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Winter 2013 Taobao Haul ♡

If you’re not familiar with Taobao, it’s basically Chinese Ebay. You can’t buy directly from them unless you have a Chinese bank account and have a place in China to ship it to. So if you live overseas like me, you have to use an agent to do the ordering for you.

This post will be more about the review of the items. If any of you guys are curious on how to actually make an order, I’ll be more than happy to make a post.

So here’s my Taobao haul! So this is the breakdown of what I got. I’ll review each item thoroughly. :bear:

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T2fzpKXotcXXXXXXXX_!!54739960_jpg_310x310Light Pink Retro Scarf

Price: $3.20
URL: 超大牌复古经典 青花纹薄款丝绵质长款围巾 披肩(4色入)-淘宝网
Color: Pink

The reason I got this was that I wanted a scarf to universally match everything! It’s a really muted color that will match dark/light coats. But it’s also suitable for all seasons.

And it does what I asked for! And it only cost $3.20!

I have been having a hard time finding a scarf in Dublin here. I went to TJ Maxx and the most inexpensive scarf I could find was at least $16 and the seams were not properly sewed.. I couldn’t imagine how long that lasted. I will never understand the markup on a piece of fabric that requires next to nothing in terms of sewing.

This also has become my official shawl at work whenever the AC is on too cold. WHICH IS NEARLY EVERY DAY. So it’s a life saver!

Verdict :bear: 5 strawberries out of 5
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T1zQr2Xe4bXXX0R_A1_042451.jpg_310x310Cross Patterned Skirt

Price: $10.60
URL: 欧美复古风 丝绒烫金十字 松紧腰半身裙 短裙 伞裙 秋冬新款-淘宝网

I wanted to like this skirt so much. But nooooo! :down:

First of all, the elastic band at the waist of the skirt was twisted making it difficult for me to put it on.

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Secondly, the print of the cross is really cheap. It feels like glue was placed on and glitter was poured on after. Doesn’t that sound like some art project you did in elementary school?! Either way, I just can’t imagine the print on this lasting more than a couple washes..

And there’s also very apparent loose threads.. So I’m sure you can say a lot about the workmanship on this piece!

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The fabric is velvety and thick. That’s the only positive thing I have to say about it..

Verdict :bear: 1 strawberry out of 5
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T1Z4HVXbNdXXXMCOQ._082625.jpg_310x310Dolly Wink No. 09  False Eyelashes

Price: $3.00
URL: 支持国货!益若翼Dollywink No.09 同款 交叉 透明梗上睫毛 #003-淘宝网

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These were advertised as Dolly Wink’s No. 09 Sweet knock offs.

koji-dolly-wink-otona-lashes-09-natural-dolly[1]They don’t look quite alike, but I’ve tried them on and I think they look great. And I’m happy enough it’s a similar style!  They also only cost a fraction of how much Dolly Wink’s are – $13.50 on Sasa.com for 2 pairs!

So it’s not a good knockoff, but I still think it’s cute.

Verdict :bear: 3 strawberries out of 5
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T1XhEwXaxbXXXXXXXX_!!0-item_pic.jpg_310x310Rilakkuma Document Holder

Price: $3.50
URL: 韩国可爱DIY桌面收纳盒 纸质轻松熊办公用品收纳整理 杂物收纳-淘宝网
Variety: Large box with brown bear

The holder does it’s job so I’m happy. I think what the stock picture has inside the box is accurate – as in yes, it can fit in a couple of those huge Asian magazines. Just don’t move it to stress the box!

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And call me crazy, I love it enough to use it at my office. Hopefully none of the external visitors will think I’m insane or 12. :aseru:

Verdict :bear: 4 strawberries out of 5
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T1WlUtXbVXXXXXXXXX_!!0-item_pic.jpg_310x310Rilakkuma 2013 Calendar

Price: $0.56
URL: 聚可爱♥2013桌面可爱轻松熊迷你台历 日韩文具小熊日历-淘宝网

a. actually has this calendar already except from 2012 and it was also legit!  But cost like $12 when we bought it at Kinokuniya in the States.

So how does it compare? Well, I won’t be picky about a calendar. It’s pretty much the same. The colors and fonts weren’t always completely the same. And the only thing that mattered to me was that it didn’t look cheap and scream knock off which it succeeded at.

