After thinking about it literally since I moved to Shanghai, I finally got it figured out and made my first Taobao purchases.
Taobao is China’s amazing online shop – THE online shop. Whatever you can think of, real or fake, you’ll find it here.
I had been looking to update my kitchen chairs for a while as the old ones are inherited from my parents. They are foldable, wooden and straight from the 80s. They had a bit of a stability issue.
Taking to Taobao for the first time proves to be a bit of a challenge.
First of all: how to overcome the Language Barrier? The easy solution here is Google Chrome, which has become my browser of choice since living in China.
Secondly: The Taobao Field Guide is GOLD.
Thirdly: having a Chinese friend doing the payment for you makes life a whole lot easier.
After a bit of research I ended up with three fabulous new chairs, which is actually one more than I needed, but one now serves a decorative purpose.
These chairs are all replica, finding the real deal would actually be more of a challenge. I paid around 250RMB per chair and they’re top notch quality. I am really happy with them.
Room for improvement for the next purchase? Home delivery instead of office delivery!
What to buy next??