how to manage your “favorites”
When you click on the box that we identified as “Organize By Category” in the photo above, you’ll see the new options below. You’ll also notice that all of your items also have a grey checkmark in the corner.
Note – When you’re finished organizing your items, you may want to turn off this organization feature. Remember the button that you clicked to open it (“Organize By Category”)? When it opened the new features, it changed into a “Cancel Organization” button. If you click the same box several times, you’ll see the feature set toggle on and off.
You can select several items (notice that the checkmarks turn orange on the selected items) at once. Then click on the plus sign in the middle of the new options circled above. This will open your categories. Simply click the category where the items belong and they will be added.
To make a new category, click the plus sign at the bottom (as seen in the photo above). It will turn into a text field for you to name your new category. Note – it will not allow you to use spaces in the names, hence my categories like “kidschristmas”. Click the orange button and your new category will be added to the list above.
Now when you go to your Favorites page, you can hover over “All Items”, and you’ll be able to access all of your neat tidy categories…
The top row contains the default categories that TaoBao creates for you. The bottom row contains the categories that you have created.
Deleting Favorites and finding similar items
Just a couple more tips that will help keep your favorites under control and help you find exactly what you’re looking for on TaoBao…
When I hover over an item, three new buttons appear: a trash can, 加入购物车, and 照相似.
Trash Can: Click the trash can if you want to delete an item from your favorites. Maybe you found a better price or a style you liked better. Sometimes deleting unnecessary favorites just feels good.
加入购物车: Add to cart. Yep, you can add the item right into your shopping cart without even leaving your favorites page.
照相似: Looking for something similar. Now this is where the magic happens. It’s also where you start getting lost down endless TaoBao rabbit trails so tread with caution. Here’s what happened when I clicked 照相似 on a game called Sequence in my favorites…
This can be especially helpful when you’re looking for something with a particular style but you can’t find the right chinese words to describe it. If you can just find a single item that comes close to what you’re looking for, 照相似 can help you find loads more. For example, when I stumbled across these adorable mason jar shaped chalkboards, I was curious what other kitschy chalkboards TaoBao had to offer!
So now you’re an expert in TaoBao Favorites! Search, save, and organize! TaoBao is about to become your new BFF.
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