TaoBao is an Android application from the Chinese internet online shopping giant. You can search for items by keywords and photographs as well as browse through thousands of listings.
Vendors and consumers
Like with eBay, you can find lots of small online shops with all sorts of merchandise. There are categories like clothing, home decor, kitchenware, crafts, pets, furniture, appliances, electronics and cars among others. It is possible to look for whatever you need by entering keywords, preferably in Chinese, or photographs into a search engine. You may use Google Translate and simpler terms for accuracy.
The home page provides visual trends and common objects similar to prior searches. Customers can view the products and click on anything they like to proceed to the store profile.
It is worth mentioning that most of the interface elements are in Chinese. Therefore, registering and entering important data including address, recipients and contact details may be very challenging for a westerner. Another complication can be encountered during the communication with the sellers.
- ability to buy items from Chinese small businesses;
- powerful search engines, including done by images;
- the app is free to download;
- compatible with current Android versions.