Tinydeal ("TinyDeal Co. limited", founded: 2010, China) is a gadget shop with headquarters in Shenzhen, Guangdong (China). It also seems to be registered in Hong Kong or ship its orders from there. One big difference between TinyDeal and other China-ased shopping sites is its customer-friendly and effective point system. With this system you can collect an interesting amount of money if you use it to its full potential. The website itself, on the other hand, is not very customer-friendly as it isn’t well-arranged and may seem a little chaotic to first-time visitors.
Experience with Tinydeal
Tinydeal is one of the biggest merchants in China and is already well-established, particularly in Eastern Europe. The estimated delivery times are pretty generous, as we received our orders way faster than prodicted on most occsaions. Other Pros and Cons include:
delivery times: 15-30 workdays, express shipping via DHL 5-10 days
product range: tablets, technical electronic items, and relevant accessories
price comparison: average, tablets, smartphones and electronic items partially cheaper
specialty: own warehouses, rewarding point system
ranked 2546 of the most visited websites, 20% of the users are from Russia (Alexa.com)
Tinydeal doesn’t force customers to open an account to place an order. You can checkout via PayPal and use all of PayPal’s advantages. By using PayPal you can use its 40-days-period to open a case and get your money back. If you do open an account on TinyDeal, you get to use other, other payment methods become available. One of the better known methods is Western Union. But, as always, we suggest that you use PayPal.
Delivery times and shipping
The estimated delivery times at Tinydeal of 15-30 work days for standard free shipping are comparatively high but can be lowered by using one of the many inexpensive shipping options. A useful tool is the shipping cost calculator, which you can use on your shopping basket without having to go through all the order transaction motions.
DHL is listed as the express shipping partner and should be able to deliver your order within 10 days.
Tinydeal and customs
TinyDeal declares the packages professionally most of the time, but our experience and research show that TinyDeal definitely has room for improvement concerning their package declarations.
You should be aware that customs does random checks on well-declared packages from China. For shipments entering the US, extra taxes and fees on your product are a possible, if not entirely common, side-effect of international ordering. The amount to be paid can vary widely from nothing to $495 depending on the product and how its sent. Not every item is taxed when entering the country, but the majority are only subject to a nominal processing fee of between $2 and $9 when entering the country. If you are concerned about your item, or are planning to order goods in excess of $100, it is worth it to check with the Customs Office at the port of entry to confirm any extra taxes.
Any extra taxes or duty on your shipment will either be paid at your door when the mailman drops it off, or the package may be held at your local post office and you will need ot go pick it up and pay any applicable fees in person.
TinyDeal’s point system generates a discount that you can use on your orders. For each order placed, you get 10% of the item value in points and can convert 10 points to a 1 US-Dollar ($) discount. This means that you get a credit of $1 for every $100 spent. For each review you receive 1 - 2 points, 10 points per video and for every picture (a maximum of 5 pictures per item) 1 point. An overview and further information on TinyDeal’s point system can be found on Tinydeal. If you add these points to the before mentioned order, you get a discount of up to $2.70. This may not seem like much, but considering that you often buy inexpensive gadgets, you might get a gadget or two for free through this point system.
TinyDeal is, in our opinion, still in the fledgling stages concerning the Central European market but is making strides in the right direction. Since its beginning, it’s been open for feedback and keeps on getting bigger and better.