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by Matt Slater
21 January 2015
Each month between April 2010 and March 2013 Alibaba published on their website a list of the paid gold members that had been banned from their platform that month.
In this article we provide some background to why these lists may have been published and replicate in full the names of the suppliers banned on Alibaba.
Alibaba started publishing monthly lists of their banned paid suppliers in April 2010.
During this period Alibaba was under increasing pressure to explain why there were so many cases of fraud occurring with their "Gold Suppliers" and it is likely that lists of suppliers banned on Alibaba was a response to this.
This pressure eventually turned to scandal as two executives resigned in order to “take responsibility for the systemic breakdown in our company’s culture of integrity”.
Although Alibaba has taken measures to strengthen their Gold Supplier verification system, doubts remain over it’s effectiveness.
Without explanation, Alibaba ceased listing their banned members in April 2013.
Generally speaking, it isn’t disclosed why a company has been banned on Alibaba.
Alibaba’s published lists only identify the company’s English name, registered location and membership type.
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There are some general remarks that Gold suppliers have been removed from Alibaba due to suspected unfair or fraudulent activities reported by Alibaba members.
Previously, lists of banned suppliers could be found on Alibaba’s own website (which we previously linked to from this article), but these were removed at some point between January and October 2015.
Fortunately though, China Checkup recorded this data before Alibaba removed it, and the blacklist is below.
Here is the full list of published suppliers banned on Alibaba aggregated and sorted by name.
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Although many suppliers have been banned on Alibaba, the website continues to be one of the best resource for finding suppliers, especially those based in China.
By taking some simple precautions finding the right supplier doesn’t need to be a perilous task.
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Hi there, I'm Matt, the Founder & CEO of China Checkup. Originally from the UK, I am now based in Brisbane, Australia.
Frustrated by the scarcity of concise, high-quality and timely information about Chinese companies, I setup China Checkup whilst living in Shanghai in 2013.
My team are proud that China Checkup's company verification reports have now helped thousands of clients from all corners of the world to do business in China more safely.
by Matt Slater
30 January 2020
Launched by Deng Xiaoping in 1978, the decades long process of Chinese economic reform has transformed China beyond recognition.
This article highlights some of the most significant events during this period in the form of a year by year timeline.
by Matt Slater
09 January 2020
Listening to China business podcasts can be a great way to get insights on the Chinese market, pick up new knowledge and get fresh perspectives.
The great news is that there is actually a lot of great podcasts out there on this topic - and in this article I have chosen my current top ten.
These podcasts cover business in China from a range of angles - including tech startups, importing/sourcing, economics and more - so if you are interested in learning more about China business you are sure to find quality material here.
by Matt Slater
31 October 2019
This article identifies over one hundred of the most informative English-language China news websites.
By regularly sharing news from China on our social media channels we have identified many good sources and thought it would be a good idea to share these with you, our readers.
So if you are looking for websites with news on China, look no further than this long list we have compiled.
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