Buyers outside of China can buy from Taobao – but you will need some help with Communication, Shipping and Payment. We recommend using a good Taobao Agent – a service that specializes in helping people overseas buy from Taobao. They will help you communicate with the Taobao vendors, collect and check your goods to make sure there aren’t any quality defects, and consolidate your orders into a single, efficient shipment. They typically charge a percentage of your order as a commission, but it usually ends up being worth it when you compare the savings they can offer on international shipping, and all the hassle they help you avoid. (more…)
The Yi Sen Wholesale Market in Guangzhou is several stories tall and stretches for blocks. It’s not too far from the old train station. As you approach on the street, your nostrils begin to detect the smell of leather. There are other smells mingled in. I guess it’s only fitting that a leather alternative be called PU.
I love wandering around this market. Actually, I love wandering around most of Guangzhou’s wholesale markets. And there’s a ton of them. The Yi Sen Wholesale Market and the Baiyun World Leather Wholesale Market are pretty much across the street from each other. Here you can find bags, belts, shoes and leather accessories. You can also get a real education in the art of knock-off.
Yes, you’ll see fake Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Coach, Chanel, Juicy Couture, you name it. Some of it is good – very good. Any wonder then, why most (not all) designer labels have moved their manufacturing to China? Which brings up the question: When does a “designer label” become “not a designer label?”