In case you've wondered if China is in fact taking over the wonderful world of online shopping, you'd be correct! Half of the country's 1.3 billion people have online access, of which a mindboggling 80% own smartphones and tablets. And e-commerce has responded accordingly: from 2009 to 2012, where stateside e-commerce grew around 13%, the Chinese market exploded at an average rate of 71%! The consultancy Bain & Company further reports that by 2015, they are projecting this market to be worth a godzilla-size $540 billion. Suffice it to say that China is changing the face of shopping online, especially if the most recent numbers from “Singles day” are correct. This is an awesome occasion when young Chinese celebrate their Singleton status by, what else, shopping! The Alibaba Group, which controls 80% of the country's e-commerce, encouraged almost 14 million buyers to click "buy" within minutes of the start of the holiday sales online with their shopping festival Taobao Markeplace. With 60,000,000 visitors a day buying 800,000,000 goods, Taobao is possibly the biggest online shopping site in the world. Probably because it accommodates both auctions and fixed price sales and the ratings allow local and foreign shoppers alike know who they're buying from - which runs the gamut of anything and everything a click-happy Singleton or other e-shopper could want.
However, since Taobao is a Chinese platform, most of the displays are obviously in Chinese. But don't let that stop you. BuyWithAgents.com is a pro purchasing agent will help you Taobao with style. They have a really easy-to-follow shopping tutorial and good ratings. What are ya waiting for?
- Lesley Scott
[Note: This was written in partnership with BuyWithAgents.com. The words are mine.]