Originally Posted by FuntomKitten
Right now..I found one of my dream costumes for a reasonable price on Ebay, but I can't tell whether it's a scam or not. This
is the store, I know the costumes have a taobao watermark on them but I've heard of sellers that do things similar to a taobao service, and of course taobao sellers that move to eBay as well.
On that note..Taobao, do you not realize how much of a godsend it would be to extend your services to the US/Canada? You would do so well ;^; I don't want to order off taobao because I don't like the idea of going through a service, but I might try just that if anyone else has a recommendation for one that's really good and it doesn't end up killing my wallet.
Regarding the Ebay store: photos grabbed off taobao with varying watermarks/logos generally aren't a good bet. Certain taobao stores do have their own Ebay stores (Fantasy Sheep, CC Kids, Ayanamisatoru, and [I believe] Grand Young), and there are certain authorised resellers (Moemall for Lucaille)... More telling would be this product:
Compare the cosplayer in the main image versus the costume on the mannequin. You could keep the store in mind, but maybe you should refrain from ordering until you find a good detailed review.
Regarding services, at the charge 10% of your order price as service fee. Considering the cheap price of reasonable goods... it's actually not that much. And as expensive as EMS can get, they give you 40-50% off that EMS price because they deal with so many orders. (I personally use taobaospree, which gives 40% off. However, with shopping services, some people have an awful time with one and a great time with another, and vice versa, so find one you like... I've been lucky and never had a problem with taobaospree, so I haven't tried any of the others).