Email By Christina Zhou Updated September 02, 2017 16:10:58 Photo: Ming Ouyang packs an order for a customer. (Supplied: Ming Ouyang) Related Story: Melbourne baby formula pop-ups ‘not behind shortage of product’ Related Story: Government in talks over baby formula shortage as Chinese demand strips shelves Map: Carnegie 3163 As Ming Ouyang walks into a Sydney Kmart, preparing to stock his basket with toys, hundreds of people in China are watching the live stream from his phone.He’s filming his visit to prove his purchases are from an Australian shop — so his Chinese customers can be confident they’re getting what they’re paying for. Until last February, Mr Ouyang, better known by his nickname Qi Ge, was working in the international trade of iron ore, but now he does this sort of shopping for a living.He runs his business on Chinese social media app WeChat and takes between 50 and 60 orders from China every week.He’s part of a huge phenomenon known as “daigou”, fuelled by a network of tens of thousands of shoppers who buy goods in Australian stores to send to relatives, friends and social media followers in China.Daigou — which was at the centre of a public storm… Read full this story
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