First, Alibaba has a reputation problem that it will never recover from. Besides being a Chinese company and all the baggage that comes with that for international buyers, Alibaba’s b2b business model is based around FACTORIES subscribing to the website-the fac
So, I think everyone knows Alibaba is a necessary evil. Alibaba’s problems can’t be listed easily here. Most people hate Alibaba. When I do research on suppliers, I usually consult Alibaba to see if I should avoid some factories. It’s essentially the phone book and while they have tried to bolster their “reliability”-it’s a joke-their reputation is terrible. Moreover, the user experience, interface, and overall feel of the website is typical of Chinese designs-small font, too much clutter, and confusing layout.
To that end, I have done a lot of research about the different international trade websites and how this market is changing.
At the top, of course, you have Jack Ma and Alibaba.com. They dominate other B to B trade portals.
Alibaba controls about 60% of the global trade link b2b internet business. They primarily charge factories subscription fees. By delivering customers to factories, they help factories market to consumers.