A lot has changed with the shopping trend over the years as a lot of businesses are moving towards the digital world, especially in Saigon where life moves fast and the people are always busy. Online shopping in Vietnam can be an absolute pleasure or an absolute disaster. It is often worth the effort, especially when using a site from outside the country, as it grants access to items not available in Vietnam – books in your language, toys, clothes and more. If you’re buying locally, it helps save you time, effort and patience as you get your needs delivered to you without breaking a sweat or getting stuck in traffic. Along with the good comes several disadvantages like getting the wrong item, substandard products, courier delays, and so on. To a certain extent, online shopping can mean taking risks based on your own intuition.
››Some overseas websites do not ship to Vietnam, so make sure to check carefully before placing an order.
››If possible, ship items to your friends overseas and ask them to send these items directly, or better yet, to come visit!
››If your credit card was issued inside Vietnam, get a guarantee from your bank that you are covered against fraud. Otherwise, make your payment using a credit card issued outside of the country or Paypal, which works as a clearing house.
››When your items arrive in HCMC, the post office will send you a note. Remember to bring your passport to pick them up.
››Bear in mind the post office will open any arriving packages and you may have to pay tariff or import duty for these items (spirits, food, electrical appliances, etc.). Tax and tariff rates vary depending on items.
For information on online shopping go to Amazon Makes First Inroads to Vietnam