Normally when we say we couldn’t survive without Taobao, we mean it metaphorically. But with Chinese cities like Shanghai going into lockdown over the past year, e-commerce has become a literal lifeline. Given how much simple online purchases have started factoring into survival strategies, the theme for this issue felt clear to us.
The more we looked into it, the more we discovered that a surprising amount of things on Taobao are a matter of life and death. From protective fashion and canned cuisine to making a living as a Taobao designer and selling Covid gear to kids, this issue is chock full of things to help you survive whatever life throws at you. Hell, even if you don’t make it, we’ve got a special section on products for the afterlife!
Whether you want to start a scam business selling medicine or discover a secret new use for your exercise equipment, we’ve got something for everyone, so we hope you enjoy – and stay safe out there! After all, Taobao has taught us that staying alive is serious business.