What is Taobao Global Direct Shipping? How to Ship Directly Without Taobao Agent? Watch this to find out
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Hi there, welcome back, this is video 5, how to save on shipping using Taobao Global Direct Shipping. If you have not, click here to watch the previous video, on how to talk to the sellers and install the Aliwangwang software and what to ask.
Ok now that you have put all your items in the cart, it's time to select shipping. Which one should you choose? But don't worry, we will tell you the easiest way. Generally, there are three ways to get the items shipped. There are the easy methods, and there are the advanced methods. However, we are not going to overwhelm the beginner and we are going to keep this short and sweet. Therefore, we are not going to cover other methods in this video.
If you are still a beginner, and just want to buy something small like clothes, books or accessories, our recommended shipping method is the Taobao Global Direct Shipping. And I will tell you why later.
So what is this shipping method? It's a service to ship directly to your Singapore or Malaysia address. So these are the two options that are available to you when you check out and this is how it works.
In the past, we don't have the Taobao Global Direct Shipping option, and we will have to ship to the forwarder separately. The forwarder will then calculate the cost of the items and give us a price. Then, we pay the shipping fee, and they will consolidate for us and ship it for us. But now it's much much easier, you just need to pay the shipping upfront, and all your items will be automatically consolidated for you. Like this! So this is why we recommend it for beginners because it's much easier.
Secondly, you know the shipping cost before you pay. And this is how it looks like . There are two components to this. There is the domestic shipping cost and the international shipping cost.
So which is cheaper? This is something that everyone is asking, but frankly, it depends. There are mixed reviews online and you can find different accounts of different people having different experiences with different shipping methods. The only way to really find out is to ship the same items through both of the channels and see which one is cheaper. Therefore we don't know for sure. But what we do know is that if you use Taobao Global Direct Shipping, you can probably ship a few more items without increasing the price of shipping. And let me show you how.
Ok so this is my shopping cart and I'm going to show you how to check the price of shipping. So just click that to select all, click the orange button below which is calculate, and you will see the direct shipping cost right here. If you choose to ship by this option, this price will be added to your bill right now and there will be no more additional shipping charges.
So now I'm going to show you how you can maximise your shipping. So I'm going to add one more item and I will go to Shopback to search for it. We are just going to add a random item to show you how does the shipping works. So as you can see, price is the same just now, so instead of shipping 3 items for 44 yuan, I'm shipping 4 items for 44 yuan. At the moment, we don't know how Taobao calculates this shipping cost.
Therefore the strategy is to squeeze as many items as you can in your shopping cart without increasing the price. And that's where you get the best price. So if you are a beginner, and you don't want too much hassle, and you don't mind the slight difference in pricing, the Taobao Global Direct Shipping option is good enough for you.
And now I will just go through the checking out process with you. So these are the purchases I have made a few days ago, so once you are ready, click the red button to check out. And you can either pay by Master, Visa, or E-nets. Frankly, I have not used E-nets, but I have heard many good things about it. I chose to pay by Master, and in here you can key in all your details just like any credit card transaction. What I really like about it, there is this one time password that is sent to your phone, which makes it more secure. So key in the one time password and done.
So far all my items using the Global Direct Shipping option have reached me and I can show you. As you can see, it was shipped on the 13 of Aug, and I received it on the 21 Aug. Therefore, if you are a beginner, we recommend you to use this option because it is very easy to use. And that's it for the Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Taobao.