Chinese website Alibaba recently sold two Boeing 747's on it's e-shopping platform Taobao - the first time such planes have been successfully auctioned online.
RT has reported that the two airliners were purchased by a Chinese cargo airline, SF Airlines, for over $48 million. The vendor, the Intermediate People's Court in the city of Schenzen, had seized the jetliners after the freight company Jade Cargo International declared bankruptcy in 2013.
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The court had attempted to auction the jets at least half a dozen times, but had only been successful when it decided to auction them on Taobao, which is known as China's e-Bay. The court had bid a total of three jets and one remains unsold and has a starting bid of $18 million.
The court stated that this was the first time passenger jets had been sold in an online auction and the Xinhua News Agency stated that 800,000 viewers followed the proceedings.
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“Online auctions are a good way to handle the property of bankrupt firms,” Long Guangwei, the court’s vice president, told a local news agency. “Online auctions save time and service fees for bidders.”
The general manager of Alibaba’s auction business, Lu Weixing, added: “online auctions help transparency in legal affairs because all information is there for all to see.”
Toabao's $48 million doesn't come close to another record set by Alibaba's global rival. In 2006 eBay set a mindblowing record when it sold a 405-foot pleasure boat known as the "Gigayacht" for $168 million on its website. With the rivalry booming, it won't be long before an island is auctioned off online.
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