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Taobao wooden furniture after a few years

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I'm planning to get a solid wood dining table. I was almost decided on getting a butcher top that is made of pine (something like pic below) until I read that it's considered soft wood and might not be durable. I found one that is more scandinavian that it made of white oak, which is a harder wood and likely to be more durable, but a bit more expensive. Many people on here have bought wooden furniture from taobao/tmall. Could you share your experience on your purchase? How are the furniture holding up in terms of durability, warp-resistance (since SG is much more humid than China), etc? Thanks!

Pine wood->TB2y5GRothvOuFjSZFBXXcZgFXa_!!1686508912

White oak->TB2scWFtXXXXXaeXpXXXXXXXXXX_!!1658407678

 

 
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On 7/20/2017 at 1:26 AM, fullhouseJL said:

I'm planning to get a solid wood dining table. I was almost decided on getting a butcher top that is made of pine (something like pic below) until I read that it's considered soft wood and might not be durable. I found one that is more scandinavian that it made of white oak, which is a harder wood and likely to be more durable, but a bit more expensive. Many people on here have bought wooden furniture from taobao/tmall. Could you share your experience on your purchase? How are the furniture holding up in terms of durability, warp-resistance (since SG is much more humid than China), etc? Thanks!

Pine wood->TB2y5GRothvOuFjSZFBXXcZgFXa_!!1686508912

White oak->TB2scWFtXXXXXaeXpXXXXXXXXXX_!!1658407678

 

My advice is not to buy anything above SGD 200 on tao bao as you cannot see the items before you pay. And you cannot ask for a refund if the product does not look the same

 

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18 hours ago, Eric Ng said:

My advice is not to buy anything above SGD 200 on tao bao as you cannot see the items before you pay. And you cannot ask for a refund if the product does not look the same

Just to share, I have some furnitures which arrived a few weeks ago from TB - study table, study chair and 2 customised bedside tables (all around 200-400 each). Other than the bedside tables which has some scratches on the laminates (which i am trying to mend using some sort of colored wood fillers), the other two are pretty decent. Considering the price savings which we are getting, i think i can still stomach the flaws (each bedside table cost me around $200. Similar materials in SG will cost me ~$580).

Of course, Eric is right that you cannot see the items before you pay and refund is difficult or even impossible. However, you have to consider the potential savings and see if it is worthwhile to take the risk.

Cheers

 

 

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Bro. You need to understand what furniture you are buying. For instances, not all oak are equal. Rubber wood is also marketed as malaysia oak and you got to steer clear, as they are known to wrap and prone to insect. Get walnut wood, zebrawood, teak, Bubinga or bamboo. They are known to be durable and even if they come here with scratches, you can file down. No big deal.

 

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