Hello everyone! We are currently experiencing a high volume of orders as many of our customers are trying to get their orders in before the Chinese New Year holidays. Unfortunately, due to the holidays, many sellers have temporarily stopped dispatching orders to ensure timely delivery and customer satisfaction.
We apologize for any inconvenience and delays this may cause and kindly ask for your patience as we work to fulfil all orders as soon as possible. Please note that any orders placed at this time will not be shipped until after the Chinese New Year holidays.
In addition, please refrain from sending additional emails if you aren’t making changes to your order, and please try to keep all your orders in a single email. This is because each additional email you send pushes your email to the back of the queue.
Thank you for your understanding and patience during this busy period!
Hello! I hope everyone is having a good new year so far! I have 3 announcements to make:
(1) I’ve updated y Taiwan shopping service with a new service package with lower fees so shoppers have a more economical choice.
(2) Payments quoted and requested for all shopping services will be in USD from now on for increased transparency. The exception is for customers using Singapore-based payment platforms who may still pay in SGD.
(3) Chinese New Year is just around the corner and shipping services for Taiwan and China will be suspended from 18 January until the end of January to avoid a pile-up at customs. You may still place your orders but please understand if responses are slower during this festive season.
Thank you and Happy Chinese New Year to all who celebrate it!
The year-end season is upon us! This is a hectic period, so I apologise that myself and my proxies will not be able to process orders and check our emails as often as usual. From now until the first week of the new year, please allow us up to 3 working days to respond to each email. Unfortunately, we are unable to tend to urgent orders or time-critical holiday / Christmas sale offers.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuous support and trust in us. May you enjoy the rest of the year and look forward to a better 2023! Happy Holidays!
Update: 7 Dec 2022
Thanks for waiting! After dabbling with some new transaction platforms, my Taiwan shopping service is ready to accept new orders. There will be no changes to current payment methods. However, orders placed from today will be subject to the revised service fees stated on my Taiwan Shopping Service fee page as a result of increased platform payment fees. I apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Update: 10 Nov 2022
The bank is still unwilling to lift the limits to receive foreign funds. So I can’t accept new orders, as I have to reserve the limits for orders that are currently open with me.
In the meantime, my proxy and I are figuring out other ways to handle payments. Once we can establish a reliable payment method between the both of us, I’ll be able to accept new orders. But for now, I can’t process new orders anytime soon, so please consider looking for another shopping service. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Update: 3 Nov 2022
I’ve temporarily stopped accepting new orders for my Taiwan Shopping Service. Due to a recent surge in high-value orders, the bank is investigating the influx of foreign payments into the bank account and those foreign payments can’t be used until their investigation is complete. I’m not sure how long this will take, so I have to temporarily stop accepting new orders. Shipments will not be affected and all purchased items can be shipped out as per normal.
If you don’t mind waiting, you can still email me your order and I’ll get back to you once I’m able to make payments again. Sorry about the inconvenience caused!
Hey everyone, thought I’d make a pinned post here to inform everyone about my activity status, which some people came to associate with the recency of my blog posts. I don’t update the blog anymore since I realise I actually haven’t got time to blog regularly. This is still a side-hustle and I have another day job. But rest assured that I am checking my emails almost every day. If I’m on a break, it will be reflected on this page and I will set up an auto-reply as well. Thank you for reaching out and I always look forward to helping you with your orders.
Shipping restrictions and lockdowns have resulted in shipping delays, or even made it temporarily impossible to ship out parcels by air to certain countries. Fortunately, many warehouses have extended their free storage period, so you don’t have to worry about paying for storage if you happen to be one of those countries affected by border restrictions.
For my Taobao / China and Japan shopping service, non-perishable items can be stored for free for up to 6 months (180 days) from the time your purchase arrives at the warehouse. After 6 months, your purchases may be disposed of if shipping arrangements are not made.
For Taiwan shopping service, storage policies remain unchanged. There’s no charge for storage, and there isn’t a specific deadline for storage period, but the consolidation location is a residential house, not a warehouse. The faster you can have your items shipped, the better.
