Taobao Alternatives in China

Taobao is China’s undisputed king of online shopping malls in China, and is the local equivalent of ebay in many ways. Traders can list their products online and reach out to a large audience who can easily locate and compare goods of just about any type.

Whilst prices can be cheaper at Taobao, as you would expect due to retailers not needing to pay rent and so on, many locals will tell stories of being duped, poor quality, receiving fakes or copy goods, not receiving things at all and so on. My experience has been mostly good, I try to buy from sellers with a strong reputation and those that are keen to keep their rep. Buyers in China place a lot of importance on comments and ratings left by previous buyers before they make a purchase. One bad comment can apparently kill a product so genuine long term sellers will work hard to keep a good rep, even so far as offering inducements for positive feedback, which probably corrupts things a bit, but anyway…

Whilst I have been lucky in my purchases, many have not and many would not recommend the site as a place to buy trusted quality products. An example is the list of recommended alternatives to Taobao thats been circulating on local social sites. The list includes online department stores, many of which have an offline presence, and are well known trusted retailers, a translated version of the post follows:

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01 , If you want to buy electronic products, where to go
Taobao? NO!!!
Is the Mall
Company website: www.jd.com
Description: China’s largest digital Mall

02 , If you want to buy books, where to go?
Taobao? NO!!!
Is dangdang
When network Web site: www.dangdang.com
Description: China’s largest book store

03 , If you want to buy, where to go?
Taobao? NO!!!
Is a beautiful round NET
Group website: www.meituan.com
Description: the largest group buying websites in China

04 If you want to buy cosmetics, where to go?
Taobao? NO!!!
Is Ju mei products
Ju mei Web site of high quality product: www.jumei.com
Description: famous authentic women’s coupon site!

05 Eco-agricultural products, if you want to buy, where to go
Taobao? NO!!!
Are excellent times shopping mall
Excellent times shopping mall Web site: www.ubive.com
Description: eco-agriculture ” Taobao ” , All products from farms direct.

06 If you want to buy a bag, where to go?
Taobao? NO!!!
Is wheat bags
Wheat bags site: www.mbaobao.com
Description: China’s largest bag store

07 , If you buy a couple wear, where to go?
Taobao? NO!!!
Caring about you online mall!
Care about your website: www.zaihuni.com
Description: lovers theme of China’s largest online mall!

08 And if you want to buy underwear, where to go?
Taobao? NO!!!
Are online underwear
Online Web site: www.lamiu.com
Description: China’s largest lingerie store

09 , If you want to buy luxury goods, where to go?
Taobao? NO!!!
Is the exclusive network
There’s website: www.shangpin.com
Description: China’s largest luxury Mall!

10 If you want to buy baby products, where to go?
Taobao? NO!!!
Is Su Ninghong children
Red child Web site: http://redbaby.suning.com
Description: China’s largest maternal and child Centre

11 If you want to buy the discount brands, where to go?
Taobao? NO!!!
Is vipshop
Vipshop website: www.vip.com
Description: China’s biggest brand-name discount network!

12 Women’s fashion, if you want to buy, where to go?
Taobao? NO!!!
Dream Bazaar
Harper’s Bazaar Web site: www.moonbasa.com
Cattle B Place: China’s largest women’s clothing Mall

13 , If you want to buy high-end men’s wear, where to go?
Taobao? NO!!!
Is mashamasuo
Masamasuo website: www.masamaso.com
Description: China’s largest high-end men’s clothing store!

14 , If you want to buy authentic merchandise, where to go?
Taobao? NO!!!
Is Amazon
Excellent website: www.amazon.cn
Description: China’s largest department store Mall

15 If you want to buy T Shirt, where to go?
Taobao? NO!!!
All the customer Eslite
Vancl Web site: www.vancl.com
Description: China’s largest T Shirt theme Mall!

16 , If you want to book hotel, tickets, where to go?
Taobao? NO!!!
Is the net
NET Web site: www.ctrip.com
Description: China’s largest airline tickets hotels Mall!

17 , If you want to buy home appliances, where to go?
Taobao? NO!!!
Tesco is Su Ning
Suningyi website: www.suning.com
Description: China’s largest home appliances store

18 , If you want to buy drugs, and where to go?
Taobao? NO!!!
Golden image
Golden image URL: www.jxdyf.com
Description: China’s largest drug store

19 And if you want to buy creative products, where to go?
Taobao? NO!!!
Is eBay merchandise
Interesting product URL: www.qushangpin.com
Description: creative theme of China’s largest mall

20 , If you want to book venues, where to go?
Taobao? NO!!!
Will Don the net
Don network Web site: www.eventown.com.cn
Description: world’s largest Chinese site activity services platform.

If you are a careful buyer Taobao can be a money saver, it’s also very convenient as it can be quite difficult to find what you want at times. Plus, now, you have plenty of online retailers to compare against as well..