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About Taobao - What is Taobao and how do I buy from Taobao overseas? Can you help me not only buy from Taobao but ship my Taobao purchases internationally to my doorstep?
Taobao (淘宝, Taobao.com) is easily the biggest name in ecommerce not just in China but also the whole of Asia, operating the largest ecommerce platform in the continent. According to conservative estimates, Taobao reportedly hosts more than 6.2 million online stores, known in Chinese as "淘宝店" (Taobao stores). Over the years Taobao has facilitated business-to-consumer and consumer-to-consumer retail in China by serving as a platform for businesses big and small along with individual entrepreneurs to open online retail stores. Some people describe Taobao as a C2C platform (Consumer to Consumer) with Tmall being the B2C (Business to Consumer) platform although this is not entirely true. Many Taobao store owners are also legitimate owners of physical stores and formal business who just don't wish to go through the trouble of registering their store as a formal business (with a larger deposit requirement) like they would have to on Tmall. Because Taobao store owners are not technically required to provide 'Fapiaos' (formal receipts issued to the buyer in China for tax deduction purposes) for transactions, prices tend to be lower on Taobao than places like Tmall and competitor JD.com.
Taobao is essentially synonymous with ecommerce and online shopping in China. Virtually every young person in urban China has had experience buying online or selling online on Taobao. Virtually every retailer in China has a Taobao store in one form or another. According to Taobao, about 53,000 items are sold on its website every minute. For the year ended March 31, 2013, the combined gross merchandise volume (GMV) of Taobao's Taobao.com and Tmall.com exceeded 1 trillion yuan. This stat on Taobao is likely much higher today. With close to a billion product listings, Taobao (Taobao.com) is one of the world’s top 10 most visited websites according to Alexa. At current rates of growth and with the continuing growth in China's middle class, it is likely only a matter of time before Taobao overtakes Amazon in terms of traffic volume and sales revenue.
International buyers all around the world are increasingly catching onto the trend, with many beginning to realize the multitude of value-for-money buys that a platform like Taobao offers. Many buy as consumers while others buy as re-sellers or businesses. Either way everyone realizes what a great deal it is to buy from Taobao.
Whether you're buying from a single Taobao store, multiple Taobao store, or from both Taobao and other China-based shopping websites like JD.com, Dangdang, Meilishuo, Paipai, Kongfz and others, we'll help you buy and send all your purchases to our China-based warehouse to consolidate your purchases before shipping internationally to your doorstep in more than 200 countries worldwide.
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Buy from Taobao, ship internationally to your doorstep
CWELogistics helps you buy from Taobao and provides international shipping to your doorstep in more than 200 countries worldwide. Click here to see our shipping rates.
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