Why I No Longer Buy Clothes From Taobao

 

As my previous blog entries have shown and proven that I am a budding Taobao enthusiast. If you do not know what Taobao is then you must be living under a rock all these while. Simply put, Taobao is like the China version of eBay except that things are dirt cheap which makes the quality really questionable.

I started out buying books, toys and children’s clothes from Taobao for Asher as I was attracted by the really low prices. And I was delighted when the quality surpassed my expectations. Soon, I was buying other stuff such as mobile casings, cushions and even bed sheets. My best buy was probably the tempered glass phone protector for my mobile. It came packaged in a metal tin and cost only around SGD3-4, so you can imagine how much the local market is marking it up.

In Nov 2015, I donated most of my office work wear thinking that I would probably not need them in the near future. At that point of time, I had been a stay home mother for around 2 years. But who knew, I rejoined the workforce come the start of 2016 and that was when I decided to turn to Taobao to purchase clothes.You look at photos like these accompanied by attractive prices and you are so tempted to cart them all out.

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But then China sites have this notorious reputation for really terrible quality knockoffs for clothes. They take photos from other brand sites and make you believe that you will be buying a piece that looks exactly like what is shown on the model. But when you receive it, you are utterly confused as to if this is was the beautiful dress you had ordered or a cleaning rag which they had mistakenly sent over.

To be fair to the sellers on Taobao, I had some hits despite the misses. There have been times where I felt like I had scored a great bargain, a fabulous looking piece for a good price. But other times, I’m just left feeling disappointed and fat. Just to share, here are some of my misses: Continue reading

100% Cash Back on ShopBack Today!

 

Today is a SPECIAL day because it is a Leap day. You have gotta wait 4 years for this extra day in a year. And even though it has fallen on a Monday, of all days, I’m still feeling lots of positive vibes for this day. 
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But if you are not feeling it and suffering from the monday blues then this piece of good news should cheer you up. Remember ShopBack? The site that lets you earn as you shop.. I hope you have signed up for it. (If not, please read my previous blog entry on how to register and start saving!) Anyway, ShopBack Singapore (www.shopback.sg) has decided to give all shoppers 100% Cashback on this 29th Feb for the very first time in history!

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Midweek Shopping! (Dos & Don’ts Of Shopping On 淘宝 )

 

I’ve been spending so much time both window-shopping and doing actual shopping on Taobao.com that I’ve decided to dedicate a blog entry for it. And no, I am not sponsored by Taobao to do this but it’s just my way of sharing the bargains I’ve come across.

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First and foremost, if you have not registered on Taobao yet or have no idea what to do. Please refer to their online guide, I’ve managed to start this crazy shopping madness all thanks to this guide. And if someone as clueless as me can understand this, then it should be pretty straightforward for everyone else.

In August, I’d finally joined the dark side and signed up for an account which resulted in 3 shipments that month alone. This september, I’d toned down reluctantly mainly due to a lack of funds (no thanks to credit card bills racked up in August by shopping on taobao) and only managed 2 shipments. The stuff which I usually buy are for my son. For my first shipment, I bought gifts for everyone; my husband, my mom and my sis, it was like as though I was on holiday in China. Lol!

My buys usually comprises of books, educational toys, bags, clothes, shoes and random cutesy stuff. I’ll be sharing some of the Dos and Don’ts of shopping on taobao.com Continue reading

August Is The Month For Shopping

 

August is a special month for Singaporeans because it is marks the nation’s 50th year of independence. And it also happens to be a month full of sales where one can snap up irresistible bargains. I am so broke this August no thanks to all the shopping. Firstly, I had decided to learn how to shop from Taobao.com on my own and I’m so addicted to the site because you can almost find everything on it at low prices. In fact, I’m already on my 3rd shipment now.

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