China has rapidly developed e-commerce, making the options on what to purchase off of the internet limitless. Sellers have come up with innovative new ways to fulfill the varying tastes of the current generation of consumers. Here are just some of the most creative and eye-popping products and offers available on Taobao.com.
1. Playful Accessories
For consumers who love fresh, new fashion, A store named “Strange Taste” offers unique styles and accessories and is based in Hangzhou, Zhejiang. This store is perfect for those who live for fashion and want to be trend setters.
2. Time Travel Paintings
A store named “夏虫与冰艺术坊” offers portaits mixing the classic Tang Dynasty style, circa 618-907 AD, with current themes such as the minions from Despicable Me and modern inventions like selfie stick or a hairdryer. Their unique creations blend the classic with the contemporary.
3. Obama’s Voice
Taobao hosts several shops that specialize in voice imitations of celebrities, Chinese and foreign politicians, even US President Barack Obama! Make your friends jealous by getting a personal call from any of these voices, whether current, past, or imaginary. Some of the most sough-after voices currently are Spongebob,Doraemon, and Jackie Chan.
4. Cyber Sweethearts
Another popular purchase on Taobao is a cyber sweetheart for about 20 yuan, or $4.30, a day. This unique service offer the customer a good morning phone call, good night phone call, or lends an ear to listen or a voice to give moral support. Consumers can even customize the personality of their cyber sweetheart’s voice for a more personal experience!
5. Sad Poets’ Poetry
For poetry lovers, a shop called “The Sadness of a 50 Cent Poet” offers over 70 different short poems by four different poets. The poems are free, but a “50 cent donation” is appreciated, as said by their motto “Ours is an age when poets starve. Our poems are free, but if you think they are good we would not mind a 50 cent donation”.
6. Doge Headgear
Taobao sellers offer a hand muff/pillow based on the wildly popular ShibaInu dog. Consumers can pose with the Doge’s head and share photos with multicolored text based on the Doge’s popular personality.
This is just a small sampling of the myriad of different offerings found on China’s Taobao.
TaobaoFocus is an agent for online shopping in China. It pegs its mission as “to help and allow more international buyers to enjoy shopping on Taobao, China’s largest online marketplace.” Obviously expert at targeting worldwide buyers, its appeal to the growing Middle Eastern market is a big plus point. It is now offering a website translation in Arabic in addition to the more usual English, Russian, French and Spanish.
Join us exploring TaobaoFocus in detail to see how it is differentiated from the competition.
#1. Is Their Website Easy To Order ?
Overseas shoppers accustomed to retail websites boasting easy navigation and contact points will feel right at home at TaobaoFocus. It’s “shop til you drop” 3000 miles from home – without ever leaving the house.The extremely well edited English website version is text-heavy but speaks in well-defined terms.
The order system on TaobaoFocus ensures a smooth shopping experience. Calling on a universally recognized account registration and shopping cart structure, shoppers will need no introduction to ordering procedure.
Additional features inherent in this fun excursion include:
The capability to enter comments/receive replies directly on the order page;
Multiple delivery address option;
Order processing updates per e-mail;
Standard pre-shipping sharing of ordered item’s photos;
And a “Save Shopping Cart” function to preserve interrupted online sessions.
Categories of Taobao shopping opportunities — e.g. tea, wedding dresses, men’s shoes – are expertly delineated to support non-Chinese users.
#2. How Much Do They Charge ?
Service fees of 10% (of product costs + domestic shipping) are by no means competitive with some other agencies. And since all calculated and estimated costs presented on the website are expressed in RMB only, it’s difficult for any first-time customer unfamiliar with the Chinese yuan exchange to assess in advance how much of his local currency will actually disappear from his bank account.
TaobaoFocus is one of the few overseas shopping websites to articulate its policies surrounding Refunds and Privacy in official terms.
#3. Which Payment Method Do They Support?
Payment methods are the most varied of any Chinese agent’s site: PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, Maestro, JCB, WebMoney, RBK Money and Western Union are all accepted forms of payment.
#4.What Did They Post On Their Blog?
