Taobao is the shopping website online Largest in China. It is known as the Amazon of China and shoppers can order everything from groceries to beauty products on the platform and at almost unbeatable prices.
Outside China, Taobao is generally known for copying the latest releases in the fashion world at affordable prices.
In recent years, it has experienced a surge in popularity thanks to the youth of TikTok, who show off their purchases in videos garnering thousands of views. The rise of the platform is becoming akin to the Chinese phenomenon fast fashion: she in.
many of my friends have shopped taobao, but I had never tried it personally. So my editor gave me a challenge: buy the 5 best fashion items with a budget of $3.50 max.
The truth is that shopping through Tobao without knowing any Chinese has never been easier. The web translation is not very accurate, the design is somewhat confusing and I had to manually convert all prices to Euros.
However, distribution has been rapid. I received my package in less than a week, but not all of my orders arrived.
A pair of Lenovo wireless headphones went missing, and getting my money back turned out to be more difficult than I’d hoped. language has been the greatest disability Because we didn’t have a good communication.
Products sold on Taobao may be cheap, but expectations don’t always match reality. so i decided to test shopping experience And find out if it’s really worth ordering.
it’s dead Wait shopping on taobaoIn order from best to worst:
The Expectation: A simple yet elegant iPhone case. It looked very basic but still useful and it was only 3 Chinese Yuan, ie less than 50 cents.
On the web, the image showed that the case had a pocket where you could store a transportation card, ID or credit card, it was also available in different colors and for different iPhone models.
I chose transparent case because my mobile is already colored.
Reality: A simple yet elegant iPhone case. The product is exactly the same as in the pictures. The pocket is perfect and for the price I can’t complain.
honestly it is Best item I’ve bought on Taobao. I have used the cover every day for 2 months and it is still in excellent condition.
Needless to say, I will be getting all my phone cases from Taobao from now on.
The Expectation: An Apple Watch clone with a touch screen. I collect watches so this one from Taobao caught my attention, especially when I saw its price of 11.90 Yuan, ie 1.50 Euro.
Casio digital watches are considered to be one of the best pieces in the market at affordable prices. But I wanted to see if Taobao had options for those who wanted to spend even less.
Aside from the fact that the watch closely resembled the Apple Watch, I was also put off by the tiny icons on the screen and wondered if it would have any touchscreen functionality.
Reality: A basic digital watch without touch screen capabilities. Amazingly, the watch works well. Batteries are included, which means you can use the watch as soon as it arrives.
I have fairly slim wrists so large watches usually look too big on me, but I think this one suits me very well.
However, the watch does have some technical drawbacks, such as having to press a button to wake up the screen and no touchscreen features as I’d expect.
But for less than 2 Euro it meets most of my expectations. It also comes with an extra bracelet as a gift, and although I don’t love it, it’s a nice detail.
The Expectation: An affordable, yet sturdy travel bag. I wanted to evaluate the quality of the travel bag on Taobao, so I bought a folding canvas that cost 15.80 yuan, which is about 2 euros. It looked very strong in the pictures.
For my day-to-day life, I usually carry a large Longchamp bag which I also use as a carry-on whenever I travel. But the French brand is over €100, so I wanted to see if I could find a cheaper alternative that also provided good quality.
The Taobao Duffel Bag could be a good choice, as in the photos it looks large enough to carry your travel essentials. Come on, this would be great for weekend getaways or short trips.
It was available in multiple colors including red and blue, and I went with the latter.
Reality: A disaster. Unfortunately, the canvas bag that arrived looks shoddy and its material is terrible. The threads on the handle were already practically worn off and it looks cheap.
Personally the bag is disappointing as it is made of very thin fabric which will easily tear if you try to carry anything heavy in it. It has seams all over and they don’t look well finished.
The only advantage of the bag is its size: it is roomy and has several compartments that can be useful when traveling.
In general, I think it’s better to spend a little more for a durable travel bag and save yourself the headache of it breaking at some point.
Expected: A pair of copycats Yeezy Foam Runner. I was in awe of these shoes, which were the most unique and expensive of all I had ever bought. They cost 23.32 yuan or 3.20 euros.
The new fashion for foam rubber shoes is somewhat expensive. Crocs cost around 50 Euros and yeezy They cost between 170 and 280 euros in the resale market.
I’m not someone who normally wears these types of shoes, but for the price alone, I had to find out if they were worth it.
Taobao’s version appears to be a copy of the shoes yeezy, With the same hollow design and exotic shape. It was offered in almost all adult sizes, from 35 to 46.
Fact: A painful and uncomfortable pair of clogs. The shoes that came are slipping and do not fit my feet. Wearing them for more than a few minutes is the perfect recipe for blisters.
These clones have become my worst purchase. The material is more like Styrofoam (foam) than the patented Closed Cell Resin (PCCR) used by brands like Crocs. The holes are also not cut correctly and the finish leaves a lot to be desired.
Therefore, even if they cost less than 4 euros, they are still a waste of money because they are practically impossible to wear and they can rub you.
In general, I recommend shopping on Taobao, but only for cheap stuff As in this list. That way, even if what you get falls short of your expectations, it won’t be a waste of money.
It can also be helpful to have someone who understands Chinese and can help you with your shopping. Not only does it take a lot of effort to shop on their website, but the return and refund process can be confusing and tedious if you don’t understand the language.
Taobao is full of hits and misses. The items themselves can be big surprises or disappointments. My advice is to read the reviews before hitting the pay button.