Tao Bao – A shoppaholic’s dream come true
If you haven’t already heard of Tao Bao (where have you been?), you’re about to discover China’s gift to the world.
What is it?
Let’s check out good ol’ Wikipedia:
Simplified Chinese: 淘宝网
Traditional Chinese: 淘寶網
Pinyin: Táobǎo Wǎng
Literally: “searching for treasure website”, is a Chinese website for online shopping similar to eBay and Amazon that is operated in China by Alibaba Group.
In other words: China’s version of eBay – but with everything going at rock bottom prices!
The catch? It’s a Chinese website.
Like most Singaporeans who depend on Google Translate and hanyupinyin more than they care to admit to (yours truly guilty as charged), Tao Bao looks trouble than it’s worth.
Well you don’t have to miss out. Because here’s a guide so easy your new Ang Moh neighbour from Germany could start shopping on Tao Bao too!
Step 1 – Setting up a Tao Bao Account
Go to www.taobao.com. You’ll notice that the URL will redirect you automatically to www.world.taobao.com (unless you’re based in China – in which case why are you here?!)
If you’re not based in China, you’ll see this:
Click on the words “注册” to register.
Agree to Tao Bao’s Terms & Conditions of use.
REJOICE! There is an option to change the site’s language to English.
It gets even easier from here on.
If you registered by mobile…
Enter the code to verify your account, then it’s on to creating your profile!
You need a 1) User Name 2) Password.
If you see this…
It means your account has been created. Hooray!
Next: you’ll receive a text message to your mobile phone prompting you to set up an Alipay account on www.Alipay.com.
What is Alipay?
Alipay is Tao Bao’s official e-payment service (basically the Chinese equivalent of PayPal) and you have to use it to pay for transactions on Tao Bao.
Head over to www.Alipay.com and choose “Buyer”. (Unless you plan to join the fray and set up your own shop!)
A pop-up showing your 1) mobile number 2) Tao Bao user name, will appear. Your Tao Bao user name should be registered to the same mobile number you are using to register your Alipay account.
Hit the orange button to confirm this.
You’ll be directed to the Alipay Login Page.
Key in your Tao Bao username and password to login to Alipay.
And you’re DONE for Alipay!
Next, update your delivery address on your Tao Bao account.
To do that, visit https://i.taobao.com/my_taobao.htm
Welcome to Tao Bao!
You can now show off your shiny new account to all your Chinese speaking friends who studied Higher-Mother tongue who doubted you. Hah!
We’ll talk about DELIVERIES and how to arrange that. Tune in to our next article!
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