The general appeal to an overseas shopping public is reflected in the website’s blog. It is here that the curious user can read about local customs and lifestyle in posts about, for example, Chinese New Year. This blog is also designed to be a community-builder. Promotions and contests for “Share your Language”, Valentine’s Day or International Women’s Day are themed to speak to customers from all around the globe.
#5. How Is Their Customer Service Support?
TaobaoFocus seeks to put them to rest with a very American-style, customer-friendly template. Citing Live Support Chat (available 10am to 10pm China time, Monday-Friday), a how-to-order tutorial, copious FAQs, a guarantee that Claims & Complaints will be handled properly – and finally – the Terms & Conditions to back themselves up, TaobaoFocus puts users’ minds at rest.
The TaobaoFocus staff promise to help with translation as well: if a shopper is stymied by a puzzling translation on Taobao, TaobaoFocus will hone in on the relevant products, speak with the seller and relate requested information back to the buyer.
#6. What Did Other Customer Say About TaobaoFocus?
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TaobaoFocus Review: Conclusion
TaobaoFocus’s forte is easy to navigate website, qucik reply,but their website looks outdated and I do think they should remodel their site a bit.their service price is 10%,which is one of the highest among all the agents,you can see this taobao agent pricing comparison table,most of other agents charge less than 10%.As usually, I highly recommend you check this website yourself to see whether or not it’s the best fit for your needs.
TaoBao.com is more or less a bottomless pit of e-commerce with wide selection and variety of items and services, and browsing through the site without purpose is like a deep sea exploration where you encounter all the oddities lurking in the dark spaces.
Here are 5 of the weirdest things sold on TaoBao.com
The religion and ancient philosophy of Taoism has been a part of Chinese life for over thousands of years. The Taoist clergy Daoshi runs several shops on Taobao selling “Fu”. Fu is said to hold special powers that can ward off evil or bad luck and also bring good luck to whoever owns it. Many mothers seek it out to calm a fussy, crying baby. The Fu is generally written on a piece of special paper and sealed in a pouch. It is given a religious rite first in order to make the healing powers of the Fu stronger. The price for a Fu can range from 0.1 yuan to 166,000 yuan.
Taobao offers the British version of Marmite, available in a larger jar with a yellow top, as well as the New Zealand version that has a red label. Vendors buy the yeasty treat from different places overseas, such as Hong Kong, the UK, Canada, or New Zealand and offer it buyers on the site.
Poetry for the Soul
A site called “The Sadness of a 50 Cent Poet” was set up last August on Taobao. This site caters to poetry lovers who select one of the 45 short poems available, written by four different poets, and are kind enough to send a 50 cent donation in return. Their motto is “Ours is an age when poets starve. Our poems are free. If you think they are good, we would not mind a 50 cent donation”. To date, this site has only received two donations, proof that poetry readers may be as “starved” as the poets themselves!
President Combo Lunch
In December, 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinpling ate at Qingfeng Steamed Dumpling Restaurant in Beijing for lunch. He ordered six pork and leek dumplings, two sides of mustard greens, and a pig liver and intestine stew for 21 yuan. Known as the President Combo, you can order it from Taobao for 79 yuan!
China had 190 million online gamers in 2012, according to official statistics. Gaming online is a huge business in China, grossing 69bn yuan. Gamers turn to Taobao to buy credits or items for their virtual games. Some stores also offers leveling up services for gamers who are short on time. Staffs of these full time gamers work round the clock to level up a gamer’s avatar for a fee, moving them from level 1 to 90.
Frugirls serves the international community as a professional purchasing agent for purchasing virtually any product from online China. Frugirls’ name is evocative of their service: frugal-minded folks will love the cheap prices associated with Chinese website goods, and will be pleasantly surprised at how easy it can be to buy from China.Frugirls provides services for all kinds of clients from all over the world, including individuals, companies and wholesalers. The service claims to guarantee safe and accurate transactions and expedited shipping.
Today, we bring you a review of Frugirls. What features differentiate it from the competition? Let’s find out.
#1. How Does Their Website Look Like?
FruGirls certainly takes its professionalism seriously, and keeps exclusively its customers in mind starting with its website design.
The privacy-protective registration and log-in procedure which westerners have come to expect in online shopping is a major attraction of frugirls.com.
