When I first thought of making this blog, my main goal was to teach Portuguese to those who want to visit or even live in Brazil. As I was writing my posts, I figured out that I was not complete. I like to write about many different topics, like life facts, recipes, tourism and all that stuff. Then, I put new categories over here so I could feel more comfortable with what I was doing. However, I still feel like there's somethinhg missing - and I think I know what it is! Reviews!
You probably don't know my real personality, because you guys don't see me everyday, BUT those who do know exactly how I like to live - I'm VERY shopaholioc and I LOVE to buy trinkets on the internet! Yup! Those cheap souvenirs that have no use (sometimes) really attract me - A LOT! So, that's why I'm opening a new category: "Cool Stuff". Here I'll give tips and make reviews on almost all the websites that I came across and think that worth a visit. I don't want you to feel like I'm getting off the topic or something like that. If you do, just skip this post and go to the "Learn Portuguese" section or whichever you feel like checking. I'm sure you'll find a lot of interesting tips. I just don't want to focus on a single subject - though people out there say that we should, if our desire is to attract loyal readers. That's not my point. I want to write about whatever I want. After all, this is MY blog, isn't it? I should be free to write what I want, when I want. Do I want loyal readers? Of course I do! But I'm just being myself. Ok, that's staring to get too mushy. Let's cut it out and get right to it.
For my first review, I'd like to talk about Mini In The Box. Have you ever heard of this Chinese website? I hadn't, until I stumbled upon it when I was looking for cheap and interesting things to spend my money with. At first blush, I smelled something fishy. I couldn't believe my eyes! Their products are sold for a song and they also offer a free worldwide shipping! Believe me, you WILL find something that you
If you free up a little time to take a look at their products, you'll see that they're really cheap and that some are shipped within 24 hours. There will be a label informing that. Before buying an item, I always check the reviews and the stars to see what the customers are saying about it.
The payment method? This is not something that you should worry about! They accept many kinds of credit cards, PayPal (which is my favorite) and a bunch of other methods.
Another thing that I really like on Mini In The Box is that you don't need to set a minimum order. That way, you can still buy whatever you want without having to take other products just to get rid of the shipping fees.
I've already ordered twice there. The first time was really fast (considering the distance between China and Brazil), and I dind't have to face any boarder issues. It took only 20 working days. As it was just a test, I got a hard case (USD $4.99), a full body case (USD $7.13) and a case with a stand (USD $4.99) for my iPhone 5, a Fabric Shaver (USD $4.99) and a Tripod (USD $5.99).
The second one was not that fast - it took one and a half months - but I have nothing to complain about! As I said, I bought the items for peanuts, and the shipiment was free! What else did I need? Just wait. This time I got an eyeshade (USD $2.49), sunglasses (USD $4.99) which, by the way, have a great quality (unbelievably), considering the price, a hard case for my iPod (USD $2.99), two waterproof bags (USD $1.69 each) and a lugagge tag (USD $1.99).
If you're not patient, my advice for you is to forget it. It WILL take long, but it's worth it. I'm waiting for five more purchases to be delivered, and I'm SOO looking foward to getting my hands on all of them. Every single one! Munhahaha
Ahh, just one more thing! Last Wednsday (December 4th), I received an e-mail asking me to confirm the delivery of my first order (the first among the five that I'm waiting for), but I haven't received anything yet. Is it normal? Yup, it is. It also happened the last time I bought things from them, but I only got my items a few days later (3 or 4, maybe) after receiving that message. For this reason, do NOT panic or get paranoid if this message turns up before you get your hands on your pruchase. It happens sometimes. The e-mail will be just like the one below:
You may think: "_Nothing is perfect... So isn't this website." You're right! It's not perfect... But the only thing that I didn't like is that you can't track your order sometimes. It means that you have to wait for your producsts trusting in a company that you've never bought anything from, without even knowing where they are. Other than that, I love it!
There are some people on the internet who claim that Mini In The Box is a scam. As it seems, they're not used to buy stuff on international websites. You MUST wait. I can't agree since all my items have been perfectly delivered. Don't take their word for it. You'll never know if you don't give it a try. Draw YOUR own conclusions... :)
P.S.: I'm NOT being paid by Mini In The Box to write this post !!!
Have you ever bought anything there? Do you want to share your experience with us? Leave a commeny below!