Shop from US website: Comgateway vs Borderlinx

Posted by vivien | Non-Food Related | Saturday 1 December 2012 8:26 am
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I have shipped items from US using Comgateway around 4 to 5 times, experiences of shopping depicted in previous post in 2010(US Online Shopping using Comgateway DHL Delivery service) and 2009(Shipping Rate from the US to Malaysia)

There is a program in Comgeway called Prime Rewards, whereby after you made 3 shipments, you are upgraded to ‘Prime’ status whereby the rate per 0.5 kg is 11% lower for a period of 9 months, ‘Prime’ rate will continue for another 9 months if you make another 3 shipment  (below details amended from Comgateway website) ie:

‘Prime’ rate and priviledge

Description Express Standard
First 0.5kg US$ 24.90 US$ 20.75
Every additional 0.5kg US$ 3.50 US$ 2.90 (original $3.25 for Non-Prime)
Speed of Delivery (business days) 3 – 5 6 – 8


Services Prime Non Prime
International Shipping Rates 11% discount on subsequent 0.5kg shipping rates
BuyForMe Service Fee 7% of item cost 10% of item cost
(max of 15 packages per shipment)
Free Free for 1st 3 packages (every additional package US$1 thereafter)
Storage Free for 60 days
subsequent US$1/day/item
Free for 30 days
subsequent US$1/day/item
Repack   US$5 for box cut downs and
US$3 for box transferred to bag option
  US$7 for box cut downs and US$5 for box transferred to bag option
Express delivery upgrade Automatic express delivery
Not applicable



Comgateway estimated shipping charge for 12kg of items is US$ 95.50 (Comgateway cost calculator)


Borderlinx estimated shipping charge for 12kg of items is US$ 116 (Borderlinx cost calculator)

Based on above 2 screenshots, Comgateway seem to be the one charging cheaper rate, around $20 cheaper for 12kg of shipment. Nonetheless, my recent shipment of 12kg using Comgateway (pictured below) has substantial consolidation fee and repack fee due to it being 6 packages and some of it are in big boxes. So far i could not find the consolidation fee and repack fee for Borderlinx, anyone have idea?

As for duty charges, i think Borderlinx charge excessively and not even sure it cover the duty tax incurred in Malaysia custom. As per my comgateway shipment below, no taxes incurred during payment time in their website, tax is only quantified once reaching Malaysia custom to be around RM130 for my shipment. And sometimes my shipment won’t even incurred duty by Malaysia custom, so i wonder why should Borderlinx charge the taxes all inclusive at the initial stage.


My shipment above is for 12kg of items value over US$300 was charged by custom Malaysia for about RM130 duty tax. Comgateway DHL paid for the duty tax on my behalf as they provide door to door service without me having to collect the items from Subang airport. As per online research, there is some words on if the item value + shipping charge (converted to MYR) is less than RM500, then it would not be charged duty in custom. From past experience, i mostly shipped items+shipping totaled RM500 and less, therefore had not been charged duty before this, thus they might be some truth in that statement.

Anyone have personal experience of using Borderlinx or other services to ship items to Malaysia?


Philips warehouse sales, Shah Alam

Posted by vivien | Non-Food Related | Saturday 21 November 2009 5:16 pm
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Maple Tree Shah Alam

in MapleTree Logistics Centre Warehouse, Section 23 of Shah Alam, turn in at Carlsberg factory if you are coming from Federal Highway, you can refer to for location information

warehouse 1

walking towards the tents

warehouse 2

many people although it is just 10am, event is from 10am-5pm(Fri-Sat), 10am-3pm(Sunday) 

warehouse 3

Menlo Worldwide (M) Sdn Bhd housing all the Philips products

phillips juicer

juicer is cheap at only RM150, this model can juice whole apple with its 3 inches opening at the top, outside selling for RM209 promotional price(original price over RM300), but buying it in this warehouse sales is a steal, with 6 months warranty with their service centre located in Petaling Jaya.


portable DVD player, below are all products available in this warehouse sales.

order form 1order form 2order form 3order form 4


New Zealand Natural Ice Cream, Mid Valley Megamall(near The Gardens)

Posted by vivien | Kuala Lumpur and Selangor | Friday 2 October 2009 11:57 pm
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On 30th of each month, there is 30% discount off New Zealand ice cream (available only for regular and large tub)

Regular tub RM17.40 (original RM24.90), 

Large tub: RM32.80 (original RM46.90)

I packed on a regular tub(can mix maximum 2 flavours for regular tub) of rum and raisins and chocolate estacy. This shop is located on Lower Ground walkway between The Gardens Mall and Mid Valley Megamall.

Website: New Zealand Natural


Shipping Rate from the US to Malaysia

Posted by vivien | Non-Food Related | Monday 10 August 2009 10:56 am
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I have been wanting to shop online. Ebay perhaps, they are so many good stuff online, Ebay Malaysia sucks, but Ebay USA, Ebay Canada etc are pretty cool, and Old Navy, Forever 21(as far as i know dirt cheap in US), Le Chateau,  Suzy Shier, etc etc… but it is the shipping charges from the US to Malaysia which kills the fun of online shopping, mostly apparels which i am interested in.

What i gathered online are some intermediary method of having your goods shipped to these US address, and they will send you the items, perhaps lower price? Shipping of goods to local US address is fine as many retailers offers free shipping locally if you spend over certain amount of money, but i am wondering what is the cheapest and best ways to ship stuff over to Malaysia, also without incurring import charges from Malaysian custom
1. vPOST Globalshopping, which is spending so much on advertising, you can see many nuffnangers writing adverts for vPOST. Shipping Charge
2. vsHub Virtual Shopping Hub, shipping charge.
3., shipping charge.
4. ComGateway, shipping charge.
5. Borderlinx, shipping charge.
Anyone have experience on any of the above service? or what is the best way to ship stuff over to Malaysia. The charges calculations are kinda confusing, some has mandatory base charges(vPOST charge SGD$23.40(about RM52) of base charges, bizsouq charge RM60 base charge), some offer option to consolidate of package which is a good thing(ComGateway offers option to consolidate). According to ComGateway, they will give US address in Oregon which is a tax free state(although i don’t know how it will affect the shipping charges). ComGateway use DHL for its delivery which makes it more reliable? After considering some of the above factors, i find ComGateway could be the cheapest and most reliable choice, if i ship the item to Singapore(since my brother lives there, and come back once in a while), shipping for 1st kg is US$21.40(about RM75) and subsequent 0.5kg only US$3.15. Coming up second is vPOST per kg is about RM77 (base charge of SGD$23.40 + perkg of SGD$11.60)
So any of you have personal experience which shipping from other countries to Malaysia?


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