A simple Amazon-like product category dropdown provides effective search filtering.
Nice extras like instant translation of the English site into Chinese, Russian, Spanish and French brighten everyone’s browsing mood.
And there’s even a built-in calculation for those quick subtotaling and conversion issues.
#2. Is It Easy to Order Via Frugirls?
While new customers will be delighted to find the familiar Shopping Cart symbol on the website, the handy Ordering Tutorial really takes the cake in terms of easy access. A cleverly placed tool allows for “Quick Orders” via a fast copy-and-paste of a Taobao URL. With literally no fussing in terms of manual order form fill-in, the ordering process is one-screen, accurate and automatic.
#3. How Much Do They Charge For Their Service?
Truly frugal shoppers will appreciate the relatively low 6% (of product cost + domestic shipping) service fee.
#4. Do They Have Any Discount Program?
Yes,The truly loyal penny-pincher can get deeply discounted rates on service and delivery fees through redemption of rewards points. Points may be accrued on everything from site registration to referral of friends.
Customers are rewarded loyalty points on video-creation and YouTube upload expounding on their shopping experience. And sharing FruGirls’ promotional message to all types of social networks is handsomely rewarded for any customer with 100+ friends or subscribers.
#5. What Payment Method Do They Accept?
Accepted payment is by credit card, Western Union, Web Money and wire transfer only. No PayPal available.
The company, however, offers a watertight returns and exchange policy for its account holders and commits to a 100% reliable service. Online payment security is guaranteed thanks to credit card processing by Alipay, an affiliate company of Alibaba.
#6. Which Shipping Method Do They Support?
Order fulfillment is by customer choice of EMS (Chinese express mail courier), Air-Mail Small, Air-Mail Express, SAL (Sea-and-Land), DHL, UPS and TNT.
The website’s postage cost calculator is a handy tool allowing a direct apples-to-apples comparison between services based on shipment value, weight and destination.
#7. Is Their Customer Service Good?
Despite all the apparent procedural, pricing and promotional “pluses” of FruGirls, I am left feeling a bit abandoned once I’ve clicked “submit” on my shopping cart and placed my order. Given the potential for cultural and linguistic misunderstandings, I would prefer to be coddled with my own personal agent rather than having to rely on an anonymous [email protected] contact address to resolve problems which may arise.
Skype is also advertised as a contact method, but what company makes themselves available 24/7 on Skype to accommodate a customer on the other side of the world? Granted, the nicely stocked toolkit on the FruGirls website is wonderful to help customers check textile colors against a multi-rainbowed chart, estimate their order weight, track their shipment, even translate Chinese product words into the vernacular. However, I (and many customers ) would also value a dialogue with a dedicated agent.
#8. Do Frugirls Customers Like Their Service?
I didn’t find many feedbacks from the customers online,there are some on youtube,you can check those reviews before making the final decision:
Overall, I would give Frugirls a 4.0/5.0! Their website is professional and their service fees were very reasonable.However, its customer support can scare away many potential customers. As usually, I highly recommend you check this website yourself to see whether or not it’s the best fit for your needs.
Taobao, one of the world’s largest e-commerce websites trades an average of nearly 50,000 items every minute.
With more than 800 million items listed,Taobao offers a wide selection and variety of items and services. There is something to be found for just about any occasion, person, or event.
Here I listed some of the incredibly weird and unique items you can purchase on Taobao.
Breast Milk Soap
Soap made from breast milk is a very hot seller on Taobao. Some sellers say they use their own breast milk, making a business out of excess milk their infants cannot drink. And it is good for the skin and cures certain rashes on infants.
Vegetables and Luffa Water
Wang Xiafeng,a 32 year old entrepreneur left a marketing job in Shanghai to sell over 20 different varieties of farm produce through his shop on Taobao. He is known to thousands as “Brother Earth”. His two best-selling items include rice wine that is home-brewed, and luffa stem water that can whiten and soothe skin.
Drone For Sale
When pictures of the drone that rebels in Syria shot down last November popped up on the internet, many recognized it as being sold by a Shenzhen-based Chinese company on Taobao.
It is called DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter,This remote controlled flying device has a built in camera and sold in the TMall store for 3,999 yuan.
