You can order without an agent through the following ways.
Direct shipping sellers ship to you without an agent. You can find a list of sellers here. This can potentially be cheaper, but it's not recommended, especially for beginners, because the risk of getting a wrong item is quite high (due to no QC pics or inspection). Shipping can also be more difficult and the selection smaller.
Taobao direct is a method that allows international shipping from Taobao without an agent. We cannot