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Offline Crashedapp

Online Shopping With Shipping To Korat
« on: August 11, 2016, 08:33:56 PM »
I was curious if you can use websites such as Amazon or Ebay and have items shipped to a residence in Korat?

What is the experience like?
Do you have to deal with customs?
Are things delivered via a large carrier such as FedEx/UPS etc?

Is there Thai or Asia specific websites that are more popular.

Thanks for any help. I will be back in the area in December and wanted to know what to expect.
 
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Online Shopping With Shipping To Korat
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2016, 09:24:00 PM »
Yes, works fine! All you gotta be aware of, when ordering from abroad, are the customs and/or tax on your items. In Thailand just use http://www.lazada.co.th and pay with your debit card from your Thai bank account or CoD. They deliver to your door by parcel service (Kerry Express et al.). Amazon I have never used, but Ebay has quite a lot of bargains from other Asian countries, mainly China. They send by mail, and you pay with either your credit card or Paypal, which you can set up to debit to your account in Europe or wherever. Until now I had to pay VAT (7%) just once, when I ordered a camera from Japan. On the bill it said, tax was due for item values higher than 1.500 THB. For electronics from China or HK I never had to pay customs or VAT, even if the value was far higher.
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Offline Baby Farts

Re: Online Shopping With Shipping To Korat
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2016, 03:30:47 PM »
I was curious if you can use websites such as Amazon or Ebay and have items shipped to a residence in Korat?

What is the experience like?
Do you have to deal with customs?
Are things delivered via a large carrier such as FedEx/UPS etc?

Is there Thai or Asia specific websites that are more popular.

Thanks for any help. I will be back in the area in December and wanted to know what to expect.


I order a lot of stuff from both ebay and Amazon.  It is very rare to find that Amazon vendors ship to Thailand.  What I use is a mail forwarding service usgobuy.

www.usgobuy.com

The service is free and they offer several shipping options with various carriers. Basically, you are assigned a P.O box in Oregon.  When you order something, you have it shipped to that address.  When it arrives, you are notified and tell them where to ship your items to, eg, Thailand.  You are offered a choice of several carriers, DHL, USPS, Fedex, UPS. The shipping costs THEY pay is a lot less than what the normal shipping you and I would have to pay.  That's how they make their profit, which is fine by me because I couldn't get that discounted commercial shipping rate anyway.  In other words, I'm paying what the rate as if the product were to be shipped to me directly.  They have some kind of special deal with the carriers.

As far as customs....well, that's a 50/50 thing.  If you use the post office, chances are, they'll hit you up.  I like usgobuy because it allows me to declare a value on the goods, which you need to keep under 25.00 dollars, because anything over than that, you're going to get taxed on. If you find a shipper who will ship to you direct, he will declare the value of the goods and you'll get taxed.  This is why I like usgobuy.  They allow ME to declare the value.
 
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Offline Baby Farts

Re: Online Shopping With Shipping To Korat
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2016, 07:54:52 AM »
Just this week, I had an order arrive...Nike Tennis head bands, tennis strings, and some other Nike stuff.  Well, tennis-warehouse cannot ship these items to Thailand, because Nike doesn't allow them to...some kind of specialty of certain items that are supposed to be sold in the USA only. The order came out to 123.00 US dollars.  Tennis-warehouse shipped it to my Oregon Usgobuy address for free (usually free shipping if within the US). A 24.00 dollar value was declared. I use DHL and Fedex.  When it arrived, no VAT to pay or any other hidden import charges. Shipping was around 27.00 dollars, which is what I'd have to pay if tennis-warehouse were able to ship to me direct. It arrived five days later.  Two days to Oregon then five to Thailand isn't a bad deal.

Tennis stuff is for my son who is an avid player who plays on the Thai circuit.  A few weeks ago he ousted the number one and number two seeded players for his age group in Bangkok and took home first place.  It was great! These kids were also ranked higher than him, but he skunked them pretty bad on the court, some sets where his opponent didn't win a single game.  This was a huge tournament put on by Singha.  You should've seen the look on the parents' faces of the Thai kids who lost to him.  After taking a beating on the court, you can bet when the Thai kids got home, they got another beating, if you know what I mean. Priceless, because they thought their kids had the tournament in the bag.  Nobody knew who my son was, but he goes down there and kicks all of their asses. LOL. I should post a pic.  Let me think on that one.
 

Offline Crashedapp

Re: Online Shopping With Shipping To Korat
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2016, 09:26:09 AM »
Thanks so much for the great information Johnnie F and Baby Farts.

Never heard of Lazada - shipping keeps coming up for no additional fee to Korat even for larger items. I'm kinda surprised by that.

Thanks for the tip about usgobuy. Looks like a great solution. Last time I sent something by US mail it was $50 for a small package then another $20 for Customs when it arrived - totally not worth it.

I'm still figuring my way around Korat.
I did price comparisons between the Big C and Makro-mart vs. Walmart and Costco back in the states for fun. Seems like a wash except for variety and price of veggies is so much better in Thailand - I assume this is because people actually eat Vegetables  ;)

I also visited Save-One market where prices seemed similar to a Swap Meet back home.

I realize there are better places to buy fresh food in Korat than big box - still finding my way around and always looking for advice on things like Appliances, home furnishings etc..
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Online Shopping With Shipping To Korat
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2016, 10:43:51 AM »
Thanks so much for the great information Johnnie F and Baby Farts.

Never heard of Lazada - shipping keeps coming up for no additional fee to Korat even for larger items. I'm kinda surprised by that.

I think there is a minimum purchase amount of 300 THB for free shipping, otherwise you pay 50 THB. The delivery to me usually takes about 3 - 5 days, much faster than orders placed over Ebay. But you should compare the prices between both. The same products are sold at very different prices sometimes, though sent in both cases directly from the factory in China.

Lately I tend to order more over Lazada for their faster shipping of products in store in Thailand. Ebay sellers from Thailand are mainly for hard drives, but their prices are stiff.
Fun is the one thing that money can't buy
 

Offline Baby Farts

Re: Online Shopping With Shipping To Korat
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2016, 06:42:43 PM »
I've used Lazada too.  No problem at all.
 

 



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