I’ve learned that everything in China is pretty much the same. At every level the fundamental values are for the most part equal. So if you do business with a store face to face, the same problems your going to have if you do business online.
Bring in China’s Ebay. Taobao. A nice little getup full of hundred or thousands of little online store. In contrast to Ebay which was, maybe not anymore, full of individual sellers. Things here are cheap. Which is awesome. But that comes at a cost.
I started to get back into RC Vehicles. I always wanted a helicopter so I bought one. Of course I crashed it and need some parts. In my quest for parts I came across Taobao. I’d seen some hop ups on there and decided to trick the bad girl out with some carbon fiber and purple aluminum. Every kids dream.
I ordered a ton of junk from 4 different stores. If all came at different times. Everything went ok. But the last thing I ordered. The carbon fiber frame. The shipping guy came and I opened the box to peer inside. It was the correct item, however, I didn’t look any further. Big mistake.
Upon further inspection inside my cozy little apartment I noticed that a part was broken. Not good. I wasn’t happy. I waited over a week for this gem to arrive and now I have a broken part. I talked to my friend who is helping me. She stated that since I signed for it, I basically told the shipping company that everything was ok. We talked with the seller. I sent awesome photos. The seller tried to talk to the shipping company, at least that’s what he said. The shipping company said he signed so we are not going to do anything.
We were in the process of trying to get another part in replacement of the broken one when I opened the package. I noticed that all the pieces weren’t there. Odd. We contacted the seller again, but they said we signed with the shipping company. They’re reasoning, well, the shipping company broke one part and could of stolen another, since you signed you basically agreed that everything was there and not broke.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME.
Since I signed and didn’t count all 50 pieces through the plastic wrapping your telling me too bad. I can’t wrap my head around this. The seller is “contacting” the factory to find out why a part was missing.
My guess, this was used, stolen, or something. It’s been collecting dust for years, they dumped it off on me and hoped that I wouldn’t know my ass from my mouth. Since I signed that damn piece of paper, from the shipping company not the seller, they’re off the hook.
This brings me the the fact that it doesn’t matter where you buy things, online, in person, what have you. Some people are honest. Some will try to sell you used, broken, part missing things and hopes that you sign that slip from the shipping company. Because if you do you have no recourse.
All I can hope is that this seller gets me a new part that’s not broke and also the missing part. If not, well, I’m out a little money.
On another side note. Whenever you ask someone if they have something they will say yes. I don’t know if it’s a face thing. Maybe they want to have everything and make money, maybe they don’t want the embarresment of not having something. Yeah we got that, and then they take off for ten minutes to find it, or call they’re distributor to see if they can get it. I say this because half of the things I first wanted to order on Taobao, were there online, but when it came time to buy them, nope sorry we don’t have that. THEN DELETE YOUR EFFING LISTING YOU IDIOT. Nope can’t do that either. Oh the thought process sometimes.
Things work differently here for sure. Once someone has your money, come hell or high water, they will not give it back. EVER. This translates to all business here. A ten dollar part or a million dollar deal. Cover you bases before you pay.
And for goodness sake, check, count, inspect every damn part that’s inside the box the shipping company gives you. If anything is out of order, don’t sign.