Shop details for LighTake
LighTake is an online Everything Store specializing in wholesale consumer electronics and toys. Everything from smartphones and tablets to replacement headphones, phone cables, table lamps and shower heads are available on LighTake at wholesale prices. Based in China, LighTake is one of the largest dropshipping operation in the world and is currently ranked among the top 100k most-visited website in the world.
Experience with LighTake
"Dropshipping" means that LighTake doesn't actually keep any of the items it offers in stock. Instead, when a customer places an order, LighTake orders the product requested directly through the manufacturer on the customers behalf and gives the manufacturer the customer's address. In this way, LighTake is a bit like a mall of wholesale items because every item ordered off of LighTake is actually shipped to you directly from the manufacture.
We love random tech, especially when it's ridiculously cheap. We had no problem picking out a few choice items for our test order. Read on to find out what's hot and what's not on LighTake.
LighTake doesn't offer nearly as many payment options as it does items to purchase. As of this writing, LighTake only accepts PayPal payments. We always recommend using PayPal for international orders, anyways, because of the internal buyer protection program. The lack of any other payment option is sure to irk some late-adopters of PayPal, but most other online shoppers should be fine with this.
Supported Payment Methods
|PayPal||We always recommend you use PayPal anyways. With 45-day Buyer Protection promise and an Express Checkout option, PayPal is the safest and easiest way to pay online.|
Shipping Costs and Delivery Times
LighTake customers will be presented with 3 shipping options upon checkout. The Free Airmail option costs nothing and will deliver your order within 7-20 workdays. You also have the choice to add a Tracking Number to the Airmail option, which is also free to do.
The Standard Shipping option is not free, but promises to deliver your order within 5-10 workdays, while the most expensive Express Shipping will get your order to you within 3-7 workdays via DHL or FedEx. The exact cost of these last two depends heavily on your order weight and the delivery address.
LighTake and Customs
Customs is a tricky business. Most of the time, you'll never hear from them or see them. Rarely will you ever need to pay any extra fees associated with them. But when you do, either because of an improperly filled out declaration form or a random mail check, it's always best to know what to expect.
We always recommend reading up on your country's rules and regulations regarding international shipping and customs fees in case your order makes an unexpected stopover at your local customs office. For shipments entering the US, extra taxes and fees on your product are possible. Not every item is taxed when entering the country, and the majority are only subject to a nominal processing fee of between $2 and $9 in the case of a random customs stop. The amount to be paid, however, can vary widely depending on the product and how it’s sent. If you are concerned about your item, or are planning to order goods in excess of $500, it is worth it to check with the Customs Office at the port of entry to confirm any extra fees.
Any extra taxes or duties 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. In which case, you will need to go pick it up and pay any applicable fees in person.
Men's Clothing, shoes, watches, flashlights, and any smartphone or tablet accessories, specifically, must be return within 7 days of delivery. All other products may be returned within 45 days of delivery. That very specific difference is no doubt due to different dropshipping manufacturers having different return policies. Items returned for any reason other than a defect will also be subject to a 15% restocking fee.
Some articles on LighTake come with a 180-day repair warranty, which allows you to send the item back for a free repair or replacement anytime within 180 days of delivery. Most of the items with this warranty are electronics, such as smartphones and tablets, but there are also some Remote Control Helicopters covered as well. Items not covered by the 180-day repair warranty may also be sent back to LighTake for repairs, but the customer is responsible for the cost of repair in this case.
Regardless of the reason for the return, the customer is responsible for the cost of the return shipping.
LighTake features a fairly active forum where LighTake users can share product experiences, give reviews, and even request new items they would like to see on LighTake. The forum serves as a nice complement to the Customer Reviews and Videos found at the bottom of each product page.
LighTake scores with a huge selection of various products, low prices, and free shipping worldwide. While there isn't always a huge selection of products within each category, the wide variety of products and generally-acceptable quality of the products allows LighTake to garner a "Recommended" rating in our book.
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