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    What about Alibaba and AliExpress then.

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    Angie baby
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    What about Alibaba and AliExpress then.

    Post by Angie baby on Sat 19 Aug 2017, 12:10 pm

    While I was writing a posting on this site I noticed a banner-ad at the top of the page for "AliExpress" and when I saw it I wondered exactly what it was.

    On doing a bit of research, I found that AliExpress and it's parent company Alibaba are a very large Chinese-owned retailer and wholesaler who have set themselves up to compete with the Amazon giants.

    I didn't think that any such Chinese company would be able to sell directly to the British people without having an import licence.

    Then again. maybe they do have an import licence and it might be a good thing to give Amazon a run for their money.

    Has anybody else noticed this banner-ad ?

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    Re: What about Alibaba and AliExpress then.

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 20 Aug 2017, 11:31 am

    I have looked at this and it seems that companies that want to export to the likes of Britain do need a licence to do so. Most exporters do have access to an import agent and it is they that have or get the licence for the new company that wants to export to foreign countries. Of course every country does have importation duties to charge on materials coming into any country.

    It might be interesting to know that China has the most draconian kinds of import controls in the world.

    This is known as protectionism and it is frowned upon by most exporting countries.


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    Re: What about Alibaba and AliExpress then.

    Post by Angie baby on Sat 26 Aug 2017, 11:34 am

    Thanks for the response Papa.

    I am just a bit worried that this Chinese entity might corner the market and while doing so put up the prices.
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    Re: What about Alibaba and AliExpress then.

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 27 Aug 2017, 12:18 pm

    Although the Chinese manufacturers and exporters are very aggressive in their sales tactics, I think that the natural and normal world competition rules will ensure that prices would be set at competitive levels.

    I guess we are just going to have to wait and see about that.


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