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Alibaba is a China-based e-commerce site with three distinct branches. reviews confirm that the most popular arm of its site is Taobao, which features consumer-to-consumer purchases on a platform very similar to eBay but catering specifically to in-country customers.

While this may not seem like it would generate the largest source of income, it is important to keep in mind how many Internet users reside in this part of the world.

According to an article by Forbes, China had an estimated 618 million users last year, and the number continues to rise year over year. Current Internet users still represents less than half of the total population.

The second part of its business is known as Tmall, which serves to bring official merchant storefronts to consumers in China. Large companies, such as Apple or Nike, can take advantage of this section of the site to expand their customer base further into China.

Alibaba relies on its merchants and small vendors, who list items on its sites, to store and ship their own goods. As a result, Alibaba has no warehouse or stock that may one day be marked down for an even steeper discount. This also means that it has very little control over timely shipping and handling.

However, the response to “What is Alibaba?” is probably best answered by taking a closer look at the two most well-known arms of the business that function stateside: Alibaba and AliExpress.

These two sectors connect merchants in China with consumers around the world to provide them with a much broader customer base. Merchants can be large-name brand retailers, such as Nike, all the way down to smaller, local businesses for unique goods that can’t necessarily be purchased stateside.

Alibaba reviews are quick to point out that the company doesn’t actually profit from the sales made. Instead, it makes its proceeds through advertisements and search placements to its vendors. The site itself does not sell items but, instead, provides a way for others to sell. Co-founder Jack Ma describes it as a site that “helps others to do e-commerce. We do not sell things.”
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Playing traditional board games or puzzles with your family and friends could provide a one-of-a-kind gaming experience that could not be found in video games. Board games give a more humane and affectionate approach, while at the same time providing loads of fun. If you are wondering where you could purchase board games and puzzles,
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Adagio Teas
Adagio Teas offers a variety of different hand-crafted artisan teas cultivated from around the world. They also carry a variety of flavors including signature blends that use very different tea combinations to tantalize the taste buds. The different types of loose leaf tea they offer include:









Masters Teas



Adagio Teas also has a selection of teabags called wrapped tea, as well as a variety of different teaware including glassware, asian teaware, glass and electric kettles, small and large teamakers, and tea accessories. All of their products can be purchased via their website or their three retail stores, which are located in Chicago, Skokie and Naperville, Illinois.

The Adagio Teas website is also a wealth of information about tea and tea history. The site was designed for those who are new to the tea world, but are interested in learning more. Adagio Teas also provides links to other informational tea sites for easy access to more in depth information.

Adagio Teas was founded in 1999 by Michael Cramer along with his mother and brother in Clifton, New Jersey. An investment banker by trade, Cramer wanted to bring hand-crafted artisan teas to average people, people who knew nothing about teas. The company's mission statement states:

"Our goal is simple, deliver the best quality gourmet tea from around the world, straight to your cup."

Adagio Teas is concerned about the environment, and the company is taking part in a carbon offset program to help lower their carbon footprint. The project is the Garcia River Forestry Project, a conservation-based forest management program in Southwestern Mendicino County in California.

There is also a special section of the Adagio Teas website, called the Roots Campaign. This page introduces the consumer to the farmers that grow and cultivate the teas they purchase giving a more personal feel to the shopping experience.
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Auto Parts Warehouse
Anyone in need of replacement auto parts needs to check out AutoPartsWarehouse. AutoPartsWarehouse is one of the largest online retailers of after market parts for vehicles in the United States. The company provides replacement parts for automobiles, trucks, vans, SUVs, CUVs and other four-wheeled vehicles. AutoPartsWarehouse features both domestic and foreign vehicle brands. Besides replacement parts, the company also sells performance kits for many vehicles. These kits are listed un the engine and drivetrain section of the website. The current inventory of parts is greater than 550,000. The company is also a leader in low prices and will match the price on any part with any other company. The company carries brands for:

Body Parts and Mirrors

Headlights and Lighting

Engine and Drivetrain

Brakes, Suspension and Steering



Interior Accessories

Exterior Accessories

Tools and Garage Equipment

The company provides service by telephone 24/7 for any customer that has a problem. Other ways to contact customer service include echat and email. A customer can choose to search for his parts by make and model or by listing the part needed or the manufacturer's part number if known. From there, the customer is given an index of the parts carried by a number of different manufacturers along with the price for each item. Items are shipped from a number of warehouses so that parts arrive in a timely manner. Shipping is free if the price is over $55 for most items. The company also ships internationally. Customers can choose from many top brands including:






EBC Brakes



The company accepts multiple forms of payment including check, money order, PayPal, Google Checkout, Visa, Mastercharge, Discovery and American Express. The company has a 30-day return policy on most parts. Orders with multiple parts may not be shipped together. Free shipping does not apply to Hawaii and Alaska shipments.
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Applian Technologies Inc
Applian Technologies provides streaming media recording software to Windows users. The #1 selling PC software lets you download any video, music or Skype stream from the internet! The service is affordable and intended for personal usage.

Popular products at Applian Technologies are:

Replay Capture Suite - Record and convert anything with the recording bundle. Includes Replay Media Catcher, Replay Music and more

Replay Media Catcher - Download streaming video and audio files from millions of sites

Replay Video Capture - Make production quality videos

Replay Converter - Convert video and audio files

Replay Music - Streaming music recorder

Replay Telecorder for Skype - Save Skype audio and video calls

Video Padlock - Lock video files on your PC

Replay Media Splitter - Slice parts of video and audio files

The BBB profile for Applian Technologies, Inc. shows an excellent grade of A+. Although the company has a profile, it is not an accredited Better Business Bureau company. There have been 6 complaints closed in the last 3 years with the BBB, and 3 complaints closed in the last 12 months.

There is no media coverage on the website aside from posts on the related blog that stop at 2008. Applian Technologies is a in favor of Fair Use rights, which means they focus on providing users the right to record streaming media for personal use.

Statistics gathered at Alexa, Compete and Google PageRank reveal the company website is popular, although there has been slightly less views this year than last.

The Alexa profile for shows a Global Rank of 15,049 over 3 months and a US Rank of 9,516. Over the 3 months the estimated percentage of global internet users who visit the software website is down 9.96%.

At Compete, the US data for shows 161,686 unique visitors to the site in July 2012. That number is up about 2% from June but is down by 41.20% from last year.

Applian Technologies has a page rank of 5 out of 10 at Google PageRank.
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AbeBooks was formed in the year 1996, so it has been around for a while

They offer a secure portal for online shopping where you can select the products you need and pay for them without hassle or security concerns

They guarantee the condition of each text that is available on their website

AbeBooks customers like the prices that they get for the books that they want or need

“I ordered one of the books on a Friday morning and had it in hand on Monday afternoon. The other order I placed came just a few days later. All of the books were exactly what I needed and in exactly the condition described on the web site. I have already recommended AbeBooks to several other people and will continue to do so. Thank you.”

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