I don’t know how to speak in Chinese or read Chinese letters nor learning Chinese language. One thing I know about China – the haven for cheap and affordable items! And TAOBAO site is the largest online site that make it possible. So, these is how.
First thing first, you need an TAOBAO account.
I registered mine previously and been making purchases for months now – handbags, backpacks, apparels, shoes, storage items and etc. I been purchasing abundance things from TAOBAO since this past year. If you don’t have any account yet, go and sign up. It’s free!
TIP #1 – BEST TO USE GOOGLE CHROME BROWSER
Why not Firefox? Because we need to utilise Google Translate plugin to translate TAOBAO page into English or any language that you desired. But if your browser do provide such plugin as well, let me know!
Translated page would provide a better understanding about the site pages. Allowed you to navigate through the catalogues better. But be warned, the structure of sentences might be jumbled around due to direct translation.
TIP #2 – SEARCH DESIRED ITEM IN CHINESE SIMPLIFIED LANGUAGE
Why not traditional Chinese? Since we are targeting Mainland China, they are using simplified method of writing. Be cautions as both two are using different encoding, which may lead to further frustration if wrong language is been used.
Here is my search item – cat’s anti-lice collar. Miow.
TIP #3 – SORT BY SALE
Why not price? Well, that is up to your preference. Sorting by sales should provide some confidence in purchasing from thousands kilometres away seller. Seller with higher sales in another means trusted seller that I can place my order with ease.
TIP #4 – GO THRU CUSTOMER’S COMMENTS
Reading comments help to justify the selection of the seller. If seller with high good comments, then its a go. But if everyone keeps on complaining about the seller, that is a red alert! If you plan to go thru with such cases, please by all means but keep a minimal expectation.
Found mine a trusted seller with great reviews.
TIP #5 – PLACE ORDER WITH PAYMENT CONFIDENCE
Cross finger and make payment. Most Malaysian banks are partnership with TAOBAO payment gateways – Maybank, CIMB, Bank Islam and even Bank Muamalat! So, place your order and make payment either through your credit cards or thru internet banking.
Once it all done, all you left is waiting for your order to be process and shipped to your doorstep!
And I’ll be getting mine soon!
Hopefully these tips helps you to make best selection to avoid future frustration.
Don’t forget to leave me a comment, tell me if you have buy things from TAOBAO before or not!