ByGB Blog Official 2016-11-01 1234
Chinese phones?! Ehm... Sounds cheap, bad quality, low durability, copied, fake, easily breakable, right? No more. You'll have to abandon all of your prejudices. We are much beyond this nowadays. With top multinational companies like Xiaomi, Gionee, OPPO, OnePlus and many other companies from China entering the global market, they have revolutionized the world mobile scenario. Value for Money and Online Exclusivity are the new standards of the mobile world.
Thanks to modern manufacturing prowess highly approved by Foxconn, and the growth of top Chinese OEMS based in and around Shenzhen the Chinese tech market is blooming. In fact many of these companies are struggling to meet the demand!
Value for Money. The cost to power ratio is the top most selling factor of Chinese tech. But how do they keep cost low when other big established players like Samsung, Apple, Nokia fail / not intend to do so?
Top notch manufacturing plants using the latest tech. All made possible due to bulk manufacturers like Foxconn.
Huge R&D experience of many Chinese players namely Gionee, Ecoo, Oppo having done R&D for Samsung, Apple and many other before launching their own brands.
Various resellers selling Chinese phones globally (obviously charging a little premium over the selling price of the phones) via top notch couriers like DHL, FedEx. They also have warehouses in various locations of Europe and South Asia from where they ship the products. Payments are secure and done through PayPal mainly.
Yeah absolutely! Here are a few that comes to my mind as soon as you ask me this question:
[NOTE: Honor, IUNI & Nubia are spinoffs of their mother companies namely Huawei, Gionee and ZTE respectively. While Honor and IUNI are primarily online only brands of their mother companies Nubia is a premier segment of device from ZTE.]
You may have heard about some of these companies before. So now comes the real list, which feature companies that you probably never heard of before. But we can assure you they build some killer devices! Even if you haven't heard of any of them before, no worries, there's always a first time.
More information please see 2016 Most popular smart phones from China.
I want to buy one of their phones! But how to go about it? Come to GearBest!
In order to buy, you have to drop onto the most trustable Chinese reseller websites like Gearbest, and place the order. It's very easy to buy a phone from Gearbest, but if you still have more concerns, I will show you the common concerns for your reference.
Once you have selected the phone you want, and also found out the cheapest option, you think your job is done and yes the phone is damn cheap! But before you bring out the calculators and change the USD into your own currency and start celebrating, remember this isn't the real price you are going to pay. There will be a whole range of additions to the price you see now. Let's see what all are there:
In most of the websites, you will get two options. One option is Post and that's the cheapest (but which we wouldn't recommend – stay tuned to find out) and the other one is shipping via top courier companies. The shipping cost will vary from country to country. The good news is: the shipping cost is free on Gearbest!
|GearBest shipping memo: save money on delivery by choosing the best option|
|20 things you need to know when shopping on GearBest|
First of all, you need to have a credit card for shopping with any one of these Chinese resellers. All the websites mentioned above support secure payment via PayPal. But since you are paying using a different currency than what is used in China i.e. Yuan Renminbi, you need to pay a separate conversion rate. PayPal provides the option to handle the currency conversion on your behalf and for that they charge about 4.5%. Your credit card company might be charging less. In that case you can choose to pay in the currency seller asks while paying via PayPal.
Import duty (or VAT in Europe) is the most unpredictable among all the added costs! Sadly, no one ever knows exactly how much the import duty you might need to pay. At least I haven't been able to figure out exactly how does the Custom official charge import duties on products. It depends on your luck! But the few important points that they see are the following:
The cost of the electronic gadgets that is passing through the customs. If it's a flagship device which you are importing then you would need to pay a higher custom duty as compared to a budget device.
If you are importing a phone which is high on demand, the customs might charge you more. Thus if you are importing something like Xiaomi Mi Note the customs will end up charging you with higher taxes. Customs duty also varies depending on the brand of the device your are importing. Maybe they will charge you more for a HTC or Xiaomi device than for an Elephone device.
I'm done with importing and stuff? But what about warranty?
Talking about warranty, Gearbest offers multiple guarantee for your phone from buying, shipping to using.
If your item arrives damaged or is not working, please follow the warranty process and contact our Support Center for RMA authorization within 3 days of the order being received. The item will be replaced with a new product free of charge (we will reimburse you the return shipping cost), or you can choose to receive a full refund. Enjoy total peace of mind: every single purchase is 100% risk-free each time you shop at GearBest.
For most items, in the unlikely situation that your product is faulty, you can send it back to us for a refund or item exchange within 45 days of receiving it. Return shipping reimbursement is not available for this.
Unless otherwise noted on the products page, the default product warranty period is one year starting from the date of purchase, during which you are eligible for free repair. Any free repair needs to be confirmed with the manufacturer via Customer Service. Customers must pay the shipping fees for returning the item to GearBest, while we will cover the shipping fees to send the repaired item back to the customer. If the buyer has damaged/misused the item(s), it will not be eligible for free repair.
More questions and answers please see warranty and return.
In most cases, you won't get the company warranty, because most Chinese companies provide country specific warranty i.e. for China only. But there is a way out, albeit a tough one. For warranty issues, you would need to ship the product back to the resellers from where you had bought and they will handle the rest. Mind that you will need to pay the shipment charges back to your resellers in China, but most resellers don't charge for the return shipment though. Check with the reseller you purchased from for more details.
There are a few companies like Meizu, IUNI to name a few who provide international warranty and you would need to ship the product back to the company directly without going through the resellers. This will fasten up the whole process. But honestly speaking, you won't need to worry about warranty issues! How many times have you ever contacted a service centre for warranty issues in the recent past? It generally happens these days due to the multiple rounds of checking that each device goes through. But if you're someone who worry a lot about warranty, the whole process is just not for you.
In spite of all the hassles and extra charges associated with importing a device from China, this is still not a bad option. In fact, it's a great one if you don't have many choices of the device which you are looking for in the same price range in your country. So go ahead and make you first attempt at buying a phone from China.
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