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Finally, I Got A Trunki Hello Kitty Boostapak

Emily, my daughter dislikes her car seat since it becomes uncomfortable when she grows up. We also found it quite difficult to adjust and occupies too much space. So we decided to change a lite one which is easy to carry and set up. But all car seats in China physical store are quite traditional like our existing one.

4 weeks ago, Vicky sent me a shopping list before my travel in North America and stressed that Trunki Hello Kitty Boostapak is priority No. 1. 

A Challenge But I Made It

Trunki is quite popular in UK and Hongkong. There are many fake ones in the China market too.

For this type of car seat, Trunki is not available in most American physical stores.

Though we can find standard pink and green version in many web stores, Hello kitty is quite difficult to find.

I failed to complete the mission in the United States and finally got the car seat from Taobao back home in China. Yesterday it arrived and Emily loved it.

Most important thing is, It took me less than 48 hours to get it.Finally, I Got A Trunki Hello Kitty BoostapakFinally, I Got A Trunki Hello Kitty Boostapak

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In the Southern US

It was quite a busy business travel and I planned to go shopping in big cities like New York, and Boston, the last stops before going back home.

For the first two weeks, I'd been across all nine southern states of US and two states in north Mexico. We were driving all the way and it was quite convenient to be anywhere.

In Tuscon, Arizona, We stepped into a Walmart 24 hour store, I found many types of folded car seats. and they are not expensive at all. Actually, I thought I can buy any of them to finish my shopping task though I could not find Trunki products. However, I was not sure whether Emily will like it and I had plenty of time to find the one in the list.

In New York & Boston

OK, Now we were in the big city, and we lived in Manhattan, I could not find Trunki products in Macy's, and all kinds of different grocery stores,

The same was in Boston, I can not even find a Walmart nearby in the neighborhood.

I did not expect to find it without any plan, so I turn to other options.

 

Online Shopping in the US

I could find the exact product on Amazon, eBay, Trunki Store and other online sellers, but not much choices, and the biggest issue for me is the delivery time.

During this travel, I will stay no more than 3 nights in each city, and I usually book the hotel for the new destination just one day before I arrive there. It is risky to place online orders while most of the delivery options are more than two days.

 

Trunki Customer Service

To be wise, do the research first.

I sent an email to Trunki customer service when I was in Boston, they replied within several hours.

You can get a delivery to the US by ordering online and it will be from the UK website that you need to place the order:
https://www.trunki.co.uk/collections/boostapak

I am afraid we don't sell Boostapak in Shanghai so you won't find them.

Considering the delivery time, I gave up ordering directly from their official webstore in the UK.

And when I asked about the availability in Boston and possible shipment to China, they replied with the following.

Here are the stores in America but I cannot guarantee they will all have the Boostapak:
Fireworks Galleries
Turquoise
Aquarium of the Pacific
Harco
Buy Buy Baby
Bed Bath & Beyond
DBA for Moms
Capital Books and Wellness

Regarding delivery to China, I am afraid we do not ship to this country, I am sorry about that.

After doing further research, I see the best chance I can buy the product is in Washington D.C. and Seattle, which are not in my travel plan.

Both Buy Buy Baby and Bed Bath & Beyond has their branch in Boston so I called them before I go, they have Trunki products in the store but the Boostapak series are not available.

 

Back Home

OK then, I was back home.

what are the choices now?

  1. Order from Amazon and buy the standard green version.
  2. Order from Trunki Official Webstore and use transshipment since they do not support direct shipping.
  3. Order from a Hongkong online store to buy the standard green version.
  4. Order from a China agent on Taobao.
Order from Amazon and buy the standard green version.
Order from Amazon and buy the standard green version.
Order from Trunki Official Webstore and use transshipment since they do not support direct shipping.
Order from Trunki Official Webstore and use transshipment since they do not support direct shipping.

 

Order from a Hongkong online store to buy the standard green versio
Order from a Hongkong online store to buy the standard green version

 

Order from a China agent on Taobao
Order from a China agent on Taobao

Emily loves Hello Kitty version. so there are only two choices

  1. Order from Amazon and buy the standard green version. 
  2. Order from Trunki Official Webstore and use transshipment since they do not support direct shipping.
  3. Order from a Hongkong online store to buy the standard green version.
  4. Order from a China agent on Taobao.

There is Hello Kitty version on Amazon sites too, but they are expensive or they do not support direct shipping to China.

Many Hongkong online stores either sold out the Hello Kitty version or mark a really high price.

I believe they are in many physical stores but they just do not sell online.

For Trunki Official webstore, it is the safest way, but transshipment needs time.

The China agent just bought several pieces from Hongkong Trunki reseller and there is stock available in China.

Finally, I made my choice to buy from a Chinese Online Seller in the midnight of Nov. 10, and it arrived at my hands at two o'clock in the afternoon of Nov. 12.

Compare two choices

  • Order from Trunki Official Webstore:

One green/pink seat £44.99

One Hello Kitty cover £24.99

Shipment:  estimate £15

Import Tax: estimate £12

Total cost: RMB829

Delivery Time: 7-20 working days

  • Order from a China agent on Taobao.

Hello Kitty Version RMB 602

Shipment: 0

Delivery Time: 38 hours

 

we got it
We got it
Emily was excited to test her new Booster seat
Emily was excited to test her new Booster seat