With Taobao Southeast Asia (sea.taobao.com) launched with forwarding agents delivering to Singapore and Malaysia, I’ve decided to give it a try since I have no problem reading Chinese.
The site provided a comprehensive guide on how to register your address with the forwarding agent. Signing up with Alipay.com to pay with my VISA/MasterCard is also a breeze since the sign-up is linked with the membership registration.
After signing up for the member on sea.taobao.com and choosing 4PX as my forwarding agent back to Singapore. I can now proceed with the real shopping!
Having always wanted to try working with remote flash triggers and a secondary flash, hence decided to place order for the Yongnuo YN560-III Speedlite and the Yongnuo RF-603 N1 wireless transceivers.
The cost of the Yongnuo YN560-III cost 343 CNY inclusive of 10 CNY delivery cost (SGD 74.33). The Yongnuo RF-603N1 cost 151 CNY inclusive of 8 CNY delivery cost (SGD 32.72).
You will be sent an SMS when the order arrived at the forwarding agent warehouse.
Finally, wait for the SMS from your forwarding agent when the packages are in Singapore ready to deliver to your doorsteps!
After receiving your orders. Remember to proceed to the website to confirm the delivery. After confirmation of the delivery on taobao.com website, Alipay will then be trigger to pay the seller the outstanding amount of the order. Likewise for the forwarding agent delivery fee back, do remember to “confirm delivery” to trigger Alipay to pay up any outstanding payment!
Summary of the actual cost after the bank’s credit card exchange rate:
Cost of the Yongnuo RF-603 N1:
151 CNY (SGD 37.82 => SGD 32.72 + SGD 5.10 4PX forwarding fee)
Cost of the Yongnuo YN560-III:
343 CNY (SGD 79.43 => SGD 74.33 + SGD 5.10 4PX forwarding fee)
All in all my order placed on November 15 was delivered to me via the forwarding agent on November 27. I am quite satisfy with the speed of the delivery which is less than 2 weeks from the day my orders were placed.