Last thread went sage >>10803045Guides:https://www.howtotao.com/Taobao Dictionary:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15vbDSkXqM8t91-fE-kwE3jVbMP6G-hQh2SPm1nEYWmY/Store Spreadsheet:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EKZhOppV8_FMyFg9BCYhPbaELtFc9XV2aNEqzctw108Agent Shipping Comparison:https://reparchive.com/shipping-calculatorTranslator Plugins:https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/traduzir-paginas-web/https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/zhongwen-chinese-english/kkmlkkjojmombglmlpbpapmhcaljjkdeImage Translator:https://lens.google/
I don't understand why they are freezing accounts? They do a whole ass inbuilt SS/ Warehouse forwarding thing especially for international users... and then freeze accounts? Why??Makes me paranoid for my account.
This is the first I've heard about freezing accounts. Do they give a reason for it? Now I'm worried because I have a few hundred dollars worth of stuff waiting at the forwarding warehouse and I'll cry if my account gets frozen before I can consolidate it and ship it
>>10849079>>10849087It's super common to happen tto people with US phone numbers and nobody knows why, the Taobao Reddit is full with people complaining about having their accounts frozen after their first purchase.
>>10849141I can't get my account frozen because I've become addicted to the little dress-up mini game in the app
>>10849198Taobao has a dress-up mini game? Didn't even know, but then again I only use desktop.
>>10849198Make a new account and buy on that, keep your old account for the game only
>>10849225Yeah! It's called taobao life (淘宝人生). I think you can only use it in the app. No microtransactions in it (you buy everything with the in game currency you can earn by checking in daily and playing other taobao mini games), I think it's more of a way for brands to promote their products (like having a pair of Adidas available to purchase in the game that you can also buy irl or getting a in-game reward for visiting a shop's page). There's a variety of styles, lots of fantastical traditional Chinese-inspired stuff, lots of designer stuff, but I feel like outfits that are obviously based off lolita don't quite get it right. Btw I've been enjoying it for the past 6 months even though I don't speak any Chinese besides being able to pick out a few characters, I just use Google translate if I really need to know what something means
Any ringlet curl wig recommendations? Preferably twintail ones. Or would it be better for me to buy regular wigs and curl them myself?
>>10849466I would just curl it yourself, rag curls (steam it aggressively or wet ser for synthetic hair) are a historical technique but will give you the look you want. If you're trying to find pre-styled ringlets, use this keyword in conjunction with wig related keywords罗马卷I've seen a lot of clip in hairpieces with ringlets, you could clip those on to create twintails
Taobao's new search is ass, you can't search in product categories anymore.
>>10849550Yeah I noticed that, AliExpress screwed up their search a while back too, so I guess this an Alibaba group-wide issue. AliExpress used to be a lot more precise with it's search, it seems like it just shows you whatever now. I'm a big user of both platforms and have been since 2015 but this is really bad
Some recent purchases, excluding more basic stuff like nanchatte blouses and legwear. Blue = waiting for, pink = arrived. I got the shoes in multiple colors (white, black, brown), they're just MTO so no stock photos available in some colors
>>10849746Link to shoes and long skirt?
>>10849951Which skirt anon? They're all about the same length. Shoes:https://m.tb.cn/h.UG3XQoB?tk=UnfFdlj4KxOCouple things you should know about the shoes if you plan to order: They're completely MTO, it takes about a month to make, you need to go through the color chart and leave it in the order notes if you want it in a color other than white. They can accommodate your foot width and shape as well. The sizes are Chinese sizes, which for some damn reason are very slightly off from European sizes (I'm a 40 in euro sizes, 41 in Chinese). By default, they come with a synthetic leather lining, you can pay an additional fee (in a different listing) to upgrade to a pigskin or leather lining (I upgraded to leather). You can change the heel height too (and can change it on most shoes), but I went with the default 4cm. This store specializes in dance shoes (for ballroom and swing mostly), but by default most of the shoes come with "street shoe" soles (not all of them, any sole described as "fur" or "suede" is not meant to be worn outside). "Beef tendon" (牛筋) = rubber sole. You can pay an additional fee (in a separate listing) to upgrade to a leather sole, or a leather sole with some rubber covering it (which is what I did).
