Tips to Chosse a Good Taoabao Agent
Posted by: Lovelysydney
Date: September 08, 2011 05:07AM
Now buying from China’s online shops becomes more and more popular. Then how to choose a good taobao agent? Here are some simple tips, maybe will be your help. Just be aware that there are several agents name in these tips, but for sure they are not for advertisement, just listed them here for examples.
1.Check the agent’s time of establishment. Usually, the longer the website is established, the more professional the agent will be. If the agent has more than three years’ experience in serving customers, you can trust them in packing and delivering your parcels.
2.Service fee is always an important part of your Chinese online shopping. Some agents charge 8% of items cost and domestic delivering fee, such as Taobaoring.com. Some charge 10%, like youbuy.com. I would suggest you using agents with cheap service fee, because there is an old saying in China that “small profits but quick turnover”, which means Low profits can draw more clients. The more clients they have, they more experienced they are.
3. Choose agents who can accept the payment of Paypal. This is the most popular, most quick and most safe payment for international purchasing. Usually, agents may charge a 4% as the transaction fee, but that’s normal, because when these agents draw money from the bank, their banks may charge them more. Just remember that finance safety should always come first.
4.Check the working time of the agent. Some agents work from Monday to Friday, others may work from Monday to Saturday, even Sunday. I suggest you use the latter ones. If they work for longer hours, they can deal with you order much earlier.
5. Place an order and see if they reply you within 24 hours. If an agent doesn’t reply you more than two days, probably they have stopped their service, and you should pay more caution to this.
6.Another part about fee is the international delivering fee. EMS is the cheapest method, for its high discount shipping rates. Usually, you can get discount at least 40% off the standard rates. If an agent cannot give you discount up to 40%, I suggest you change for another one. The EMS discount can really save lots of money for you.
7. If you do not know how to choose items from Taobao.com because you are busy or because of the language barrier, you can choose those agents which can help you do it for you. Up until now, there are several Taobao agents offer this service for free, Taobaoring.com, taobaofoucs.com, etc.
8. Choose those agents who offer online help, such as MSN or QQ, but pay attention to their office hour. Online help is much more efficient and easier than offline help.