast. Sometimes, it may be delayed during transit, taking a very long time to deliver, even more than 20 days. You may ask why? Sorry, we also don’t know and are not able to control it. We used to try to ask the post company, but they also can’t give an exact answer. They have no idea what happened on the destination post. For example, you can see the following parcel was delayed and takes 29 days to arrive. It was shipped on July 17st, arrived at Sorting Center on Agu. 26th, however was released from customs and delivered on Aug.15th. We have no idea what happened during July 26th to Aug. 15th.
EMS fee is based on each 500g, and fees for the first 500g is much higher than each extra 500g. As a result, if your parcel is less than 500g, EMS fee will be higher accordingly and airmail will be better choice for such small parcels.
- Singapore Airmail. Some customers buy small items and they are not hurry to receive the items, then Airmail will be their best choice. Because it is the cheapest shipping. But the delivering time is much longer which usually takes about 15-40 days. And there is weight limit of 2KG for each parcel. For parcels less than 1KG, we will suggest Airmail if you are not in a hurry.
- DHL. It is more expensive than EMS usually, but faster and more stable. We cooperated with 2 DHL agents, one is Bejing DHL and the other one is HongKong DHL. The difference is Beijing DHL will ships from Beijing directly, usually 1-3 days faster than HongKong DHL, but it is also much more expensive. HongKong DHL will ship the parcel from Beijing to HongKong first, then arrange to Airplane, so has about 3 days delay in China.
DHL has volumetric weight, which means if the volumetric weight is bigger than real weight, DHL will charge you based the heavier one. For example, you have a parcel which actually weighs 6kg but the volumetric is 9.5kg, DHL will charge fee based 9.5kg. Here is the volumetric weight calculation formula: Length * Width * Height / 5000.
EMS parcel shipped from China to Germany will encounter GDSK always. How will you deal with it generally? Will you do as per their requirement?
As usual, I am busy with my work. Suddenly, colleague told me that the EMS parcel I have been waiting for several months has arrived. That surprised me. The package should be got by our German customer about 2 months ago if everything goes well. But, unfortunately, it encounters problem from GDSK company. At last, he decided to return the parcel back and then re-send to another address.
Generally speaking, no matter which country you locate, when your local post office informs you that your parcel has been returned, it may not be sent back immediately. You still can try to contact with them to get your parcel. For example, this package can be returned two months later after the local post office informed. Lately, we handled a similar parcel, which was delivered failed because of address problem. The client informed us parcel has been returned. But after 2-3 weeks, he emailed again that the problem was solved, and he got parcel successfully.
Well, let’s return to the subject and talk about the relevant problems of German parcel.
Are you a cosplay fan? If you are, you will be of much concerned about cosplay prop, as good accessory can bring you great experience. But how to find good quality one? Where to find? How to avoid some issues about them? Now we are happy to introduce some practical tips to help you get Taobao cosplay prop in good quality, cheap and safe to ship. Also finding so many kind of cosplay props in less sellers is really awesome, isn’t it? ^_^
As it’s known that cos props usually include mask, wings, wig, gun, knife, sword,etc. But in most cases, some customers usually have troubles with purchasing gun, knife, mask or sword, as their material is always so fragile and can be easy damaged during shipping. Sometimes the parcel will be returned back to us due to the item shape ( the items which shaped like a real gun is strictly checking by customs at present). In this case, it’s better to give up ordering items which shaped like a real gun and some very fragile items. The following listed cases are the customers always buy but always face issues:
Only less than 3 months left for 2017 Hallowmas, are your ready? Each year we have many customers come to shopping for Hallowmas in a hurry on September or October. However, it will be too late. Because many Hallowmas cosplays, props or accessories take time to make. In the busy season, you need to pre-order first so that the sellers can finish in time. In order to get the goods before Hallowmas, you’d better order in advance in July or August.
Do you have an idea which items to buy for preparing Hallowmas this year? I think a pampkin lamp, a cosplay, a mask and props are necessary to everyone. I searched some related popular items on Taobao, hope can give you a small assist.