So how does the fee for the taobao warehouse storage thing work? Do they charge it automatically once you've past the deadline or do you pay it once you ship your order? Do I need to contact them about it? I know I'm likely gonna have to end up paying it because I'm waiting on just one item that might not arrive until a few days after my free storage period expires for another item. I don't mind paying the fee I just don't want them to think I've forgotten about my package and abandoned the order.
Tao has a 50% off event rn, just a heads up.
>>10851309Where would I find that in the app? Since taobao is made up of several sellers I'd assume not all of them will participate. From the app's homepage the only thing I see is a banner for a promotion where if you spend ¥300 you get ¥30 back
>>10851333https://click.world.taobao.com/bhFWWqC according to their social media posts.
>>10850018those ugly shoes took a month to make? lmao. they're not even actual leather. they're "genuine" leather.
>>10851337Nayrt, is this something we should be looking out for? " genuine leather " isn't real leather?
>>10851342>Goods marked as genuine leather will be several layers of low-quality leather bonded together with glue and then painted to look uniform
>>10851361Thanks. I'm assuming it won't age/wear the same as regular leather.
>>10851337>>10851342NAYRT but you have no idea what you're talking about. What we call "geniune leather" (composite leather) is 二层牛皮. That item is listed as 头层牛皮, which is what we call "top grain leather". It is thinner and less strong than full grain leather, but it is leather, straight from a cow, with a thin layer on top removed to correct imperfections in the hide like scars. Top grain leather is very common in the fashion industry when a clean, uniform look is desired. The confusion comes from the fact that the Chinese word referring to real leather (as opposed to PU or other synthetics) is 真皮, which translates to "genuine leather" (or skin), even though it is not the composite material we know as "geniune leather".Additionally, I actually recognize this manufacturer because I used to do swing dance, and they used to sell custom dance shoes through a Facebook page directly to western customers under the name "Made in Lindy", and I knew several people that had their shoes and they were definitely the real deal, not "geniune leather"
>>10851668>defending your ugly fake shoes so hard
>>10851668Anon, your terminology is wrong. 头层牛皮 doesn't refer to the processing method and can also include "genuine leather" which is 碎皮 not 二层牛皮, which is split leather, a different kind of processing. Grades of leather and processing are totally different terms. Please do research before making these kind of assertions.>https://zhuanlan.zhihu.com/p/413835443?utm_id=0
i just got my monkeep wig if anyone wants a review.
>>10851691dropped pic my bad.
>>10851693top-tier taste>t. coomer
>>10851693Review, please! I've never heard of this brand before but I'm always on the lookout for good Taobao wigs.
>>10851693review! would it work for bigger noggins?
Who had the downfall of Sugargoo for the 2023 bingo?
>>10852426What happened with sugargoo?
>>10852426didnt they just do a website upgrade? is something going on lmao
>>10852426>SugargooWhat happened? I'm paying for my order after leaving my stuff in their warehouse for months.
>>10852522Yes, and that update removed the agent messaging function, fucked up everyone's orders, and items in the warehouse have vanished.
>>10852444>>10852665Just look at their Reddit.
Slightly unrelated, but the stupid questions thread is currently saging - can anyone recommend a reliable in person SS in Shanghai? I want to get on those Baby reservations, but don't want to get scammed by randos offering their services on Xianyu
>>10852734Damn. I thought the new page was shitty but I didn't think it was that bad.Reminds me of what happened to Taobaoring(aka agent42 or whatever) It was my favorite agent until they changed their cart system.
