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Hi all - on my quest for better and better bargains, the closer to the sourse you go the cheaper the product is. this led me from sites like gearbest to aliiexpress, which has been great till now, until i found Toaboa - the Chinese language Amazon/Alibaba, where you can purchase straight from the supplier.

unlike alibaba however, it seems much easier to buy single products than in bulk.

to help navigate the website and also order to US or Europe (im UK based) there are many "agents" available which provide a English search of TaoBao
they order the product for you and hold it in their local warehouse and then ship it out to you. they charge a fee for this and often a percentage of the products value too - but seems to be very reasonable

my question - is anyone out there used one of these agents - if so, are they reliable and trust worthy? are there better ways of ordering from TaoBao or should it be avoided?


some of what has led me to ask this Q - both have nh35
£60
Watch Analog watch Watch accessory Fashion accessory Jewellery

£100
Watch Analog watch Watch accessory Fashion accessory Strap

£70
Watch Analog watch Watch accessory Strap Fashion accessory

FYI some of the bigger agents (for UK anyway)
https://taobaoage.com/taobao-agent-uk
https://www.superbuy.com/
https://www.basetao.net/
 

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I used spreenow service once
You better add 15% to taobao price plus potential customs
Thats advantage over bay - difference in price minus any kind of guarantee/post sale service
Close to zero then
 

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The agents Superbuy and Spreenow seem to pop up a lot. There are plenty of guides online on how to order without an agent though.

The three watches you list are all by the same company operating under a different name - San Martin, LTM, HIMQ, Sharkey.

I recently ordered the 62MAS from the San Martin seller on Aliex. Pretty stunned at the value. Here is unsized on a $10 ebay bracelet.

Watch Analog watch Watch accessory Fashion accessory Jewellery
 

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www.joybuy.com is the global sales site for JD.com, the other big Chinese e-commerce site. Many times when I calculate in shipping and agent fees, AliExpress is a way better deal, but many brands that sell on TaoBao don't also offer their products on AliExpress. Also, when they have really good sales, sites like Gearbest or TomTop may offer much better prices than the big guys.

The problem with these TaoBao agents is that the right one for you can be a complex calculation. Their fee structures are all slightly different, and you average purchase price, and how often you need your basket of purchases shipped, can really effect your overall costs.
 
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