|Boeing 747 freighter sold on Taobao|
|Author: Matej Balen|
|24th December 2017|
|SHENZHEN – Online shopping platforms in China, once seen as places for relatively cheap purchases of ordinary things, are seeing record-breaking highest-value sales these days.|
On Alibaba's e-commerce platform Taobao, Boeing 747 freighter was sold for 146 million yuan to a buyer using a username “HEFFETZ ESHEL”.
The only thing that is currently known about “HEFFETZ ESHEL”, is that it is an overseas company, as it was stated during account registration on Taobao website. The plane was put up for sale for 98 million yuan (USD 14.8 million) on Thursday, Dec 21st. After 49 bids, a buyer under the username "HEFFETZ ESHEL" offered the highest bid.
This successful sale wasn’t the highest-value sale ever on Taobao, but was actually the sale of two other Boeing 747 freighters that were successfully auctioned on Taobao's sales platform in November and were handed over to its buyer SF Airlines earlier this month. They sold for a total of 320 million yuan (USD 48 million).
The three "Queens of the Sky" were from a bankrupt cargo company, Jade Cargo International, and the Intermediate People's Court of Shenzhen City had attempted six offline auctions, before finally putting the planes up on Taobao. First two planes were immediately successfully sold, while this third one was sold a few weeks later.
However, the bids still are not the highest-ever sales on an online auction site, according to BBC. The No. 1 sale remains a super-yacht that went for USD 85 million on eBay in 2006.