How to Verify Stock Availability & Individual Product Quality?
Knowing how to read the stock availability of an item is useful! If an item is running low in stock, you may want to find an alternative, or decide to quickly order it. If it’s in ample quantity, you can spend more time looking around and pooling more stuff together before submitting your order!
Knowing how other buyers rate a particular item is very useful too! Sometimes, knowing the Overall Customer Satisfaction Rating of a shop is insufficient! Just because a shop is good doesn’t mean all their products are good! Product quality may differ with suppliers and supply batches. That’s when the rating of an individual product comes in handy.
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The number next to the stars is the average rating of the product by previous customers who have left feedback.
This item has a rating of 4.8 from 15 reviews. Definitely a quality item!
There are always exceptions to the case! From experience, many sellers will not be sure of exactly how many pieces instock they have, or more accurately, they won’t bother to check. Sometimes, an item is still listed for sale despite being out of stock, and the seller only informs after the item is paid for. So the indicated quantity on the page may not be the actual quantity available. For made-to-order items, it is even harder to gauge the exact amount of clothing that can be made. Usually, only small businesses and non-professional sellers would keep track of and update the actual stock availability of their items on their Taobao page.
Here’s a tip though. If the page states a large number for the stock availability (e.g. 9999), it usually means the shop has ample quantity of it or plans to restock it whenever necessary, but they may not actually carry that much quantity.
Are you seeing the phrase “此宝贝已下架” instead of the format above? That means that the item is unlisted from sale and cannot be purchased.