- Amazon 亞馬遜
- Aliexpress 亞里巴巴
In Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China, we can easily buy Guzheng products. After relocating to oversea and living currently in a small town, I find it very inconvenient because there are no shops nearby that sell Chinese musical instruments and supplies. So, if I need to buy tapes, nails or other Guzheng products, online shopping is my only option. This time I’d talk about the three websites I use most often.
Amazon has so many types of products. I often shop on Amazon.ca. About a year ago, I bought some Guzheng tapes from Amazon, which was surprisingly great, good quality, strong adhesion and reasonably priced. I compared what I bought with the Guzheng tape that my mom bought in Hong Kong – the price is more or less the same. However, Amazon has many different sellers; the quality of products can vary significantly. So, I advise to pay more attention to reviews and pick one that has many positive feedback.
Amazon.com has more Guzheng products than Amazon.ca. Also, many Amazon sellers selling Guzheng products are actually from mainland China. Therefore, shipping takes time. So, don’t wait until you run out of supplies; buy early so you can have your products in time. For the tape I bought about a year ago, I waited for about two months (Canada Post is inefficient) and never received it. I ended up asking the seller for a refund so that I could buy again. The second time, I waited for 1.5 months to receive it. I have also bought Dunhuang Guzheng string on Amazon. The quality and price were reasonable for me. Amazon’s shopping guarantee is very good, giving buyers more confidence. * Amazon also sells Guzhengs. I don’t know how the quality is, but I have seen travel sized and standard sized Guzhengs for sale on Amazon.
Alibaba is just like the English version of Taobao. The price is generally a little cheaper than ebay. Similar to Amazon, the quality of products varies significantly. So pay more attention to reviews. Shopping guarantee is also quite good. I bought a charm to make a Guzheng nail storage board. Its quality was excellent, and I received it in about one month. Alibaba also sells Guzheng nails, tapes, Guzheng dust covers, Guzheng finger trainers, strings and many other products.
Ebay is quite similar to Alibaba, but with more variety of Guzheng products. In addition to strings, nails, dust covers… , I have seen Guzheng stands, expensive Guzheng (such as Dunhuang’s 698JM), travel sized Guzhengs, Guzheng CD, Guzheng books, etc… Ebay has way more Guzheng products than Aliexpress and Amazon. However, it is also important to note that if the seller is in China, the delivery will take time. The quality of products also varies significantly. I usually buy from sellers who have a good track record of positive feedback.
There are other good online stores that are convenient for overseas Guzheng players. I will introduce more next time!