The Alibaba Group encompasses a number of eCommerce websites, including alibaba.com, taobao.com and tmall.com.
The company's flagship website, allibaba.com, offers people around the world the opportunity to buy and import goods directly from China. The array of products that can be bought is extremely wide, ranging clothing and beauty products to electronics, machinery, and much more. Taobao is China's most lucrative shopping website, and Tmall offers branded merchandise within China.
In terms of the services offered by alibaba.com itself, inspection and logistics services are offered, for the customer's peace of mind, as well as an inspection service and a pay-later feature. Together, these features make Alibaba an immensely popular online shopping platform for buyers and sellers alike, because peace of mind is part of the deal. One of the value-added services is an urgent orders facility, which could be invaluable to manufacturers who require raw materials or equipment urgently.
As a group, Alibaba also offers a Chinese equivalent of PayPal. They own a stake in China's equivalent of Twitter and are planning to expand into the banking sector.