Anonymous asked: i really want to buy cute clothes possibly shoes (not sure though because of the weight) from taobao but i haven't because i'm worried the shipping will end up being $100, do you have an advice of clarity for me?
I would say definitely keep on eye on the weight like you’ve been doing! Some times it helps to break down all the you want to buy into multiple orders through your shopping services. Last time I ordered from taobao (through a service) I could get one package shipped to me for $120, or two packages shipped me that added up to $80. It’s super hard not to pay ridiculous shipping charges (depending on where you live) really! You think taobao is so inexpensive but to actually get the stuff to you is more money than you want to lay down. But to help, try also not to buy any bulky items that take up space too (like umbrellas).
It’s best to contact the shopping service you’re using first, and ask about different shipping methods, they might know ways they can send you out the package for less.
I don’t know how many items you plan on buying but I was able to buy one time about 3 tops, 3 bottoms, 6 pairs of tights and TWO pairs of shoes, a parka, and misc accessories, and the shipping was about $93 from China to the US, just to give you an idea of weigh+distance=shipping. I was not hit with any custom charges either.
-keep the weight low
-keep the size small
-possibly break order into multiple shipments
-ask shopping service for help with trimming down shipping cost