>use superbuy>want $400 to ship a single prop>have ordered bigger and heavier props from 42agent and it cost half the priceI'm so tired of every shopping service engaging in blatant gouging. It's all so fucking tiresome.
Are Aurora&Ariel still the go-to for pettis?
I haven't been on cgl or even ordered anything on taobao for donkeys years so I've just ordered some random shitI don't have a coherent style I'm just excited for some presents in the mail
>>10853860make sure you show all options for shipping, the UI kind of hids the cheaper options at the bottom of the shipping page under the like 'see more' option
>>10854127uhm... links? ;-;
>>10854162I got u, some are a lil expensive but I've seen others happy with their purchasesBunny tophttp://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=705130379862Bat tophttp://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=681866299937Cat vesthttp://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=680056823486Cat phone holderhttp://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=694961583656Trick or treat hoodiehttp://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=714728793931
Does anyone have recs for black cotton blouses? It seems most stores either sell white cotton blouses or just poly.
>>10851735>>10851852sorry gulls, busy month. i will post pics and a more detailed review when i get home, but for now the main issue is that the wig color is much different, it's thin and very small even for my not that big head. it's the same quality as alice garden or dreamholic, but double the price.
Is it safe to use postlink on spreenow for shipping an expensive item or should I just stick with ems China? I'm not sure I can mark down the value of the item and I don't want to get €100 in customs....
>>10854127I'm currently sitting finals so I can't take pictures of everything but it was mostly all goodThe hoodies print was peach instead of purple which was a bit of a shame but it's still cute
When buying MTO cosplays, is the price listed the final price, or some kind of deposit? There's nothing in the description regarding this but I don't want to place an order if I'm going to unknowingly get whacked with extra charges after the item is made.
>>10857565Usually it's full price but some listings, usually very expensive ones, will want a deposit and a final payment.
Is there actually a term for this sort of cyber techwear?
>>10857704almost looks good, almost
>>10857565Why not read the listing?
>>10857704They seem to list a lot of it under "jazz" or "hip-hop" tags. Your best bet is to probably reverse search it and start favouriting things and wait until Taobao starts naturally suggesting you more and more.Heres some links to some random techwearish stuff to get your search started though, you might be able to find some keywords from these listings that could helphttps://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z0k.7385961.1997985097.d4918997.1de837demqRn0C&id=640113107208&_u=t2dmg8j26111https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z0k.7386009.1997985097.d4918997.16d637de9eNxle&id=619687103845&_u=t2dmg8j26111https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z0k.7386009.1997985097.d4918997.16d637de9eNxle&id=604134113935&_u=t2dmg8j26111https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z0k.7385961.1997985097.d4918997.1de837demqRn0C&id=600945611945&_u=t2dmg8j26111https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z0k.7385961.1997985097.d4918997.1de837demqRn0C&id=627142541388&_u=t2dmg8j26111https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z0k.7385961.1997985097.d4918997.1de837demqRn0C&id=641890593696&_u=t2dmg8j26111https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z0k.7385961.1997985097.d4918997.1de837demqRn0C&id=600063100140&_u=t2dmg8j26111https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z0k.7385961.1997985097.d4918997.1de837demqRn0C&id=601994912369&_u=t2dmg8j26111The shops aren't all techwear specific though, a lot of it is general "dance" stuff. You could try 赛博朋克机能风 which is "functional cyberwear" But hopefully that sort of helps?
I can't view anything on Taobao without logging in, and I can't login to my account since it's been frozen...Is there some sort of way to access the website anyway? I just want to browse...
>>10857896Create another account or recover your old one. You can't browse without an account anymore so unless you use some shopping service with browsing you're kinda fucked desu.
I tried creating an account and they just automatically froze it Can't even access their customer service because you need to log inIm lost
For gulls having trouble making accounts, I would recommend making one through Alipay. The QR code log in for Alipay has been a reliable way for me to log in so far, as my main account tied to my number also got auto frozen. YMMV, but it's worth a try.