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Buying from TaoBao

1. Finding

Basically TaoBao is like Chinese ebay/amazon, tons of good stuff on it but it's all in chinese so near impossible to search using english. Since it's mega popular there's some easy options to find what you want;

A) Via Reddit/Google

Go to google and type in the item you're looking for, append the following

intitle:w2c site:reddit.com/r/fashionreps OR site:reddit.com/r/designerreps OR site:reddit.com/r/repladies

You should get a list of reddit posts with taobao links on where to get the item, once you've found a link that suits, copy it.

B) Via TaoBao Reverse Image Search

Go to this page https://s.taobao.com/search?q= Hover over the search bar and a small camera should appear, click it and upload a picture of the item you're trying to buy When you find a decent item with good price, copy it.

C) BoostMaster Lin

There are some more 'well known' names. They usually only deal through WeChat (chinese whatsapp) or have their own websites. Lin makes great fake shoes and has his own website(s); https://www.cnfashionbuy.com + http://cnfashionpub.com

Some things are on there twice with different item numbers, they're usually different 'batches' ie different quality versions of the shoe, cheaper shoe, cheaper quality. Although none of them are 'bad' fakes so cheap ones are fine by me

2. Buying

Another problem with TaoBao is, they don't ship outside of china. So you need someone to proxy the package for you. These people are known as 'agents'. There are a million out there but I like TaoBaoRing and SuperBuy. They've got good customer service and take paypal.

A) TaoBaoRing

Create an account, login. Once you've done so click 'Quick Order' (red button, top right). Paste the item link and hit 'Get It'. This will grab the item, translate it into English and let you pick colour/size/etc. Best thing to do here is check the price is right, cos it doesn't always pull the right price. The rest should be easy enough, like any online shop.

B) SuperBuy

Create an account, login. Once you've done so click on the search bar at the top and paste the item link and hit the search button. Similar to TaoBaoRing, it'll pull the item and translate it. Verify the price and add to your cart.

Once you've added all the items you want, click the shopping cart icon on the right of the screen.

3. Checkout & Payment

Both agents I use accept paypal, so when you checkout it should ask you about payment methods. If you chose SuperBuy and the PayPal option doesn't appear, try adding the money to your wallet instead (Account>Account Balance>Top Up).

Once you've paid for the item, they will buy it for you from TaoBao. Keep checking back for when the items have arrived with them, this usually takes between 2-7 days.

4. Second Payment and Shipping

Once the items are at the agents warehouse, they'll upload pictures of the items and mark them as ready to ship. You can review the items, make sure they're what you want and then pay for the shipping.

5. Done!

Wait roughly a week for EMS shipping to UK, and you'll have your fancy fakes

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