Should I make purchases on Chinese Internet sites?
Every second person is familiar with Chinese online stores. But not everyone risks placing orders. There are a number of reasons for this: the money must be sent immediately, the parcels are sometimes lost, the delivery is long and so on. Photo: Depositphotos Despite this, millions of people around the world place orders for them regularly. For example, I have been a regular customer for the fifth year and want to share with you all the advantages and disadvantages of such cooperation. I will begin with the positive moments, which, it is worth noting – quite a few: Prices there are a couple of times lower than in the shops of the city. Huge selection of goods that will not leave anyone indifferent. You can find absolutely everything, and even more. There are many interesting things that are unique, because the Chinese know how to surprise. Most of the sites are Russified, and if not, then all communication on the site with the Chinese takes place in English, a dictionary to help – and there is no problem. Under most products there are real reviews of customers with photos, thanks to this you can see and make sure whether the item is of high quality. Shopping made in one click, everything is easy and simple. Many sites are in the phones, you can install the application, often through it even easier to order than from a computer. Photo: Depositphotos But despite these advantages, there are also disadvantages, for some they are significant, but in fact, not everything is so bad: Delivery from China can take about a month, it can be even longer. Often, all orders come to me within 20 days, but there are packages that I ordered in the summer, and they came in the winter. No one is immune from this. But if the delivery time has already expired, you can request a refund, and they will go back to the card within a week. It is difficult to guess with the size of the clothes, the size of the mesh is often not true to our reality, but, as mentioned above, there are customer reviews, and they often indicate such information. There are unscrupulous sellers – they do not send an order, they pull to the last and hope that you will not have time to open a dispute for a refund, so watch the time! It happens that the photo is not true. This is due to the fact that sellers are doing everything possible to sell, and they are not concerned about what the buyer will be, to put it mildly, shocked. Money should be sent immediately when ordering goods, that is what stops many. When I made my first order for half a dollar, I was sure that nothing would come to me, and what was my surprise when a month later I received a call from the post office. On some Chinese sites, the price is indicated for the thing itself, but the amount for delivery can be found only after the order, that is, it will be a surprise. Of course, the approximate price can be calculated, but it can be very different from the real one. However, there are also sites where there is free shipping worldwide for 95% of the goods. Probably everyone saw things on the Internet with delivery in 20-30 days, usually intermediaries indicate that the order comes from America, Korea, but rarely in fact it is. They accept money and place an order from the same Chinese online stores. So why overpay? If everything can be done independently. The only thing when ordering take into account all the pros and cons that we have sorted out above.