Alibaba, was around for a long time before it came it every ones attention when they went public. For the longest time it was just sitting there being used by only people in the import export business. Only if a person knew exactly what they are looking for and did not know how to source the item and did not have an agent in China to help them with the process would they turn to Alibaba. It was kind of the secret of the import business that not many people know about. Many people wished that they were able to find away to source their idea but did not know that Alibaba existed.
Once they want public everything changed. Now anyone can look for and find items that they want to import. There is almost every item that is sold in every store there. Unless a person comes up with a brand new idea and there is nothing in the market that is remotely related to do will they not be able to find the item on Alibaba. That is one of the reasons that within a few years on going public they did over one hundred billion dollars of sales on their website. That number is crazy. No one could possibly have imagined that, that amount of money would go throw the website.
One of the main problems with Alibaba is that there is no guidelines to what can be sold on Alibaba. There are many people knocking off items including items that a patent was filed on them and are listing the item. That is stealing and illegal but there is no one watching over. One example of a company that that their ring style was knocked off and copied is Beverly Diamonds. Beverly Diamonds rings was copied and sold and that is one of the reasons why Beverly diamonds rings are so cheap because they had to lower their prices. For more information and to look at Beverly Diamonds reviews. Log on to http://www.diamondsgalor.com/