Product Hunting for Taobao Dropshipping

How to use Taobao to discover the suitable product for your dropshipping business.

China is called the ‘World’s Factory,' making it home to businesses that produce a great variety of products at a great price. Many manufacturing businesses target the B2B market or retailers who then further market these products in foreign markets to sell at a unit price.

Dropshipping is a new term coined in the e-commerce industry, even though the concept has long been in practice even in the traditional brick-and-mortar business model. The wholesale to the retail business model allows manufacturers to benefit from the sales volume and sellers to benefit from the margin per unit.

What is Taobao?

Taobao is a subsidiary of Alibaba, the renowned group in China, which offers a platform to manufacturers to sell their products in bulk to retailers or in small quantities to direct consumers.

However, Taobao is an enormous platform that features a huge range of products. As a retailer, you might have come across various products and designs in a single category, making it quite confusing to choose a single or few products to source.

With limited investment capital, it is always wise to invest in products likely to perform well. However, to determine this, there are some features that you need to look out for.

How to Search for Winning Products on Taobao?

Taobao Image Search Feature

Since most product descriptions are in Chinese, it is best to make use of the image search feature on the platform to get products in the same product category.

This option is best if you have already decided which product category you want to operate in. Using the link https://s.taobao.com/search You can upload your image and get relevant products.

The benefit that the image search feature gives is listing similar products in the category, allowing you to compare and contrast the offerings and pricing of different sellers.

Step 1

When you go to taobao.com, it will automatically redirect you to world.taobao.com where the image search feature doesn't work. So, The first thing you need to do is go to https://s.taobao.com/search?

Step 2

Searching for products on Taobao is a pretty straightforward process. It's as easy as clicking the camera icon at the end of the search bar to upload an image of your product. Have in mind that:
• Images must be .jpg or png formats.

• Image sizes should be at least 201x201 pixels in size.

• Image file size should be no more than 5M.

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Step 3

After a short loading time, Taobao will display products similar or the same based on the image uploaded.

Clicking on any product image will direct you to the specific pr/blog/how-to-create-an-account-on-taobao-and-how-to-translateoduct page. In this way, you can compare prices and suppliers to find the cheapest and best option for your dropshipping business.

Read these articles about How to Create an Account on Taobao and Translate it from Chinese to English and How to View Taobao Rating System and Choose a Reliable Taobao Sellers

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Keyword Search

Keyword searching on Taobao means using Chinese to sort through the products. Even though this may seem like a daunting task, you can easily use Google Translate to convert English keywords to Chinese to search on the platform.

Alternatively, you can utilize the Dropast Taobao keyword search tool, which allows you to type a product keyword in your local language, and our tool will translate it into Chinese and automatically link you to Taobao, allowing you to locate what you're looking for.

The keyword search is also a great way to sort through in case you are not getting sufficient results through the image search feature. It also results in a wider search, and you can browse related products and product categories if you are unsure about the product and product category you want to invest in.

Choosing the Right Product

You can choose the right product based on different features. Furthermore, based on the market you will be selling in, you can prioritize these factors.

If you are operating in a price-sensitive market, you need to consider pricing as the most important factor in choosing a product. However, if your market demands quality, you need to prioritize the product's features.

Before you choose the product, make sure you are reviewing the following and prioritizing based on your market:

·         Product attributes

·         Estimated processing time

·         Shipping costs

·         Product price

·         Available quantity

·         Rated favorite by consumers

·         Customer reviews

·         Product descriptions

Taobao Product Page

The screenshot below is of the Taobao product page

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1. Product price (price range): When the attributes are selected then you will see the specific price.

2. Domestic shipping costs (From China to China) and the estimated processing time required by the seller to fulfill the order.

3. Attribute.

4. Quantity available in stock.

5. How much time the products has been added to favorite by the buyers.

6. Product descriptions: You can find product specifications and pictures provided by the seller.

7. Customer reviews: The reviews section is perhaps the most useful. It offers authentic photos of products, as well as detailed text reviews by buyers. Customer review sections:

a) all reviews (全部)

b) photo reviews (图片)

c) positive reviews (好评)

d) neutral reviews (中评)

e) negative reviews (差评)

Tmall Product Page

The screenshot below is of the Tmall product page

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1. Product price (price range): When the attributes are selected then you will see the specific price.

2. Domestic (From China to China) shipping costs.

3. Attribute.

4. Quantity available in stock.

5. How much time the products has been added to favorite by the buyers.

6. Product descriptions: You can find product specifications and pictures provided by the seller.

7. Customer reviews: The reviews section is perhaps the most useful. It offers authentic photos of products, as well as detailed text reviews by buyers. Customer review sections:

a) all reviews (全部)

b) pre-post purchase reviews (追评)

c) reviews with pictures (图片)

Customer reviews are probably the richest and most informative section in the product listing. While many comments may be in Chinese, it is great to make use of tools to translate them into English and assess the positive and negative reviews for a better idea of the product you may invest in. It also helps in assessing the reputation of the seller, especially when dealing with foreign business customers or large orders.

However, with the sellers being inexperienced in dealing with foreign customers and payments, make sure you select an accommodating seller interested in dealing with a foreign client. You can assess this by talking to the prospective businesses seller.

Dropast also allows you to simply import and edit Taobao product reviews and export them to the Loox or Judje.me applications.

Making Dropshipping as Easy as 1,2,3

Dropast is a business partner that provides dropshippers from all over the world access to trending Taobao products.

Daily Trending List

As a business, partnering with Dropast can help you get a daily list of the best sellers, which can help you decide the category you want to invest in and the bestselling products and sellers.

With a huge number of sellers on the platform, this list can give you a great insight into the best-rated and most reliable sellers to choose for your investment. That is the power of data that you can have at your fingertips rather than searching and sorting through more than 10 million products! 

Beating the Algorithm with Human Intellect

Also, with Dropast being a bespoke business solution, dedicated research, copywriter, and graphic team sorts and updates the trending product list every day rather than an algorithm. This makes sure to make use of the human intellect to find trending patterns that machine learning algorithms cannot detect.

Access the Product Resources

Also, the team provides you with HD-quality product videos and images for the products you have selected. Free from Chinese text, these videos and pictures can be used without any copyright restrictions on your selling page or Shopify website.

Your retail business page or the listing has to have convincing text for the consumers to make a purchase decision. Dropast’s copywriting team fashions a unique and persuasive product description for each Taobao product selected.

So, with product selection, descriptions, and images sorted out, you can easily get into the dropshipping business without the worry of the nitty-gritty.

Summing it Up

With the potential that dropshipping businesses hold, it is a smart move if you are looking to invest in products sourced from China, the 'World's Factory.'

However, the hassle of sorting through product listings and finding the perfect match can be troublesome. Dropast and its bespoke dropshipping solution can help you relax by equipping you with the data and resources you need to run the dropshipping business.

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