Alibaba.com is a large business-to-business retail shop, connecting buyers and suppliers. The range can be dizzying — Gala apples, electronic cigarettes, water bowls for baby chickens, solar water heaters, hair removal epilators. Alibaba.com mostly deals in bulk — meaning you can get a two ounce essential oil bottle for only $0.098, but your minimum order would have to be 10,000 bottles.
But the Alibaba Group is made up of many entities, including Alibaba.com. Here’s a way to get a sense of what some of them do, via comparisons to western companies they’re kind of like in what they deal in: