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What is the difference between Alibaba and AliExpress?

By Karen Li

What is the difference between Alibaba and AliExpress?
In fact, and are both owned by Alibaba Group that is based in Hangzhou, China. But, they are different types of users.


1: Alibaba is a B2B (Business to Business) platform that connects overseas buyers with Chinese Manufacturers.
2: Alibaba connects you to Chinese manufacturers, and is primarily for bulk orders.
3: Most of the members on are manufacturers, trading companies or resellers who trade in large order quantities.


1: Aliexpress is a B2C(Business to Consumer) platform, it is similar to Amazon.
2: Aliexpress is a global retail marketplace offering quality products at factory prices in small quantity.
3: Aliexpress has dropshipping features for small business, so you can order single items that can be sent directly to customers.

Thus you should buy from Aliexpress or Alibaba based on your own purpose.