Before starting source from Taobao, you have to know this:
By solving the above issue, you should work an agent like CJDropshipping to help you, and CJ is developing CJ Google Chrome Extension like Oberlo to Aliexpress, our CJ Google Chrome Extension is working with Taobao, 1688, and Tmall, you will be able to get this extension by searching CJDROPSHIPPING on Chrome APP Store next month.
CJ Google Chrome Extension will help drop shippers to drop ship, source, and purchase directly from Taobao, Tmall, and 1688. You will be able to process everything with paying by PayPal or Credit Card.
Select China Mainland Site:
Taobao.com was focusing on Chinese Market only which is the biggest C2C platform. Now It is also playing a role in importing products from worldwide to China too. It has a different site category when the foreigner visits the site. Many drop shippers are also planning to target the Chinese market, and I just advised NO.
Please make sure the site you are visiting is https://www.taobao.com/ instead of https://world.taobao.com/
Switch Site Language from Chinese to English or Your Favorite Language
Switch the language and keep it always translate to your favorite language
Create an account
It will be better if you can create an account on Taobao.com. You can use your email or mobile number to create the account very easily. It will be much smoother if you have an account on Taobao.com.
What you need is to search for the products. You need to know What is Baby Tmall or Shop means.
Baby actually is a nickname of products, when you search under this section that means you will search the products under Taobao.
Tmall is like Taobao+ which hosted a lot of Chinese or International brand products with Copyright. Tmall is containing higher quality products and service than Taobao.
The shop is like vendors, you will be able to find different vendors but supply the same products.
Lets check with Print on Demond products that is available on Taobao, You can either use directly English searching or by using Google Translate I recommend use Google Translate and then copy and paste Chinese.
Print on Demand = 个性化定制
The search result： https://s.taobao.com/search?q=%E4%B8%AA%E6%80%A7%E5%8C%96%E5%AE%9A%E5%88%B6&imgfile=&js=1&stats_click=search_radio_all%3A1&initiative_id=staobaoz_20180927&ie=utf8&sort=sale-desc
It contains many printable products beyond t-shirt, mug, shoes, pillow. It contains too many variety such as wallet, lighter, jewelry, craft etc. CJ will try to get as many variety as possible about POD from Taobao so our drop shippers will have more option for theirself or the final buyers.
The most powerful tool is the CAMERA button.
This button is pretty useful if you have products name and but don’t know Chinese name that is going to give up the search.
It works like 1688, they have the same features of search by images. You just need to submit the images and then, it will come out the familiar products. Alibaba system has a lot of data, they know what is your pictures talking about.
View by Category
No matter you search by product keywords of view by category, you can filter the result by features
Normally, it will be by Brand, Material etc. it depends on the category type.
The most important thing you need to know is you can also sort the hot selling products by orders like Aliexpress
Taobao only show up the sales history in 30 days which is different from Aliexpress.
Anyway, never 100% trust Taobao sales history nor Aliexpress, event on Amazon. Also neither the inventory. Because these platform give more traffic to products that looks like sales a lot and have full inventory. So many vendors will create fake data about the products so the platform will help him. But normally the product itself should have good sales, just the sales is not many as described.
If you want to check the sales history, you have to click the translate button and click view the original page. That means the history will show up in Chinese language.
Another great feature FIND SIMILAR or FIND the SAME
Taobao should have the largest number of products listing in the world. In Chinese Speaking, only you can not image it, never failed on source it. Click the two button, you will have a list of the same or similar products to compare price of reviews anything.
The products page almost same as Aliexpress
The most important point here is about the customer COMMENT, you will check how people like this products
Another Taobao Trending products analysis is by using a tool http://www.maijiabashi.com
Using this tool, you will know what are most final buyer searching and which category is hot in Chinese, and the products link sales analysis. You will need create an account on this site.
If you want get quality listing and attract your buyer by first impression, you should use Taobao for source because price is good, but Copy Tmall products images to your store, no one will sue you for the images.