If you want to buy product from China than the first thing that you need to learn is how to search for products on Taobao. You can try to search in English and it will bring up some results if it is a very popular search term that Chinese may be familiar with. For example if you search for ‘iphone 6 phone case’ than you are going to find lots of results. The results are in Chinese, but you can kind of figure it out by looking at the photos. We found 57 pages of results for this search term.
Taobao does also offer auto-complete for search phrases. So as you start to type in a phrase it will show you all of the related terms. So if you type in your query, not just copy and paste, you might be able to find what you are looking for in the search box.
Search Taobao with a Translation Program
Taking this to the next level would be to use an online translator. You may have a favorite translation program already or even software installed on your computer. If so than feel free to use whichever method you are comfortable with. If you are new to online translation than we recommend using either Google Translate or Bing Translator. These are two of the most popular online translators and the results are usually pretty dependable.
These translators are very simple to use. Just type in your text, for example ‘iphone 6 phone case’. Be sure to select ‘English’ if it does not detect it automatically. On the right side of the page be sure to select Chinese (simplified) as these are the Chinese characters used in Mainland China, where Taobao is located. That will give you a result in Chinese characters on Bing of 6 的 iphone 手机外壳. The translation means iphone 6 outside cell phone cover. Using Google the result in Chinese characters is iPhone6手机套 which translates to iphone 6 cell phone cover. Google also provides the pinyin translation of IPhone 6 shǒujī tào. This is great if you are learning Chinese, but not so helpful for online shopping.
Each program gives a slightly different result. You can choose whichever you like and the result is very similar. Now that you have your translated search phrase you can enter it into the Taobao search box. Searching with Chinese characters gave us 100 pages of results for this phrase. So as you can see you are going to get much better results searching in Chinese with the help of a translation program.
Search Taobao Using Website Translation
You can also go to either Google Translate or Bing Translator and enter the url for taobao which is http://taobao.com. If you click on the link on the right side than it will translate the entire page for you. This is great for understanding the main menu, categories etc. as well as the product descriptions. But, again if you enter your search term in English than the results will be somewhat limited.
Our advice on how to search for products on Taobao is to open two windows or tabs. You will have the Chinese site open in one window and the other window will be the the translated site. You can translate your search phrase into Chinese and than copy and paste it into the Chinese Taobao site and hit search. You can look through the search results fairly easily as there are lots of images as well as the product prices on the search results page. When you find a product that you are interested in than you can click on the link to go to the product page.
Once you are in the Chinese product page, you just need to copy and paste the url into the translator page and it will come up in English. As most of the product sales pages on Taobao use image files, usually jpg, the translation software is not able to translate them. You can read the product description, you can see the overall rating score, you can see all of the images which are usually very good and you can also see the heading for different categories like sales quantity and reviews. The reviews don’t always translate, but you can always cut and paste them into the translator to see what customers think of the product that you are interested in.
If you want to know the cost in your local currency than you just need to enter the RMB price into our currency exchange widget. The rates are constantly changing, but is should be very close to what you would pay. You can also check our tips section for some good advice on how to buy products from Taobao.
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