Amazon won't ship certain items to me in China.How do I get around that?
December 20, 2014 12:27 AM   Subscribe

There are certain items I cannot buy in China. So I tend to use Amazon for cases like this. But there are some items they refuse to ship to me here.

I buy my sneakers on amazon and zappos. The shipping cost hurts but size 13 or 14 in China is next to impossible to get. And recently I wanted to purchase a few Levis 501 from there because again, my size isn't exactly common here. But Amazon told me they cannot ship this item to me. I suppose that's a legal contract they have but I can't come to my friends yet again and ask them to repackage something. I feel that doing such would be a good way to lose friends, just like asking them to help you move too many times.

Is there a forwarding service that I may not know about? Any ideas?
posted by krautland to Travel & Transportation (8 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Pay a US based reshipping center.

Don't be surprised if the package ends up in a deep black hole. Few things are as unreliable as Chinese mail.
posted by yoyo_nyc at 12:29 AM on December 20, 2014 [2 favorites]

Best answer:
posted by yoyo_nyc at 12:31 AM on December 20, 2014 [3 favorites]

Best answer: is what I've used in Australia. Postage - like everything from the US - is not cheap, but they are generally very competitive with postage, if not best around, and the other fees can make it worthwhile for more expensive items. Choose DHL if you can.
posted by smoke at 2:16 AM on December 20, 2014

My relatives just ask people they know who are traveling to bring stuff back. AFAIK, that's the only truly reliable way. Then test your friend/relative to dinner and don't forget the favor.
posted by ethidda at 2:59 AM on December 20, 2014

Best answer: Here in Malaysia, my friends and I use HopShopGo.
posted by kryptos at 4:10 AM on December 20, 2014

Best answer: Malltail is very popular here in South Korea, for buying things from the US and Europe. Shipping is about 40% cheaper than DHL, Fedex, etc. They have as well, for the Chinese market.
posted by Xere at 4:32 AM on December 20, 2014 [1 favorite]

I haven't used it, but this is one I know of:
posted by Michele in California at 1:46 PM on December 20, 2014

Another happy customer here.
posted by Wolof at 6:02 PM on December 20, 2014

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