Buy from US Website: Comgateway vs Global Shopaholics vs Borderlinx

Posted by vivien | Non-Food Related | Sunday 5 February 2017 9:25 pm
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I had previously used Comgateway – around 3 times, the items always arrive prompt and perfectly, as they are using DHL, but they are a tad expensive, so i am trying out new forwarder hoping to get better rates. So, i am trying out Global Shopaholics this time

My previous 3 post on buying stuff from the US:

Rambling on few forwarders

My experience with Comgateway

One of my shipment with Comgateway which is $140 shipment fee!

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My 7 pairs of shoes was repack nicely into a box, actually weight only about 4kg after repacked and consolidated into above box, it is billed for 16lb (about 7kg) because dimentionally it is large.

I got a shock when i log in and was shown the shipping fee is $170!!! Turn out that is only the initial estimation, and the final shipping fee is much reduced to US$93.46 after repacking and consolidating of 3 or 4 shipments.

According to Global Shopaholics, shipping charge for is US$93.46 for 1lb. When i proceed for payment, there is 2 additional item billed, ie US$ 5 processing change (minimum $5 for each shipment – which is for 5 packages, any additional package is $1 each) & $4.33 bank fee, so total shipment paid is about US$102

One thing i am not fond of is that they don’t have a pay rate per kg or lb kind of table. Unlike, Comgateway who has this rate table table for each country. For comgateway, their current rate for shipping to Malaysia is like below:

First 0.5kg $20.75

Subsequent 0.5kg 3.25

fuel surcharge: around US$ 10

repack: depends [$7 for box cut down / $5 box to bag (per package!!!)]

insurance: around US$3

So for shipping of my shoes (billable weight 7kg), shipping charge would be only US$63 with Comgateway. But from my previous 3 or 4 shipments with Comgateway, they will charge fuel surcharge and insurance, so minimum will add about additional US$13 i think, making total US$76, which is still much cheaper than G.S.’s $102.

But one of my previous shipment with Comgateway, i actually have 6 packages, and they charge me a whopping $30 repack fee due to having to repack all of them. So making total $76 + 30 = $106.

Back to G.S, for my this shipment with Global Shopaholics, once the shipment reach me, i paid another total MYR135 in custom and handling charge (paid before hand by DHL, G.S is also using DHL by the way)

Basically, anything worth more than MYR500 (including shipping fee) will be charged by Malaysia custom. For this package of shoes:

Item declared value: US$200

Shipping charge: US$102

So, the malaysia custom add them to totaled $302, converted to MYR (exchange rate: 4.6252) to about RM1,376. For this time i got charge 6% tax, ie RM1396 * 6% = RM82.56. And DHL charge me RM53 listed as disbursment Fee!!!! So there goes RM135 to be paid to DHL when the items get delivered to your house.

so to buy US$200 worth of shoes, i paid US$102 shipping fee + RM135 custom fee! So much for buying stuff from US

Conclusion, i think both companies are comparable, the price is comparable, but i have a slight leaning towards Global Shopaholics because there is no repack or consolidation fee, also free 180 days storage, where Comgateway only 30 days free storage. With that leeway in storage days, you can buy from multiple shop in 1 or 2 months span, then combine them to ship them over.

Although some online mentioned about Viabox being reasonably priced, but their rate is actually quite expensive for shipping to Malaysia, maybe it is cheap to other countries like Singapore etc.

Another shipping company – Borderlinx seems to offer better rate than G.S $82 for 16lb item, but they do collect tax and duties amounting US$28 which i am not sure what that’s for, probably for paying to custom, which converted to about MYR129, about the same as what i paid the customer for my shipment using G.S. So you may give Borderlinx a try. Borderlinx is 30 days storage only by the way.

Actually i think all these 3 companies’s – Comgateway/G.S./Borderlinx rate as around the same. For now, i think i will stick to Global Shopaholics, because i like their fixed rate for US$5 for repack+consolidation, and free 180 storage although i won’t store it past 1 month normally.

And also for Global Shopaholics, i don’t quite like it that they need the 3 digits security number if you gonna pay using credit card, so i used Paypal for payment instead.

