Hijacking the thread a bit... but I have my own taobao confusion. First time user here too.
I'm trying to order this outdoor sink:
Seems many times cheaper than local stores, and if google translate deciphered the description right, it says free shipping to Guangdong province. So I expected I could ship it to a consolidator in Shenzhen and then pay the HK part of the shipping only.
When I add the item to my cart and go to the payment page, it does say:
But then it also slaps a 500 charge on top which google translates as "Express shipping". What's the deal? Am I doing something wrong, or was it too much to hopefully to begin with to ship a large item like this for a reasonable price? Is it basically saying "free shipping but I force you to pay 500 extra for the express service"?