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Here's What You Can Buy with RMB100 Online

We went on a shopping spree on YHD, armed with RMB100

All hail the joys of online shopping, especially in China. It's like hopping through ten different stores in ten minutes all from the comfort of your own couch. You don't have to deal with helicopter sales assistants and queue-cutters blatantly squeezing in front of you in the checkout line. There's no need to fight tooth and nail during Black Friday or Boxing Day sales, and have stuff snatched out of your hands by a middle aged ayi (true story).

 

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All these sound great, but unfortunately until very recently, if you didn't have a basic grasp of Mandarin, you weren't exactly privy to a slice of this pie. You hear your colleagues sing rhapsodies about Taobao sales and to-the-door delivery, but the thought of having to:

 

-set up online banking (Chinese banks only work on Internet Explorer, tis' ridiculous what century are we in now?)

-painfully scroll through pages of squiggly Chinese characters

-deal with a surly delivery guy that speaks zero English

 

...before you get a glimpse of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It's enough to turn most of us off.

 

Thankfully, as more laowais flood the country, more and more companies are beginning to pick up that hey, there's actually a sizeable market of English-speaking couch potatoes that want in on these things. One of them is YHD, an online shopping platform giant specifically catered towards the expat market.

 

First: What is YHD?

 

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YHD (short for Yihaodian) recently launched an English app back in March. Previously, this online shopping platform giant was available only in Chinese, but with the new app, expats can now browse through an 100,000-strong catalogue that (most importantly) offers the same deals and discounts as their Chinese counterpart. 

 

This means expats can now enjoy the same crazy Single's Day and daily flash deals we were never privy to before. They're also promising second-day delivery, free delivery for orders over RMB68 and under 10kg in weight, and a 7-day free return policy too.

 

Payment options run the usual WeChat Pay, UnionPay Online and Apple Pay. What we particularly like, however, is that if for some reason or other, you haven't gotten Internet Banking sorted out, they also do Cash on Delivery and Card on Delivery on most products.

 

To download Yihaodian, search "yhd expats" in the app store and on major android stores for the app. Or scan the QR code below:

 

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Using the app

 

It feels like there's everything on there. Browse through daily necessities like wet wipes and office supplies, household and pet items like dog food and detergent to groceries and imported food products. You can even get heavy-duty electronic items like air purifiers and airfryers.

 

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The app is fairly self-explanatory and easy to navigate. Items are neatly categorized into relevant groups, sales and promotions are labelled, and available methods of payment clearly marked. And the best thing is all the sales and ongoing promos. 80% of the items on the app were marked as "on sale" and "promotion". The amount of stuff you can get for RMB100 is insane.

 

Here are some examples of what you can get with RMB100 on YHD:

 

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And here's a peek at what we bought ourselves (a whole bunch of junk food because that's the fuel an editorial team runs on):

 

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2x Carlsberg Beer, 330ml @ RMB19.80

2x Cheetos, 28g @ RMB11.80

1x Gatorade, Lemon Flavor, 600ml, Pack of 4 @ RMB15.50

2x Dofreeze Chocolate Swiss Cake Roll, 60g @ RMB11

1x Oreo, Original, 390g @ RMB14.90

2x SNYDER's Cheedar Cheese Pretzel Sandwiches, 28.4g @ RMB17.60

 

Once you're done dumping stuff into your digital shopping cart, simply click check-out (which was a breeze).

 

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You can specify a particular day and time slot for when you want your package to arrive (though that will cost you a little extra), as well as what you want your delivery guy to do if you're not there for your parcel.

 

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We ran into a little hiccup when trying to use a coupon and customer service was quick to respond (props to the lovely rep that talked to us). They're hundred percent proficient in English, plus you're able to send pictures within the chat system, particularly helpful when the rep was trying to solve our problem.

 

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We checked out at about 3:30pm. Our package reached the office right before lunch hour the next day. Less than 24 hours. Nice. 10/10 would use again.

 

Conclusion

 

It's great. The app is neat, not clunky but the thing that made the most difference is the English-speaking service staff and the options you can choose for your delivery guy. Learning to navigate a fully Mandarin platform is fine, having to deal with an exasperated delivery guy screaming in your ear in a mix of putonghua and fangyan we can do without.

 

WIN

 

If you've never used YHD and are interested in trying it out, we're giving away a couple of RMB100 coupons to get you started. Simply leave a comment below telling us the craziest or most useless item you've bought online. We're picking five winnersNote: these coupons aren't applicable on ongoing on-sale items. Activate your coupon in the "My Coupon" page and you'll be able to use it during checkout.

 

To download Yihaodian, search "yhd expats" in the app store and on major android stores for the app. Or scan the QR code below:

 

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bought a hand warming pillow which you can put your hands and use your phone inside. turned out to be extremely useless, as the heating pouch was incredibly small, you have to put hot water inside yourself, and the heat had to pass through a really thick layer to get to your hands. threw it away the next day

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During the height of my eBay and Tupac Shakur addiction (it was a perfect storm), I purchased a figurine for £50 (Approx $75 US) and was mercilessly mocked by friends. Sold it off shortly after at a loss. Halcyon days.

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First few clothing items I bought online were essentially unwearable. Learning how to interpret what size meant what in each individual store was a learning experience in itself. My first jacket I had intended to buy for myself ended up being given to my little sister it was so small.
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