Yesterday I received my first taobao order and though I don’t think I’ll be doing a full review about it, I thought it would be nice to list the stores I used and my overall experience with it.
I’ve always avoided taobao because I couldn’t figure it out, but after seeing so many people getting pretty stuff from it I sat in from of my computer decided to solve the mystery once and for all.
I asked around tumblr and local groups about agents and I got so many helpful replies; I decided to use Bhiner as agent because most chilean hobbysts used that, so I’ll be talking about that at the end.
I only bought yoSD sized clothes since I’m focused mainly on Ailene’s look. I tried all the clothes on her and they do fit, though they seem to be a bit bigger on her (I think PW bodies are slimmer than more popular dolls of the same size because this happens with everything I get her XD).
First store I liked was Sunflower, I think they have the cutest dresses, though mostly sold out, which is why I didn’t get any XD:
This is the cutest thing ever! I wish they would sell more colors like brown and pink, but I love mint as well. I was aware that the shorts came with a puffy tail and that’s super cool, but I wasn’t expecting this:
I probably could try and take the tail from the hoodie out, but I like it for when I want to use it without the shorts haha. It does look quite funny when you use it as a set lol. I want to use this for a Halloween shoot or something like that, I think it would be very cute! I also have kitty ears and a tail that belongs to a SD set I bought from Sadol once, We’ll see. I’m not a big fan of Halloween, since it’s quite new here.
After that I didn’t find many stores that I truly liked, until I came across AMORS. Most of their dresses are really detailed and cost a bit more than other stores, but I think it’s probably worth it. I only got 2 dresses here, nothing fancy.
Last store was Idollzoo. They used to have an etsy, but it disappeared not long ago. They also sell shoes, but I didn’t find the colors I wanted in stock.
As for Bhiner, I really liked it. The system was a bit confusing though: you check the items you want in their site and add them to a cart, then you need to ask for a quote. Once the quote is confirmed you can checkout, but you have to add credit to your Bhiner account through paypal first. After you paid you just wait for them to receive your items. They add pictures of your things as they arrive to their place (all photos are in your order page). Once everything is in their posession they send a second invoice for shipping (they offer airmail and DHL for Chile and I’m guessing other countries can choose EMS as well). Everything was super fast and easy to figure it out. I’ll probably make another purchase next year.
I hope the pictures aren’t too dissappointing, but I didn’t want to post any crappy pictures of Ailene in them and make proper photoshoots with them in the future.
Do you have any favorite stores from Taobao? I’d love to hear your thoughts on that! I’ll be looking as well.