How to use Taobao and shop online in China

Updated: 30 Mar 2010
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This is the quick and dirty guide – it presents the fastest, easiest way to buy stuff on Taobao. If you need more detail on any of these steps, links are provided to guides that go in depth into these points.

First things First

Please be sure to sign up for Taobao and add money to your account. When that is done, you are ready to start shopping with the guide below.

Step 1. Search in English

Yes, just type in English! You will find the stuff you want 95% of the time.




More search tips:
Guide to Taobao Search
How to find the best price that is nearest to you


2. Check the Seller Feedback 
Scroll down into your results and click on the products that look good. On the product page, look here and make sure that the Seller is highly rated. A good rule of thumb is at least 99% feedback on more than 500 transactions. (In the image below, the seller has 100% feedback on 949 transactions.)



3. Click the Orange Buy It Now! Button
As seen above.

4. Add a Shipping Address

Click the button circled in green below to enter your shipping address. Use Chinese for the street address if you can, but English (pinyin) is okay here too.



5. Choose Shipping method Kuaidi 快递 is usually the preferred option — a delivery person will come to your door with the package. For details on the alternatives, check out the detailed guide to buying.



6. Submit your order
As seen above.

7. Enter your password to confirm payment

If you have a question about this step, check the guide to paying for your Taobao order.



You’re done!

Sit back and wait for your package to arrive. When it does, you should check out the Guide to Receiving Stuff. … if you’re not too busy playing with your new treasure.




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cocotan Commented on 10 Jul 2013
right! if you are familiar with taobao,you will save much money.because there are many items you want on can find you want from it.i always buy from taobao.but it's a pity that i can't read you want to know why i can buy from taobao even though i can't read chinese?

haha,i will chare for you

because i find a taobao agent from china as my service people.taobaobuying agent is a experienced, professional and efficient group,they help people in overseas to buy goods from China shopping website.Low service fee,cheap international shipping cost with high quality service.Don't hesitate any more!To be your taobao agent,enjoy your taobao shopping!

hope these information can help you have a good trip on taobao