I just did a taobao.com haul a few weeks ago, and I'm very pleased with the items I got. The items I got are all Liz Lisa, obviously they are fake but I got them for really cheap prices! So for those that can't afford the real Liz Lisa clothing, let me tell you, these fakes are damn good. They are extremely cheap, and the quality is actually pretty good.
So Anz and I were having a conversation and were questioning whether the items sold on sweetgyarushop are real. As I have had a bad experience with them before, I knew that the owner must've been getting her stuff online somewhere, I highly doubted she had access to the original Liz Lisa factories. How did I know? Her emails didn't sound very convincing and professional when I emailed her and called her out for selling fake Liz Lisa clothes. So, as stubborn as I am, I kept on searching until I found out. Didn't take long until I found out where she got the clothes from... TAOBAO!
At first I was shocked, everything was SO cheap! Dresses were sold for around $15-$20, tops are around $10, bags are around $8. I couldn't believe it! The good thing about these taobao shops is that they upload their OWN photo of the item so you will see what you will get. They are all watermarked, so shops like kumimakiko and sweetgyarushop just steal the photo and (badly) chuck their logo on top. Of course, I couldn't help myself. I bought heaps of stuff!
Just a little bit of information: sites like kumimakiko and sweetgyarushop (also known as "Sweet biibaby" on Facebook) actually buy their items from taobao and just charge 3x the price. I must also say, those sites do a pretty bad job of trying to hide the watermarks from the taobao stores they steal their photos from, at least learn how to use the clone tool, it's not that hard. Stay away from those sites if you don't want to get ripped off. Trust me, the stuff on taobao is CHEAP. Don't trust what they say about their stuff being 100% authentic, they are lying and just trying to play with your mind. They don't want to help people get Japanese gyaru clothing, they just want money.
So onto the items~
Before I start I just want to say sorry for the inconsistency of my photos.. I kept changing cameras
First up, tops
Liz Lisa Sweater ~ Around $15
I really like this, the print is really pretty and the quality of the material is actually pretty good.
The label actually says "Liya Lisa" lol. Pretty funny, but at least the quality is nice.
Liz Lisa singlets ~ Around $15 each
These are decent for the quality. I wouldn't say they are the best though. I could tell straight away when touching these that they are fake. I saw the real ones when I was in Japan and the quality of the material was very different. I still like them, still really cute and they were cheap.
I got them in 2 colours, brown and white.
You can tell these are fake straight away. They have an extra "&"
Looks real right? Turn the tag around
Fake. I'll post a comparison photo of a real and fake tag later. But for those of you who can read Japanese, the "Colour" label says "Black" in Japanese when the item is brown.
Now, compare that tag with the tag above.. Notice something? They're both the same, including the colour when they obviously are different colours.
Liz Lisa Autumn 2011 shirt ~$16
Since I don't have many short sleeve shirts I decided to purchase one of them. The quality is ok, it is see-through though so you have to wear something inside. This product didn't come with any tags, only the label (which actually looks really authentic)
No brand Top ~ $20
I was kind of annoyed because I wanted one with pink flowers but instead I got one with orange flowers. Oh well, it still looks nice. Liz Lisa never released an item like this so maybe that's why they decided not to put any labels or tags on it.
So now onto the bottoms ~
Liz Lisa brown shorts with fur ~ Around $13
These shorts were a bit big for me but I got my mum to fix them for me. I do like these shorts a lot, they go well with a lot of my clothing. I can tell the material is cheap though, but it still looks good.
Labels & Tags:
Liz "&" Lisa
Does this tag look familiar? Same as the other tags
Liz Lisa Blue Polka dot shorts ~ $15
I've wanted these shorts for quite a while. I actually bought one before from an Asian wholesale site but the quality was horrible. I really love the quality of these shorts though! They are so cute!
Labels & Tags
Notice how "Liz Lisa" are squished together?
Thought I'd do some comparisions. I'll be doing a post straight after this post comparing the labels in more detail
Recognize the fake label?
No Label Brown Shorts ~ $10
I LOVE these shorts! They go well with everything and look really nice! The quality of the material is quite cheap but it still looks nice!
No Label Blue Skort (Skirt shorts lol) ~ $10
These are also really cute! They are actually shorts but looks like a skirt
Liz Lisa Spring 2011 dress ~ $20
I saw this dress while I was in Japan, I didn't buy it because it was really expensive and I didn't like it back then for some reason. However when I saw others wearing it I thought it looked so cute so I ended up buying one for myself. I'm suprised with the tag though... it says HKD 478 which is around $63 O_O It only cost me $20
No label dress ~ $20
I bought a whole lot of Liz Lisa bags as well but haven't taken them out of the wrapping yet, I plan to give some away as birthday presents so don't want to open them :/
And also, just because the clothes you get online have labels on them, doesn't mean it's real. Take a look at these:
You can actually buy the Liz Lisa labels!
Overall, I'm VERY happy with my order. Yes, I know they are fake but the quality is so good. For the price I got them for, I'm very satisfied. I'm just glad that I have never ordered Liz Lisa clothes from kumimakiko or sweetgyarushop before, since I know some people who have and feel very ripped off. It's unfair to everyone who works hard for their money. Would I order again from taobao? Of course! These imitations look almost real for a much cheaper price. I told myself I would never buy Liz Lisa online anymore after hearing stories of sites selling fakes for almost the same as the retail price. So now, how do you order from Taobao.com? Unfortunately you need to get a shipping service if you don't live in China or Hong Kong. I used taobaospree.com which was pretty good in my opinion. They replied to emails super fast and processed my order very fast, very satisfied with their service!
For those who want AUTHENTIC Liz Lisa clothing, yes, you CAN buy authentic clothing online. You can go on Yahoo! Japan Auctions, usually some people sell their used Liz Lisa clothing. You have to get a shipping service though. ShoppingmallJapan.com is an option. OR, you can buy from the Liz Lisa Official Rakuten store. They ship worldwide but it is a bit pricey. There are MANY sites claiming they sell authentic Liz Lisa when they actually don't. If you guys want me to have a look at the sites then feel free to comment on this post and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Don't be fooled by sites who claim to get the items straight from the China factories.
Next post will be a comparison post between real and fake Liz Lisa labels.
Unfortunately when I changed blog URLs, the comment section messed up on all my old blog entries, so my replies to people are kind of all over the place now.. Sorry about that T_T New Taobao Haul blog post is up though so if you would like to check it out:
I'll be doing a blog post/video on how to navigate and shop on taobao after my exams!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011