Alibaba vs. AliExpress

Considering Alibaba owns AliExpress and their names sound so similar, we’re hardly surprised that there may be some questions around what each platform does. While both are online marketplaces for suppliers to list goods for buyers to purchase (similar to Amazon), their key difference is the type of customers each serves. Alibaba is for wholesale buying, where goods can be purchased in bulk at lower prices, while AliExpress is where goods are retailed - that is, sold individually and at slightly higher prices.

  Alibaba AliExpress
Online Marketplace
Retail Suppliers
Wholesale Suppliers
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