Here’s one thing we can all agree on: Taobao would be perfect if it had an English version.
And if direct delivery was possible? Goodbye malls!
We might all just be a little closer to that perfect world with Lazada’s Taobao Collection.
And here’s why:
1. It’s in English. Yup, as an ex-British crown colony, nothing could make us happier.
2. One stop shipping service. And most of the time, shipping’s either free when you spend SGD20 and above, or costs you only SGD 3.99. Plus, if your items are faulty or damaged, you have the option of applying for a refund.
3. Communication: get this, Lazada actually helps you to communicate with Taobao’s sellers. Now that’s more than lip-service to us. 😉
There is a little niggle though: while it’s awesome that the items in Lazada’s Taobao Collection have been curated for the local market – the full range of Taobao products are not available yet. Products that come with batteries and plugs can’t be shipped for the time being either, for safety reasons. The user interface also takes a little getting used to as well, and the search function could be a little more sophisticated – especially if you’re shopping for clothes – in comparison to ASOS.com, YOOX.com and Zalora which allows you to filter by style, colour, and size.
Still, this platform is one to watch, and we’re sure that it’ll be a runaway hit once the kinks have been ironed out – after all, this baby’s a mere 5 months old.
While we wait, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite buys on Taobao Collection that are totally worth buying – including a few items that are a bit complicated to purchase if you can’t read Chinese, and some purchases that are just good ol’ value-for-money.
1. These glass dishes will make anything you cook look like it came from a Kinfolk magazine.
Price: SGD 10.90 – 14.20 depending on the sizes
Material/Specs: Glass material, 3 sizes available (Small – 15 cm in diameter, Medium – 17.8 cm in diameter, Large – 21 cm in diameter), suitable for microwave
2. Instead of keeping those travelgrams on Instagram, why not print them out and remind yourself of that rare occasion you actually had time to travel with this set of stylish frames?
Price: SGD 34.90
Material/Specs: Wood frame, choosing from 6 colour combinations, dimensions including 5 inches, 7 inches and 10 inches.
3. Geometrics are still very in vogue, and this blue toned carpet hits all the right notes.
Price: SGD 21.70
Material/Specs: Chemical fibre material, one size only: 80 x 80cm, can be vacuum cleaned and washed.
4. And who said organizing your room had to be a tedious affair? Get your OCD on with these minimalist MUJI style organisers.
Price: SGD 12.50 – 15.90 depending on the sizes
Material/Specs: Iron material, 2 sizes available (Medium – 26.80 x 23.20 x 17.80 cm; Large – 30.20 x 26.80 x 21.50 cm)
5. If you’re pedantic like us and demand perfection even from your eggs, then this cooking pan was made for you.
Price: SGD 38.60
Material/Specs: Non-sticky and anti-mold medical stone material, 26cm in diameter
6. Never fumble for a USB port again with this multi-port USB adaptor that comes with SD and TF memory card readers.
Price: SGD 5.50
Material/Specs: 6 x USB ports, 2 x card reader (tf/sd memory card), 480Mbps, ABS material, 12 (L) x 2 (W) x 2 (H) cm
7. Instagrammable plates for instagrammable food. This dining set is just what you need to make dining that much more good looking.
Price: SGD 21.90 for the 7-piece set
Material/Specs: Ceramic material, a set including 1 x large plate, 1 x medium plate, 1 x mug, 1 x noodle bowl, 1 x coffee cup, 1 x coffee saucer, 1 x coffee spoon
8. Who says that organising your room isn’t a creative task? Prove them wrong *and* command major room envy at the same time with this spiral-stair themed organizer.
Price: SGD 21.70
Material/Specs: 8-tier rotating product displayer/organizer, 23 (L) x 23 (W) x 56 (H) cm
9. You may be broke AF, but at least drinking water can still be an elegant affair with this delicate fluted glass water jug.
