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YurkshireLad
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How many people here have bought from Banggood? Every Youtube video I watch has something that came from Banggood and it seems like a lot of people buy from them.

Are they reliable and if do you ship from the US or China?

I'm tempted to buy from them, especially as they seem to have a $25 coupon for new customers. I'm just not sure if it's worth the hassle of dealing with any returns to a company in China.


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Another one; do you get charged import duty fees when you buy from Banggood?


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It's been several years, but I have purchased from them.  Just be sure to use PayPal and not your credit card, as you'll be double-protected.

Bangood has two or three distribution centers, each product will show you where it is being sent from. The ones distributed directly from China are always the cheapest.

As for import duties, I didn't have to pay them, but that seems to be the luck of the draw. I also have made a few dozen orders from Pimoroni, in the UK, all of them except one came in duty-free. So it's really up to Canada Customs.

For the record, I have never been charged duty on anything I've ordered from China. And I have ALWAYS been charged duty on anything I've ordered from the US!

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Posted by: @yurkshirelad

How many people here have bought from Banggood? Every Youtube video I watch has something that came from Banggood and it seems like a lot of people buy from them.

Are they reliable and if do you ship from the US or China?

I'm tempted to buy from them, especially as they seem to have a $25 coupon for new customers. I'm just not sure if it's worth the hassle of dealing with any returns to a company in China.

It is certainly not worth the hassle of handling returns for banggood. On the other hand I've only had one absolutely defective product from them. (although I did receive several lessons in reading descriptions carefully)

The other downside with banggood is that it will take somewhere between 2 weeks and 3 months for your order to actually arrive, if shipped from the Chinese warehouses.  It would be a bit easier to deal with if you knew it would reliably take (for example) 5 weeks.

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Posted by: @jker

The other downside with banggood is that it will take somewhere between 2 weeks and 3 months for your order to actually arrive, if shipped from the Chinese warehouses

Agreed - this is also the issue with eBay, and most sellers from China. Gearbest is the exception, their stuff usually gets to me in Canada in about a week, but that's because they usually ship from Europe and not China.

I only order stuff from eBay when I don't need it right away. So say that I find a cool module that I want to do an episode about. I buy one on Amazon or some other place that will deliver it the next day. And I then buy 5 or 10 more, at a much-reduced price, on eBay. In about 6 or 8 weeks they will arrive, so I can just put them into stock.

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It is certainly not worth the hassle of handling returns for banggood.

I've never even thought of that! Since most of what I buy from those vendors are electronic components the concept of a "return" hadn't crossed my mind.

But you are correct, and for that reason, I would limit my overseas purchases to items that I will never return. 

I'm in the market for a bench DMM, and Banggood has one that is several hundred dollars cheaper than the unit I'm looking at on Amazon right now.  But you do make a good point about returns, so it probably isn't worth buying it from them.

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Bill

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