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Taobao Lolita Guide/Tutorial/Information/Handbook

Hello everybody! I run a tumblr that posts updates and translations from indie brands on Taobao. Usually I come to LJ to share some interesting finds but today I'm posting this guide I wrote on taobao for lolitas.



DISCLAIMER
I am not affiliated with any taobao brand, shopping service, or business entity. This post is not an advertisement for any product. You should do your own research before buying from individual shops.



The full guide was done in Google Docs and I...I don't want to transfer the entire thing into LJ. ( ;´Д`)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1A0o7bR-WwICp15vmbMKd_nf4KAgWudcroxN2-rYRSp8/pub
(If you want to follow my tumblr blog the link is in the guide *wink* =p)

It's wordy, I suggest using the Index or Ctrl+F to find specific information you are looking for.

I wrote this guide with 2 main groups of people in mind
A. People who want to start wearing lolita and choose taobao indie brands to start with
B. Lolitas who have bought brand, offbrand, but never used taobao and want to know how

According to the google docs app I've been writing this since September 2012. Some of the information may be outdated and I may have overlooked, please let me know if you spot something strange.

Everything is indexed and I covered the following:

Part 1 - The Basics
Part 2 - Shopping Services Explained
2a. Shopping Process
2b. List of Shopping Services
2c. Shopping Services with Controversy or Problems OR Re-sellers
Part 3 – Price Breakdown
3a. Anatomy of a Taobao Item
3b. Other Fees
3c. International Shipping
Part 4 – What a Lolita Should Know
4a. General FYI
4b. Measurements lost in translation
4c. How reservations work
4d. Identifying replicas
4e. Taobao alternatives
Part 5 – SS Alternatives
Part 6 – Helpful links and misc

All updates, changes and additions will be done through the google doc...it doesn't pick up well on search engines but I prefer it for the convenience.



I've come to realise that a lot of taobao shops operate on a pre-order basis.
Sometimes, their items are readily in stock, and other times, you have to pay a deposit to secure a reservation.
The reserved pieces would be mailed to your shopping service 3weeks to a few months after you place a reservation.
Also, some shops embed all their information in pictures! Some people suggest ocr apps like this, but from personal experience the results are mostly gibberish...what happens when you run gibberish through google translate? Spaghetti gibberish!! (▼皿▼#)

All these translations can be found in the g-doc guide, but I'll put it here to stuff this post with a bit more content.

For measurements, in Chinese:

Mandarin

Simplified

Mandarin

Traditional

Pronunciation

English

尺寸

尺寸

chi cun

measurements

尺码

尺碼

chi ma

sizing

chang

Length

kuan

Width

wei

Circumference

gao

Height

qian

Front

hou

Back

平铺

平鋪

ping pu

Average

适合

適合

shi he

Suitable for (...)

参考

參考

can kao

Refer to (...)

松紧

鬆緊

song jin

Elastic

拉伸

拉伸

la shen

Elastic

jian

Shoulder

xiong

Chest

yao

Waist

tun

Hips

jing

Neck

bo

Neck

xiu

Sleeve

qun

Dress/Skirt


I hope this is sufficient for item descriptions with measurements printed into pictures!

I also copied the information regarding reservations, but if I try to publish it together, LJ gives me an error because the post is too large...? So imma link you guys here to my Livejournal post for chinese translations for taobao reservations. Sorry! I prefer having all the content in one post, but I am not smart enough to resolve the error.

Also, let's try to get some discussion going...talk about your worst taobao lolita experience ever! Did your shopping service miss out on a reservation, bespoke items arrived badly, or have you ever encountered bad/scam shops? For me, it was a bespoke blouse arriving 2 sizes too large, but I can't even remember which shop that was (it was a few years ago OTL)


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