Price: SGD 17.50
Material/Specs: Glass material, 1.3L, 9 (W) x 30 (H) cm, 500g
10. Or take up your selfie game a notch with legit studio lighting that’s super affordable.
Price: SGD 30.20
Material/Specs: Including a single soft light box and a light rack, the bulb is not included, 80 – 200 cm in height, can take up 3KG weight
11. Throw junior the birthday party you never had with these decorative balloons that come in uber cute shapes and colours.
Price: SGD 10.10
Material/Specs: Including aluminium balloons, pearl balloons and mini mixed colour triangle flag with a string, 3 combinations to choose from
12. Keep the kids from scrawling on tables with this double-sided easel that has a blackboard on one side and whiteboard on the other.
Price: SGD 14.40
Material/Specs: Two face sketchpad, wooden material, 72 x 48 x 4 cm, suitable for children 3-8 years old
13. If you can’t cook like Gordon Ramsy, you can at least own a kitchen that looks like you do. Dress up your condiments in these pretty porcelain holders that come with holders for their covers too.
Price: SGD 9.60
Material/Specs: Ceramic material, 29.7 x 12.5 x 6.1 cm, 870g
14. Buying a camera is a costly affair, and dressing it up with official accessories even more so. If you’re the owner of a mirrorless FujiFilm camera that’s all the rage, you’ll love these faux leather camera holsters that will match perfectly with the old school look of your camera.
Price: SGD 8 – 8.40
Material/Specs: PU leather material, suitable for Fuji X30, X100, XT10, X70, XA1, XA2, XM1, XM2, XE1, XE2, three colours available
15. Game Of Thrones fan? This teak candle holder will light the way for the night is dark and full of terrors. Ahem. (We’re really suffering from some serious withdrawal…😔 #TeamJonerys)
Price: SGD 28.40
Material/Specs: Handmade in Thailand, Thai teak material, 45 (H) x 20 (W) cm
16. And which self-respecting man of the Night’s Watch wouldn’t have trophy stag horns adorning their walls? Pretend like #winteriscoming and pick up these antler shaped coat hooks – yes, coat hooks, so you can justify spending money on them 🙃
Price: SGD 9.60
Material/Specs: Resin material, 49 (L) x 7.5 (W) x 15 (H) cm, 0.75kg, 2 colours available
17. Doggo can take his own videos without your help – with this body harness camera mount for dogs. It’s a great time to be alive.
Price: SGD 7.40
Material/Specs: 190g, washable material, suitable for dogs weighted between 7 – 50KG, designed for GoPro cameras but camera is excluded.
18. Then there’s the prerequisite slate grey cement pot for your plants – and for you to show just how designery your taste in home accessories is.
Price: SGD 9.40
Material/Specs: Cement material, including a pot and a tray, 10.5 (W) x 9.5 (H) cm
19. This bouncy ball play-pen will definitely score your little one tonnes of play dates.
Price: SGD 49.80 for the smallest combination
Material/Specs: Non-toxic and tasteless material, 21 combinations to choose from
20. Rustic coasters that give off major country home vibes.
Price: SGD 3.40 each
Material/Specs: Wood material, 17 cm in diameter
21. This enamel cooking pan that will keep those nasty oil splatters at bay.
Price: SGD 15.70
Material/Specs: Enamel material, 26 cm in diameter, 2.85L, 1.3KG
22. This giant plush doughnut that’s perfect for lounging on when food coma strikes.
Price: SGD 12.60
Material/Specs: Non-woven cloth, with pearl cotton filling, 63cm (diameter) by 18cm (height)
And you know, since you’ve made it to the end of the week, maybe it’s time to treat yourself.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to hit up Lazada’s Taobao Collection!
P.S. Spot any great finds from Taobao Collection that aren’t on this list? Share it with us on Facebook and Instagram (#TaobaoHacks)!
This sponsored post was brought to you by Lazada Singapore, so that we can afford nice cement grey minimalist plant pots too.