We all know the wonders of eBay, Amazon, and other Western online shopping sites alike but sadly, we also know the costs of overseas delivery can be twice the price of the actual product itself. Don’t worry— China’s online shopping market is maturing and the number of customers is exponentially growing. Soon, you will discover many online shopping markets in China to be a shopping haven you can’t live without.
Taobao.com is China’s most popular online marketplace and is ranked #11 on Alexa’s Top 20 most visited sites in the world. This consumer-to-consumer site offers an enormous platform for big and small retail stores to sell anything and everything at all any price. Moreover, quality problems and fake goods often leave customers unsure of where they should put their trust in. To avoid such concerns, shop on Tmall, a business-to-consumer online retail store built under Taobao selling real quality and branded products to customers.
Modeling Amazon.com, Dangdang.com is an online bookstore, specializing in selling books and audio from China and countries all over the world. Its rival, Amazon.cn (the “Amazon of China”) customer friendly delivery service plus guaranteed quality books and other products. Overall, prices at Amazon.cn exceed that of Dangdang.com.
For techno-gadgets and basic electronic appliances, Suning.com and Gome.com are Chinese customer’s go-to online markets for basic home appliances and other electronics. In addition to online stores, you might spot a few chain stores in downtown Shanghai.
Need some rice for your new rice cooker but have no time on your hands to buy a sack? Yihaodian.com provides a convenient platform for customers to buy groceries delivered to their front door. The website also functions as a business-consumer marketplace, much like Tmall.
Despite that the sites mentioned above are all in Chinese (with the exception of Amazon.cn), icons should guide you to search for your product and purchase it. However, if you are one of those expats who is absolutely hopeless with Chinese, there are a few online shopping stores built for expats.
En.jd.com is China’s biggest business to consumer retailer. Selling over 400,000 types of apparel, electronics, daily supplies, and other products, this online market delivers to 35 countries and continues to expand throughout time.
If you are a fan of flea markets, Everbuying.com is much like an online flea market. As one of the leading operators in global wholesale markets, Everybuying.com sells all types of unique products at factory-direct prices— a great place to buy quality items at a reasonable price.
In addition, there are a few websites specializing in delivering various products. Chinavasion.com focuses primarily on gadget gizmos while Fieldschina.com is great when you need fresh meat, vegetables, fruits, and what-not delivered straight to your door.