Registering & Buying on Taobao
Does anybody know the latest about registering for taobao; specifically, registering for their payment system called Alipay? It asked for the Chinese id card #, which I don’t have. Can I substitute any other id #s I have, like a residence permit # or anything?September 8, 2013 at 7:47 pm #35301
I also wasn’t able to add money to my alipay account without a Chinese ID. I pay for stuff on taobao through my Chinese bank’s internet banking. When you open your bank account they’ll ask you if you’d like to setup internet banking. The process is different for every bank. Some will issue you a USB security code generator thing. Some will give you a scratch card with security codes and SMS verification.September 8, 2013 at 11:34 pm #35304
I signed up on Taobao a few years ago with my passport. Unless something has changed, it should work without a Chinese ID card.September 10, 2013 at 10:34 am #35344
I tried to register bank account payment option on my Taobao but Alipay always refuse my request, so I must check for another way too…September 10, 2013 at 11:49 am #35351
Al the DeadParticipant
Screw alipay, its far more trouble than its worth to use for non chinese. Get yourself a chinese bank card (bank of china recommended) and buy all you want.
P.S. For taobao you will want union pay one, not Visa/Mastercard. International ones are Alipay only afaik.September 11, 2013 at 9:43 am #35368
I think for Alibaba I need have Alipay linked with my bank account… for Taobao I will try your way…September 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm #35374
I have an ICBC UnionPay bank card. Does this mean I can buy stuff on Taobao?September 12, 2013 at 9:23 am #35398
Al the DeadParticipant
i had great trouble with ICBC for some reason, YMMV but you can try. After i tried for couple days i simply got a BoC card, worked like a charm (and 3 times less passwords to remember).September 12, 2013 at 9:31 am #35399
Hey Robert i would say no, unless you specifically asked for it when you got your card, you probably cant do it, just go back to the bank and ask for taobao purchasing level card… don’t forget to bring 20 pieces of ID and a vile of blood 🙂 anything other than deposit and withdraw really confuses them when dealing with foreigners,,,, i hate all banks around the world, but chinese banks have brought me close to my snapping point a couple times 😉 Good Luck!!September 12, 2013 at 11:22 am #35403
Actually you can use taobao english agent, such us buychina taobao agent. It is an international version of the largest online store of China Taobao. It provide many payment method. Just have a try. Good Luck!October 21, 2013 at 3:52 pm #36472
Not sure why you’re all having such an issue with this.
AliPay did temporarily remove the ability to use foreign ID for verification a few months ago, but have since reinstated it. There is an option within the account management page to add an attached passport image. This together with any UnionPay card/account can be registered and verified within 2-3 days typically. The only thing that is now no longer possible for foreign passport holders is funding of AliPay accounts. Instead you just register and use the AliPay account as a thruway for payment, redirecting you to your bank’s internet banking page.
As for Taobao, I’ve been using it hassle free for over 2 years with nothing more than Google Chrome and a translation plugin (Google Translate). It’s not rocket science ladies and gents!!October 21, 2013 at 4:18 pm #36474
Brendan, my problem for example is the passage of passport – bank account authentication… after 3 days the process always fail!
Maybe because I’m a mafious italian 😉October 21, 2013 at 5:56 pm #36478
after 3 days the process always fail!
I’ve had hassles with authentication (though not half as bad as with PayPal!), but they can be super picky about the bank account details matching your passport if for example the names are not identical.
It’s obviously possible to set this up, or I and others wouldn’t have accounts. Maybe recheck everything step by step and see if you/they missed anything.October 22, 2013 at 12:55 am #36487
Today I tried another time, I will let you know… if fail another time maybe the support of Alipay can resolve this problem… thanks man!October 22, 2013 at 1:30 am #36488
Hi Robert. I can certainly help you with Taobao. I can help you go to ICBC and get Alipay. This will allow you to purchase or sell on it. Or I can do this through my account as we are good friends now. Thanks, MaryOctober 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm #36502
Thanks Mary that would be great.October 23, 2013 at 9:37 am #36517
I resolved the problem of Alipay, the name that you must give in the certification process must to be the same of your bank contract, but pay attention because is case sensitive!
For example, the bank worker registered me like
if in the process you use
or another name, different from you bank account contract,
this will be fail.
😉November 3, 2013 at 6:21 pm #36812
I have a ebanking card now but the payment on Taobao is asking me for ID and won’t accept my passport. I’m stuck. Any ideas anyone?November 29, 2013 at 5:46 pm #37483
Hey Robert, I registered my account on Taobao and on Alipay
someone said isn’t necessary, but using this way, now I haven’t problems…November 29, 2013 at 6:02 pm #37484
Hey good timing for this question, i just bought my first things on taobao today ( tear in me eye ) 🙂 ya the first set up is a pain in the ass i had to get 2 people to help me, but after that its easy….. make sure your online banking is set up, pay your phone bill on it just to make sure, then when signing into taobao make sure your name is in capitals then your password, then they will send a code to your phone put that in and you should be good, then it will send you to your bank and then password and should be good….. i’m told zhi fu bao is easier, but i’m still having trouble setting that up too ( name not matching ) and your bank should give you a “usb key” for added protection from thieves, but i’m still figuring that part out as well… Good luck!!November 29, 2013 at 9:08 pm #37489
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