How to make purchases on SuperBuy:
China, similar to the England during the early 20th Century, is the manufacturing hub of the world. Many interesting things can be bought in that country. Unfortunately, much of it is somewhat non-accessible to the outside world. The most prominent shopping site in China is TaoBao, something that’s similar to both eBay and Amazon, but arguably larger in scope. For those interested in collecting military gear, TaoBao can serve as a gateway to obtaining affordable and rare goods.
TaoBao works similar to Amazon. You can search for items in the search bar. If required, please use Google Translate, to obtain the keywords required to obtain your item. TaoBao cannot be accessed or used in foreign countries however. A foreign shopping agent is required, in this regard we’re going to use SuperBuy.
You can sign up for a SuperBuy account on the right. The process is pretty much self-explanatory. Using SuperBuy, you can turn Chinese search results into English product pages. Simply search on TaoBao.com for the item you are interested in.
Copy and paste the TaoBao URL into the search/translate function on SuperBuy.com and…
Instant English! (Just add Google)
Purchases are actually handled by a shopping agent on the site. Once an item is ordered, they’ll go ahead and start processing it. You have about 24 hours to get payment in. Payment is done through SuperBuy’s credit system. You’ll be charged for the item, shipping fees in China associated with that item, and of course for using their services. Purchases can be paid for via PayPal or Credit Card.
Please note that all purchases are actually shipped to a warehouse in China. It’s not directly to purchaser’s house. Thus it’s best to either buy many things from TaoBao, or to make group purchases to save on shipping.
You must wait for the item to arrive at the warehouse, before arranging for a forwarding service to have your purchases delivered to your house.
Once items are good to go, you must group your purchases for forwarding. This is usually done via air mail, or whichever logistic options are available to you dependent on location. Please read the fine text, and options carefully, as this might help you save money, or assist you in paying your import taxes.
Once paid for, the forwarding service will handle whatever logistics that is required. There are certain grantee services, as well as tracking options. Please investigate these as needed. However, from previous uses, SuperBuy’s forwarding services are quite competent. Expect your item to arrive in a few weeks.
Important! Make sure to check your messages on SuperBuy a day or so after your initial purchase. Sometimes, a follow-up request must be answered. Otherwise, you risk item being cancelled, and your money being refunded to you.
This concludes your guide to SuperBuy. Far East Tactical is proud to have produce this guide in helping you obtain Chinese and other military kits through TaoBao.com! We hope that this guide will assist you in obtaining affordable and authentic goods, without being subjected to price gougers, and more-questionable middle men.
Update: Link to various TaoBao storefronts, here.