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Taobao

PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:35 am
by jake_leg
Has anyone had a good/bad experience with a taobao agent that they would like to share?

I buy a lot of Chinese manufactured electrical/electronic stuff on ebay but it's all much cheaper on taobao. Shipping and handling costs are usually more than the stuff itself.

Re: Taobao

PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 11:50 pm
by manu de hanoi
it's in chinese, how the fuck ?

Re: Taobao

PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:48 am
by jake_leg
Chrome autotranslate, or some agents have translated search engines. Sometimes I can find what I want on uxcell and search for the part number. It does feel like a stab on the dark most of the time.

I have been looking at taobaofocus which has a website in reasonable English. The fees quickly add up, but it can be worth it if you are ordering multiples. Agents fees are minimum $6, plus internal shipping from $2.50 per vendor, plus international shipping to USA about $2.50 per 100g donkey post or $4 EMS (USD @ 6 RMB).

I've been looking at a220V 25A 2 pole DIN rail contactor (LYN brand part CT1-25). Equivalent through US reseller $24 plus shipping, Ebay $16, Uxcell via amazon $15, Uxcell website $17 minus $5 discount if you have ordered there before. I have seen it on Taobao for $1.50 (8.80 RMB). They weight about 150g so to get 3 of them would cost $4.50 + $6 agent fee + $2.50 internal shipping + $13 international shipping = $26 or about $9 each shipped. Plus possibly a bit extra if the internal shipping works out more than estimated, and for currency exchange fees.

Re: Taobao

PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:00 pm
by mlb68
Check the used prices no need to get new for just a contactor, find a good seller on ebay that has a great feed back and you should be fine. I'll have a look and repost if I find something.

mlb68

Re: Taobao

PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:22 pm
by mlb68
Here's the cheapest I found new on ebay
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Siemens-25-amp- ... 27ad33e754

mlb68

Re: Taobao

PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:20 am
by jake_leg
That would do it, but I want DIN rail mount and could get cheaper from Uxcell.

I have got some amazing deals on ebay though. A while back I got an entire box of 10A relays for $0.99.

Re: Taobao

PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:15 pm
by jbird1992
I have access to electrical wholesale I could check some prices for ya if you want. Does the coil voltage need to be 240V or would you prefer something else. Do you want any particular brand

Re: Taobao

PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:07 pm
by jake_leg
Wow thanks. I'll PM you.

Re: Taobao

PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:34 pm
by jbird1992
jake_leg wrote:Wow thanks. I'll PM you.





:8) Sometimes the internet is cheaper than wholesale but doesn't hurt to check. I'm in HVAC and can get double pole 30A contactors for around $6 with 24V-240V coils. The rail mount is not in my wheel house but my buddy is a electrician that buys 100,000 plus a month so his prices are pretty damn good.

Re: Taobao

PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:20 am
by minime
Dayam Jake_leg. The length you'll go to save a buck astounds me! :lol: :8)

Re: Taobao

PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:49 am
by jake_leg
Many a nickel makes a knuckle... I have the economics completely sussed out. My brewery controller will break even in about 50,000 pints time.