LA asked this in the comments section of my TaoBao guide:
1. i am a little confused between vol metric shipping vs actual weight. Peeka does both so do you think Hong Xun is more worth or Peeka’s?
2. I am thinking of buying mostly clothes/shoes/accessories, in your opinion going through vol shipping or weight shipping is more worth? Peeka’s ship for you does include a 5% shipping fee which I am ok to pay if it adds up cheaper than weight shipping.
Hi, it depends on how much clothes/shoes/accessories you’re looking to buy. If you can get at least 1 cubic metre (cbm) of clothes/shoes/accessories, Hongxun would probably be more worth it.
1 cbm vs. 30kg
Do you think all the clothing/shoes/accessories you buy that can fit into a 100cm x 100cm x 100cm space would exceed 30kg? I tried estimating with random articles of clothing at home (lol) but I found it to be impossible since there are too many factors to consider (eg: type of clothing, shoes, accessories, average weight, how they are packed by your seller, etc). If you could estimate the weight/volume of the stuff you buy you can probably get a more accurate comparison.
But here’s what I think: I remember hauling a huge luggage full of clothes and stuff back from my last holiday that exceeded 15kg and the luggage measured around 75 x 45 x 30 cm. 1 cbm would probably fit about 8 to 9 of those luggages (if only using it as a measure of volume). If each luggage is 15kg, even after deducting the weight of the empty luggage (5-6kg each), you would still go way above 30kg for 1 cbm of clothes. So Hongxun = cheaper than Peeka! And if you include that 5% charge, then Peeka is definitely not worth it.
This is the luggage I’m talking about:
Hope this helps!