You can find common mass-produced items on this website for significantly cheaper prices. This is a great choice if you're purchasing multiples of the same item for a group of people or for your business.
Let's take this bag for example.
If you purchase 3 to 19 pieces of this, it is 10rmb each. That's only about 3 SGD, or 2 USD inclusive of fees.
20-19999 pieces and it is 9.50 each.
Any more and it's 8rmb each.
Many Taobao sellers get their supplies from Alibaba too. So the only it difference it makes between getting your purchases from Taobao vs Alibaba is that Alibaba is cheaper because you're making your shopping route more direct. And that means more savings!
Order form and methods are the same as ordering through Taobao. You can order from both platforms and have all your purchases consolidated too.