Low prices, a huge variety of goods and free delivery – this is what online shopping feels like in Asia. Many Internet users have already tried some of the Asian online shopping platforms, but we can ensure you that there are even more options out there.
Any true shopping fan has to try purchasing something on Asian online-store at least once. By the way, a lot of the times the quality of goods is pretty high. Of course, there are a lot of copies of popular brands on the market. But at the same time, Koreans and Japanese, for example, produce original clothes according to their own designs.
If you have not yet experienced this kind of online shopping, this article is for you. We will present you a short overview of the top 6 Asian online stores offering thousands of different products from clothing and cosmetics to electronics and household appliances.
AliExpress is the largest, most popular and well-known trading platform in China. This is kind of a wholesale hypermarket, where you can find hundreds and hundreds of goods. AliExpress offers many different purchasing methods: you can buy items by piece, make a wholesale order or participate in an auction. Quality usually depends on a particular vendor, but there are no used things.
One of the biggest advantages of this platform is the ability to communicate directly with sellers and a special buyer protection system. The seller receives his money only when the buyer confirms the receipt of the order. If you are not happy with the purchase, you can start a dispute and get a refund or compensation in case of any defects or unfair trade. The only problem with AliExpress is delivery time, which is some cases may rich up to several months.
Assortment: smartphones, computers, electronics, home appliances, clothing, kids’ stuff, jewelry and watches, bags and shoes, car goods, beauty products, sports goods.
DinoDirect is a Chinese online shop well recognized by its funny dinosaur on the logo. The price policy is a bit higher compared to other Asian platforms, but the quality of goods is also better. In addition, sellers often enclose small gifts, samples, discount coupons and other little gifts into the package. In case of any issues, DinoDirect has an online English-speaking 24/7 support. DinoDirect also has its own customer club, where regular clients receive bonus points, discounts for express delivery and various goods for testing.
The platform has a huge variety of goods including products from well-known brands like Lenovo, Toshiba, Dell and others.
Assortment: cell phones, cameras, clothing, shoes, accessories, wedding apparel, jewelry, sporting goods, electronics, toys, beauty products.
Another large Asian online hypermarket with a variety of clothing, shoes, interior items and more goods updated every day. Prices are not the cheapest, but high-quality images and broad descriptions of the goods come in handy when making the order. LightInTheBox warehouses are located in the US and Europe. Unfortunately, there is no free delivery and the price depends on the region. But just like with goods, the store often offers discounts for shipping.
LightInTheBox supports several dozens of languages and currencies, but only PayPal is accepted for payment. The multilingual support service will resolve any issues or help with any question you have. In addition, there are both IOS and Android smartphone applications available for a better shopping experience.
Assortment: fashion items, jewelry, electronics, shoes, bags, wedding apparel and accessories, toys, sports and beauty products.
TomTop is an online shopping platform founded in 2004. In 2006 TomTop received a “Gold Supplier” award from Alibaba – one of the biggest e-commerce companies in the world.
The interface of the website is very similar to other Asian Internet stores. You can choose languages and currency of your preference. Prices are pretty low and the selection of goods seems to be endless. TomTop also allows sorting goods within certain price limits, for instance, up to $0.99 or $1.99 and so on.
Payments are made through PayPal. Some goods are marked as “free shipping” and in this case, the delivery is free worldwide. The company has several warehouses in China, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. If goods are in stock in the UK, buyers can order an express delivery via DHL.
Assortment: apparel, jewelry, electronics, home design, smart devices, toys, video and audio equipment, car accessories, beauty and health products, music instruments.
The name of this online store speaks for itself. Everything here is actually very cheap, especially if you consider the free international shipping. BuyInCoins is one of the favorite girls’ stores since there are a lot of fashion, clothing, jewelry and beauty items.
Unregistered users are only allowed to make payments through PayPal. But once you have authorized on the website feel free to choose other payment methods (including major credit cards). As mentioned earlier, the shipping is free worldwide by Hong Kong air mail, China post or Singapore post. Standard delivery takes approximately 7 to 21 business days. But if you want to receive your order faster there are express shipping options available for an additional cost.
Assortment: electronic gadgets, hair and beauty products, make-up, men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, shoes and jewelry, car accessories.
This Hong Kong online store was founded back in 2007 and nowadays is among the five top Asian retailers in terms of the number of goods offered. The website is translated into several languages including Russian, Arabic and Netherlands. Users are also able to select the preferred currency.
TinyDeal accepts various payment methods like PayPal, Western Union, Webmoney, QIWI, Ebanx, Visa/Master/Jcb credit card. Shipping is free worldwide, but delivery time may take up to 30 working days. Buyers can also choose an express delivery to speed up the process for an additional $10 to $40 depending on weight and dimensions of the parcel. The tracking number is provided for free only for orders over $33.
If the customer is unsatisfied with the received product, TinyDeal accepts returns within 5 days of receipt and offers a full refund or exchange. Notice, that if the defection is not the fault of a seller, the customer is required to cover shipping costs both ways.
Assortment: smartphones, smart devices, home decor, toys, video games, outdoor gear, sporting products, watches.