- Do you have a pumpkin lamp?
The above is only an example seller, you can also search by yourself on Taobao. The keywords are “Pumpkin lamp”, everyone knows this. In Chinese it is “南瓜灯”.
Today, 42agent will share some tips on ShipForMe Only service when you shop on Taobao by Yourself, but use a Taobao agent for international shipping service.
In the past, customers place order through our platform, and we will contact with seller, confirm order, purchase and ship to them. With the enhancement of international trade and cultural exchange, customers have get more new skills, such as language. Occasionally, some clients will email us: I have communicated with seller, could you provide me transport if I purchase by myself? Yeah, we do admire them, since they surmount such big barrier! As we know, Chinese is one of the most difficult language that has long been recognized. For those customers who can purchasing by themselves, we add some new services now. Hope different customers can benefit from it.
Whole process arrange and handle by 42agent. Because you always read it on our website, so make it simple, following familiar picture for your reference. And if you are going to get more details, please check the order process page.
Purchasing by Customers Themselves
Over 20 million people are excited these days after broadcast of seventh season of Game of Thrones on last Sunday night, and so many people are shopping for Game of Thrones Cosplay products with us these days. What a lucky experience, as most 42agent team members are also loyal fans of Game of Thrones since its first broadcast. You will know we are the best Taobao agent to help buy Game of Thrones cosplay and around products.
As you know, Game of Thrones is acted based on a a series books by George R.R. Martin, and the book is originally known as A Song of Ice and Fire. As a fan of it, you may want to cosplay many roles in it. Even if you are not a fan of it, you must have many fans friends, so getting some Game of Thrones gifts for them as gifts will be also a good idea. Isn’t it?
If you are new to Taobao shopping, you may ask where and how to buy Game of Thrones cosplay products? The answer is definitely Taobao (https://world.taobao.com/). We suggest you use Chrome to translate to Taobao English page first if you do not know Chinese. If you use the Chinese version, then you can use the Chinese words “权利的游戏” or “冰与火之歌” to search. There are so many sellers on it, and you can find anything related to Game of Thrones. No matter who you want to cosplay, it can fullfill your request.
When you prepare to do China online shopping with an agent, currency and Taobao agent payment methods are always first concerned. Right? Honestly, many of our customers have asked this problem, since the exchange rate has been floating. In this case, we just set a reasonable exchange rate as default on our website. Thus, there will be no currency concerns when you buy China items through our service. Furthermore, in order to pursue accuracy and fairness, we usually update it every month. ^_^
Besides currency, you need to pay special attention to Taobao agent payment methods. 42agent supports these main payment methods: 42agent Coin, PayPal, Western Union, MoneyGram, Bank Transfer, WebMoney, WeChat Pay, Ali Pay, etc. We highly recommend 42agent Coin, because it is easy to process and have no transaction fee. After you deposit money to your 42agent coin account, you can use them to pay for your orders directly. Really easy and convenient! Most of our customers use it as their main payment method. If you have not used it before but want to try, please refer to this page What is 42agentCoin. ^_^
Do you have a headache when search desired items from Taobao? I believe you go to the right place when you click into this blog. As a Taobao agent for over 5 years, 42agent has gathered some useful Taobao search tips, and we would like to share with you.
1. To most people, the biggest problem is the language. You know that Taobao is the biggest China shopping website, so the language is Chinese which most foreign people can’t read. So, begin to do Taobao search, it’s very necessary to install Google Chrome on your computer. It helps to translate Chinese to any of your desired language, then you can search items on Taobao English pages.
2. Check the the credibility of the seller, also called transaction reputation. When you see there are no comments feedback to this store yet, please reconsider before add it to your shopping cart. Because it means the seller doesn’t run the store well or it’s a new store. It is not safe to buy.
3. View the seller’s credit rating logo. This is important, because good taobao stores usually have higher credit rating. On the contrary, a bad or new seller usually has a low credit rating. You can compare the below images for the difference credit rating between the sellers.