Boyfriend for Hire
During the lunar New Year in China every year, friends and family gather for parties and dinners, much like at Christmas time in the West. But for those who didn’t have a boyfriend to take to these events, Taobao had lots of men offering their services as pretend boyfriends.One particular seller offered 800 yuan to go visit family in another city, 150 an hour to go shopping with you, and also would listen to your problems for 20 minutes for a fee of 50 yuan.
Scorpions are offered by over 800 different sellers on Taobao. Buyers seek them out for pets, such as the African emperor scorpion, or armour-tail scorpions that serve as health food. The general price for scorpions on the site is $2 for a dozen. Sellers said the scorpions would be safely packed inside containers and They also would include safe-opening instructions to teach customers how to unpack them safely upon arrival. For customers who feel frightened about live scorpions,they also have the option to receive them already fried or boiled.
China’s largest e-commerce venue Taobao sells a multitude of different products at unbeh2evably low prices. This consumer-to-consumer platform offers everything from computer hardware, clothes, unique gift ideas, accessories, paintings, just to name a few. However, Taobao is entirely in Chinese, making navigating and understanding the site difficult for some consumers.
Knowing more about Taobao’s feedback sytem and utih2zing a middleman service, or agent, while shopping will go a long way in making the shopping process a lot smoother. Continue reading to learn eight helpful points to assist you if you shop on Taobao.
1. Translation & Communication
Using Google Translate will help users read product descriptions, prices, and aid them navigating through the site, which is written all in Chinese. This can be a daunting setback to anyone not famih2ar with the language. The translater will help, just be cautious as it isn’t always 100% accurate and the results can be a bit of odd.
Some sellers on Taobao who may reah2ze they have oversea customers and they have placed Engh2sh keywords within products h2stings to make items easier to find. For example, putting “Nike” or “Crocs”in the search engine will take you to the appropriate products associated with the brand.
2. Improve Search Results
Taobao makes it possible to filter results based on certain criterions,you can search for items based on
包邮-Eh2gible for Free Shipping
赠送退货运费险-“Return it for Free”Insurance
货到付款-Cash on Deh2very.
海外商品 -Products from overseas
正品保障-Genuine Product Protection
24小时内发货-Deh2very within 24 hours
7+天内退货-7-Day Return Poh2cy
旺旺在线-WangWang h2veChat Available Now
信用卡支付-Accepts Credit Card
折扣促销-With Discounts and Promotion Now
3. Buy from a Trustworthy, Experienced Seller
Before you purchase from a seller on Taobao you can see how many customer reviews they received and how many successful sales they have completed on their profile. This is similar to other e-commerce sites, such as Ebay. This tool makes it helpful when looking for a reh2able seller.This seller, for instance, has received 87 customer reviews for this item and sucessfully deh2evered 74 of them (marked 1 below).
Those who actually buy from a particular seller also have the abih2ty to rank the seller using colored symbols. The symbols range from hearts, diamonds, blue crowns, and yellow crowns. Five of each symbol must be awarded before moving up the symbol h2st.As you can see, this seller has 1 blue crown (marked 2) which is quite a good rating.
4. Understanding the Feedback System
You can check on the overall feedback from other customers and reviews on Taobao, much h2ke on other onh2ne ecommerce shopping sites. On Taobao this is found at the bottom of a product’s page. Other customers also rate products they have purchased on the site. They use a star rating from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest quah2ty. This is a convenient rating service to learn from other customers exactly what the quah2ty of a product is.
If there is no review for this product, you can do as discussed in tip #3 and check the seller’s overall feedback by ch2cking the colored symbols(heart, diamond or crown). Again, a great tool to see how reh2able a seller is before making a purchase from them.
Taobao uses RMB, or Chinese yuan, in all of their transactions. As we discussed earh2er you can use Ah2pay(think of it h2ke Chinese PayPal) to make purchases, or pay onh2ne through your China bank account. Another option is to buy a ah2pay purchase card through post office to make a purchase. Keep in mind when making a purchase that an exchange rate will be added to the total cost of the item.