Website: Comgateway

Website: Global Shopaholics.com

Website: Borderlinx


 

AA Pharmacy, Lucky Garden, Bangsar

Posted by vivien | Non-Food Related | Saturday 5 November 2016 8:37 pm
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AA Pharmacy in Bangsar is a pharmacy offer quite a good discounts on items. It looks like many items are a few ringgit cheaper than the main streams pharmacy like Guardian/Watsons etc. Go have a look if you are in Lucky Gardens, Bangsar (near TMC Supermarket).


 

Printing Service: GNP Printing, Mutiara Complex, Jalan Ipoh & Mailboxes Inc, Midvalley

Posted by vivien | Non-Food Related | Wednesday 2 September 2015 6:16 pm
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When i went there to print black and white, from usb pen drive, it cost only 6 cent per page! And it is only 4 cent if printing b&w from printer directly, not usb. So cheap! Reason they can give such low price even when i am only printing 4 pages or so is because they mainly do bulk printing, selling commercial printers and also renting out such printers etc.

Before this, the cheapest i could find is in Midvalley RM1 per page printing B&W from pen drive, and KLCC is worst at RM3 per page!

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For color print, it is 60 cent, i think above picture is old pricing.

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Address: GNP Design & Printing Good News Photocopy

S68-2-84, 2nd floor, Komplex Mutiara Batu 3 1/2,

Jalan Ipoh,

51200 Kuala Lumpur

Telephone: 03-6252 1137

Business hour:

Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm

Saturday: 9am – noon

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printing service available here in mid valley, P2 floor under Nyonya Colors restaurant

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quite expensive for printing in Mail Boxes Etc, mid valley shopping mall


 

Maintenance Free Car Battery – “Start” brand, under Century

Posted by vivien | Non-Food Related | Saturday 29 August 2015 11:38 pm
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The Century MF12 which i previously blogged about lasted me from Mar 2009 till May 2013, ie 4 years and 2 months. Thereafter i used Panasonic which lasted me from May 2013 till Aug 2015, ie only 2 year 3 months.

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Now i am trying out a new brand called “Start” which is supposedly under Century Motolite, priced at RM170, after deducting RM10 for trading in old car battery, let’s see how long this last. Century battery will be slightly more expensive at RM180-190 after deducting RM10 trade-in old battery.

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“Start” brand is supposedly under Century Motolite Battery as well


 

Car Tyre Shop Recommendation: C.K.L Auto Centre Sdn Bhd, Jalan Ipoh

Posted by vivien | Non-Food Related | Monday 20 April 2015 9:34 pm
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went pick up the tayar shop worker to house to take my tire rim to be replaced with one of their spare tire so that i could drive to tire shop to change all 4 tyres

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C.K.L Auto Centre is just next to Proton service centre

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After 6++ years (3 out of 4 of my tyre actually purchased on May 2007, which makes 3 of my car tyre almost 8 years old), I really need to change them and have been procrastinating and 2 of them finally puncture without me even realizing, only notice they are punctured when parked in house, have to call a few tyre shop and decided to purchase them (Continental CC5 165-55-14) at RM660 for 4 pcs from C.K.L. Auto Centre, ie RM165 per pc. They provide good service and no charge for house-visit as i found out my spare tyre is actually leaking air even after filling it with air in petrol station and not able to drive to the their shop. Normally house visit will incur RM20 service charge

Before trying out this tyre shop, i also called to Perkhidmatan Tayar Bateri Hong Leong, batu 5, Jalan Ipoh, but they don’t carry Continental and charge RM150 for Silverstone, whereas the usual shop i normally visit – Chuan Ann Tayar near Segambut charge only RM125 per pc for Silverstone. But due to the fact Chuan Ann no longer sell Continental tyre which mine was purchased from, i went to C.K.L instead for this time.

In conclusion, 2 shops of tire shop near Jalan Ipoh/Segambut which i recommend are C.K.L. and Chuan Ann, below their contacts

Address: Syarikat Chuan Ann Tayar & Bateri (K.L.) Sdn Bhd, they mostly only carry Silverstone and Goodyear
Lot 154 A, Jalan Segambut, 51200 Kuala Lumpur
Telephone: 03-6251 1996

Address: C.K.L. Auto Centre Sdn Bhd (Cawangan Jalan Ipoh), mostly carry Continental and Vikings
Lot 6193, Jalan Ipoh, Batu 4 1/2, 51200 Kuala Lumpur
Telephone: 03-6258 1277
Website: LimTayar.com.my
Business hour:
Monday – Saturday: 8am – 6pm
Sunday: 8am – 4:30pm


 

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