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Hao Taobao!

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One of the pros of modern technology and China is it’s invention of Taobao. This online marketplace is China’s own version of ebay/amazon. They have anything and everything there plus it’s supposedly cheaper than anything you can find at the stores! Although one of it’s famous drawbacks was that it only accepted China cards (I had some trouble setting up my online account at Bank of China, see my Bank of China post) when I first arrived so I stayed clear of taobao for awhile. After months of steering clear of Taobao and lots of window shopping since imported items were 3 times US prices, I decided to check out Taobao once more.

Today, I went on taobao to look for some filters for my Philips air purifier. I wasn’t able to find it anywhere else online and even googled stores in Shanghai that sold them. So my last resort became my best resort! As I opened up the Taobao site once again, I found about 10 full pages of filters!!! Yay, I was so thrilled! Then, click  click, click THERE WAS A VISA OPTION and this time it was simple, fast and easy! “Taobao…you’re a life saver!”

Please note if you have a hard time reading Chinese like me, you can use Google Chrome. It will translate the page for you.

And delivery usually takes about 2 days. Happy Shopping!

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Posted by on March 24, 2013 in Shopping, Uncategorized


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Bank of China-ARRRR

When I first arrived Shanghai, I took my dad’s suggestion of being a VIP member at the Bank of China. This supposedly enables their clients to have quicker and more efficient service as well as being able to use any ATM in China to get cash. I am flustered because for some reason, the past three times I went to visit this bank had not been easy. First time, I went up to the VIP counter upstairs supposedly to get a personal banker to help me setup my ATM card since I had left in back in the States. I went a little earlier knowing that the banks here close at 4pm so they would have plenty of time to help me. I arrived at the banker and he said that the normal woman who does these transactions is not here and referred me to go downstairs to the normal tellers. I got downstairs and had to get a ticket and waited on their sofa. After waiting about 30 mins, my number was finally called. Then when I got to the counter to file for a new card, it took them another 30-45 mins. This was very new to me, as I have never signed so many papers to get a lost ATM card before. So then they told me it would take 7 days. A few days after, I went in again to exchange some american dollars to RMB to hold me off a bit and same they had me signing a bunch of forms to just exchange $200! Finally, today (7 days later) I went in for my new card, and the VIP section was closed on Sundays so I waited patiently by the teller to get my card. The whole process today took another hour when there were only 1 person ahead of me!!! Oh my dear Shanghai, can you please start organizing  your banking system so that your customers can have a better experience? I wonder, are there other Banks in Shanghai that have faster and better service?


Posted by on February 5, 2012 in Uncategorized


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