I Used Alibaba to Make 280 Pairs of Brightly Colored Pants

Let me be honest: Until this summer, I didn’t really know what Alibaba was. It was easy enough to learn things about it: The collection of China’s biggest e-commerce sites accounts for 80 percent of all e-commerce in China, with its sites doing $248 billion in business last year, more than Amazon and EBay combined. Now it’s heading for what could be the biggest initial public offering in history.

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