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A cheaper way to buy from China manufacturers
04 Feb 2020 (77 views)

I ordered a few samples of devices from manufacturers in China.

I was surprised that the shipping cost is very expensive, typically USD $80 per deliver. The fee to pay by PalPal is USD 15.

I found that I could ask the manufacturer to send the products to a vPost address in Shenzhen. From there, I could aggregate the items and get vPost to send them to Singapore.

I do not know the actual charges, but I suspect that it should be lower than USD $80. Furthermore, I could consolidate the purchases from a few manufacturers.

To avoid PayPal, I asked my friends to pay to the manufacturers using their WeChat accounts. I reimbursed them with PayNow.

However, this is troublesome for my friends. In the future, I will use DBS Remit. They do not charge any fee and the currency conversion rate is less than 1%. It is acceptable to me.

What did I order?

1) I ordered a digital lock for my main door. It can be opened with fingerprint, RFID card or a passcode. The price is USD 90. It is much cheaper than similar locks sold in Singapore

2) I ordered a cabinet lock that can be opened with a RFID tag. It can be used for lockers in a gym.

3) I ordered a long range RFID scanner. It can be used to read the RFID tags for people participating in a sports events or for packages under a logistic system.

4) I ordered an industrial tablet with a NFC reader. I want to try it out as a POS system that reads a NFC card for payment.
 


A cheaper way to buy from China manufacturers
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I ordered a few samples of devices from manufacturers in China.

I was surprised that the shipping cost is very expensive, typically USD $80 per deliver. The fee to pay by PalPal is USD 15.

I found that I could ask the manufacturer to send the products to a vPost address in Shenzhen. From there, I could aggregate the items and get vPost to send them to Singapore.

I do not know the actual charges, but I suspect that it should be lower than USD $80. Furthermore, I could consolidate the purchases from a few manufacturers.

To avoid PayPal, I asked my friends to pay to the manufacturers using their WeChat accounts. I reimbursed them with PayNow.

However, this is troublesome for my friends. In the future, I will use DBS Remit. They do not charge any fee and the currency conversion rate is less than 1%. It is acceptable to me.

What did I order?

1) I ordered a digital lock for my main door. It can be opened with fingerprint, RFID card or a passcode. The price is USD 90. It is much cheaper than similar locks sold in Singapore

2) I ordered a cabinet lock that can be opened with a RFID tag. It can be used for lockers in a gym.

3) I ordered a long range RFID scanner. It can be used to read the RFID tags for people participating in a sports events or for packages under a logistic system.

4) I ordered an industrial tablet with a NFC reader. I want to try it out as a POS system that reads a NFC card for payment.