In Wine There’s Profit For a New Chinese E-Commerce Startup

Steven Millward
12:05 pm on Jan 31, 2012

In vino lucror. If it’s a truth that China’s growing middle-classes have a great taste for wine, then profit will surely follow. And so a Beijing-based startup has this month launched a nice-looking specialist B2C e-commerce site selling foreign wines. The site, Moooton, adds in daily deals and some useful search presets to make it accessible and reasonably affordable.

Indeed, the wine selection on Moooton.com currently tops out at just over 1,000 RMB (US$158) for a Chateau Mont-Perat, so it’s a luxury offering that won’t break the bank. It squeezes in alongside luxury clothing brand online malls – such as 360Top, the Luxury Club, and GaoJie – in catering for some of China’s more discerning consumers.

The Groupon-like daily deals section on Moooton.com.

In addition to the neat daily deals offerings, Moooton has a section dedicated to gifting, which will be useful for subtly giving a very classy bribe gift. The search presets allow users to find wines ranked according to country of origin, price range, or – very bizarrely – the western astrological symbol of the buyer.

Of course, this startup is not the first such specialist venture in this area. Perhaps the most prominent is YesMyWine.com, which has an official storefront on the open platform of Alibaba’s Tmall, the country’s biggest B2C site.


Replies
  • Paulshake

     This sounds great. I’ll do deals like crazy.. Oh, but wait- you have to get your wine into China before you can sell it.  That’s the rub. The Chinese customs situation is costly at best and sketchy all the time. Each SKU is a $1,500 document run and then you wait to see if someone wants a different signature, better pallets, straight cash or lower alcohol. And we haven’t sold anything yet.

    I sell wine in China now. I AM looking for succes with things like this but selling wine in China is not like listing your Honda on Craigslist.

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