An international student has lifted the lid on & # 39; daigou & # 39; shopping and revealed that she is making a fortune selling Australian baby food to Chinese buyers.
Angela Zhang lives in Melbourne and can go through orders from foreign customers for up to 15 hours a day on the social media app WeChat.
Because the messaging service is in Chinese possession, it makes it difficult for the Australian government to follow the daigou transactions.
Ms. Zhang can make between 70 and 100 sales every week and seal deals with buyers in just a few minutes ABC reported.
The student is a & # 39; daigou & # 39; shopper – Chinese for & # 39; buyer on behalf of & # 39; – who pays her expensive college costs, accommodation and living costs by selling Australian products to overseas customers.
Angela Zhang lives in Melbourne and can go through orders from foreign customers for up to 15 hours a day on the social media app WeChat
Ms. Zhang is one of a whopping 150,000 daughter in Australia and is benefiting from an industry worth an estimated $ 2.5 billion (stock image)
Ms. Zhang recommends products to buyers who rely on her expertise.
The product is then shipped to one of 600 to 1,000 specialty stores across Australia, passed on to logistics companies and finally flown abroad.
No less than half a million packages of Australian products – including baby food, clothing and groceries – are sent to China every week.
Ms. Zhang is one of a whopping 150,000 daughter in Australia and is benefiting from an industry worth an estimated $ 2.5 billion.
The baby formula crisis finds its roots in 2008 in China, when the country was startled with high infant mortality rates.
No fewer than six children died of kidney damage and 300,000 remained ill due to poor quality baby food that had been falsified with melamine.
The product is sometimes illegally added to food to increase protein content, although it can lead to kidney stones, damage and bladder cancer.
Consumer confidence declined and Chinese buyers looked to overseas markets to buy reliable products.
Personal shoppers in Australia have taken the opportunity and have been in contact with potential customers abroad to purchase the products.
Angry customers at home have shared online images of shoppers who brutally take large amounts of baby food off the shelves.
Supermarkets have responded by setting a limit on the number of cans to be sold to customers, although shoppers have always found a way.
Shoplifting gangs – unrelated to mothers – have taken it to steal baby food from supermarkets.
An alleged ring of baby thieves was arrested in Melbourne at the end of July.
Reportedly, more than 40 burglaries were committed in one month.
Four men and a woman were arrested and charged after a series of burglaries where the formula was stolen in Springvale, Clayton, Bundoora, Point Cook and Werribee in June and July.
The group, all from St. Albans, is confronted with burglary and theft for more than 40 burglaries allegedly taking place between June 19 and July 14.
Ms. Zhang recommends products to buyers who rely on her expertise. Pictured: a recreation of messages between Mrs. Zhang and a client
Supermarkets have responded by setting a limit on the number of cans to be sold to customers, although shoppers have always found a way (photo: a shopper sits in front of three trolleys filled with baby food, despite a limit on product purchases at supermarkets)
Her business is so lucrative that Ms. Zhang even quit her job to focus solely on the company.
Mrs. Zhang said she was shopping after a friend asked her to send Australian products to her during the Christmas holidays.
The next day she received 15 questions from other people who wanted to buy Australian products.
Graduated from the University of Melbourne and Daigou Yaqiong Hu said her parents were skeptical about her involvement in the industry, but changed their mind as soon as they saw how much money they earned.
& # 39; When they realized that the income was higher than that of an office job, they started to see it as a career. & # 39;
Angry customers at home have shared images online of shoppers who brutally take large amounts of baby food out of store shelves (photo, a stunned shopper photographs customers racing baby food in a supermarket)
Ms. Zhang said she joined the business after a friend asked her to send Australian products to her during the Christmas holidays (stock image)
Companies have tried to bypass the perpetrator and expand their businesses in China themselves.
Bellamy was such a company that wanted to sell directly to China, but the business plan failed because customers in Asia enjoy the direct confidence they have with confidence.
Daigou Yaqiong Hu can stream the products she sells with as many as tens of thousands of potential customers who watch at the same time.
The difference in business approach has meant that companies such as Blackmores have accepted as important for their activities.
During a recent daigou event, the company's CFO, Aaraon Canning, called on companies to & # 39; embrace personal shoppers & # 39 ;.
Courier company Chang Jiang International Express says it ships 400 tons of products to China every month.
The listed daigou specialty company AUMake reported a 121 percent increase in sales in May compared to the same period last year.
Graduated from the University of Melbourne and Daigou Yaqiong Hu said her parents were skeptical of her becoming a daigou, but their tunes changed as soon as they saw how much profit she made (stock image)
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