Feature: Purchasing Chinese goods online booming in Vietnam
HANOI, Aug 31, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
by Nguyen Thi Thuy Anh, Zhang Jianhua
Like anywhere else in the world, the use
of the Internet and e-commerce has flourished in Vietnam, especially
in the capital Hanoi.
In fact, for the past few years, the Vietnamese people have been
purchasing goods online, including products from abroad.
With rapid development of commodity production with various
designs and the growth of online websites, more and more Vietnamese
people choose to buy Chinese commodities online.
Duong Thu Hien, 27, has been in purchasing Chinese goods online
for the past seven years. She often receives orders from Vietnamese
people for Chinese goods and then she orders for them on Chinese
online sales sites.
China's Taobao, Alibaba and Paipai are among the most browsed
websites for Hien in her line of business.
Hien's customers range from individuals to shop-owners in Vietnam.
They will search for products on these Chinese websites, copy a
hyperlink of the products they need and send to Hien for her to make
Fashion items including clothes, shoes, bags, eyeglasses and
cosmetics, are among the most ordered products from China, said Hien.
After making the orders on Chinese sites, Hien will contact her
partners in China to do the payment. Most of her contacts in China
are Vietnamese students or people who can speak Chinese.
Payments can be made by cash or through bank accounts, Hien said.
After receiving order from the suppliers, the contacts in China
will send goods to China's Guangzhou and from there, the goods will
be shipped to Vietnam.
Customers must deposit from 70 percent or even 100 percent of the
value of their orders, Hien said, adding that they can get the goods
that they ordered after seven to 10 days.
After arriving in Vietnam, the products will be sold at shops or
again posted on Vietnamese online sites for sale.
According to Hien, the number of orders has increased sharply in
the past four years as Vietnamese, especially young people, prefer to
purchase goods online because it is cheaper and they can choose from
a variety of designs through the websites.
Like Hien, Nguyen Hai, a Hanoi resident, has also got familiar
with Chinese online shopping websites for around four years.
At first, Hai bought Chinese products online, mostly fitness and
gym equipments, and resold them in Vietnam for a profit. Hai said
that it is quite easy for him to purchase Chinese goods online, just
click on the products, make payment and receive the ordered goods a
few days later.
But he then found that the profit was not too high so he decided
to turn to another way to make bigger profit.
Hai found products online through Chinese websites, including
Taobao, then directly contacts the manufacturers in China and
proposes to make a modification in the designs to suit to the needs
of his Vietnamese customers. Hai said that this way of doing business
is more effective and more profitable.
According to the report of Vietnam e-commerce association based on
a survey conducted by the Global Payment Technology Company VISA in
Vietnam in 2012, among 36 percent of 87 million Vietnamese people
using internet, 71 percent had done online shopping.
With the estimated purchasing value of 30 U.S. dollars per person
per year, the total value of e-commerce within Vietnam under
Business-to-Customer (B2C) portals reached an average of over 660
million U.S. dollars in 2012.
It is forecast that by 2015, if the Vietnamese population would
increase to 93 million people and the value of online purchase would
also increase correspondingly by 20 U.S. dollars, the total value of
e-commerce in Vietnam will reach 1.3 billion U.S. dollars in 2015,
said the report.
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