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Any Taobao or Aliexpress users?

So I used Aliexpress for personal use and was happy with it. The experience was always you pay a lump sum for the product and then that is it.

I recently bought from Taobao for the first time and was amazed that after you pay for the goods, once the seller confirms, you gotta pay again (like a shipping and custom/cross border fee..I can't really translate well as it was written in Chinese) before they ship the product and this fee was unexpectedly high. For example, I bought a really cute hat and the cross border/custom/delivery fee was 20usd.

Is this new or is this specific to taobao? Wth is this and wouldn't this impact e-commerce sellers? Note: the above was my buying for personal use but just curious how this impacts e-commerce sellers in US.

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