Australian ‘Daigou’ Making 1 MILLION per Week


Many of the 40,000 daigou in Australia initially got into the business to help their friends or family buy genuine goods after counterfeit baby formula caused two deaths and injured 300,000 in 2013. This business started booming after that and serious money was made out of the insecurity of Chinese consumers.
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Warehouses and health stores (pictured) have sprouted up across Sydney to ship baby formula, vitamins and Weetbix to Chinese buyers who don’t trust locally made products. Photo: Damian Shaw/Daily Mail Australia
Warehouses and health stores have sprouted up across Sydney to ship baby formula, vitamins and Weetbix to Chinese buyers who don’t trust locally made products.
Small stores littered across the city’s south are shipping up to 100 boxes to Chinese customers a day, bypassing local customers regulations.  
But larger warehouses are exporting as many as 500 orders to China each day.
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A shopkeeper from Nature Healthy, in Kingsford, a suburb in Sydney’s east, ships around 100 orders to China every day. Photo: Damian Shaw/Daily Mail Australia
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Many of the 40,000 daigou in Australia initially got into the business to help their friends or family buy genuine goods after counterfeit baby formula caused two deaths  in 2013. Photo: Damian Shaw/Daily Mail Australia
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Shopkeeper Sylvia told Daily Mail Australia baby formula and health products for children and the elderly were the most popular products. Photo: Damian Shaw/Daily Mail Australia
The shopfronts cater to ‘Daigou’, Australian-based personal shoppers for Chinese customers who often undercut regular pharmacies or supermarkets.
Many of the 40,000 daigou in Australia initially got into the business to help their friends or family buy genuine goods after counterfeit baby formula caused two deaths and injured 300,000 in 2013.
The biggest daigou realised they could make a business out of the demand and post a container a week to rake in a $1 million annual income, the Daily Telegraph reported..
A shopkeeper from Nature Healthy, in Kingsford, a suburb in Sydney’s east, ships around 100 orders to China every day.
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She said customers in China fear they can not trust local products and are willing to pay double for Australian baby formula. Photo: Damian Shaw/Daily Mail Australia
Shopkeeper Sylvia told Daily Mail Australia baby formula and health products for children and the elderly were the most popular products.
‘For their safety, parents prefer to choose foreign milk,’ Sylvia said.
She said customers in China fear they can not trust local products and are willing to pay double for Australian baby formula.   
Shelves in the stores in Kingsford, Marrickville, Burwood, Ashfield and Regents Park – scattered in Sydney’s east and Inner West, are lined with certified Australian-made items.
Tasmanian honey features on the jam packed shelves, while shoes and bags have also proven to be popular. 
Stacks of boxes plastered in postage slips sit in the corner of the stores waiting to be shipped.
Sylvia said her business had been running for between four and five years, but that it had slowed down this year after a slump in the Chinese economy.
She said she sourced the products from Chemist Warehouse and other distributors.
Another shopkeeper at a small Kingsford store that also caters to daigou said Swisse vitamins were in highest demand.
The store, one of six in Sydney using the same name, also ships about 100 orders daily. 
Source: Daily Mail

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