Saturday, November 14, 2015

Taobao Haul + Spreenow Review

Hey guys! So my taobao order just came in and I'm really excited about all the stuff I got, so I thought I'd share it and simultaneously do a review for the shopping service I used! I'll also put links to all the things I got at the bottom!

So, first of all, if you don't know, Taobao is a Chinese website that is a collection of different shops - kind of like eBay or Amazon, and they have some really amazing stuff on it that you can't find on other sites, and most of the items are for really low prices! Unfortunately, it's all in Chinese which makes it hard to use if you don't speak it, and you need to use a shopping service to buy stuff from Taobao.

Essentially what a shopping service does is orders the items you want for you, communicates with the shops, packs all your items you order in a single box, and ships it to you! The service I use is called Spreenow - I've used them several times and I've been very happy every time~

After making my order for the items on Spreenow, I had to wait for them to check it over to make sure everything was fine before paying. Spreenow charges a 10% fee on the items you order which I think is very reasonable for the work they do! After this I had to wait a little while for all the items to come in before they were packed up and shipped out 

Shipping was very fast I think it only took like 3 days! The box with all my stuff inside was taped shut and looked very secure as well!

Inside the box, the items were all tightly packed into a black bag

The black bag feels kind of weirdly sticky almost, but none of the items packaged inside were affected at all!

All the items! They were all neatly packaged inside the bag either in plastic bags or in another box!

First item! I got this brow shaper thing! I didn't order it so I guess it was a present which was super nice! 

Next is this super awesome Vento Aureo shirt! It was packed into a plastic wrap~

I really like the design on it I think it's really cool~ It fits really well, but make sure to check the sizes on the listing because this is a Large and I normally wear size S by North American standards!

Inside the wrapping for this shirt was also a little package of heart shaped candies which was so cute~ 

Next I ordered a Jolyne wig! The wig isn't the same colour as is pictured on the Taobao listing, but when the shopping service received the wig they sent me a picture and a message asking if this colour was acceptable, to which I responded yes~ If I had not been satisfied however, they would have handled returns for me.

The wig was packaged as I'm used to - in a plastic bag and covered with netting. It is as I expected and so I'm happy with it!

Here is me wearing the wig and the shirt!

Next is this set of cosplay lip gloss I ordered! It was packed into a small box and then covered in plastic wrap~

The listing is actually specifically for Jojo's cosplay, and it has all the bizarre colours you might need to cosplay Jojo characters including green, blue, and black!

Next I opened the smaller box that was packaged into the larger box I received! All the items inside were packed safely inside with styrofoam

Sono chi no sadameeee

Anyways packed under the mask were lots of things! Including these adorable Jojo charms I ordered!

The ones on the left were for my friend, but these are miiine~ 

Inside the green envelope were these earrings I ordered for Kakyoin cosplay! They look really nice and seem very nice and well made! 

Also in small packages were these really cute jewelry items! 

I ordered this really cute brooch! Of course, it's also Jojo themed~ See the lil "SBR" and the horse? Steel Ball Run themed 

The seller also included this cute bracelet as an extra!! 

Onto the mask! It was also packaged into a plastic bag!

It is really detailed! I was suprised at the carvings on the inside of the mask! It also has a gold hook at the top so you can hang it on your wall if you want~

The mask looks really, really great. It was also a lot heavier than I was expecting. It's not actually made of stone but it's much weightier than the craft foam I was expecting. All in all I'm very happy with it.

Next is both the best and worst hat I've ever owned. Again, packed securely into a plastic bag

The seller included extra screws for this hat because the DIO letters are actually held on with screws which is really cool!

Again. The best and worst hat ever.

Finally, the last item is the pillow I ordered! It was packed in plastic wrap and taped tight so as to save on space

The design is super cute and the printing is crisp and well made. It looks great even tho it is Dio. The pillow has a redeeming side to it tho!

Namely, that the other side is Jonathon

Also I just want to comment on how cute the banner is for the store where I got the pillow because so cute

So yeah! That is my Taobao haul! Again, if you want to order things from taobao I recommend Spreenow!

Links to the items:

Vento Aureo Shirt
Jolyne Wig
Jojo Cosplay Lip Gloss
Jojo Charms
Kakyoin Earrings
SBR Brooch
Stone Mask
DioJonathon Pillow

Thanks for reading!

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