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Old 01-01-2017, 11:06 AM   #1
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[Official Poison Thread] EDMW Taobao How-to Buying Guide

[Disclaimer]
This is my personal sharing on how I go about shopping in Taobao (淘宝)

[Why I started this thread?]
My earlier thread sparked many interests and asking me to write a guide. You are feel free to contribute to this thread too.

[Why buy from taobao?]
Because many products are made in China, so you can get much better deal there. You can almost find anything there.

[Disclaimer] This thread is purely for sharing purpose. It is not to encourage you to buy from taobao. Do you own homework and get the best deal from various sources, include local shops. If possble, do support our local retail business if the price difference only minor.
Simple Workflow

Shop at Taobao > Deliver items to Forwarder's Warehouse at GuangZhou > Consolidate and Send to your doorstep (Singapore Address)

[Some Glossary to understand]

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[Prerequisite]
1. Understand basic Chinese

2. Register a Taobao account, follow this guide, it is Easy!.

3. Get Alipay account with your taobao account. Simply login to alipay using your Taobao account. [Select Overseas > Singapore]
<<Important>>
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4. Register for a forwarder account and you'll be given a China Address & for you to manage your shipment. In my case I use ADD.COM.MY, they are Partner with CITI-LINK Express, I will explain why I choose this below.

5. Must have either Credit Card (DBS/POSB/Any others), or ATM Card
[Where to look for daily good deal?]
[Steps to buy at Taobao & Tmall]

商品购买流程 The buying process

Refer to #9 contributed by Charlene Zhang

Also see this OFFICIAL Taobao Interactive Tutorial
[How to use ADD.COM.MY]
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[How much the shipping cost?]
[SIZE="4"]You can use my method (ADD.COM.MY) or Charlene Zhang's Method at Post #21 (Direct CITI-LINK EXPRESS)

Basically ADD.COM.MY is the CITI-LINK EXPRESS partner, the rate is about the same, just that ADD.COM.MY got a one stop portal for you to manage your Shipping.
The shipping cost, first kg $7.50, subsequent $5 per KG



For shipping using Citylink, this promo can help you save some $$ by reducing the volumetric weight charge by air freight.

The rates is applicable for both actual weight and volumetric weight (whichever is higher.)

let say,

Scenario 1
Your item actual weight is 2kg, volumetric weight is 1.5kg, so 2kg applied.

Scenario 2
Your item actual weight is 2kg, volumetric weight is 5kg, then with the promo, (2kg + 5kg) / 2 = 3.5kg applied (save 1.5kg)


How to calculate volumetric weight?
Spoiler!


[How to pay & communicate to ADD.COM.MY?]
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[Why use forwarder and not agent?]
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[How long the whole process take?]
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Great Tips

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[How to pay or Top-up Alipay?]
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What if I don't want to handle all this hassle?
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Why do we need a forwarder address from china?
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How to search for items in Taobao?
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Is it safe to buy? Forwarder reliable or not?
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What to buy there?
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How to ship big ticket item?


What to take note when placing order?
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What are some other forwarders to choose from?

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What other good shopping websites in China? *NEW*


电池、冒牌、液体、带磁性、化妆品、粉末状、食品、鲜活、药品、易燃易爆、腐蚀品、光碟、军火武器等国际航空运输协会(IATA)限制的物品;寄运上述货物导致海关安检被扣/没收/退件我司不负责任何赔偿,仍收取货物运费。

Try not to buy batteries, counterfeit, liquid, magnetic, cosmetics, powder, food, living, drugs, flammable and explosive, corrosive, CD, arms weapons and other the international air transport association (IATA) prohibited items;

Prohibited Items

Anything that is illegal to possess under any law including firearms.

Any item which could damage property we own or are responsible for, or could injure any person.

Any living creature or body parts or bodily fluids.

Pornographic material

Dangerous Goods or Hazardous Materials. (Unless pre-authorised by the City Link H&S team)

Any item containing unencrypted personal data or sensitive personal data (as defined by the Data Protection Act 1998)

Restricted Items

Artwork
Photographs
Antiques
Jewellery
Watches
Precious metals or stones
Cash or bullion
Phone cards
Vouchers (including negotiable instruments)
Tobacco products
Documents whether business or otherwise
Passports
Glass, Pottery or Ceramics
Liquids
Perishables
Televisions with a screen size over 37 inches
Hazardous Materials
Items or substances officially classified as Dangerous Goods
Encrypted personal data or sensitive personal data

(Created by 美女队长Charlene Zhang zz/mm)
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anyone uses shopback for taobao purchases?

-Please note that from 1 Jan 2017 onwards, there will no Cashback for Taobao/Taobao Visa/ Tmall. Purchase before 1 Jan 2017 will still be able to redeem up to 10% Cashback within 100 days.

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Never bother to use the shop back
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Old 01-01-2017, 11:09 AM   #7
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Never bother to use the shop back
Only get back few %?
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Never bother to use the shop back
I accumulated quite an amount leh!

Only get back few %?
0-10%. Depending.
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I accumulated quite an amount leh!



0-10%. Depending.
Same here, got back quite a large amount. Oh well. No more using Shopback then. The other % cashback for Lazada/iHerb etc all damn lousy
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So fast part 8 liao

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anyone uses shopback for taobao purchases?

-Please note that from 1 Jan 2017 onwards, there will no Cashback for Taobao/Taobao Visa/ Tmall. Purchase before 1 Jan 2017 will still be able to redeem up to 10% Cashback within 100 days.

damn sad
that sad...they pissed off with us or what?

slowly removing the eNets and so on...
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in pg1!

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Same here, got back quite a large amount. Oh well. No more using Shopback then. The other % cashback for Lazada/iHerb etc all damn lousy
that sad...they pissed off with us or what?

slowly removing the eNets and so on...
not sure why also leh. last yr if you buy from taobao using krisflyer acct, can get miles. maybe should shift to that liao.
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