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Offline Sporty

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Ordering electronics from China
« on: June 18, 2013, 04:20:24 PM »
Hi guys,I have a question.I'm planning on ordering some computer parts and accessories from aliexpress.com in China.Has anybody experience ordering from China and can tell me about the costs and procedures of Thai customs for imports like that?
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Ordering electronics from China
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2013, 04:37:01 PM »
Hi Sporty,

welcome to the forum!

Don't have any experience myself ordering from China, a friend of mine does. He says he only has to pay 7 baht to the postman per parcel for handling. I ordered once a small adapter from Hongkong, and that didn't cost any customs or handling fees at all.

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Offline thaiga

Re: Ordering electronics from China
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2013, 04:41:32 PM »

Sorry sporty cant help on that one but welcome  to the forum 
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Offline negrita

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Re: Ordering electronics from China
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2013, 12:59:11 PM »
I just tried to order an alarm system through Aliexpress and here is my story:

Placed an order using my UK credit card (as far as I know they don't use paypal) for delivery to Thai address. Explained in the notes that I was working in thaiand so the delivery address was not the same as the card address.

Order accepted and confirmation email received.

next day received another email saying the order had been cancelled 'for security reasons'. I phoned my card company (isn't Skype wonderful) who confirmed the transaction had been approved by them.

In the email from Aliexpress (allegedly - you just never know for sure about these things) there was a link to reinstate the order by giving them more information. I sent them a copy of my passport and of my Thai work permit.

A couple of days later I received another email saying that the info I had sent was insufficient and that they needed a copy of the front of my credit card and of a statement. Apart from the fact that my credit card is with an inet bank and the online statements don't show my address and that they already had the credit card number with the order I decided that enough personal information had been given and told them if what I had sent wasn't enough to forget it.

I still keep getting automated emails asking for me to validate the details which I reply to in increasingly strong language telling them to go away.

Some points to note about Aliexpress.

It was impossible to cancel the order I had placed and which was in limbo due to non payment due to their suspension 'for security reasons'. I understand the order is 'automatically' cancelled if payment is not made in 16 days.

It was impossible to contact them even by email except when they contacted me to ask for more info.

Their help and FAQs system invariably sent you round in circles and often ended up with a response saying your inquiry cannot be answered here!!!

I'm afraid I do not like their business model which seems to be ' you are the customer and we'd prefer just to take your order not not actually have any other contact with you UNLESS we initiate it.'

I wish you luck with Aliexpress, for me, I'm going to order through ebay where I have a paypal account - it may cost a bit more but it's a lot less hassle!

And finally, last year I ordered a 60 gig samsung 2" drive through ebay which was shipped from China with absolutely no problems (and no duty).

I also buy my varifocal transition prescription glasses from Hong Kong (half the price of Thailand) again no problems.
 

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Re: Ordering electronics from China
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2013, 05:10:17 PM »
Thanks negrita,that is good to know about the credit card and the home address.So I won't be trying. :)
 

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Re: Ordering electronics from China
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2013, 05:55:08 PM »
Hi Sporty,

No problem that was only my experience other members might have had different ones.

But if you are looking for Computer stuff Ebay is good - just make sure you search for sources in Asia which is possible once you've entered what you are looking for.
 

 



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