Sino-Treasure is an online fashion shop specializing in dresses and costumes for special events and parties. Everything from Wedding Gowns and Bridesmaids dresses to Cocktail dresses and club wear is on offer at Sino-Treasure. There's even an extensive selection of some truly bizarre Halloween costumes. As far as Chinese fashion shops go Sino-Treasure is still relatively unknown on the international market, barely ranking among the top 1.3 million most-visited websites globally.
We went ahead and placed a few orders on Sino-Treasure to put the site through the paces and see how deserving it is of its relative unpopularity.
One of the first things we noticed on the Sino-Treasure homepage were the prices: they're a little high. Not insanely high, mind you. But considering the low-to-average quality we've come to expect from Chinese fashion shops, paying between $85 and $200 for a generic evening gown seems a little pricey.
After exploring the site a bit, we settled on some decent-looking costume jewelry and went through the ordering process to give you an inside look at what it's like to buy from Sino-Treasure.
Unfortunately for us die-hard PayPal fans, Sino-Treasure does not accept payments via PayPal. Customers will have to pay for orders using more traditional methods, such as Credit Card or Western Union.
Sino-Treasure's shipping costs can vary depending on the weight of your order and the delivery address. In general, you will have two choices: the cheaper Standard Shipping option, which takes 16-18 business days, and the more expensive Expedited Shipping option, with will arrive within 13-15 days. If that seems like too long to wait for expedited shipping, that's because it is. Sino-Treasure takes an average of 10 days to package and ship your order so, as you'll see in the screenshot below, they add 10 days to both of the much-shorter shipping times.
There are also many items around the site that come with Free Shipping. This seems to apply to most of the more expensive dresses and evening gowns and most likely reflects a "Free Shipping after $X in products" system, although there's no mention of such a deal anywhere else on the website. You will recognize Free Shipping items by the green "Free Shipping" icon that appears next to the price.
Our order from Sino-Treasure arrived within the approximated time frame and had no problem getting through customs, although we were a bit disappointed by the quality of the packaging.
That being said, you should always read up on your country's rules and regulations on international shipping and customs fees in case your order makes an extended stopover in 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.
Sino-Treasure allows customers to return items for any reason within 7 days of delivery. All items must be in new, unworn, and unused condition, and they must be in the original packaging (if applicable). All returns must be reported to Sino-Treasure's customer service department beforehand. Your request will then be processed and you will be given instructions on how to proceed.
Under the category "Weekly Steals," it's possible to find some great deals on formal dresses and evening gowns for your next social function. Although we can't speak to the quality of the fabrics, the prices on some dresses seemed more than fair.
Sino-Treasure carries a very specific range of clothes for very specific clientele. While the overall selection of formal dresses and costumes is quite large, it's still not as large as other formal wear sites such as EricDress and DressWe. Sino-Treasure's prices and its fairly flexible return policy make it worth a visit to compare prices against other formal wear sites.
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|great prices on bridal wear and cocktail dresses, offers more payment options, free shipping available from $130|
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|low prices, large selection of dresses, good variety of formal and casual clothes|