Inspiration

Me broke. You broke. We can't afford Kanye's Yeezy. So next time you try to "Add to Cart", we taking you to TaoBao.

What it does and how it does it

Catch Me on TaoBao is a Chrome extension that helps you find luxury good for less. When you go on a site like https://kanyeweststores.com or https://www.kyliecosmetics.com (or any Shopify based e-commerce store), with Catch Me on TaoBao, the next time you try to "Add to Cart", we'll take you to a similar product on TaoBao (A premier knock off site) instead.

Catch Me on TaoBao is JavaScript the whole stack down. It is a Chrome extension that is able to detect if you are on a product site, and is able to make a back end call to our NodeJS API developed with StdLib to help find a corresponding TaoBao product.

Challenges we ran into

One of the challenges we ran into is that TaoBao is only in Chinese, and it's API requires a Chinese citizenship. As a result, we had to work around this by translating our queries, as well as by data scraping their HTML page.

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