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Asked on 19 Sep 2018

Any Taobao shopping hacks for those lousy in Chinese? Or hacks that are lesser known? Thanks :)?

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Ham Dominic
Ham Dominic
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered on 22 Sep 2018

To shop at Taobao, the most important thing is to be able to find the things you need. If you want to be able to browse and find the items yourself, www.taobaotranslate.com can help you find items you want. There are also guides there that can help you set up Taobao account, shipping from Taobao etc

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Jolene Tan
Jolene Tan
Level 2. Rookie
Updated 4w ago

Some hacks that have helped me:

  1. Image search keyword search: Upload an image of what you're searching for (this article talks about it in detail). Taobao will churn out a bunch of similar items. Afterwhich, you can dissect the product names -- isolate key phrases and search them, so you'd be able to get a more accurate results for what you want! (imo this works much better than Google translate)
  2. Clothes sizing: If you still feel uncertain with regards to sizing, you can actually chat with the merchant and tell them your height & weight - they'll revert with the appropriate size for the specific item you're looking at.
  3. Sale seasons (11.11, 12.12, 6.18): A tip from locals is to only buy branded items during sale seasons - reason being that other stores would mark up their items before applying sales discounts. I'm not 100% sure about this but it wouldn't hurt to track the prices of items you're eyeing!

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I've writted a similar answer here:

https://seedly.sg/questions/any-online-shopping-tips-tricks-and-hacks-in-2018-to-share-with-the-community?aid=2153&utm_source=answer_share&utm_medium=internal

Tips: For the translation to english, use google chrome and at the taobao home page it will ask you if you want to translate. If it doesn't ask you, just right click and select translate. Voila! Taobao in English! :)

Happy TaoBao (Treasuer Hunt!)

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Xander Lim
Xander Lim
Level 1. Freshie
Updated on 21 Jun 2019

I just found out recently that it is possible to shop perfectly without a need to understand Chinese! There is this digital Taobao Guide available on FB @taobaoguide where u can learn all the 'tricks' n 'secrets' to shopping on Taobao.. See https://www.facebook.com/taobaoguide/

Hope this help!

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Xander Lim
Xander Lim

21 Jun 2019

To add on.. Now I am using the Image Search n Camera Seach function.. Go try it!
Vivien Lee Feng
Vivien Lee Feng
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered on 18 Jun 2019

Can use ezbuy or can use shopee. Both is easy friendly to use.

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Sheena Sng
Sheena Sng
Level 1. Freshie
Answered on 25 Apr 2019

Hi, I am trying to change the logistic provider, but apparently there is only CaiNiao Air or Sea option ? Pls adv how can I select Lazada logistic?

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Jay Liu
Jay Liu, Diploma in Accountancy at KHEA
Level 6. Master
Answered on 21 Sep 2018

Ezbuy! Bought stuff from there cos I can't read Chinese. I let down my tutor and school teachers sadly.

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Yong Kah Hwee
Yong Kah Hwee
Level 6. Master
Answered on 19 Sep 2018

I will search for an item that i want on taobao in english first, then look for postings containing chinese characters. Usually that will be the item's name in chinese. i'd then copy and paste it into the search bar and search again!

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Use google translate. My Chinese also sucks so I press auto-translate. Not the most accurate but with picture and guess-timation, you know what you buying.

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Gabriel Lee
Gabriel Lee
Level 6. Master
Answered on 19 Sep 2018

I usually use Ezbuy instead!

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