I would expect that there are no additional import fees when buying from the UK as it is currently a Member State of the EU. All purchases from outside of the EU are subject to import charges and taxation when they arrive within the EU.Vitamins are one of the few things that I load up on when I visit the US, or have my visitors bring them. I've ordered other types of nutritional supplements from the UK with extra fast shipping and no extra charges.
Still would like to hear of experiences in ordering from miniinthebox, alibaba express, etc...
The problem with supporting a company like this is that a massive amount, not just Pandas, but a massive amount of fake silver products, amongst other fake and counterfeit product, is shipped to the west from this single source. And there are many other like it.Like Bom dia Lisbon I'd also like informed comment about, in my case, satisfied users of Alibaba. Questions ... questions !
Import taxes into the EU cannot be avoided but - as with Golden Visas - are some EU countries import taxes, depending on the item, cheaper than Portugal's ? And/Or does Madeira still have a Free Trade Zone ? Or could a Chinese importer already operating in Portugal help out by bundling your delivery into his container? Is there an import / export website that we can go to to check these things ?
Alibaba has got a US stock market listing and is already bigger than Amazon and ebay so it must mostly deliver what the customer wants - not just fake panda coins.
A glance at its website shows 4 categories of re-assurance - two involving 3rd party verifiers. So you can filter out the more risky, untried suppliers.
The best practice is to buy direct from the producer - IE the mint. Failing that buy from a dealer.Alibaba sell many thousands of products to the west ... hundreds of billions worth. Much successful trade originating from Alibaba.
But struggling to get my head round your problem. Surely no one in their right mind would be buying precious metal / coins direct from the seller over the internet? Without an intermediary at the source verifying that the item is genuine?
How / Where do you normally buy from ? From a coin dealer with a reputation to protect?
It's not that I'm allergic to generalisations. No, I mostly find them entertaining. And I've also heard that quite a few computer industry lay-offs repeat that "the chinese" are to blame. But what I really would enjoy reading here is something new, about the same that the Original Poster was hoping for, namely personal experiences from someone who has traded with the far east market places like "Ali Baba". Maybe with a little less rhetoric. If that's not too much to ask.The only people who buy from Alibaba are crooks who want to introduce those fakes into the system for profit. Everyone else knows to avoid Alibaba. No body gets ripped off buying from them thinking they are buying real silver at that price - it is the supplier of choice for your internet scamers.
And it isn't just coins. It is pretty much anything else of value which is copyable.
I would go as far as to say that Alibaba is the internets biggest source of fake goods entering the West.
Regardless of any other product sold, or how much business they do, I would never support them.
Thank you! I will now order an electronic item -a scanner - from aliexpress.com for $ 135 and would probably have to pay some $ 70 on top of that for customs. That's good to know, when you're used to inner market shopping. I hope the moral issue someone raised here is only related to silver coins, which I won't buy in a near future anyway.I've bought from China, both via eBay and aliexpress. Small items - pens, small electric components etc. - I've never had a problem with, but the one fairly expensive item (around 80 euro) was intercepted by customs and I had to pay an extra 40 at the post office to get it released. My experience in the UK, buying from China & the USA, has been much the same.