Taobao, BuyChina, & Storenvy

I usually get around 3428943242 questions about one of these sites a day, and about 342943240 out of those 3428943242 are questions that I’ve answered many times before. 

So hopefully this relatively short post covers the basics.

Taobao - a “Chinese eBay” where people from around the world can get cheap clothes, many of which are fakes or imitations. To use Taobao, you will require a Taobao Shipping Agent to order the item for you.

  • Taobao Shipping Agent - An individual or agency, separate from Taobao, that purchases and ships the item from Taobao for you. There are many different agents with different policies, fees, and locations, and you should find one that is right for you.
  • Fake - When an item is created to look exactly like another, such as a name-brand, and is advertised as being that brand. Ex. Common fake Louis Vuitton purses.
  • Imitation - When an item imitates a name-brand item, even if it does not claim to be that item. Ex. Intentionally making a pair of tights that look exactly like Candy Stripper tights, but are not labeled as such.
  • Not everything on Taobao is a fake or imitation, but you should keep an eye out. You get what you pay for, so buying the brand-name is almost always going to be much higher quality, and worth the higher price.

BuyChina - a large Taobao Shipping Agent that comes in the form of a shopping website, making it easier to purchase items off of Taobao without contacting an agent and filling out a form.

Yes, BuyChina is a safe, legitimate site. It simply projects the shops of Taobao onto an English, easy-to-navigate site, where it is still advised that you check the seller rating before making a purchase. When purchasing something off of BuyChina, you are still purchasing from the individual Taobao shop.

Storenvy - an online marketplace where individuals from around the world can sell their products, or sell retail. Many Storenvy shops act as Taobao agents, meaning if you purchase an item off of their shop, they order the item directly from Taobao and have it shipped to you, and it never passes through their hands. Usually this is the most expensive method of purchasing items off of Taobao, but is also sometimes the easiest.

Reasons Why I Like / Dislike Using BuyChina

For those of you who don’t know, BuyChina is essentially an industrial-sized shipping agent for Taobao. The entire site is in (broken) English, but is really easy to navigate and understand. 

  • Quick FAQ: Before you ask, yes, you have to use a shipping agent to purchase from Taobao if you’re buying from overseas (for example, if you’re buying from within the US or the UK). 

Just like Taobao, the website is set up with the individual shops and seller ratings that you expect. When you purchase an item, your package is first delivered to a separate warehouse (hosted by BuyChina) and they then mail the package to you. The same goes for any other shipping agent. 

  • Quick FAQ: Yes, you are paying a fee for this service, but it may be more or less than any fees you would pay for any other shipping agent used to purchase from Taobao.

Now, I don’t like a lot of hassle when purchasing online. Maybe that means I’m willing to pay more, but I don’t feel like I’m paying much more to utilize BuyChina than I would another shipping agent. 

Anyway, here are the reasons why I like to use BuyChina:

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alice-whisper  asked:

About people wanting to buy on taobao, i just tried to order on buychina. com. It's the english version of taobao site. You can put the taobao item adress on the search bar and they give you an english page for the same article. Customer service is really good, speak perfect english and answer really quickly. I got some trouble and they were so understanding that they gave me a good reduction on my order. It is a bit long to get your item ( 1 month, equal as qutieland ) but really simple to use.

Thanks for the review!

So I bought these epic boots in August but the money got refunded without letting me know, so the money is in my e-wallet (?) now and I want the money to get transferred back to my creditcard but the fuckers won’t help me >:C

I’ve emailed about that shit like 6 times already and it’s not explained on the website how the fuck to do that either.

And I want my boots. But I gave them up now, like fuck that. But I want new boots but Demonia and New Rock bore me. 

Do not buy from >:C

Sweet Deer Chiffon - Buychina Review

This was my first time using Buychina. I wanted to see how reliable it was so I’d have some knowledge if I ever wanted to buy something from there again. I restricted myself going for a simple (and cheap) dress, so if my order became a bust I was only losing a little bit of money.

Price/Payment: $7.23

My worry with Buychina is it does not yet accept paypal. I feel safe with paypal and I don’t like giving my card details over the internet. However despite the discomfort of having to do that nothing went wrong there.

Processing/Shipping: $5.23

Processing took a loooooong time. It took at least 2 weeks for them to actually mark my order as posted. However, in that time I did send them emails asking about my order and they were quick to respond.

It turned out, unfortunately for my dress, even though I had bought a pink version of the dress, in the processing time they had sold out of that color. They offered me a navy one instead, which I happily accepted (luckily navy probably suits me better), or a full refund.

The fact this happened worries me though. If I had not contacted them would they have told me they had sold out? Would they have refunded me? I would warn everyone to always contact the seller during the processing time if it exceeds a week. Once it had been shipped it took only maybe 2 weeks to get to me.

The Dress: It’s make and material is nothing special but I was not expecting it to be. I got exactly what I paid for and despite its simplicity I really like it. It fits just fine, accurate to its measurements, the style is sweet and it is a decent quality make. The print is vintage inspired and cute.

Overall: I really like the item, it was worth the price. Although I still find Buychina a little shifty, and my order took a bit long to ship, I probably wouldn’t hesitate buying from them again. Even with my concerns mentioned above about the reliability of that seller, it might have just been a one off hiccup and they might have contacted me eventually. Who knows?

psylan  asked:

Hello! I've ordered from buychina about 4 times now, (my 4th package just got shipped) and I can say they are a legit site. They use the taobao rating system, so basically find a seller with a good rating on their shop, order what you want and pay. Then wait while they purchase the items. One item I wanted was not available so they've refunded me for that item. :) I do like their site. :)

So it’s basically like any other shopping service then. Thanks for the review! I was never able to find any before.


I’ve gotten a few questions as to why I don’t post as much from BuyChina as I used to, and no, it’s not because I found out they were a scam. As long as you check the seller rating, you’re fine.

I just noticed they’ve recently raised up the shipping prices tremendously, so it’s no longer worth it to buy most shoes from BuyChina. It used to be that you could get a pair of shoes - whether the pair was $5 or $50 - shipped to the US for around $12 - $15. Now, shipping on shoes is anywhere from $20 to $40. I don’t know why they’ve upped the shipping (maybe they were losing money, or maybe they switched to a new carrier) but I just know it’s lame as fuck. 

You can still get wigs and other accessories/clothes from BuyChina for a decent price + shipping, but yea sobs there goes my go-to place for shittily-made creepers.