Taobao Basics: Buying electrical goods


Image: Coffee machine from Taobao

Coffee machines, Irobot vacuum cleaners, and rice cookers are some of the most commonly bought electrical appliances from Taobao. As these appliances do not go through testing in Singapore, or carry our authorised safety marks, look for items with China’s domestic safety marks, such as the China Compulsory Certificate mark (CCC or 3C mark) and China Certification Centre for Electromagnetic Compatibility mark (CEMC).

Karen Wong, co-founder of local forwarding company Etrove, lists Midea, Jo Young and Haier as reputable brands that sell electrical goods. Although China and Singapore appliances use the same amount of voltage (220 to 230V), the appliances do not use the same electrical plug.

You’ll have to get adaptor plugs, which you can find easily in hardware stores. And as with other electrical devices, it is advised not to overcharge electrical items.

TOPICS: cheap, taobao