Before you purchase an item, attempt to ask the seller if the item is internationally shippable as many of the sellers on Taobao don’t. This is mainly due from no knowledge on this type of shipping or a problem communicating between different languages. Some sellers do speak Engh2sh, which makes communicating a lot easier. They also are more open to taking onh2ne payments and international payments. While this is a huge plus, these services may come with extra charges. Also, pay attention to any restrictions concerning shipping imposed by your country of origin,especially if an item is restricted or gains extra taxes if shipped out of country.
7. Length of Shipping Time
Just h2ke with other ecommerce sites, items shipped from Taobao generally take anywhere from 7-40 days to arrive at your door. As a rule, internationally shipped items from China take around 3 weeks to enter the country. Customs holds the item for about another week in order for the item to clear. The item then spends about 2-3 days waiting the post office to deh2ver the item. The Air Mail from China takes 4-40 days, China Post, or EMS, takes anywhere from 10-28 days to deh2ver an item, and DHL is much faster at 5-10 days. Of course, you will need to pay more if you want to get your item faster.
8. Taobao Agent
Taobao agents are growing in popularity as the taobao’s popularity grows. Agents serve as a sort of middleman between buyers outside of the Chinese market and sellers on Taobao, within the Chinese market. Agents handle all parts of the transaction, including payment and shipping, explaining items, and also can serve as a translator between you and the seller. Many agents have items shipped directly to them on behalf of buyers, which in turn can save money.
TaobaoSpree.com has been around for quite some time (since 2009), attesting to its popularity and success as a shopping service agent. Facilitating purchases by overseas shoppers buying Chinese products is their one and only business. TaobaoSpree prides itself on “Being a Good Agent”. And judging from shopper feedback, they accomplish this with flying colors.
In this review we will guide you through all major TaobaoSpree features and discuss the pros and cons of using this agent.
#1. Is Their Website Easy Of Use?
Helpful tips included on the website include links and teaching pages for translation tools; size conversion charts for men’s and women’s clothing and shoes, and links to shipment tracking. Sue, the boss of this amazing business, has truly thought of everything the international shopper may need.
And the process is so transparent, from the colorful cartoon imagery depicting ordering procedure on the TaobaoSpree homepage, down to the attentive communication from customer service reps.
#2. Is It Easy to Order via TaobaoSpree?
you need to download the Excel order form to fill in your information, the products links and their prices. You can find the links here.there is no unwieldy online registration or password creation needed.Taobaospree had a more tedious spreadsheet order form you would have to use to submit your order.
Customers can request that photos be taken of their ordered items prior to shipping, and service reps are happy to comply, sending these on to customers, schedule permitting.
To protect against glaring purchase mishaps, TaobaoSpree happily has a robust returns/exchanges policy in place too.
#3. How Much Do They Charge For Their Service?
Taobaospree has a 10% shopping service fee with a minimum of 50 Chinese yuan (about US$ 8),which is pretty standard among most shopping services.Optional insurance runs 5% of the total cost.
#4. What Payment Methods Do They Accept?
TaobaoSpree accepts PayPal (also including Visa, MasterCard, Discover and AmEx) in US$ for US customers; otherwise HK$. Western Union, MoneyGram and bank transfer also accepted.
#5. What Shipping Methods Do They Offer?
Customers choose from a wide variety of shipping options, including the Chinese courier service EMS; international shippers DHL, Fedex, UPS and TNT, China Post (insurance not available with this service) and, through special arrangement, HKEMS, Asia Special Line and European Special Line. A special promotion entitles the shopper to a 40% discount on each order shipped via EMS.
#6. How’s TaobaoSpree’s Customer Support?
TaobaoSpree.com offers a variety of contact methods including e-mail to one’s personal agent; Facebook messaging; Twitter; and a dedicated feedback webpage. There’s even a “live help” app.TaobaoSpree team is available from 9am to 6pm Monday-Friday and endeavors to answer all e-mails as quickly as possible.
Every customer has a dedicated agent who is available for one-on-one communication via e-mail. (Customer service agents Cici and Ray appear to be long-time members of the organization, again reflecting the high standard of this company.)
