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Taobao breakout boards are a mess part 2

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Last week we struggled with mislabeled and faulty breakout boards from Taobao. Fortunately purchases from Shenzhen sellers usually arrive the next day, so we've already got a bunch of replacement boards to test. HMC5883L/QMC5883 digital compass Last week our HMC5883L breakout turned out to have a non-compatible QMC5883 chip. We need...

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Posted in Shenzhen | 1 Comment »

Breakout boards from Taobao are a mess

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

For the last few days I've been playing with breakout boards purchased from Taobao. So far it's been a nightmare. GY-271 is advertised as a Honeywell HMC5883L 3 axis digital compass. A Bus Pirate address search turned up 0x1A and 0x1B, instead of the HMC5883L's 0x3C and 0x3D. The chip...

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Posted in Shenzhen | 3 Comments »

On the first day of Taobao Christmas

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Taobao, the Chinese shopping site that combines eBay, Amazon, and Alibaba, recently got a lot easier for foreigners to use. As Sjaak documented in his Taobao buying adventures a few years ago, most foreigners use an agency that takes payment via Paypal, purchases your babies, and forwards them to you...

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Posted in #liveupdates, Shenzhen, What did you buy? | 18 Comments »

TaoBao shopping service Bhiner review

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

In relation to the previously posted Sourcing cheap parts on TaoBao, China’s eBay, Sleemanj did a review of the TaoBao shopping service Bhiner: It's a real shame that those shipping fees are SO much higher than some other agents, because otherwise I was impressed with Bhiner's efficiency and speed (paypal delay accepted),...

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Posted in kit biz | 19 Comments »

Shopping TaoBao: Our first steps

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Some time ago a forum member brought up Taobao as a cheap alternative to eBay. Since we like to shop on a budget, we decided to give it a go. Shopping on Taobao is not as easy as shopping on eBay, and consists of more steps between ordering, and receiving...

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Sourcing cheap parts on TaoBao, China’s eBay

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Matseng wrote about the Chinese eBay equivalent TaoBao as a great source for cheap electronics components. While the pricing is cheap, the downside is that most sellers only sell locally, so using an agent is a must. Read his full report below. (more…)

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Posted in parts | 15 Comments »

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  • readybrek: Anyone got a any recommendations for a budget-priced hot air station?
  • William: lol I'm happy to waste 3c for each program/debug cycle... but probably not the time spent soldering a new device down to a proto board!...
  • Joe Desbonnet: Ya, I can recommend the low melting point solder. I used brand 'ChipQuik' and it's amazingly easy to use.
  • Jerome: I need a new BusPirate for the Fablab ;) Many thanks!
  • Max: Seems like an unexpectedly violent way to remove the chip indeed. A hot air station should of course do the job just fine, but in...