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Monday-Friday tees bought on Taobao through Skycart. Been getting positive feedbacks about them. ;) Links to which seller I'd purchased from can be found on their website.

*First things first, this is NOT an advertorial post. Yes, I did work with Skycart previously for Instagram postings. However, I wasn't asked/paid to produce an article on this blog. All opinions in this post are solely mine; I'm sharing my experience willingly in hopes to provide insight to readers and friends who have shown interest in giving Skycart a go.

If you follow me on my Instagram, you should notice my mentions about Skycart lately. For those who aren't aware, Skycart is this new online shopping agent in Singapore that connects you to the online world of shopping sites from China and the U.S. I was introduced to it recently by a good friend who was equally obsessed with online shopping as I was.

I use Skycart to bring me my items from my favouritest online shopping Chinese site, Taobao, a popular virtual marketplace where you can practically find ANYTHING at dirt cheap prices. I had been making my purchases directly via the Taobao website all along since reading through all that Chinese was not an issue for me. However, I made the switch to using Skycart recently because of the cheaper shipping fees (through sea). It takes much longer for my purchases to arrive, but I'm fine with that.

I've friends who keep bugging me to help them with their purchases, therefore this post shall serve as a guide to the lost shopaholics. It's rather straightforward; even a blur person like myself had no issues grasping the mechanics of how everything works. You can thank me later, heh!

Without further ado, here's how you can Taobao without Chinese via Skycart:

1) Open Up SkyCart & Taobao

I prefer surfing Taobao on the Google Chrome browser since you can conveniently use Google Translate. While it may not be accurate all the time, but I roughly agar-agar my way through.

skycart singapore taobao agent blog
skycart singapore taobao agent blog

I'm going to skip the part on how to use Taobao since there is already a broad list of pre-existing tutorials. But let me introduce you to my hack: usually I use the picture upload function on the search bar to scan for what I am looking for. I also go for shops with a lot of crowns since they are supposedly more reliable.

I also like the #skycartishere and Marketplace feature which you can find on the Skycart homepage. They provide pictures of the real / recommended items and direct links to where you can purchase them.

2) Copy & Paste Link

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After stocking up the items that I wish to purchase on my Taobao shopping cart, I simply copy the link of each item and paste it in the Grab box on Skycart. Chotto matte, as Skycart is grabbing the item for you!

3) You Want This

Once it's done loading, you will be brought to a different page. Double check that it is the item you'd picked.

skycart singapore taobao agent blog

Skycart has conveniently listed down the Selling Price and Domestic Fee in China (dependent on sellers; some are free) for you in English. Click on I Want This.

4) Confirm Your Purchase

skycart singapore taobao agent blog
Choose the right size and colour, then click on Cart This. You can continue shopping using the same method of copy-paste links before clicking on Checkout when you're ready.

skycart singapore taobao agent blog

You should be brought to this page where you're shown the total cost of your items in summary. Click on Proceed to Shipment.

5) 1st Payment

Product Price + Domestic (China) Shipping Fees = 1st Payment

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Pick your preferred shipping and collection method. You pay for that once Skycart confirms the total weight X rate of your items in the 2nd payment, after your stuff arrives.


I like how they have a rough estimation date of when the items will reach the Singapore warehouse!

Proceed to Payment when you have made up your mind.

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You will be brought over to do the final payment via Skypay.

skycart singapore taobao agent blog
Skycart uses the pre-pay method; meaning, you have to top-up credits into your account. Payment will be deducted from the credits that you have. You can make a top-up via iBanking/ATM or Paypal. I like how everything is conveniently in SGD!

6) Order Tracking

Wait for your items to arrive! There should be a Order Tracking page you can refer to.

7) 2nd Payment

When your purchases have arrived in Singapore, you will receive an email like this to inform you of 2nd payment and Collection.

skycart singapore taobao agent blog
skycart singapore taobao agent blog
International Shipping Fees (Volumetric Weight) + Agent Fee = 2nd Payment

8) Collection

There are 3 ways to collect your purchases: Home Delivery, Warehouse Collection and Collection Point.

If you opt for home delivery, extra costs will be incurred to the final bill.

skycart singapore taobao agent blog

skycart singapore taobao agent blog
skycart singapore taobao agent blog
skycart singapore taobao agent blog
Home Delivery

If you bought too much to handle and chose for your goods to be delivered right to your doorstep, you can pick from the following timings:
9am - 12pm
12pm - 3pm
3pm - 6pm
6pm - 10pm

Warehouse Collection and Collection Points are free-of-charge, but you still have to choose a timing.

Warehouse
25 Tai Seng Avenue #04-02
Scorpio East Building S(534104)

Time slots for collection:
10 am - 12 pm
12pm - 3pm
3pm - 7pm

Collection Points
They have many scattered all over Singapore. Check their website for more information!

9) Receive Your Items!

I chose Home Delivery since it was the fuss-free option and there's always someone at home to receive my purchases on my behalf anyway. You will receive a text message when delivery is on the way!

skycart singapore taobao agent blog
skycart singapore taobao agent blog
To my surprise, I came home to my items packed individually and neatly in a huge plastic bag for me! When I purchased from the Taobao website itself previously, they threw whatever packages they received into a big dirty sack.

Apparently the people in Skycart's China warehouse will unpack and check the items visually to make sure the items are good to go. If not, they will probably contact you separately should they think you require an exchange or return. Saves all the trouble of shipping your items all the way to China and back! *thumbs up*

skycart singapore taobao agent blog
This off-shoulder floral romper that I'm wearing is one of the items I'd bought. The kind folks over at Skycart also threw in their unique tote bag with a design that I absolutely adore, thank you! ^_^

The hardworking people have also made a page and video on how to buy on Skycart:




Don't worry, if you ever need help, you can always click on the menu and live support by the side.

Have fun shopping you guys, woohoo! :D

7 comments

  1. Great post and tutorial Joey! Looking for something like Skycart in Malaysia. Shopping at Taobao has been intimidating for me since it's all in Chinese! Aah!

    xoxo
    Miriam
    www.miriammerrygoround.com

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    1. Thank you Miriam! <3 Hopefully Malaysia has something similar soon. For the time being, use Google Chrome and translate if it helps! :)

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  2. Hi great post! But may I know how do you use taobao photo upload function? Cant seem to find it T.T

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    1. Thank you! :) Hmm it appears here and there actually.. So that, I'm not sure why. I usually browse through my mobile phone and it's there. Maybe you wanna keep trying to click on links and check back the search bar? Hopefully you can find it!

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    1. Thanks for the feedback! May I ask what you'd like to read then? If you only criticise and not suggest anything then it kinda defeats the purpose :)

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  4. I think the Skycart of Hong Kong is Buynosaur, another English Taobao solution. Let me tell my friends about Skycart in Malaysia! Great post.

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