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How Alibaba Works: Explained With 280 Pairs of Pants

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Sept. 15 (Bloomberg) –- Alibaba's IPO could be the biggest in history. Bloomberg's Sam Grobart explains how Alibaba works through the experience of ordering 280 pairs of pants manufactured overseas. Video by: Dan Przygoda, David Yim (Source: Bloomberg) -- Subscribe to Bloomberg on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/Bloomberg Bloomberg Television offers extensive coverage and analysis of international business news and stories of global importance. It is available in more than 310 million households worldwide and reaches the most affluent and influential viewers in terms of household income, asset value and education levels. With production hubs in London, New York and Hong Kong, the network provides 24-hour continuous coverage of the people, companies and ideas that move the markets.
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TheIndianBlader AshtonPinto (8 дней назад)
Nice. Jesus bless
simon wang (7 месяцев назад)
So that's where Batman ordered his masks.
jay hind (9 месяцев назад)
Pakistan??? 😂😂😂😂 U will receive terrorists from them
maria saleem (1 год назад)
Haha 👍
Axphey007 (1 год назад)
Did you just said "manufacturer from Pakistan" ? Well, you had a pretty smart & cheap deal, mate. The clothing here is pretty cheap for both import & export.
Maxim Delaet (1 год назад)
LOL guys really now?? nobody here noticed that the guy from Bloomberg told you COMPLETE bullshit numbers?! I mean 248B USD WHAT THE HELL????? They made 24B USD last year (2016) and they made way less than that in 2014 so divide by ten and you come closer to the real numbers. Alibaba is fine BUT IT'S NOWHERE NEAR THE REVENUE FROM AMAZON AND EBAY LOL. And here I thought Bloomberg was very correct on everything while these numbers and assumptions were just waaayyyyy off :p
Dave Vira (1 год назад)
do if have to be a compagnie to buy??? like can I buy for me ???
Timeless D (1 год назад)
Yes, anyone could just buy anything from Alibaba. Alibaba is just a portal that link you directly to the businesses/products. As the middleman/portal for the transactions, Alibaba earns less than 3% of the sales transacted (but since Alibaba's revenues is more than $500 billion, it is quite a substantial amount).
Sharon Li (1 год назад)
Wrong information - On Alibaba.com you cannot pay by AliPay. Only on their Chinese B2C site like Taobao and Tmall
Nick Sofialakis (1 год назад)
$7,500 for a full Ali-membership that can be acquired from other portals just as powerful for a much much lower price!!!
Matt Laker (1 год назад)
I like how you simplified the process but I would add customs.
Conor Climo (10 месяцев назад)
Matt Laker PRETTY SURE drugs womt be smuggled through a gold flag rated company though...
SPECTRE (2 года назад)
Wait so the pants are came from manufacturer that sells to alibaba in cheaper rates then sell it to ecommerce am right
Europe nam (2 года назад)
anybody knows how they can deliver their merchandise to their customers ?
Timeless D (1 год назад)
Alibaba ties up with at least 18 largest logistics/delivery companies in China and for overseas shipment, I believe that some of the largest logistics companies in the world are in partnership with Alibaba.
Jirol Delos Santos (2 года назад)
Does someone notice that he is gay?
Firebolt4848 (2 года назад)
This video looks like it's from the 90s
entrepreneur à succès (1 год назад)
Firebolt4848 yes
ethan ztz (2 года назад)
Peter HY Chn (2 года назад)
Those pants are ugly and the colors are even more ugly
Atilla Kiss (2 года назад)
similar profile pic hiii
Peter HY Chn (2 года назад)
+Simon H LMAO, hahaha
Simon H (2 года назад)
+Kate Grobart your dads ugly too.
Bilo Sagdiyev (3 года назад)
"How can I be sure these suppliers weren't a bunch of sweatshops?" Answer: Who gives a shit?? So the US Dept of Labor Penis Affairs gave it a PASS? So laughable! Good one Bloomberg!
Mr. Right (1 год назад)
Bilo Sagdiyev He is either a dumbass or think you are.
Maarten Raaijmakers (2 года назад)
+Bilo Sagdiyev You can probably even buy the sweatshop itself on Alibaba.
Krystal Williamson (3 года назад)
I see every one mentioning the Tmall and Tabao sites, however when I go to them they are not in English. So how do you use them?
Timeless D (1 год назад)
No, Taobao is available outside of China. I am from Singapore, and my son and daughter ordered merchandise from Taobao, too. Once I saw a very cute non-flat bottom glass (for drinks) in Bangkok. I wanted to buy it, but the restaurant said that it was not for sale. My daughter searched for it in Taobao and bought half a dozen at S$2.00 each. I was surprised when she showed me and I asked her how she got it and she said from Taobao. On another occasion while eating at a Japanese restaurant, there was a very cute wine goblet with a hole in the center for putting in ice so that the ice doesn't come in contact with the wine. I commented that the goblet is very cute and my son found it on Taobao and ordered them for me.
马勒隔壁 (3 года назад)
+Krystal Williamson maybe it is only available within China
Thomas Clark (3 года назад)
What about customs or taxes?
