Chinese PCB's and other stuff


So I live in Shanghai China, originally from London UK. Last night I spent a bit of time browsing (the Chinese equivalent of ebay) and I found tonnes of stuff! Sanwa and Seimetsu are both readily available.!!207118377.jpg!!207118377.jpg!!207118377.jpg

long ryu stick 65usd!!207118377.jpg

ps3/360 board 40usd
ps3 /360 board 37usd
ps3 / pc board 8usd
ps3 / pc board 9usd
360/pc board 22usd
pc board 4usd

This one looks like it could be good

Links to various taobao stores I found all selling arcade parts

I’m sure there’s much much more to be found on taobao, but my Chinese is limited and I don’t have time to trawl through the site.

I thought it was pretty interesting looking through this stuff, you guys are paying waaay too much over there in the states.


If you think people pay too much in the US, maybe it’s time to come to Europe and see how bad is here.


Anyone know a good taobao agent?


What do you want to buy? I could ship it to you.


hahahahaha yes! i think i’m going to try to bring 2 big luggages with me to China this year :slight_smile: thanks bro


And they’re in the same area I’m going to be at = cheap shipping :slight_smile:


Doesn’t really matter what area you’re in, shipping is super cheap and efficient within China. I can get a package across town within a few hours and it’ll only cost me like 5usd.


Good finds. I trawled through aliexpress and found similar items, but in the end I found that the shipping for most of the larger items (cases) was just too much to make it worthwhile.

Some of the pcbs, and other parts, are pretty decent though. The PS3/360 ones scare me a bit, since the 360 part is a separate board that plugs into a header on the main board at a right angle…

If I were going to China I would certainly be picking up a few of the cases, however.

You should bring some back when you visit home :slight_smile:


Shipping internationally anywhere is not cheap…

Borderwise from US to Canada, as close as they are, it still gets ridiculously expensive but a lot of that is decided by politicians. It has less to do with weight of goods and energy useage. If you don’t live domestically or in the same union/trade block, you will end up paying more regardless of where you are in the world. Everybody wants to protect their domestic industry and priorities are different on import goods like videogames. Face it, most games are developed in the US or Japan and governments tax the hell out of import goods.

Electronics are generally cheaper in Japan and the US. Software prices (videogames) are virtually the same unless you try to import from the alternate (same region coding, Blu ray) trading block. With the devaluation of the dollar, import software has gotten to price levels that haven’t been seen in 20 years – upward of $100 per Japanese PS3 disc. Previously, I’ve seen prices like that (frequently) in the later days of the SNES/SFC era where higher-meg count cartridges (16Mb and up) were costing $85 and more.
There really isn’t that much of a mark-up on import software… It’s the alternate region system hardware where prices get ridiculously high.
Hardware prices can differ by $50 or less but there are circumstances of product being significantly more expensive in one region or the other. This is definitely true with respect to region-exclusive releases of joysticks for sure! For import, that $50 extra usually comes from handling/middleman fees. On top of that, there is regular shipping/boxing ($20) and international shipping with insurance/guaranteed delivery (another $50-$60). In a good chunk of the Asian third world, very good deals can be found on common electronic goods/software but you have to buy locally. Whether that’s official pricing or bootlegging I don’t know but it seems to hold.
By the same token, I’ve seen online specialty videogame collector shops that charge outrageous prices in hardware and software that I know from skimming the Net isn’t THAT rare! It’s usually the HK shops that price-gouge in those cases. (And no, I’m not talking about Play-Asia… They’re generally fair and in line with most other import shops. It’s certain stores with “funnier” names that have suspiciously high pricing on crap that’s over 3 years old which people aren’t buying!)

[Where software prices get really expensive in Japan is on movie discs. American discs cost anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 of what the typical Japanese 5-inch movie disc retails for. For an average $50 Japanese DVD, the cost in the US of a comparable movie disc would be $25 or less first week of release. Then afterwards, most stores will push prices back to normal retail which may be $5-$10 above discount. Online sales are generally least expensive. It’s because of the price disparities that certain releases get delays in alternate regions. Generally, it’s the Japanese home video companies that delay releases of Japanese titles in the US to reduce the reverse importation of cheaper US-licensed versions of anime and Japanese live-action features… The delays can be from 3 months up to a year-and-a-half. These delays come into play particularly with more popular anime feature releases like the Studio Ghibli movies. They sell perennially well in Japan and Tokuma doesn’t want Japanese BD/DVD sales canabilized by cheaper American imports of essentially the same disc.]

In South America, gamers can look to paying at least twice what North Americans pay for their games AND systems. A lot of international students coming to the US buy their systems and games here as a consequence. The major thing they have to be wary of – besides DVD region coding being in effect and MS’s general region lockout on alternate territories for games – is the difference in voltage between the US and elsewhere. Japan and US use the same general voltage, 110V, Europe and elsewhere it’s generally 2x as much. If you aren’t aware of this, it’s very easy to fry Japanese or American systems elsewhere.


Shoot, I wish I could get one of these but I’m a little hesitant to buy something from Tabao, especially when I don’t want to use paypal or credit card. If only a US member can help me get one or two of these.

I found this after doing a little more snooping: It’s for the PS2 and USB as well. Damn I really want one.

