Have you seen the popup below? It comes every time you open a taobao.com page on Desktop when you're not logged in. Sure, you can click it away, but it gets annoying, and you can't see all the info, so why not just make a Taobao account? If you don't want to see this popup again, follow these simple steps.
Another reason you need an account is that users that are not logged in normally don't even see discounts. With lots of items giving fake regular prices that are close to retail, and the discount being the real price, not seeing discounts will definitely ruin your shopping experience.
Expected required time: 3 minutes
To get to the registration page click the button that's marked yellow in the image above. It should be easy to locate. Since this pop-up prompts you to register we might as well use it to our advantage.
Chrome is unable to translate this button, but it must say something like "register".
Click the button in the middle to agree to the terms and conditions.
Since you cannot read them (unless you understand Chinese of course), we recommend to use this chance to setup your browser to automatically translate Chinese for you. Simply click the button on the right side of the Chrome address bar.
The first page is called "verification". You can use Taobao's own translation by clicking English in the top right corner. Fill in your country and phone number.
Before you worry that Taobao is not available in your country you must be aware that the list is not sorted alphabetically. So look carefully and there's a high chance you'll find it.
The verification slider tracks your mouse movement to confirm that it's a human and not an automated machine.
Ticking the checkbox below automatically creates an Alipay account with your taobao account. We recommend simply leaving it unticked. Alipay can't be used without a Chinese bank account anyways, but don't worry if you accidentally ticked it, there are no known downsides.
You'll get a 6-digit code sent to you via text message. The message itself is in Chinese, but you should be easily be able to extract the code to enter it.
If your phone number has already been used you can also register with your email address. It is unknown how to reliably provoke the system to allow you to register with your email if you don't want to use your phone number.
Choose a password and username to complete the information.
Once you filled in the required information, click "submit".
Either wait for the popup to appear again or go to login.taobao.com.
Next, fill in the username and password. The system will run a few automatic checks to verify that you are a real person.
You might have to do a 2-Factor-Authentication with your mobile phone.
If you get sent back to the sign-up page, don't panic, this doesn't mean you have to register again.
Check the top left corner: If it has your username there it worked and you can now browse without the popup. You can also do this on any other Taobao subpage.
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