Ordering from Ebay International to the Philippines
I have to admit, I love shopping online! The convenience it gives to people like me who doesn't have the leisure to go out and spend hours looking for stuff to buy. But this doesn't mean I'm an expert when it comes to online shopping because I usually buy from trusted websites and I shop on local sites.
But I finally took the plunge and ordered something from Ebay International even though I was hesitant because of the high customs tax implemented in the country. I opt to order something not expensive so that if it do not make it to my doorsteps, I wouldn't mind the amount wasted.
It was November 26, 2012 when I ordered a Nikon P7100 Leather Camera Case (photo above) from a seller based in Hong Kong, I was actually looking for this case here in the local market but no luck. It is priced at 8.30USD plus 6.00USD shipping fee making a grand total of 14.30USD, it was around 600php when converted to peso, so not bad. After checking feedbacks from other customers, I made a conclusion that She is a legitimate seller.
So I paid via Paypal and went along my normal routine at work, the following day an email came from the seller confirming my order as well as a link to the tracking number located in my Ebay account, I really thought it would take longer. I then tracked my package via Hong Kong post's website, luckily it's in English and up to date.
As I remember, it took around 3 days after the posting of the package for it to move to another office in Hong Kong, a couple of days after, it was ready for departure to destination country already! Yay!
The new week came, Monday. I tracked my package and got notified that it already arrived in the destination country, now this is the tricky part as I track the package now via PhilPost's website which is now sporting a nice look by the way.
I was actually expecting a very very slow process from PhilPost's side as what I've read from other blogs and reviews, but surprisingly, with their new website comes a more updated tracking update. I was actually able to track my package as it moves, complete with time stamp.
My package was passed to several offices, until it stopped in the customs office, this is the part where you'll know if it'll be stuck there and you need to march on down to Pasay office and face customs for... wait for it... TAX + Other Payments! Eek! I dread going to that place. Luckily, it passed customs after a couple of days and when on to another office, and finally made the last stop -- En route to Delivery office, which I presume that time is my local post office, it was dated December 10th.
After another week, I finally got the claim card from our friendly postman and I went to the local post office. Since I know the process already, I prepared 40php postal fee and my postal ID. Claiming from Quezon City Post Office was and always a breeze, I just sign in their logbook, pay 40php and wait for my package. Heck, customs officer didn't opened the package in front of me and just handed it over to me.
Finally after less than a month, I finally got my package all safe and perfect! Ordered November 27, 2012 and arrived December 17th, not bad if you think about it. The seller actually marked the package as a gift, maybe She knows the process here in the country (?).
The package is in good shape, the seller even sent a nice free cleaner cloth. It perfectly fits my camera and is exactly what the ad posted, I'm really satisfied and planning to buy other stuff for my camera soon. :)
Hope this helps those who are a little hesitant to order from international sellers. If you have negative or positive experiences with ordering from Ebay International, feel free to comment below so that other readers can get an idea when buying first time from Ebay International. :)
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