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This article was published on June 10, 2014


Fancy a trip to space? You can buy it on Alibaba’s Taobao site for $96,400

Fancy a trip to space? You can buy it on Alibaba’s Taobao site for $96,400 Image by: keso
Kaylene Hong
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Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in touch via Twitter or Google+.

If you think Alibaba selling planes on its Taobao marketplace was already a shock, try space travel.

Orders open tomorrow on Taobao for a trip to space organized by Space Expedition Corporation, with prices starting from CNY599,999 ($96,400). The flight itself, however, is scheduled for March next year.

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Alibaba’s Taobao marketplace sells a wide variety of products — pinned at around 8 million SKUs (stock keeping units) — giving new meaning to selling anything and everything online. It’s no wonder Alibaba probably has its eye set on the US, as it can compete with eBay, Amazon and Walmart simply with the scale of its products.

ReadAlibaba’s recent deals are paving the way for its Chinese marketplace to go global