Let's face it, not all of us have superb Chinese skills in order to negotiate on Taobao. Also, not all of us have limitless budgets, time or energy to spend shopping at a store, lugging the purchases into a cab and up into our flat. Being pretty new to my Shanghai apartment, I was happy to discover Shanghai Secondhand. It's an on-line store where you can buy and sell second hand items in superb condition. It's almost like an on-line moving out sale except they deliver! From your bedroom, bathroom to kitchen needs they pretty much have it. (They also sell bikes and exercise equipment too!) I was able to get an IKEA rolling hamper, an IKEA standing lamp, a steaming iron, rice cooker, electric fan and a pair of free weights. (see some pics for the samples)
Ordering from Shanghai Secondhand is very easy. All you need to do is browse through the pictures of the available items on the site (Prices are listed), then you can email or sms Jane your order and confirm your delivery day and time. If your items are deliverable by Motorbike, delivery charge is only 20RMB. It was fun to have ordered only in the morning and to have my items by the afternoon. You can test the items as soon as they arrive. If by any chance you are not happy with them, you can send them back with the delivery guy. If you decide not to keep anything, all you need to pay is the delivery charge.
Shanghai Secondhand was a joint venture between two friends Morgan a mother of three from the USA and her their family's chinese tutor Jane. They this business because they find it interesting to meet people and discover all kinds of interesting and sometimes funny things people use. They also collect clothes from expats and help them donate them to River of Hearts Charity. Shanghai Secondhand was started late 2008 and continues to hope to make people's lives in Shanghai easier and less expensive.
Whether you want to save on cash or make a little extra on the side, Shanghai Secondhand is an easy, convenient option for your Shanghai adventure.
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