Shipping is a pain, but cheap compared to shipping from the US (and sellers for some reason won’t entertain shipping outside of the lower 48).
But compared to all the shopping networks in Taiwan, Taobao carries almost the same stuff you can get in the US. Sure, if you buy Nike, LV, or any other branded stuff 99% chance it’s fake, but for unbranded stuff it really can’t be beat. Almost as good as Amazon but without the picky seller…
If some of you guys are looking for stuff nobody has heard of in Taiwan, try Taobao. Like American sized clothing for example. Or for me, stuff like brazing powder, silver solder, machine tool stuff (end mill holders, collets, etc.), all are still cheaper than Taiwanese sellers even accounting for shipping.
I think a lot of Taiwanese are making a killing buying stuff from Taobao (they love wholesale orders there) and selling it here at 500% markup.