Verdict :bear: 4 strawberries out of 5
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T2vbWnXipaXXXXXXXX_!!42460406Pink Rilakkuma Blanket

Price: $9.50
URL: 外单 粉可爱轻松小熊超大号舒棉绒大毛毯 床单1kg-淘宝网

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I’m so in love with this blanket. It is sooooo nice and fluffy and warm and I am literally using it all the time whenever I sit down on the couch. And it is pink and super duper cute. What more could a girl ask for?

Verdict :bear: 5 strawberries out of 5
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T1QtIhXcdeXXXXXXXX_!!0-item_pic.jpg_310x310Sweet Vintage Lace Skirt


Price: $11.00
URL: 特!vintage2012秋冬赫本甜美古着蕾丝收腰显瘦学院风复古半身裙-淘宝网

Considering the price of this skirt ($11) compared to the Cross Patterned Skirt ($10.60). This was so much more worth it! It is a lot better quality.

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It’s a nice dolly skirt and came as expected. It is a little uncomfortable getting past my hips which doesn’t surprise me considering how skinny the model looks.

Verdict :bear: 4 strawberries out of 5
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T1pfF3Xb8vXXaAJRA._083259.jpg_310x310Floral Lace Tights


Price: $2.50
URL: 韩国打底袜 竖条瘦身蕾丝花朵连裤袜子 白色女丝袜-淘宝网
Variety: White Color, Free Size


I got these in white… and they’re just OK. I haven’t worn them once which is a sign. I am actually wearing them in the above picture with the Cream Skirt. And you can hardly see the pattern! I guess it is similar in the stock photo, but they really just look like white tights with a hint of pattern.

Verdict :bear: 2 strawberries out of 5
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T1pE9SXlNfXXaT.Es._113641.jpg_310x310Rilakkuma Curtain Holder

Price: $2.70
URL: 萌小熊毛绒草莓小公仔~窗帘扣-淘宝网

I bought this to hold the curtains since a.’s computer sat next to them and he was concerned the curtains might be affecting the heat exchange with his computer or something..

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Well, they’re really cute. But they do indeed feel cheaply made. You need to pull an elastic around the curtain to hold the bear in place. But I’m a tad worried it’s gonna get worn down fast and break. We’ll see.. But considering the price, I guess I got what I paid for.

Also, I got 2 of them and they are like twins. They hate the day time because it means they have to hold the curtains and be away from each other. They are always waiting for the moment it is night time again so they can be together once more..

Verdict :bear: 3 strawberries out of 5
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Vintage Pearl Pink Sweater

Price: $19.00
URL: 特!vintage珍珠露肩 森林系气质名媛淑女兔子毛古着复古毛衣套头-淘宝网

I didn’t quite process that this sweater cost that much. Sometimes you forget when everything is in a different currency..

It’s good quality. It’s fluffy. But I don’t look at skinny and petite as the model! :down: :down: :down:

Anyways, I do like it and loads of people complimented me about it. Although one guy asked if I had moths at my house that created the holes in my sweater!

And oh god, I just did a Google Translate of the name of this sweater.. and it’s made from rabbit fur which I AM TOTALLY against. Now I feel so dumb and horrible! Because rabbits are my soul mates! :aseru: :aseru: :aseru:

But I guess I shouldn’t take from the quality of the item and it’s my fault for not knowing?

Verdict :bear: 3 strawberries out of 5
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T1hSrhXiVpXXXumkPX_085817.jpg_310x310 Rilakkuma Neck Pillow

Price: $2.00
URL: 特!超萌 轻松小熊 软绵绵沙发座椅汽车腰枕 腰靠~颈枕 搭配售-淘宝网

I got the one higher up in the picture. It’s a bit cheaply made, but I’m not sure if I should have expected more considering the price.  Anyways, I hope it’s capable of round trip to States.

Currently, it’s hanging out with my other stuffed animals who are very confused as to why it’s so oddly shaped. Poor guy. Everyone loves you still!

Verdict :bear: 3 strawberries out of 5
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T1Ddr3Xj0iXXct47c9_103927.jpg_310x310Fake Thigh High Tights

Price: $2.70
URL: 大牌尾单拼接假长筒高筒袜显瘦假大腿连裤袜丝袜过膝袜-淘宝网

I did a thorough review here!

Heart Tattoo Tights

Price: $2.55
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I wore these in my shoot!  See full shoot here.

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I got them in 80 denier. 20 denier is what is pictured in the stock photo probably. And now I wish I got them in 20! The stock photo looks so much better!

Anyways, I think these are a cute novelty and they totally helped make my coordinate much more lively. They were inexpensive as well. They also feel sturdy so no worries about them breaking any time soon. And last but not least, they are matte. I don’t know why, but I just think glossy tights look distracting.

