Following up on my previous post about buying super cheap clothes from China via eBay, I went ahead and did it. Reader Ponder Stibbons recommended YesStyle instead, and that was nicer and more thorough than eBay in terms of garment details and photos, but the exact same items (namely, leggings with angry cats) were available for much less on Ebay, so I decided to try that instead. But I note YesStyle here for my fellow petite readers who may have (or soon develop) an interest in East Asian fast fashion (ahem, Phoebe). For the non-petite, most of the items only come in one size, and that size is pretty small all around, so beware.
For a first go, I did not buy cat clothes, although I was sorely tempted. Instead, I bought this asymmetrical sweater tunic thing:
(I thought it looked cool in the picture; don't hate.) It was $9 with free shipping, so no huge loss if it didn't work out. Anyway, three weeks later, it came. It has no tags, no care instructions, no indications about which side is the back and which the front. True, one may suppose that back-front questions have intuitive answers for most items of clothing, but given that this sweater is intended to look as though it was put together by a first-time sewing machine user, intuitions are less reliable. So I made an executive decision about which way it's suppose to be worn, and on the whole, it's pretty good. Not as good as it looks on the model, but I think wearable in public. No idea what it's made of because, again, no tags. I think it's probably a poly blend, and not, say, radioactive cheese, which I was sort of worried about. It's true that you can easily find a decent $9 sweater at a thrift store without the uncertainty and three-week delay of Chinese online shopping, but can you find angry cat leggings? No. No you cannot. Therefore, more Chinese online shopping will likely occur soon.