Hello friends, because Google is charging for workspace gmails (domain emails) from June, I’ve started to shift away from using it, and my new email address is firstname.lastname@example.org . I have not gotten around to personally informing everyone yet, but for those with open orders with me, I did not forget your order and you do not have to do anything except wait for my update. Of course, if you wish to contact me, you may use the new email address, and I will still be checking my old email until the day it shuts down.
Hello friends! I’m back from my hiatus! Actually, it feels like I never really went on hiatus, because despite my warning about an uptick in shipping issues, I continue to get requests from my regulars, who were very understanding and agreeable to switch to more reliable albeit more expensive methods like DHL, Fedex and the likes. Thank you so much for your support and understanding! I really am grateful. So I decided I might as well remove the hiatus notice from my website.
Generally, there are no changes to my service, but with fluctuating shipping prices and availability, it is no longer possible for me to give an accurate shipping fee estimation before you place your order, so I seek your understanding of this. I will still try to do so if you insist, but please also be prepared for when the actual shipping fee turns out to be more than that, or if your preferred shipping method is not available when your order is ready to ship.
In recent months, shipping problems have been exacerbated by fuel shortages and cargo crunch in China. I strongly advise everyone to use private couriers like Fedex, DHL, and UPS, which have more reliable and predictable schedules due to them having their own freights. This advice applies to customers in EU nations too. Since the new VAT laws were implemented in July, I’ve had some parcels rejected and sent back for unknown reasons when I use EMS or e-packet/registered airmail. These problems do not come with private couriers which tend to be much more capable at clearing customs. With that said, the more economical shipping methods like ems and e-packet are still available, but you use it them your own risk. If parcels take longer than usual to arrive, the post offices won’t investigate it. If the parcel gets rejected because of your insistence on airmail / ems, please understand that you don’t get any shipping fee refunds and you’d also have to pay a retrieval fee.
The pandemic has been hard on some of our finances, so I wanted to make sure that my customers are aware of the shipping challenges and costs before placing your order. In the meantime, I promise to keep up with the search for more reliable and economical shipping methods. I am certainly open to supporting your efforts to keep shipping costs low e.g. if you run a group order.
Thank you and stay safe!
I apologise for the sudden notice, but I am taking a temporary hiatus / break from 14 June 2021 and suspending my shopping services.
The main reason is that in the past months, I’ve observed an uptick in shipping and logistical errors, which I believe may be attributed to the manpower and cargo space crunch as a result of the pandemic. With the lack of clear insurance and compensation policies by shipping and forwarding companies, it has been stressful dealing with situations like missing and late parcels. Shipping prices, too, have been fluctuating, with some countries suddenly tacking on additional fees and changing their border measures. It has been challenging trying to give customers a fair and reliable shipping fee quote.
As a small business that only earns from service fees, it is unsustainable for me to compensate for losses and inaccurate shipping fee quotes out of my own pocket, which the shipping and forwarding companies deny accountability for. Hence, I’ve decided to take a break and source for more reliable logistics and shipping agents with fair and transparent insurance and compensation policies, so that we may all have peace of mind when shopping online.
I am also taking the opportunity to engage in some self-care as the past months have been particularly hectic for me.
For those who have active preorders and orders with me, rest assured that I will see them through until they are shipped to you. I am still contactable by email which I will check at least once every 3 days.
I will also accept add-on orders from people who currently have open orders / preorders with me.
I will not be accepting new orders from new customers. For old customers, it’ll be on a case-by-case basis.
Thank you everyone who has been very understanding and supportive, and for trusting me with your orders. We will talk again soon. In the meantime, stay healthy and safe!
Hi everyone, Chinese New Year is coming and it is a massive holiday season for Chinese people so there will be some disruptions particularly for services based in China and Taiwan.
International shipping will not be available from 7 to 18 February.
During this same period, I will process orders, shipments and respond to questions as usual. Many sellers will continue to be online as well, but things will be a little slower than usual as we would all be busy with the festivities.
Thanks for your kind understanding and Happy Chinese New Year to everyone who celebrates it!
Hi everyone, it has recently come to my attention that my email is not working reliably since I switched my webhost. The emails that are affected are likely those sent or to be received after 15 January 2021.
Edited: The problem has been resolved and my usual email address is working reliably. If you expected a response from me but did not receive any, please email me again. Sorry for the inconvenience caused!