Tips and Tricks from Cambodia

May 8, 2015

IKEA, the Swedish furniture, has been well-known for its style, strong, and acceptable price. As Cambodia still does not have IKEA store yet, some of us are curious and furious that they cannot buy, and find it hopelessly. If you are feeling so, after reading this handy post, your hope will survive.



Just in case that some of you do not know what IKEA is, you may check here http://www.ikea.com/us/en/. IKEA has a lot of products range ranging from living room to kitchen.

From this post, I am going to share you an experience I have firsthand. And it is worth a try. In March 2015, I went to Bangkok, and shopped at IKEA Mega Bangna. I shopped a few things in which I could carry home on flight, but a friend of mine decided to shop a big bookcase which of course we could not deliver it by flight. 

So, we started with a little weird idea. And I am going to explain to you the process below:

1. Use Delivery Service by IKEA

IKEA outsourced a delivery service to deliver big products to people living in Bangkok. Thus, we used that service. It costs around 500 Baht per time. It means that whether you deliver a bookcase or more, it is going to cost you around 500 Baht. I forgot the exact cost, but it was around that. Tell them to deliver to DD House Pratunam because overthere, there is a a businessman who run all delivery Phnom Penh Bangkok, for any size of products, for any weight. Just leave it to him. 

So, as a recipient, we put the name of the guy to receive the bookcase, not our name. We called to inform the recipient that they will receive goods in a day or two. He said okay.  

DD House Pratunam
Location: 103 Petchaburi Road, Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

2. Use that guy to deliver to Phnom Penh

Then, we got the guy who stationed at DD House Pratunam. His telephone number is +66 89 966 0734. For his delivery service, he charged per kilogram. It costs between 15 to 20 Baht per kilogram to get your goods from Bangkok to Phnom Penh. Don't worry about his service as he's been doing this for years for many dealers in Phnom Penh. Tell him the location you want to pick your goods, and your telephone number.

3. Pick up your goods

From your purchase date at IKEA Mega Bangna, it is going to take a few days to receive the goods. There you go. You may assemble your furniture at home in Phnom Penh. 

That's it. Below you may enjoy some of the pictures I took at IKEA Mega Bangna


























May 4, 2015

When you are reading this, you have probably read my early post regarding "Shopping Online with Ebay from Cambodia"

If you have not, you may read my earlier post first before reading this post. To do so, please click on the link above.

After receiving many questions, it gave me an idea that it would be easier to explain to readers the process in this post.



1. What about the tax after you received the item? - Anynomous

No, there is no additional tax when you buy from ebay. The only additional cost is the shipping cost. However, I normally choose an item that comes with free shipping. Thus, it does not cost me more. However, at the post office, you will be required to pay $1 or $1.5, etc, depending on the weight of your item. However, it is not much. They have the rate shown on their wall. 

2. How much is shipping cost?

It depends on where the dealer is. If the dealer is in China or Hong Kong, I think they normally can ship to Cambodia for free. However, for the US or elsewhere which is pretty far, you will have to check the shipping fee carefully. 

3. Hello, I have no experience in buying online before, I'm wondering how to write post code since I could not find any post code of my home address? And we don't need to pick our products at the post office, right?

For the post code, you may check the link here. For example, for my area Toul Svay Prey 1, I wrote 12308 as the post code. You may do the same for your area. 

You will have to pick up your products at the post office. It is very important to tell the dealer to write down your telephone number on the envelope, because normally they only write your address on the envelope. The post office here will call when they see your telephone number on the envelope. 

4. Are sellers in ebay reliable?

I strongly believe that they are reliable. However, before purchasing any products. I read the reviews by other purchasers, they shared their comment regarding the dealer, the items itself whether its reality looks like the shown picture, whether the delivery time is appropriate. You may read all of the reviews and decide. There are ways that you can complain to get your money back into your bank account. You may try shopping something cheap first, then decide to shop a bit more expensive item. 

5. Auction web site is annoying!

I agree, but I don't involve with the auction. I normally buy the Sale Now item. Just a few click and done. You can check that before you buy. 

6. Have you ever bought from Amazon? Can you compare?

I have never bought from Amazon. However, I plan to do it very soon and will share ideas with you in another post. 

7. I plan to open an online shop of brand name product, and I want to purchase from ebay to sell in Cambodia, but I have not known about the process of purchase and shipping, could you please kindly share your own experience and some suggestions?

I don't have experience in selling online product, but if you are willing to hear an idea from me I can share. I think you should check both ebay.com and alibaba.com. Because ebay.com focuses on individual deal, while alibaba.com focuses on wholesale products. Alibaba offers lots cheaper because they know you buy to sell. 

For transactions, I think you should study more on Debit Card, Paypal and Payoneer, Ask me in detail for each of them. Ask me more if you'd like. 

8. I'm thinking of order a case of Lumia 1320 from ebay, but I don't have any bank account. So, what should I do?

There is no another way beside making a debit card with a bank, then register a paypal account before you can buy from ebay.

9. It is quite interesting to buy online from ebay, I'm planning to buy a camera from ebay, but can we trust our post office? My friend said you will be risk if you don't know postman. Is it real that post office steal or change something in the box? If we find something wrong with our products, what can we do?

Normally, if you buy many items, customs would like to check your box. Thus, you may be required to pay tax. However, they don't steal your products. I have a friend doing business online. They didn't know person their at first, but since she went to pick up the items so often. She started to have connection. So, the tax person did not check much, just paid him a lum sum amount for a box. 

If you plan to buy a camera or any other fragile products, the most important thing is that will it be broken when it arrives Cambodia? Tell the dealer carefully on how to pack fragile items. You will need a lot of soft surrounding. But don't worry. It should be okay. 

10. Can I actually become a seller in ebay? 

You surely can become one. You need to register an account and agree with all of the pricing. More importantly, you should know about how to receive money via Paypal. You may read the link below.

Receiving and Withdrawing Paypal money from Cambodia

Do you have more questions? :) I am willing to answer more. Thanks for dropping by. 

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