What’s the best way to ship from Taobao? We ordered some furniture and shipped them through Taobao, ezbuy, and ezShip for a shipping cost comparison!
Ever shopped on Taobao and find yourself in the furniture section? They have soooo many styles of furniture, including these Muji-style furniture from Zomo that don’t cost a bomb. Taobao’s furniture catalogue is way bigger than what IKEA could ever hope to offer, and you might just be tempted to hit “add to cart”.
But wait – how are we gonna ship this to Singapore?
To help you out, we went ahead and ordered some wooden stools from Zomo furniture using three different shipping methods:
- Using Taobao’s direct shipping service
- Using ezShip’s freight forwarding service
- Using ezbuy as an “buy-for-me” shipping service
Check out the table below for a comparison of how much each stool was, and how long it took to arrive.
Note that ezShip and ezbuy were running a 15% and 20% shipping promotion respectively during the time of purchase, hence the lowered shipping costs. We’ll explain more in detail in the shipping section below!
How Much is The Stool From Taobao?
The stool is about ¥293.02 (~S$55.73) on Taobao, with a ¥20 discount applied during a Taobao sale. The same product was also listed at the same price of ¥293.02 (~S$55.73) when using ezbuy. However, when checking out on ezbuy, the price suddenly became S$63.70 instead.
“Wait… why is ezbuy more expensive?” is exactly the same question we had. Upon digging, we found the fine print that says that ezbuy tacks on an 8% fee every time you use them to buy something.
I did a little more digging and did my own calculations. If we follow the above mentioned price of ¥293.02 (~S$55.73) on the screenshot, and tacked on the 8% fee that ezbuy charges, the price should be ~S$60.20 and not S$63.70. What am I missing here?
One plausible explanation for the price increase could be DCC, or Dynamic Currency Conversion, which is a service that merchants use to convert the local currency amount to SGD on your behalf. We’ve actually written a whole guide on what DCC is, how it works and most importantly, how much extra you’ll end up paying because of DCC.
How Much is The Shipping Fee For The Stools?
Furniture is usually shipped by sea because of its size and cost. In the odd, rare occasion that it’s small enough to fit on a plane, it will be exorbitantly expensive because it takes up so much space, relative to other freight in the plane.
This is a phenomenon that we’ve explained in our volumetric versus actual weight shipping guide, including a very easy to understand analogy of how volumetric shipping works using a bag of potato chips!
|ezShip||S$29.13||After 15% off sea shipping promo, S$34.72 before discount|
|ezbuy||S$25.30||After 20% off sea shipping promo, S$31.63 before discount|
Note: During the time of our purchase, ezShip was running a limited 15% off sea shipping promo, while ezbuy was running a limited 20% off sea shipping promo. Hence, the shipping prices for both ezbuy and ezShip became cheaper than Taobao.
During usual times without the promotions, ezShip would have been more expensive than Taobao, and ezbuy would have been only S$2.29 cheaper than Taobao.
How Long Did The Stools Take to Arrive?
If shipping time were an animal, it’d be a cat, because it’s so fickle and what you get on one day, may not be the case for another. That being said, we made all of the orders on the same day, and at the same time for fair comparison.
Note: Our other ezbuy purchases got merged together into one shipping order and we couldn’t separate the stool to ship alone. We had to contact their customer service for assistance, which took a few days to resolve. This actually added to the long shipping duration.
Ok, So Which Shipping Method I Should Use to Ship Furniture From Taobao?
That’s the big question. Each service has its pros and cons, and it depends on what type of service and speed you’re looking for!
If You Want Your Items ASAP… Use Taobao’s Direct Shipping
By using Taobao’s direct shipping, you get:
- A faster shipping time (a week faster than the rest)
- A seamless and direct shipping process
If you need more help with Taobao, these comprehensive Taobao guides (with English translations) will transform you into a Taobao pro in no time!
- How to Buy From Taobao: Shopping Guide
- How to Ship From Taobao: Shipping Guide
- How to Reverse Image Search on Taobao Guide
- How to Refund on Taobao Guide
- How to Navigate Taobao: Keywords Search Guide
- Is Taobao Really Cheaper with YouTrip?
If You Want Cheaper Shipping… Use ezShip’s Freight Forwarding Service
By using ezShip’s freight forwarding shipping, you get:
- A slightly cheaper shipping cost
- More opportunities for shipping discounts with their monthly shipping promotions
If you’re not too familiar with ezShip, you can also rely on our ezShip Shipping Guide to guide you along!
Buying Furniture From Taobao is Very Addictive!
I know see why they say Taobao is a rabbit hole. Once you start, you can never stop. The furniture selection is amazing, not to mention the great quality.
Even though Zomo has lots of rave reviews and has been on Taobao for more than 12 years, I was still very pleasantly surprised that the beautiful stools were nothing short of fantastic. Extremely sturdy, smooth, and a very subtle wood fragrance that’s actually not in the slightest pungent. (I’m looking at you, IKEA!)
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