Verdict :bear: 5 strawberries out of 5
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T2uwBoXdtNXXXXXXXX_!!54739960Beaded Hair Clip

Price: $4.15
URL:
韩国货 经典七彩水钻珍珠 金线缠绕发夹 多色-淘宝网

I was feeling in one of those moods where I thought my hair was super boring. Or that I just needed something to spruce a boring office outfit so I decided to try this.

When it came, the metallic part of the clip was dirty. It looked like it had been sitting in the dust forever and hadn’t been wiped once.

I am moderately satisfied with this clip. Maybe I’m not that creative with how I’m using it, but I still feel bored with it on!

Verdict :bear: 2 strawberries out of 5
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T2BWLhXfJaXXXXXXXX_!!54739960Velvet Bow

Price: $1.60
URL: vivi9月新品 mercuryduo复古蝴蝶结弹簧夹发夹顶夹边夹发饰-淘宝网

I ordered this in dark blue. However, it hardly shows up – it might as well be black. Which doesn’t work great for me considering I have black hair!

If it weren’t the color issue, I’d totally be in love with clip. It’s still really cute and I am happy with the purchase overall. And I don’t feel bored!

Verdict :bear: 3 strawberries out of 5
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So how did it all end?

Price of Items: $83.50
Domestic Shipping (from seller to agent):  $22
Service Fee: $9.40
International Shipping Fee: $47

Grand Total: $161.90

 

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 Taobao has more variety than I could ask for. It really has pretty much everything. I know I want to buy from loads of online stores, but Taobao is the only site that makes it so convenient having all styles of everything in one place.

strawberryjam is sad – you killed rabbits for this!

When you see the price of items – it doesn’t seem like a bad deal. But all the costs add up, especially international shipping. I did not pick the fastest shipping at all, mind you. I guess you just have to be careful about the weight of what you buy.

Each of the products have a possible rating 5 out of 5 stars, but I don’t think reviews are very accurate. Many of the items I bought had at least 4.5/5 stars rating. One of the few items I did buy that did not have ANY ratings was the blanket – my most favorite item in the lot. The blanket was great quality while some of the other highly rated stuff was not.

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I’m not sure it was completely worth it. The only item I’m super obsessed with is the pink Rilakkuma blanket and it’s not something I’d make an order on Taobao for specifically.

I think it’s accurate that you get what you pay for. Cheap items = cheap quality.

While I’m not completely happy with this order, I’ve already started compiling a new order and I will probably hate myself for it. But the selection of items is making me do it!

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5 Comments

  1. kaki
    Posted March 9, 2013 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    :bear: All the prices are so SHINNY (not the shipping)…I can’t understand how can they earn anything from selling things that cheap!?

    And I kinda doubt the pink sweater is made of rabbit fur….

    • strawberryjam
      Posted March 10, 2013 at 12:57 am | Permalink

      I know! It’s seriously misleading seeing the inexpensive prices. I’m still sorry you can’t get the tights. I did a check on how much shipping would cost and it would be estimated $6. Not too expensive, but it’s still expensive for a pair for tights.

      And I honestly hope you’re right about it not being rabbit fur!

      Thanks a lot for your comment, kaki. I really appreciate having someone follow me! :raburabu:

  2. nux
    Posted August 2, 2013 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    Hi there, I was just reading your comment about the rabbit fur part, I think its more likely that it was rabbit wool than fur, as in from angora rabbits where they just pluck/shave the fur off the rabbit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angora_wool
    I think no rabbits were killed for your nice cardigan. Thanks for sharing about the shipping info~

    • strawberryjam
      Posted August 3, 2013 at 9:00 am | Permalink

      Hi nux! Thanks a lot for your comment. It’s very comforting knowing no one was killed. And I was seriously amused reading about Angora wool. I sure have seen the term thrown around, but didn’t know they came from rabbits. Rabbits that look like THAT.

      You have seriously inspired something in me and it’s dangerous. I could imagine having 20 of these rabbits in my house now, haha. BUT GOD, I WANT AT LEAST ONE OF THESE THINGS AS MY PET NOW!!! It’s my life goal now, haha.

    • strawberryjam
      Posted August 3, 2013 at 9:02 am | Permalink

      Oh and I forgot to mention my obligatory message as a new commenter on my blog. I’d really appreciate if you could follow my blog! Comments/followers like you are what keeps this blog going. If you have any further Taobao questions, I’d be more than happy to answer as well.

      Thanks! :bear:

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