Guide to shopping on Taobao : Skycart [SP]

August 6, 2015

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So not too long ago, I worked with Skycart on a video tutorial on how to shop on Taobao and I decided to try it out myself! So here’s a guide on shopping with Taobao with Skycart! I’ve always been a noob when it comes to shopping on Taobao, or any chinese shopping platforms to say the least cos the mandarin plastered all over the website is just extremely intimidating. If I see chinese characters, I leave the page.

But at the same time, I don’t want to miss out on good deals on Taobao since SO MANY people shop there and only have good things to say. My friend’s parents even buy furnitures and basin from Taobao for their house. And even my male friends buy random stuff like socks and underwear there cos it’s cheap!

So bottom-line, if you aren’t exactly the sort with a strong command of mandarin like me but still wanna shop on Taobao then you gotta read on. Promise you will be a master of Taobao after this post (okay, maybe not master but you get my drift!).

I use Skycart to place my order and process my shipping procedure so…

STEP 1 : Open 2 tabs : www.skycart.com and www.taobao.com (preferably with Google Chrome so you can google translate it if you need) Screen Shot 2015-07-09 at 7.56.46 pmThis is how Skycart homepage looks like, very straightforward.
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Once you have opened up Taobao you can start browsing and when you’ve found something you like, simply copy the Taobao item link and paste it into the box that says “paste Taobao url here to grab your items” as shown above.

So, STEP 2 : Copy and paste your Taobao url and click on grab. It should say “Grabbing…” like this so just wait for awhile while Skycart locates your item.
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It should bring you to this page
STEP 3 : Click on “I want this.” if it’s the correct item
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STEP 4 : Choose the size, colour and quantity. Click on “Cart This” to add to cart and move on to “Checkout” if you’re ready to make payment. However, if you still want to add more items, simply press on the big “X” at the top right hand corner after carting your item. This way you can continue pasting more url and carting more items before you checkout at one go.

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Once you’re ready to checkout, you should come to this page which shows you the price of the item plus domestic charges in SGD.

STEP 5 : Click on “Proceed to Shipment”
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STEP 6 : Choose the type of shipping and collection method.
The first column refers to types of shipping method from China to Skycart warehouse in Singapore and second column refers to the shipping method from Skycart warehouse to you directly. The extreme right also shows the estimated date of arrival and shipping rates. Once you’re done choosing, click on “Proceed to Payment”.
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STEP 7 : Make your first payment (cost of item + domestic charges). Once your items arrive, you will need to make a 2nd payment for shipping charges.

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And voila, you’re done!!! Isn’t that just so easy and straightforward?
If you wanna track your order, just log into your account and you can see the status of your shipment. Can’t wait for all my items to reach me hehe.

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What I love about using Skycart besides how easy and straightforward, it actually helps you to check your items in their China warehouse to ensure it’s not defected or the wrong item to skip the whole sending-back-to-seller-and-waiting process. Also, if somehow the item is OOS or if the seller requires more information from you, there is a live chat support for you to address your concerns. Skycart also protects its buyers by performing refunds, returns and exchanges on customers’ request within the seller’s returns period.

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Didn’t I say you would be a master of Taobao after this post? You get what I mean now right!
I wish I knew about Skycart earlier cos I’ve been trying to learn to buy things from Taobao for years but this only took me one day to learn!

Other than purchasing from Taobao the way I just mentioned, there is also a #skycartishere page showing other users’ buys and Skycart’s featured items for users who are extremely lazy or can’t read chinese(or use google translate)!
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The guide is a bit more detailed but if you’re still a little confused, you can watch the video tutorial below!

Personally, I really like using Skycart to shop on Taobao cos it’s secure and easy to use! It also shows the final fees in SGD and allows me to track my orders so it’s very straightforward. My orders just reached me so I’ll do a haul post soon! Alternatively, you can watch out for them on my Instagram (:

You can save your thank yous and go shop at Taobao with Skycart now that you’re a pro.
Simply sign up for an account and use this discount code “RUNWAY” when checking out to get $10 off! No minimum spending required!



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  • Reply Aranel August 20, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Hello! May I know what camera you use for your pictures? You look beautiful btw<3

    • Reply sophiachong August 30, 2015 at 4:26 am

      Hi, thank you (: I’m using Sony Nex 3!

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