Since I have been in China.. I have struggled with not being able to get items that fit me, or things that I need from the states. Although, I have many friends and family in America; very few take the time to send me things I might need or even send me an email for that matter. (not bitter about this at all) … however, my struggling is all but over.
I have now found the magical website. Taobao.com, this is the biggest Internet online retail platform in China. Founded in 2003, it provides a variety of product offerings. You can just put in what you want, brand name or product name and … Volia! it appears. I have been able to buy things from Lane Bryant, Levi, Nike, covergirl, to even Kellogg, Post and Fredricks of Hollywood…even Jello and Cheese. I can get meds, and vitamins and even traditional Chinese items. It is a wonderful thing to behold.
The guy that invented this website needs to have an award giving to him… well I guess.. the money he makes is enough.
It kind of works like Ebay.. however, there is no bidding. The price is posted and you buy how many and/or what size you want. You can even chat with the seller to work out some deal or ask questions. Everything is paid in Chinese RMB, so it is very cheap and everything is also in Chinese… therefore, I need to use my friends to help me actually purchase but they are all willing to help me out. I have studied the website enough to figure out what most of the Chinese writing means. I have purchased several cute things for my husband and myself.
They even have the cutest shoes…
Duck Head… popular food here…
Skin whitening tea…. also popular
I guess Viagra .. isn’t popular here….
Sometimes I just browse the sight to see what amazing stuff I can find. I tell you … in China everyday is an experience. Check out the website and see some of the crazy stuff on there… I am just happy to know that I can buy some American products that are not usually found around where I am. The only problem is … I have been here so long I have forgotten what products I liked…
until next time….