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Reliable taobao agent?

Discussion in 'Ebay' started by Polluxo, Aug 10, 2010.

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  1. Polluxo

    Polluxo Newbie

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    Can anyone refer me to a reliable taobao agent or a website for this service?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. eBayMafia

    eBayMafia BANNED BANNED

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    Ha, good luck! Best if you have a family member who lives in China. Not trying to discourage you.

    Most TaoBao agents don't work out very well, or for long.

    Here's some reasons:

    They charge a percentage, mostly 10% of the total price. This isn't so bad, but keep in mind, the majority of the prices on TaoBao are high because it's at a price to be haggled, much like cars. They won't haggle for you, and if they do, it might just but a tiny bit. Say you find something for $20 USD, well, they could probably haggle it down to $14 USD, but the agent will tell you they could only get $19 USD. Remember, you are paying an extra 10%, so you aren't really getting a deal.

    Most TaoBao Agents have no clue on how shipping really works, and force you to use EMS. EMS is great and all, they are one of the most expensive shipping carriers in Asia however. The reason they love EMS is because the carrier comes to their house to pick the item up, and because they get a percentage off from larger agents. They will say they can get you 40% off which is the most common, but in actuality, they themselves are getting 60% off. This is a big deal, because EMS charges are rounded up. Most have no capabilities of shipping beyond small items. Say you want to buy 20 pairs of shoes (with boxes) for resale, they can't ship it because EMS won't ship beyond 20kg. So, you kind of cap out. If you want to buy bulk, you will have to divide up your shipments which is expensive when an actual agent can ship your goods via Airmail for .04 - .08 USD per gram and guarantee it goes through customs.

    There's no guarantee they won't just keep your goods. It happens ALL the time. A guy I knew was dead set on buying these keyboards from China using YoyBuy and he spent over 2 grand on them, knowing he could make a good profit selling them in the U.S. - They bought them, and later we found out he just resold them on TaoBao and never sent them. I've heard the same from TaoBaoBuy too.

    PayPal in China is a joke, because Chinese Banking is a joke. You can be scammed by someone, and they will close their account and open up a new one within minutes. It's a faceless transaction, and all of their problems can be solved by blocking you.

    The number one problem. Many TaoBao Agents themselves get scammed. What happens is, someone in the U.S. will send them money (usually through a credit card) and have someone buy them the goods on TaoBao, then the items are sent to them. The the person in the U.S. will then do a chargeback, which PayPal bends over for, and withdrawals all of the funds from the Chinese account, making their PayPal account negative, and draining funds from their actual bank account. Person keeps the goods, and keeps the money. Now the person in China is using a flagged account with a big negative balance they can't pay off. So, you pay someone using your own PayPal account, you will get flagged as well. Next you know, your PayPal account is limited.
     
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  3. Polluxo

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    Sounds brutal. In that case, what do I need to order from taobao myself? A chinese credit card?
     
  4. peglegtrading

    peglegtrading Junior Member

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    I have an office in China for my wholesale business and have kids lining up to run my ebay accounts. What kinds of products do you need?
     
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  5. jaspert

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    Hello,

    i have also been searching for a good taobao agent, however buyintaobao seems reliable and cheap.

    Some offer low percentages but high shipping costs with this one you get a fair deal. With great deals on taobao you will be bound to order many nice items.

    Because china remains cheap and you can buy in taobao many different things.

    Any other suggestions?
     
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    CharmBuy is the most reliable and helpful Taobao agent . they have worked as agent for about 2 years, and helped thousands of friends to buy cheap and good items from taobao.
     
  7. johnzhang

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    you can PM me! thanks
     
  8. Hermz

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    Hi, I am base in Hk. A supplier/dropshipper for all sort of things. Got tons of experience with Taoboa. Send me details of the item you want and I will find the best deal for you. And at the end, I will just take a percentage!
    Still too new to leave any PM.
    So PM me with your email and we can talk.
     
  9. day2dayluvshopaholic

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    You must browse through and search for reliable agent. you can go here he most secure online shopping store+Taobao Agent with FREE local delivery. This is a good service, effiecient and reliable agent.
     
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    Give me some details. see what can i help
    i got trade partners in HK and China
     
  11. ebaytopratedseller

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    Hi, I've partners in China for car accessory (wheel center cap/cap sticker/emblem sticker), tablet, LED products, so you can drop me a message with your contact, so I can come back to you.
     
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    i can arrange to buy from Taobao and even help you to source the same for a lower price, i can even take paypal if paypal fees are being taken care of

    Let me know if some one needs my services

    Thank you!

    Sudhir
     
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    i will need help for buying products on toabao
     
  14. Hermz

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    I can help you with Taobao. Leave me a msg
     
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  15. neil213

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    Has anyone on this thread found a reliable taobao agent yet? What about Charmbuy? Anyone used him yet? Thanks in advance.
     
  16. Gannon

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    Of course, the agents themselves are in full effect, but customers/middle-men with a reliable agent aren't going to give up their connect, so lets use this thread as a forum to discuss our experiences dealing with agents until we find some consistency.
     
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    I have been working with taobaoring for long, and I think they are very honest, that's why i don't want to change. when there is discount on my items, they will tell me and charge me less. When my items arrive at their office, they will take picture for me and email me. their service fee is also reasonable, so i feel lucky to find them.
     
  18. strongwind

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    Well, most taobao agents need you to pay twice:
    1. first payment on products and domestic shipping
    2. commission and oversea shipping.
    But I think that's not profit. If the product comes very heavy and costs too much on shipping, it may a little difficult to cancel order and get a refund.
    but while we use another service 'mistertao', we only pay after knowing all the cost.
    Simply by:
    -1.create order
    -2.wait them to assess products and estimate weight
    -3.check out if price is ok.
    -4.they get products and send you them.

    As payment is sent via paypal, I think it is much safer to buy taobao through them. they also take pictures of products. If wrong or defective products in pictures, you may cancel order and get a refund.
     
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    So how does sourcing on Taobao differ from sourcing on Aliexpress? The language is different of course, but what about prices?
     
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