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Offline eas

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Re: Why use Taobao?
« Reply #25 on: May 31, 2016, 04:21:03 pm »
Chiming in late, but I found that a lot of the specialized boards and gadgets on ebay and AliExpress, things like the AVR transistor tester clones, USB testers, and more interesting little modules originate from small builders that have their own TaoBao shops.

I got pretty good at finding the shops by careful inspection of photos, google translate, google searches, and image searches. Having done so, I found even more stuff well before it showed up in listings on ebay. For example, I got some automated battery testers I found there by way of Franky long before they ever showed up on ebay, for less than they were selling on AliExpress (which didn't ship to my state at the time anyway).

More recently, I've tracked down some interesting modules on TaoBao that aren't available on AliExpress or Ebay.
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Re: Why use Taobao?
« Reply #26 on: May 31, 2016, 04:36:03 pm »
Any non-Chinese speakers/readers been able to order stuff from Taobao? How? Which payment methods?
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Re: Why use Taobao?
« Reply #27 on: May 31, 2016, 09:05:44 pm »
Very few Chinese can speak read or write English, Aliexpress is dedicated to international market, and normally the ones that have some little English can successful handle a store there. Taobao is design to be a local ( for chinese people ) and have a much broad range, since china electronic market is so big that many sellers simple does not care about westerns orders. This means taobao is much more abrangent than aliexpress, several aliexpress sellers, simple buy from taobao translate to english increase the price and sell on aliexpress, but to buy from taobao you need some china knowledge or friends to order from there
 

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Re: Why use Taobao?
« Reply #28 on: May 31, 2016, 09:15:41 pm »
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OK. Just thought of something: Shorts for fat dudes. Checking now...

Actually, for what it's worth, "Shorts for fat dudes." falls into the category of things you'd be more likely to find on Aliexpress (items primarily manufactured for export, sucks to be fat/tall in China).
 

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Re: Why use Taobao?
« Reply #29 on: May 31, 2016, 09:49:41 pm »
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OK. Just thought of something: Shorts for fat dudes. Checking now...

Actually, for what it's worth, "Shorts for fat dudes." falls into the category of things you'd be more likely to find on Aliexpress (items primarily manufactured for export, sucks to be fat/tall in China).
I never have problems finding sizes for tall fat dudes on TaoBao. Amongst 1.3B people there are a substantial number of tall and/or fat dudes. Enough to create a local, if specialist, market.
 

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Re: Why use Taobao?
« Reply #30 on: May 31, 2016, 10:02:27 pm »
Can I actually order direct via taobao? I saw some things, which came up with aud prices and estimated shipping?
Or do I need to use a reshipper?
 

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Re: Why use Taobao?
« Reply #31 on: May 31, 2016, 10:25:04 pm »
You can order but not all sellers will ship internationally, only some.
 

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Re: Why use Taobao?
« Reply #32 on: June 01, 2016, 09:41:46 pm »
Can I actually order direct via taobao? I saw some things, which came up with aud prices and estimated shipping?
Or do I need to use a reshipper?

Taobao have recently introduced their own re-shipping service to certain countries, maybe Australia is now amongst those so you may be in luck. They've also introduced payment with international credit cards recently...
 

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Re: Why use Taobao?
« Reply #33 on: June 01, 2016, 09:53:15 pm »
Can I actually order direct via taobao? I saw some things, which came up with aud prices and estimated shipping?
Or do I need to use a reshipper?

Taobao have recently introduced their own re-shipping service to certain countries, maybe Australia is now amongst those so you may be in luck. They've also introduced payment with international credit cards recently...
There is  a drop down box at the top left of the window which lets you choose among a number of countries. Selecting one of those countries will make prices appear in the currency of that country. If you choose international (which is only written in Chinese) for the shipping destination, you can also choose one of those countries. I've never tried using these features, but they are present.
 

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Re: Why use Taobao?
« Reply #34 on: November 17, 2016, 06:45:52 pm »
I always can find what i want at taobao ,and when i make an haul ,it will more cheaper than aliexpress.i use cssbuy as my taobao agent
 

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Re: Why use Taobao?
« Reply #35 on: July 20, 2017, 09:00:19 pm »
So many reasons, its cheap, and its rich~i mean you can nearly find everything on taobao.
 

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Re: Why use Taobao?
« Reply #36 on: July 22, 2017, 06:46:26 pm »
I know nothing of Taobao..I have noticed fewer choices more and more on ebay. and expansion of choice on Aliexpress...hummmm
 

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Re: Why use Taobao?
« Reply #37 on: July 22, 2017, 08:04:35 pm »
I was avoiding Taobao and paying a premium for a misplaced trust of ebay/paypal "protection".  Until I was cheated by a 99+% seller that know how to play the ebay system much better than typical user.  My fear of taobao was somewhat unfounded, but  that is because I have learned a lot and are able to argue with seller directly.  Middleman seller can be a problem, usually they can't afford a negative review as that would severely affect  their sale, so buyer normally get his way.  But if the amount is large, some Taobao shop cannot take the loss, and Taobao would step in to compensate the buyer.  So far only happen once to me. Taobao, its price and range you can't find anywhere else, especially obsolete electronics but these sellers are the worst on Taobao.
 

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Re: Why use Taobao?
« Reply #38 on: August 05, 2017, 02:11:03 pm »
Taobao is usually cheaper, and Google Translate works just fine for most of the time.
 

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Re: Why use Taobao?
« Reply #39 on: August 06, 2017, 02:06:28 pm »
Taoboa does not have everything. Sometimes I need to order on aliexpress or ebay to get the thing I need
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Re: Why use Taobao?
« Reply #40 on: August 10, 2017, 04:57:39 pm »
There are some "services" you can order there, who are not available on other platforms, for some social justice political correct reason.

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/08/09/video-chinas-taobao-vendors-sell-personalised-messages-african-children-amid-claims-racism/
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Re: Why use Taobao?
« Reply #41 on: August 10, 2017, 05:20:05 pm »
I tried to find replacement LED strips for a TV - and Taobao was the only place I could find them online.

I used a couple of translate applications to be able to work things out sufficiently to set up an account.  I was also ready to try placing an order when the TV was scrapped - so I've never actually bought anything from there .... yet.
 


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