How do I search for items on Taobao?
You’ve got your Taobao account set up. Time to start browsing. Here’s how to get started.
First, open Taobao.com. Enter the name of the item you’re looking for in the search bar. If you don’t know the Chinese name, it’s always worth searching in English (or another language) first, especially if you’re buying a well-known brand. Some items are labeled with English names, although the results will likely be more limited than if you type in the Chinese name.
Translation sites like Google Translate can also be helpful in finding Chinese names for items.
For example, type “Kindle” in search bar, then, click the “搜索” button. You’ll get a page that looks like this:
You will see a list of products relating to the search term, as below (for “Kindle”).
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To view more information about an individual item, simply click on that item’s photo or the name of the item (in blue).
Useful Chinese words and phrases