Protests Against Online Shopping Site Taobao
For more news and videos visit ☛ english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http Add us on Facebook ☛ me.lt In Zhejiang Province, hundreds of Chinese merchants are protesting against the largest online shopping website, Taobao. The site is similar to eBay, and sellers have to buy annual membership to sell their goods. But according to protestors, the latest annual fee has jumped by 10 times. Hundreds of sellers from China’s largest online shopping website, Taobao, protest outside the firm’s Hangzhou offices on Wednesday. They’re calling for the abolition of the website’s feedback system and a large hike in annual fees. Many protesters wear facemasks to conceal their identity, while others put stickers that said “endurance” on their clothes. One man says he can’t afford the website’s new annual membership fee for merchants. [no titlebar, unidentified protestor]: “They are too tyrannical. They say whatever they like and never care about how we feel. They increase the fee whenever they like. Last year the fee was 00 US dollars before they raised the price, and we could still support them. But now they suddenly raised it by ten times to 000 US dollars. Even if we sell blood, we won’t be able to afford it.” Taobao said in an online post the demand to abolish the feedback system will lead to the “destruction” of China’s e-commerce industry. They say the feedback system allows buyers to provide feedback on products and services purchased online.