Mikey Jaime (3 года назад)
Dude there were 15$ eaxh expensive go to la get them cheeper
Abitaskew Dataflow (3 года назад)
Remember that time when you wanted to order a calculator online and Alibaba shipped you 280 calculators that looked like they've been sitting in a Warehouse since the 1990s tarrif storm? Alibaba; where you can get 280 identical calculators from 280 different companies that change names more often than product listings and at wildly dynamic prices. Phishers all. If you can sift through the BS, you might find a gem but this market is as fake as those regurgitating "entrepreneurs" laughing their asses to the bank.
Dingus Bunghard (4 года назад)
Communist totalitarian. Amazon copycats. Sweatshop labor. New World Slaves. China is happy place. Happy place... No slave labor here. No mass killing of communist enemies. No way no how. We are happy country of brainwashed, honorable online scam artists. You bought BABA stock? Sorry you must be stupid. 
Erbium (1 год назад)
haha another indian monkey from your shit hole country
TheGiantBunnysaid (1 год назад)
And you aren't in any way shape or form?
Ting Zhou (4 года назад)
It helps the merchants and customers find each other and conduct the business in their unique ways. You can get everything you want on the taobao site. It really facilitate our life.
Elsie Rocks (4 года назад)
I love taobao anyway, it's better than others
Page (4 года назад)
What if the pants (or whatever product) is actually amazing and those other manufacturers steal your idea? Or the actual manufacturer you ordered from steals your stuff and sells it?
D3AB (4 года назад)
And now.... You design has been on sold, and every second farmer in Pakistan is wearing your Bloomberg pants. When third world countries respect intellectual property, sites like Ali baba might stand a real chance
oracleofottawa (4 года назад)
They should just quit wasting money on the propaganda. This dog will just not hunt. They need 20 billion to link you up with a "supplier" in Pakistan? Give yourselves a shake people...
banamaa91 (3 года назад)
+oracleofottawa in other words he's saying: you're an idiot. I must agree.
oracleofottawa (4 года назад)
Lin Chu (4 года назад)
Your question is like "Why Coca need 150,000 people just to make a soft drink".
chanm01 (4 года назад)
The air shipping was almost as expensive as the damn pants! Now if somebody could make air shipping cheaper...
fahad shabbir Kayani (5 месяцев назад)
Bro wait till Pakistan starts Manufacturing transport Aircraft as well. it seems as you don't need to wait longer as "PAC" has signed a contract for building that as well.
Mayur Ghatkar (9 месяцев назад)
Do we need import permit to import from China or Pakistan??
Axphey007 (1 год назад)
We have Fedex, but in comparison it cost are too high in the exchange dollar is rate
Axphey007 (1 год назад)
No. We have DHL & TCS
John Paul (1 год назад)
Isint there Fedex in Pakistan???
Lou Joseph - RE/MAX (4 года назад)
Alibaba express is selling fake replica gold and silver coins as well. I wonder how many will be scammed on the retail market.
Veysel Erol (4 года назад)
The frenchy (4 года назад)
i m thinking of investing in it tho cause i m sure it ll do well , i m just confused with the regulations , from US and china and all , its kind of a mess … 
The frenchy (4 года назад)
most of it is all fake products tho ..i used alibaba for years , and all the time its to buy like fake sport jerseys  and such 
Phalee (1 год назад)
Chen Yang taobao support is bad
RNJvisionfx (1 год назад)
Please tell me your definition of fake, yeah items may not have a big name brand such as the sportwear store Nike, take shoes for example.. it may not be a big name brand and have some other name brand you never heard of... but how does it make the shoes fake??? All cause of a name brand you never heard of?? Let that sink in for a bit..
Timeless D (1 год назад)
Everybody knows that there are lots of fake products from ebay and Amazon, too. The "reliability" actually depends on the sellers, since everyone in the world could use any of these (Alibaba, ebay, Amazon) to sell their products. However, there's safety measure for buyers using Alibaba since IF buyers are not satisfied with the products they received, Alibaba will withhold payment to the sellers and the buyers get back the refunds.
Chen Yang (4 года назад)
And taobao and Tmall is much much much much much more interesting than alibaba for their very very plentful kinds of products you can find than Ebay or Amazon, especially for the individual customers.
Chen Yang (4 года назад)
+The frenchy because only the very cheap fake products are attractive to foreign customers, the real one what you what like nike, adiddas are even expensiver in China and the customers will not have the interest to buy them, most the foreigners can buy the real one with cheaper price in their  country, especially the americans. In addition, as far as I know, alibaba concentrates itself mostly to the business customers for wholesale, it's really not a good place for individuell customers and the biggest c2c company in China is taobao and Tmall, the daughter company of aligroup, there is a lot of viedo in Youtube about how to buy in taobao. There is also many fake products in Taobao(also in Ebay and the Amazon marketplace, all imported from China by the foreign customers...), but there are much more real ones in Taobao and you usually can distinguish from them easylly with some features for example much cheaper than the ovp or the average price in the market. Tmall is like taobao but 99% of the sellers selling only the real one.
Joshua Taylor Madison (4 года назад)
Cool. I wonder if they have a vendor who can manufacture money. :)
Jessica Anquilo (4 года назад)
Haha good idea! Too bad it's illegal :)
hippoownyou (4 года назад)
Short Amazon.
Sesamestreet9080 (9 месяцев назад)
hippoownyou you would got fucked listening to you
Jean Fernandez (4 года назад)
AHHH Invest in the site ! 

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