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Alibaba Buys Controlling Stake in Lazada for $1b


Will we see Alibaba’s products in the PH?

Big news for Lazada today, and we’re not talking about Elephone: Chinese e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba has bought controlling stake of the Rocket Internet brand for a cool $1 billion.

Why Lazada? Well, Alibaba has pretty much topped out in China, one of the world’s most mature ecommerce markets. The company is understandably looking beyond its own borders to the hottest place for ecommerce: Southeast Asia. Lazada’s in a perfect spot for that, as it operates not only in the Philippines but in Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

What will this ultimately mean for eCommerce in our country? Will this mean a wider selection of goods in Lazada’s website? We’ll find out soon enough.


John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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  1. sana naman mas maraming xiaomi products na ang ibenta sa lazada ph at yung mga up to date products nila at hindi yung pinaglumaan lang.

  2. They already have sellers from China. I even think that majority of the sellers are now from China because whenever I browse the Lazada PH website and app, 2 out of 3 products I see are marked “ships from abroad”.

    I just wish they implement a feature to filter out products that ship from abroad because these productas usually take 3-4 weeks to arrive.

    1. Try browsing for micro sd card, 128gb for P600 na walang tatak kundi “micro sd”. Too good to be true di ba? Lazada will fall and have a hard time earning the trust of non-techie people kung hinahayaan nila ang mga ganitong bagay sa stores nila.

  3. Recently bought an OBD2 Bluetooth clone for car diagnostics with a pirated app inside the cd-installer. Guess where it came from…

  4. This is bad for lazada, may image ang alibaba na nagkalat ang mga peke at hinahayaan ang mga clone products na magbenta sa kanila. If lazada wants to be recognized as the amazon of asia, kailangang higpitan nila ang quality control. Kaya pala pag nagsesearch ako sa lazada ng usb e nagkalat ang mga imitation from china. I’d rather have few choices in my search but genuine than many choices that will make me doubt to buy because of the imitations. If they won’t get strict to the sellers, lazada will just become another divisoria website. Quality over quantity lazada people, build your reputation and brand.

  5. Totoong palpak ang lazada. First time kong kumuha sa kanila ng coby pdvd at ang natanggap ko ay iba kesa doon sa napili ko sa website nila. Dahil katulong namin ang tumanggap sa nag dala ay wala siyang muang kung ano ang ibinigay sa kanya. Nang buksan ko nga ay iba. Dapat naniwala ako sa mga negative na comment sa kanila at hindi na lang sumobok sa kanila. Wala akong tiwala sa kanila kaya iyon ang una at huli kong pagkuha sa kanila. Makuha man sila ng kung anong kumpanya ay wala na akong pakialam sa kanila dahil hinding hindi na ako kukuha sa kanila.

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