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Shopping in China

Le 25 février 2016, 06:53 dans Humeurs 0

Where to buy cheap and reasonable quality stuff in China through the internet?  Check out the following online shopping websites recommended by Rong.

Everyone in China knows Taobao and it sells everything.
"Chinese eBay" Set up in 2003, Taobao is the biggest online shopping platform in China, accounting for over 80% of domestic online business. Most shop owners are individuals, however, more and more big-brands are opening their official shops on Taobao Mall (Tmall).
The nasty part is everything is in Chinese and most of the owners can't chat with you in other language than Chinese. Maybe this could be a motivation for some of you to learn Chinese .Or you can view online shopping taobao english-Agreetao.

How to use taobao?
1. Set up an account.  An email address would be required.
2. Search items. Type in things you want to buy in the searching bar either in characters or pinyin (yes, you can use pinyin as well!!!).
You can set some search requirements as well, such as arrange the items bases on price or popularity, choose the places where the shop is located ( this affects the delivery time)
3. Purchase. You don't have to bargain over Taobao. Once you see something you want, just click the "buy" button.Then you need to fill in your address and contacts.
4. Pay. The payment part is the most complicated: you need to have a Chinese bank account and make sure it has the online payment service. Then you need to set up an Alipay account (like "paypal", but completely FREE!!! So much better). The fascinating part is almost all the online shopping websites can be paid through Alipay afterwards.

If u want to buy books...
1. Dangdang  is "Chinese version of Amazon" .You can find almost every book published within 30 years in Mainland China on Dangdang and with a discount. The best part is no delivery fee is charged once your purchase is over 29 RMB(4.75USD) and also you can choose to pay when goods are delivered.

2. Kongfuzi
As the biggest second-hand Chinese book online platform, it's the best place for you to find an ancient or limited-edition book. Most of the bookstores are owned by private owners, therefore sometimes the delivery fee can be a bit expensive.

3. Taobao
You can find a lot of Ebooks (especially English ones or acedemic ones ) on Taobao for about 5 RMB (82cents) per one. I don't think they have the digital copyrights, but it is so cheap that it's hard not to be tempted. And sometime it's the only fast way you can get a book for your thesis.

Online shopping in China

Le 19 janvier 2016, 04:31 dans Humeurs 0

Online shopping is an easy and convenient way to buy things. It will save you time and money. When you study in China, you can try to buy things on China’s online website. I’ll tell you how to buy things online and give you the tips on getting big discount.

There are many online shopping websites in China. Taobao is the biggest website in China. You can buy almost everything on it. Taobao has 2 versions: is for little sellers who are retailers, while is for the famous brands or manufacturers.

At present, all of the online shopping websites are in Chinese language. But if you know the basic online shopping Chinese and have a Chinese address, you can also easily buy things online at a cheap price.
Step by Step, shopping online

1. Registration

You can find "registration free" on the left top of the website. Click it you can choose the English version to finish the registration. When you submit you will have to enter your cellphone number. They will send you the verification number to your phone and you enter it to finish the verification. After registration, you have to fill your basic information, such as name, address, cellphone number.

2. Search

You can enter the brand or the thing to search. But you have to translate it to Chinese word first.

3. Add to cart
There are three choice for you :Add to cart,Buy it now,Buy all in the cart.

4. Pay

After you choose the address which you can get the package and submit the order. You have to pay online. There are many ways to pay, such as use credit card, internet bank and alipay(more like Paypal).

In this step, the money is first paid to Taobao, when you get the package and confirm the order. Then the  money will send to the sellers. This will protect buyers from getting nothing and losing money.

Buyer pay to-> Taobao send order to->seller send the package to-> Buyer confirm the order-> Taobao send money to-> Seller

5. Get the package and confirm the order

There is a rule in Taobao, the seller must send the package within 72 hours, most of them will send the package in 24 hours. You will get the package in 1-7 days. It depend on distance between you and the seller.

6. Others

If there is anything wrong with the goods, contact the seller at the first time. You have the right to return the goods in 7 days if you haven’t used it. Also, you can buy from online shopping taobao english directly, such as agreetao.

Tips on big discount

In general, you will find discount on every holiday: both on Chinese traditional festivals and western holidays. The particular goods will have discount, such like Valentine’s day to buy the chocolate,  women’s day to buy the cosmetics.

Besides, Taobao has its own big discount. On November 11st, we called it “double 11″, most of the shops on have 50% off discount. On December 12nd, we called it “double 12″, most of the shops on have big discount.

Another big discount is from the  December to the Chinese spring festival. It is about 2 months, including Christmas day, New year’s day and the Chinese spring festival.

What is Taobao’s Tmall?

Le 11 janvier 2016, 04:07 dans Humeurs 0

Tmall, also known as the the Taobao Mall, is China’s largest platform for B2C shopping and belongs to (which was founded as a C2C platform similar to Ebay).

On January 11th, 2012, Taobao Mall changed its name to Tmall.

On Tmall you can find especially well-known brand flagship stores and authorized stores for selling famous brand’s products.

Currently, Taobao Mall presents more than 30,000 local and global brands products of multiple different industries. This “vertical mall” includes for example the “Electric City”, “Shoes Collection” and “Home Improvement Exhibition”. In future the Tamll will be enhanced with by adding further vertical industry markets.

The main differences between Taobao and Tmall (Taobao Mall)

    Tmall is a split-off of
    While on Taobao private people can sell (like on Ebay), the sellers on Tmall must be China-registered companies
    In Novem-ber 2010, Tmall, launched an autonomous web domain called as “” in order to dis-tin-guish the list-ings made by Taobao Mall mer-chants, who were autho-rized dis-trib-u-tors or brand own-ers, from Taobao’s Consumer-To-Consumer (C2C) platform.
    The prod-uct list-ings on Tmall are much stricter when com-pared to Taobao.
    Unlike Taobao, Tmall requires a refund-able secu-rity deposit from com-pa-nies to list/market their products.
    Normally, the Tmall stores display on top of the search result page when people search on Taobao.

Taobao FOCUS is not only a Taobao agent for your online shopping in China, but a friend indeed. Our mission is to help and let more international buyers enjoy shopping on Taobao – amazing China’s largest online marketplace. We help you in these ways:

Language: if you do not know Chinese or have difficulties with Taobao English translation, such as we search your desired items, talk with the Taobao seller and provide you as much detailed information as possible.

Shopping: We advise you regarding the product from our own experience. Is the seller reliable? Is the item of good quality? Is it good or not to buy the item at all? We tell you everything.

Minimizing the risk: We make sure that Taobao seller really sends out the items, we check the items for visual defects in our warehouse, provide you the photo of purchased items and repack them to ensure safe shipment to your address.

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