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We Set Ourselves A $5 Budget To Shop - Here's Our Taobao Haul


Here’s our Taobao Haul – featuring items which are $5 and under!


Who doesn’t love Taobao, right? You can score unbelievably cheap deals, and buy anything your heart desires on this website. But are the cheap items you see on Taobao really value-for-money, or are they too good to be true?

To find out, we set aside a budget of $5 per item, and went shopping for Taobao items which would be suitable for Chinese New Year. Check out our Taobao Haul below, and tell us what you think!

#1: Bag With Colourful Strap, $4.97

Here’s what the seller’s picture looks like…

And here’s what it looks like in real life! (They did send us the smaller pouch as well – it’s just not included in the picture):

First thing we noticed: from the picture we saw on Taobao (actually, ezBuy), both sides of the strap feature the same colourful print. But the item we received was slightly different – it featured that print only on one side of the strap, and the other side consists of a less attractive maroon/brown shade.

Also, this bag is actually super thin and non-sturdy. The material itself is smooth to touch and doesn’t feel too bad – but you probably wouldn’t want to load this up with anything that’s too heavy.

Similarity to listed item
3/5

Value-for-money
5/5

Verdict
Considering it only costs $4.97, we’re happy with the bag.

Link to purchase: Bag With Colourful Strap

#2: Strawberry Earrings, $2.30

Here’s what the seller’s picture looks like:

And here’s what it looks like in real life!

It isn’t 100% similar – if you look closely, you’ll be able to see the accents of green on the seller’s picture, but the “strawberries” we got were beige and red, with not a hint of green. Not a huge deal, though.

Similarity to listed item
4/5

Value-for-money
5/5

Verdict
These earrings aren’t exactly like the pair pictured in the listing, but we won’t quibble. They’re still an easy way to add a pop of red to your outfit during Chinese New Year!

Link to purchase: Strawberry Earrings

#3: Bag With Tassels, $5.64

Here’s what the seller’s picture looks like:

And here’s what it looks like in real life!

Because the listing only showed the green and pink options, we didn’t know how the red version (which we bought!) would look – but it turned out pretty decent.

Unfortunately, though, there was one dealbreaker – the clasp on one side of the strap couldn’t open. It’s not just that it was stiff – it wouldn’t move AT ALL, and it was definitely a defective piece. (If you look closely at our picture above, you’ll see that the left clasp is just resting on the bag, and it’s not actually hooked on. Because of this, we can only carry this as a pouch, instead of actually using it as a cross-body bag.

Similarity to listed item
5/5

Value-for-money
0/5

Verdict
If we weren’t unlucky enough to get a piece with an unusable clasp, this would’ve been a 5/5.

Link to purchase: Bag With Tassels

#4: Embroidered Halter Top, $4.85

Here’s what the seller’s picture looks like:

And here’s what it looks like in real life!

When we were buying this top, we were pretty sure the embroidered details wouldn’t turn out as nice in real life. But upon trying it for the first time, we were pleasantly surprised! Whilst the placement of the embroidered patches wasn't spot-on, we still liked the overall look.

Colour-wise, our first choice was black, because cheaply-made white clothes tend to be very sheer. Since black was sold out, we had to get white, and luckily enough, this top isn’t TOO see-through if you’re wearing a nude coloured bra. Comfort-wise, it’s a teeny bit scratchy when you put it on, but once you’re actually in it, you don’t really notice it too much.

Similarity to listed item
4/5

Value-for-money
5/5

Verdict
One of our favs of our entire Taobao Haul!

Link to purchase: The item we bought is OOS, but here’s a different listing for what appears to be the exact same product.

#5: Embroidered Cross-Body Bag, $8.16

Here’s what the seller’s picture looks like:

And here’s what it looks like in real life!

We initially wanted to restrict ourselves to approximately $5 per item for this Taobao Haul, but although this embroidered bag was a little out of our price range, we decided to get it anyway. This turned out to be the best decision EVER. The bag itself is well-built and sturdy, and even the hardware seems to be of high quality. Zero complaints about this one!

Similarity to listed item
5/5

Value-for-money
5/5 (Actually, we’d rate it 6/5 if we could)

Verdict
This honestly feels like it could be sold for $40 in a Charles & Keith store.

Link to purchase: Embroidered Cross-Body Bag


We hope you enjoyed our Taobao Haul article! Let us know about your own Taobao shopping experience in the comments below:

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