taobao-buying-agent - my personal opinion from buying
I made my first order with this place on 7/20/2012. The reason was because of a recommendation and because of the lowest prices I have ever seen on components like drivers and LEDs. I purchased over 24 of the 2.8A 8x7135 drivers and about 20 XM-L (U2 & T6) LEDs, of various flavors. I also bought some other components, like bare 7135 chips. I looked at the retail prices (well, Chinese vendor prices) and buying this way was anywhere from 35% to 65% less per item. If I had bought from any of the bigger shops like DX or KD, it would have cost me a minimum of $325 or more.
So far, I have paid $159.00 and that is the cost of the parts and the agent fees. I know I still have to pay shipping fees when the agent packs the items up. It has taken from 7/20/2012 till today, to get the items from the sellers, to the agent. Now I have to wait till the agent packs them up and notifies me of how much shipping will be. I elected for regular China Post, just like I do with DX or KD. I am very curious to see how much they want me to pay for the shipping. I feel, at this point, that it may be worth the extra time involved, to pay less than the regular vendors, but I want to say, it isn't over till I get the parts in my hands and see how they are.
So far, every time I have contacted them, I have received an answer within 24 hours (except on week-ends).
I just thought I would start this thread out to see if anyone else is using these buying agents, how much of a savings they are having and how well the whole transaction went.
I will post again, when I find out how much the shipping costs are and when the parts arrive.