Apple Opens Official Store On Popular Chinese E-Commerce Site Tmall

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has partnered with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba to open an official online store on its popular online marketplace Tmall, reports the Wall Street Journal.

    Tmall is one of Alibaba's two dominant online marketplaces and hosts over 70,000 merchants, including brands like Nike and Gap. Its structure is essentially an online shopping mall, with trusted brands each having their own store portal. However, Tmall requires each seller to pay a deposit, an annual service fee and charges a commission on each transaction.

    The online store mirrors Apple's own Chinese store portal, but allows the company to reach China's fast-growing population of online shoppers.

    The move is yet another effort by Apple to boost sales in China as the company is also set to start selling iPhones to China Mobile's 700 million subscribers on January 17. Apple also recently announced its annual Lunar New Year sale, a one-day event for Asian countries also known as "Red Friday" because of its similarities to Black Friday, would take place on January 10.

    Article Link: Apple Opens Official Store On Popular Chinese E-Commerce Site Tmall
  2. ciaocibai macrumors newbie


    Jan 16, 2011
    Great news

    This is super handy since I do the vast majority of my shopping on Taobao/Tmall anyway, although I have to say I'm still pretty tempted by the much lower prices all the grey-market prices the Hong Kong sellers offer...
  3. Marc-SP Guest

    Oct 7, 2013
    I tend to agree. The only problem for some of the HK products in Taobao is the warranty validity, but still.
  4. wesk702, Sep 24, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2014

    wesk702 macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2007
    The hood
    Nevermind, just realized I was posting on a nearly 9 month old thread

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