A concern many people have about purchasing from Taobao is the uncertainty of quality, since Taobao does not sell its own products and quality varies from merchant to merchant. In order to sift out trustworthy merchants and products, customers will have to exercise some discernment that typically comes with experience. We have a whole section of the blog dedicated to Taobao “hacks” – nothing illegal, just nifty tips to make use of the features Taobao offers consumers to help them make informed decisions.
In any case, I took the plunge and bought some watercolour paper. Art supplies can be iffy to purchase online, especially on marketplace platforms like Taobao.