What to buy and NOT to buy from Taobao / Ezbuy

Hello there! It’s been a while since I last blogged. Today I had a fun time opening up all my christmas gifts and I finally had the chance to do a post about my most recent haul from ezbuy 11.11.

The below comments are just for reference.

My shipment took a really long time than usual due to the overwhelming buys from everyone around the world.

I bought:
1. A microphone loudspeaker
2. A bluetooth earpiece
3. 2 bags
4. some stickers
5. a dress

Even though all of them came eventually came in usable and good condition, I learnt to filter what’s best and not so good to buy from Taobao or ezbuy over the years with my purchase.

What NOT to buy:

1. undergarments and bras / diapers

I feel that these are for hygiene purposes, I wouldn’t attempt to purchase them online without touching the material and know which company they come from. As for bras, since some have different cuts, you wouldn’t be sure whether it would be comfortable for you.

2. Electronic appliances

I wouldn’t recommend anyone to purchase electronic appliances like hand phones,cameras, air fryer, computer etc because firstly, if there is something wrong with it, having it shipped back and fro to be sent for repair would have been too bothersome.

Secondly, the standard voltage in Singapore is 220V/240V, 50 Hz whereas countries like Taiwan, Japan etc uses 110V~130V and 100V, 50/60HZ respectively. Thus, if the appliance you purchase is not able to withstand the standard voltage in Singapore, it may potentially cause a fire or electrocution in the event of residual current or leakage on the casing. And to prevent this, you will have to purchase a suitable transformer to step down to the correct RMS voltage which would cost probably another 50-100 USD.

Well, but you can still do so if you have checked that the product uses the same voltage in Singapore 🙂 And of course I bought mine at a risk…because after comparing the opportunity cost, it is worth the risk.

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3. Toys

Well though they seem perfectly normal with our naked eye, a research done on 500 toys and children’s products in 5 Chinese cities showed that almost one in three toys in China contains heavy metals, with one in 10 containing excessive levels of lead. So I think I wouldn’t try and buy them for my niece and nephews.

4. Cosmetics / slimming products or anything edible.

You are not 100% sure of the chemicals used and they are not checked by the relevant agencies in Singapore to prove it safe.

What to buy from Taobao / Ezbuy:

1. Bags

So far I am pretty satisfied with my buys and I purchase them after reading many review on their original site.

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2. Accessories-ear rings, necklaces even cufflinks for men.

They can’t go too far in difference from the images.

3. Blouse / Dress

For me I didn’t have an issue with buying blouses and jackets/ sweaters. The cutting is always quite okay. But that’s not the same for pants and shorts. I have a bigger bum and most of the cutting for pants do not cater for that. If you don’t have a very curvy hip etc, you can still purchase them 🙂

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4. Stickers

I like to purchase stickers from them because they are really very very affordable! This is like the holy grail especially for teachers!

5. Shoes

If you don’t have bunion issues like me 😦 and the size of your feet is pretty consistent and most of the time you can fit a single shoe size, then you can give that a shot! So far my friends have given me positive feedback about their buys for shoes. But I personally wouldn’t really recommend because I think a comfortable shoe is really important! So I would rather buy them at a physical shop where I can try and walk around in them.

These are some of my tips for what to buy and what not to buy from Ezbuy/ Taobao. They are not comprehensible and are just for reference 🙂

Share with me your thoughts about your Taobao / Ezbuy experience!

With Love,

Veron.

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