Obviously keen to engage customers and cultivate an ongoing relationship, TaobaoSpree hosts a lively Facebook page, offers monthly giveaways of client products like kitchenware, and spotlights a NewsFeed on their homepage informing of anomalies in business hours or shipping schedules due to local Chinese holiday.
#7. What Their Customers Say About TaobaoSpree?
Some of their customers shared their experience with TaobaoSpree,and I’ve picked some of them,you can view their opinion before you take further action.
Check out this video to see How to order from taobao spree.
TaobaoSpree Review: Conclusion
TaobaoSpree is a robust agent with good word-of-mouth. Its most positive sides are quick responses,friendly customer support and speed of service. However, the shopping service fee is fairly high and the order process is debatable,some think their ordering process is simple and easy to use,some think spreadsheet order form is tedious and easy to get confused.
Overall rating for TaoBaoSpree is 4.9/5 stars and it is a highly recommended agents especially if you are a first time buyer.
If you have any additional questions or thoughts, please leave a comment below. Thanks!
TaobaoRing is one of the top reliable agent in China that helps you buy items from Taobao and many other Chinese online shops all over the world. It was founded on 2011 with the start up of six employees with average age of 22-29.
What makes TaobaoRing unique? Is it suited to you? Join us exploring taobaoring in detail to see how it is differentiated from the competition.
#1. Is Their Website Easy To Use ?
It is very easy to order on their website because of the order process part. They have this chart:
Under that chart there are seven steps on explaining very well what will happen on each part of the order process.
They will also notify you within the day if one or some of your items are not available anymore.
They have a unique crawler system which can grasp the taobao items price precisely. When you have discount for some items, their system will automatically minus the discount to your total invoice price.
#2. How Much Do They Charge For Their Service?
Taobaoring have 8% service fee of the total item cost and domestic shipping fee. Obviously,Price is not their selling point,if you want lower price,you can choose from this chart,some agents have better price.
Their minimum service charge is 30RMB. Their insurance fee is optional only.
I would recommend you to accept their insurance when you buy high value goods since its only 5% of all the cost (items cost + domestic shipping fee + our service fee + international shipping fee). Better be safe than sorry, right?
When you are ordering online you need to always check the website’s payment methods. What I love about taobaoring is that they offer a lot of payment methods which are PayPal, Western Union, MoneyGram, WebMoney, and Bank Transfer. Their paypal Payment transaction charge is 4.4% + 0.3 USD.
You can enjoy 7% of service charge when you pay via Western Union with the amount of single payment is more than 2,000$.
#4. What Shipping Methods Do They Offer?
They offer a lot of couriers for shipment. These are EMS, Airmail, Air, Surface, SAL, DHL, Aramex, and SF(ShunFeng).
Above all these couriers they recommend EMS for its fast, safe and reliable advantage. You can get a discount up to 40% off official EMS shipping rates. I also suggest EMS because this courier really have an excellent service!
#5. How’s TaobaoRing’s Customer Support?
All final orders are processed within 12 hours. They also have these Online Help Box on the lower left side, where you can chat with their employee via QQ or skype.
Their employees are very accomodating. You can also email them and get a reply within 30 minutes to 12 hours(I have tested!).
Another good thing about them is their free pre-packing photo service,Once you have paid your orders, they will automatically send you a photo of all your orders packed before shipping.You can then check if items were mispicked, damaged or wrongly-colored.Most of agents will charge a fee for this service.
#6. What Did Their Customers Say About TaobaoRing?
Customers seemed to be pleased with TaobaoRing, most found agents were very patient and understanding. They were also happy with the shipping method, saying that they have a shipping method most agents don’t offer: SEA (surface) shipping . However there have been complaints over the hidden domestic fees and no instant chat. I have listed some of their reviews here,you can check it out by your own:
The video below from Nyanase has a good summary of How to buy from TaoBao through Taobaoring and also provides tips on how to track Your Order.
TaobaoRing Review: Conclusion
Overall, we really like TaobaoRing because we like companies that truely care about their customers. It has unique crawler system, free pre-packing photo, and fast email response.TaobaoRing is a great choice if you’re about to choose a agent that has a balance between price and service.
Do you have any additional questions or thoughts for TaobaoRing, If so, please leave a comment below to communicate with us.