In our previous article Step-by-step tutorial on How to Shop at Taobao >>> we got quite a few questions asking how Global Consolidation and Shipping actually works. So, we decided to do a Part 2 continuation to our Step-By-Step Taobao Tutorial specifically to address your question !
Previously in part 1, we used Global Direct Shipping to ship our item. Now, we’ve chosen another alternative, Global Consolidation and Shipping to illustrate the process. We recommend this if you are buying 2 or more items from Taobao.
To illustrate the Global Consolidating and Shipping process in this article, we bought a total of 2 items.
Do read Part 1 of our Step-by-step tutorial on How to Shop at Taobao >> for a clearer idea before you read this article.
1. Order Details
First, choose the item that you wish to purchase. You can either a) buy all the products that you want from different shop vendors in one go, or alternatively b) pay for one item first, continue to shop, and pay for the other items you want at a later date.
For both scenarios, you will still be able to consolidate your parcels for shipping to your destination address. (Do make sure to not take more than 20 days to do so, as you will be charged storage fees after 20 days !)
2. Choosing your preferred shipping method
Parcel forwarding charges are as shown and will be charged separately after it has reached the warehouse. You would then have to pay a second payment after consolidation.
We chose 4PX, one of the options under “Global Consolidate and Shipping”, as it has the highest service rating of 94.55%. They have also collaborated with our local courier Singpost and POPStation to ensure that you will receive your parcel on time.
If you’re planning to continue shopping and to buy more items later on, make sure to choose the “Global Consolidate and Shipping” option and to choose the same courier company each time to be able to consolidate your different purchases.
You will see later on in Step 4 – Shipping & Consolidation on how you will be able to receive timely updates on your parcel(s).
3. Making the first payment
First payment: Product cost + Domestic shipping fee (to warehouse)
Enter your credit card details and click confirm payment. This payment phase is for your product + domestic shipping fees to the China consolidation warehouse.
4. Consolidation & Shipping
You can log into your Taobao account to check on the status of your parcels. Here you can see that the warehouse is still waiting for the goods to arrive.
Once the parcels have arrived at the warehouse, the status will then change to “warehouse has received the goods”:
You will be prompted with this text message above sent by 4PX. Depending on how many items you’ve ordered, they will send you text messages when your Taobao order has arrived at the warehouse. Since we ordered two items, we waited for both items to reach the warehouse before paying for the shipping costs.
5. Making the second payment
Once all the parcels you wish to consolidate has arrived at the warehouse, click on “Click here to consolidate items”
Second payment: International shipping fee (from China to overseas destination address)
*This fee will be paid directly to the courier company that you’ve chosen i.e 4PX
Once you’ve clicked on the “Consolidate Items” button, the warehouse will consolidate, repackage and calculate the final shipping price. You will then be prompted to make the second payment.
Click the button and complete your order for parcel forwarding and you would be able to receive your products within 3-6 working days.
6. Receiving your parcel (doorstep delivery)
Singpost will also notify you on the day where your parcel will be delivered to you via text message as well. This is to ensure that you have someone or yourself to acknowledge the receipt.
True enough, we received our parcel at around 1pm!
We hope we cleared most of your Taobao doubts and queries! However, should you have any other questions that our post didn’t cover, feel free to drop us a comment below. Alternatively, you can check out our Part 1 article The Step-by-Step Tutorial on How to Shop on Taobao >>> for other information!
Happy shopping! 🙂
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