This one is 78 RMB or about US$12.72


You can buy those on ebay, just search for “zero delay USB” or just “USB arcade encoder”.


its a crime called smuggling. And if customs find out (this applies everywhere), They will arrest you and lock you up for a long time.


That’s not too likely… for stuff like this, the worst they will do is confiscate it or tax him for the estimated value. But if he just unboxes everything and there’s not so much that he can’t get away with saying it’s for personal use or gifts, he will be fine.

@Riderkicker, you can’t use paypal, visa, master, amex or anything else to pay for goods on taobao even if you wanted to! They only take payments from Chinese bank cards.


I used to travel alot internationally, even when working with the DOD I get my luggage searched.

One or 2 pieces, you can get away saying the item for your self. 3 might work if you come off as an excited collector. At customs they ask if you have anything to declare, and if they catch you at a lie, or think you are lying they will search your body and if necessary an anal cavity search(the TSA is known to do this and get away with it without a warrant).
Your Luggage already gets X-rayed anyways, so they know exactly what is in your bag.
2 suitcases worth can land you in jail. In the US you more than likely to get LUCKY have to pay some stiff fines, Most of Asia and Europe be prepared to be in a jail cell for quite some time.

I know someone who was locked up for 6 months without trial for flying into Europe with 2 huge suitcases filled with American Blue Jeans.

"personal use or gifts"
That excuse stop working when you have 2 or more bags filled with nothing but merchandise.
You have two huge suitcases filled with stuff you bought brings up “red flags” to search you and your stuff.

"tax him for the estimated value"
That happens regardless how much or little stuff you bring. Its called a Duty Tax, you have to declare the items you are bringing in country and you are taxed a percentage of the items worth.
A sum total of items less than $15 is usually ignored, one or 2 items you are claiming are gifts can only so far.


"I know someone who was locked up for 6 months without trial for flying into Europe with 2 huge suitcases filled with American Blue Jeans."
Sorry but that is impossible to believe, maybe you meant someone went to Russia in the 70’s to trade jeans for vodka?


Your first post, and you are going to argue in a Fight game Community Forum, on the Technology board about international law?

Trust me when I say your American rights means squat outside the US. And in alot of foreign countries their legal system revels in making examples of Americans and making it public.
I not as likely to happen in Western Europe, but in Eastern Europe you can still trade a brand new pair of jeans for a kinda crappy used car.

Its funny how people forget how Michael P. Fay got cained in Singapore for what would be in the US a misdemeanor.

But fine, you want to attempt to bring suitcases of merch back from China, if their Airport security catches you, they will keep you locked up in a sub standard cell until a US ambassador negotiates for your release.
And the way politics are, that can be a long time.


Hi Darsakul, hope I did not offend you with my comment, it was not my intention. And I’m not arguing but I just do not agree with you. I know you can not be jailed for 2 suitcases full of jeans. Even in the most backward Eastern Europe countries they have plenty of them, no need any jeans smuggling and nobody will trade even the most crap car for a pair of jeans.
And you right about American rights outside the US, same applies to everybody that goes outside their country. My Japanese rights means nothing when I’m going to US or Europe, I have to observe the local laws, that is pure common sense. And about the guy that was caught in Singapore, he deserved the punishment because when you go to a different country you have to learn and to respect what is legal and what is not legal and follow the rules, otherwise you have to accept the consequences. One thing I’m sure, that guy will not smash car glasses anymore. Specially in Singapore, one of the most strict countries but (maybe because of that) one of the most safe if not the safest in the world.

And no, I do not recommend to bring anything from China but mainly because their terrible quality and zero after service.
But as I said, I hope my comments do not offend you, we can have different opinions right?


I more so was trying to keep individuals from getting in trouble with a foreign government or customs for shipping back 2 huge suitcases of merchandise.
So about the severity of the punishment, would you agree to disagree.

And I do agree with the shoddy quality of many Chinese made products. It is why I discourage people from buying Qanba arcade sticks.


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That shit is godlike. <3 beijing



Honestly, yeah, it’s not Chinese customs you have to look out for. I have never, not once, not in any airport I’ve flown into here, been inspected. I find that hilarious given this is a communist country and you would think that they would want to check for sensitive material. But nope, never been stopped by Chinese customs agents.

It’s TSA and US CBP that you have to worry about. And yes, they will check your bags…thoroughly. I have flown into the States…I can’t remember how many times, and I have only once gotten to bypass getting my bag X-rayed by CBP.

One time, I did push my luck though, coming back to the states from Korea, and brought back like 30 bags of Jagalchi (A squid flavored potato chip), because some of my friends wanted some, because they got hooked on it as much as I did. I was a little nervous going through screening, but they were for gifts, so I had nothing to hide. I marked them on my customs form, and they never gave me any lip about it. But they could have.

But overall, I’d never do it again. I actually got nervous on my flight from Seoul to Tokyo, as they screened us before I got on that flight because there were people going to America from that flight (Re: Me), and of course, the agents opened my bag to find…a megaton of Jagalchi. I just looked the woman in the face, straight faced, and said “I love Jagalchi” and she laughed and told me to enjoy my trip.

But I’d never do it again. And especially in your case, it’s way too risky.