Once you get past the language barrier and discover that you can easily shop on Taobao, you might have been buying and buying. We don’t blame you. Everything’s so cheap!

Most people hesitated on purchasing clothes and costumes but eventually gave in because everyone looked so good on the models. Unfortunately, what you see is not usually what you get. While there have been some instances where some have been lucky enough to get decent quality costumes, there were also incidents where we heard others had disappointing buys.

We decided to give it a try ourselves and there were some disappointments. Here are some of the reasons why buying clothes on Taobao sometimes is a bad idea:


Wrong item or size sent

One of our first misses was a wrong item sent – the listing was for a top and pair of shorts. We had placed an order for the shorts but they sent the top over instead. And the top was not even something we wanted so we had to just deal with it. Another frustrating incident we encountered was when the seller sent over the wrong size, especially when it is a smaller size. If it were a larger size then we could at least get it altered. There was this dress which we were really anticipating and when it arrived, it turned out that the seller had sent S instead of M. We are not even sure how did that happen since there was only M size available on the site. Returns are troublesome and not worth the time, money and effort at all.


Bad quality costumes

They probably do not even do quality checks because we had received costumes with holes in them or missing buttons. Luckily, these were relatively cheap buys at around SGD10-15. Other times, the material is just so inferior; you wonder why do they even bother making such terrible costumes. We have received tops that are made of materials so thin that you could easily rip a hole in it while trying it on.


Costumes that look nothing like the modelled photos

There was once we received a dress that was so short, it must have been made for hobbits. Just look at the photo above, noticed that the elastic waistline is just directly below the chest as compared to the modelled photo. Apparently, we were not the only one who faced the same issue as well. Some buyers even commented that this dress was meant for children instead. I have heard that some shops steal photos of these modelled clothes from other authentic shops and then manufacture their own replicas, which explains why the clothes usually do not match what is shown on the website. So lesson learnt, one should always read the reviews before purchasing.


Wrong measurements

We really hate it when they have misleading measurements on the site and then we receive a piece of clothing that is simply too tiny. We bought a jumpsuit, which stated that the bust circumference was 88cm. Now, 88cm is a really comfortable fit for most because there is some allowance and we like costumes to be loose fitting so we can make alterations if necessary. But when we received the item, we could only zip it up halfway on the mannequin. We took the measurements and it turns out that the bust area was just 70cm.

However, this usually happens when you buy clothes that are priced below 100 RMB (~SGD20). Especially those that cost like 20 to 30 RMB, do not expect something decent. And do not trust the feedback given plainly. We do not understand how some people can be satisfied with the crappy quality. But we have heard of sellers offering rebates to get buyers to change their negative feedback to positive ones so that could be the case. Guess we should just stick to buying other items off Taobao instead.


Why not rent costumes?

So, lesson learnt. Our little experiments only confirm our customers’ worst fears. Fret not. If you’re looking for costumes for your parties, events and celebrations, why not rent from us? We make it easier for you. And we even provide free alterations to ensure a perfect fit.

We’ve got them in different themes, such as:

… and many more!