Qoo10 product recommendation – cordless vacuum cleaner

A cordless vacuum cleaner is only as good as the battery enclosed. The moment the battery dies, you basically have to toss it. For this reason, i don’t really want to buy an expensive cordless vacuum cleaner, and to me, anything above S$100 is expensive.

While i buy just about everything from Taobao, i feel hesitant when it comes to a cordless vacuum cleaner. For one thing, it is a sensitive item, since it packs a battery, and that means shipping costs more. It may still be cheaper to ship from Taobao rather than buy the exact same item from a local seller, but it just seems like a hassle. Anyway, it’s surprising to learn that the typical battery capacity of a cordless vacuum cleaner is no more than your phone battery! Continue reading Qoo10 product recommendation – cordless vacuum cleaner

Taobao product recommendation – Intel Compute Stick

One of the best things about Taobao is being able to buy export-oriented products at a fraction of their overseas retail prices. I just got hold of the Intel Compute Stick at only 299 Yuan (S$62), which is quite a steal. It is a fully functional PC designed by Intel, and it comes pre-installed with a legitimate copy of Windows. It’s next to impossible for any other sub-S$100 stick computer to include a Windows license, so, in that sense, nothing beats this. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – Intel Compute Stick

Taobao product recommendation – LED light, the definitive guide

So, i’ve moved to a new place, and all the existing lighting were of the fluorescent type. Granted, they were installed more than 7 years ago, and back then, LED was expensive. The fluorescent tubes were unbearably dim, and some don’t even light up. Depressing. Replacing all of them with LED light was top priority when it comes to the makeover of this new place.

Obviously, i was going to buy all the LED lighting from Taobao, like i did before. Even though there are many brick and mortar shops here selling LED lighting that are also sourced from Taobao, with similar pricing as compared to Taobao, my preference is still to buy directly from Taobao. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – LED light, the definitive guide

Taobao product recommendation – under table lighting

I came across this product purely by chance (on Qoo10 in fact), and bought it purely for fun. At present, it cost only 46 Yuan (S$9.50), so it is quite an affordable toy. I had the idea of illuminating the underside of my bar counter table, like it’s commonly done these days at bars and cafes. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – under table lighting

Taobao product recommendation – LED light strip replacement kit

I once mentioned that if you bought LED lighting that comes integrated within a housing, you may have to replace the entire LED light, including the housing, when it stops working or becomes too dim. Turns out that this is no longer the case, and you may be able to replace the light strip within. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – LED light strip replacement kit

Taobao product recommendation – portable monitor

Ok, actually, this monitor i got is not so portable. It weighs almost 2kg. There is another option here that is only 850g. You might wonder what is the purpose of such a monitor. Well, it is mainly promoted for use as a second monitor, or for entertainment (e.g. gaming and movies). Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – portable monitor

Taobao product recommendation – noodle maker

We consume quite a bit of noodles at home, and it has always been my wish to make my own noodles. I’m sure you will agree with me that noodles is more versatile and interesting than rice. Just pair it with soup or sauce, and it can be a satisfying meal.

The manual methods to make noodles, like the hand crank type, doesn’t cut it for me. Too tedious. For home use, the extruder type automatic noodle maker is the only logical choice. As usual, i did my sourcing from Taobao. Yes, the Philips pasta maker may be popular, but costing 3 times more? No way.

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Taobao product recommendation – curtains

Back in 2007, i had the curtains for my new home done for a princely sum of S$1800. This included 4 sets of curtains, 2 sets of organza curtains, plus two small roman blinds. It may have included the installation of the curtain track as well, so, actually, it was quite a fair price by today’s standard. If i were to calculate a rough pricing per set of curtains, it would be around $200 – $250. How does that compare with Taobao’s pricing? Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – curtains

Taobao product recommendation – Furniture

When doing home renovation, besides LED lighting and bathroom fittings, furniture is the third category of goods which you stand to save lots of money if you sourced from Taobao. When it comes to furniture, i think most people will have doubts about buying from Taobao.

Can the furniture be shipped economically?

Yes, the furniture generally come packed as compact as possible. The sea freight shipping rate of S$90 per cubic meter (86of) is quite affordable. More often than not, the GST (compulsory for sea freight even if goods cost less than $400) will cost more than the shipping, but that just means you’re shipping a worthwhile amount of goods. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – Furniture

Taobao product recommendation – bathroom fittings

If you’re doing home renovation, besides LED lighting, bathroom fittings is probably the next category of goods that will save you a large sum of money if you sourced from Taobao. Let me warn you upfront though, that there is the risk of receiving malfunctioning or damaged products, which may delay your renovation for a few weeks if you decide to re-purchase the replacement. This actually happened to me, and unbeliveably, the replacement that was shipped also malfunctioned. i had to ship the item for the third time before i finally got a replacement that was working properly. Hence, proceed with buying from Taobao only if you’re willing to put up with such a risk.

All my bathroom fittings, except the toilet bowl and water heater, were sourced from Taobao. Only one out of three wash basins was slightly damaged during shipment, so if you’re worried about whether it is safe to ship these items, I would say it is quite safe.

Actually, besides the cost, I bought from Taobao because I wanted to use stainless steel products exclusively. I’ve become weary of using chrome plated bathroom fittings, which develop permanent watermarks after some time, and becomes rusted in the long run. Stainless steel bathroom fittings are still not so common in Singapore. I reckon it will take years before Singapore catches up with China in this respect.

Here are some products I think are worthwhile buying from Taobao. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – bathroom fittings