I won't lie...I did go a bit nuts over the past few months with my online purchases. In my defence though...I rarely buy skincare locally in China due to a number of reasons. The main reason is that the type of brands that I do tend to use are just not available here as they cannot be sold due to China's strict laws and regulations - one being that imported products MUST be tested on animals. Most of the brands that I use are generally cruelty free and are not tested on animals and therefore these brands are not legal here. The other reason as to why I do not buy products in China is simply due to the fact imported goods are generally quite expensive here (and I thought we had it bad in Australia!). For example, a Chanel lipstick which costs about AUD$49 will easily got about AUD$70 here due to the higher tax rate that imported and luxury goods will have. In terms of where or not products are safe, that is also something of concern as well, but if I do buy any personal care goods, I generally do buy it from a larger overseas chain (ie. Japanese department stores or from Watsons).
Then there is the issue of shipping to China. From what I have read, shipping goods to China can be quite heavily taxed for skincare and cosmetics. I have read that consumers have been taxed between 30-50% on their personal goods before which has really put me off having my online shopping sent here. There is also the added the concern that it might just go missing in the crazy China postal system. Mind you, as of recently I have relaxed this a little and I have purchased and received some things online where the seller has kindly under declared the goods for me incase I do get taxed. So far, I am pleased to say that I haven't had any missing mail or have been asked to pay for taxes. Fingers crossed it does stay that way!
However, most of my online purchases are not urgent and I am willing to patiently wait for them. Therefore I will happily send my mail back home to Australia and wait until we have someone visiting Shanghai to bring these goods with them or wait until we are meeting family in another country. We have been extremely lucky to have visitors and family trips scheduled over the past few months and also those people have been kind enough to share their luggage space with us. My most recent haul is the result of an accumulation of skincare goods which I purchased in the months of June and July and I thought I would share the fun with you all!
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