Earlier this year, International Herald Tribune implied that Hongkongers could only blame themselves for allowing smuggling.
Locals also complain that Chinese shoppers, scared about food purity and safety back home, have driven up the price of diapers, powdered milk and infant formula, stripping shelves and carting their goods back to the mainland. There’s often a fine line between shopping and smuggling.
On Jun 28th, New Zealand 3 News reported that there is still a milk powder shortage. The report featured a mother who experiences great difficulty in buying Karicare Gold 2.
A comment from 3 News
Input the keyword “Karicare” on Mainland Weibo
A buying agency from New Zealand put a piece of paper with its Taobao (*Chinese eBay) store name inside the shelf of Karicare Gold.
One buying agent from Australia bought a full cart of Karicare goat milk and even posed behind a little mountain of them.
A buying agent from New Zealand commented that the price of Karicare (*Gold) has just been raised.
U姿态_新西兰奶粉海外代购: In the supermarket, the price of Karicare infant formula has just been raised.
A Weibo user who lives in New Zealand thinks the restriction is ridiculous.
GLORIAAAAAAAA_: When I was reading the buying restriction, a Caucasian old woman stared at me a few times. I don’t understand why f**king Kiwi blame us for buying too much milk powder. We have never stolen and robbed and it is a legal buying and selling. Why can’t we do it? Let’s not mention Chinese consumers give you revenue and markets, do you have that strong purchasing power yourself? You even impose that ridiculous buying restriction. You think that requiring babies’ birth certificates can prevent me from buying them? F***. Tomorrow, I am going to buy 6 tins for my granny.
Hong Kong netizens’ reactions
Ko: The name “locusts” is really suitable.
Lai (*He lives in New Zealand): New Zealand milk powder is in a great shortage, especially for goat milk. Some babies have allergy and have to drink goat milk, otherwise they will die. The manufacturer said it didn’t have its own products as well. All in all, it is a big mess.
Fung: This is a no-blood murder! It is even more shameful!
Li: Strong Country people, “We come to save your economy! Why don’t you say thank you?!”
關: Mainland Chinese sucking up all the baby formulas in New Zealand creating a major shortage for New Zealanders. One interviewed is quoted saying “In regards to New Zealanders are having shortage in baby formula I feel regrettable, but I will CONTINUE to do what I am doing…”
The mainlanders who buy up baby formulas outside of mainland China does so because Chinese producers have been caught using harmful chemical products in their formulas thus creating a scare that are now not only affecting Hong Kong parents but now apparently are affecting New Zealanders as well.
Those mainlanders responsible are a plague of locusts who don’t give a shit about other people’s needs other than their own, as if only their babies matter. Not only are baby formula being bought up, many mainlanders on tour in Hong Kong also buy up whatever food products they want due to many fakes and dangerous chemicals in food products. Although somewhat understandable, their selfish greed are inflating prices in Hong Kong making ordinary citizens with low income unable to purchase what was once cheap food. Long lines of mainlanders outside food shops are now a growing common sight throughout the Hong Kong regions.
Other shortages includes hospital places for pregnant Hong Kong women who are about to give birth due to mainland women, with no right to residency in Hongkong, illegally coming to Hong Kong to give birth thus robbing Hong Kong mothers of necessary natal care. Hong Kong mothers, who have just given birth, sleeping in hospital corridors are now growing in Hong Kong hospitals. It is ridiculous that mainland women barges into hospitals and demand beds while native Hong Kong mothers are reduced to sleeping on floors or benches.
This predicament in Hong Kong needs to be revealed outside of China and Hong Kong. There needs to be an international awareness and pressure on the commi regime to stop mainlanders further eroding the life of Hong Kong’s people!
Smugglers are packaging boxes of infant formula inside a Hong Kong train.
Smugglers packaging goods and blocking streets is a common scene in Hong Kong.
Jolly: Your home has a problem but you don’t solve it. And you bring your trouble to other people’s homes and let others to bear the weight. Can this be counted as Strong Country’s pirate theory?
Up for HK: In here, I don’t mention moral, conscience and social responsibility. Because these are “cultural differences” and “single cases”. I just want to confirm the power of 1.3 billion. 0.03% of 1.3 billion is already the whole population of New Zealand. Buying infant formula outside of China is deemed to be “very correct” because milk powder of the Strong Country is tainted. This power can buy up the whole New Zealand easily. If you let 3% of Mainland Chinese tourists in, it is already 6 times of the Hong Kong population and 10 times of the New Zealand population! After serving Strong Country guests and earning money, the whole city is ruined. Towards this powerful country, people of the world have no reason to discriminate, just avoid her at most!
Lo: They finally get the feeling of Hong Kong moms.
Chan: That’s great. When we speak out, others say we are fussing out of nothing. Let them “feel” the same.
Chin: Other countries should learn that if they appease this evil regime and let this thief country poisons its people, disasters will spread to them.
She even took a picture in front of the almost empty shelf with a piece of paper that has her store’s name.(*This picture was deleted in the original post but it is cached by Google.)
Another buying agent in Netherlands posted a photo of her stocks.
A buying agency in Germany posted pictures of boxes of German baby milk powder, Aptamil, in the cashier and in front of the entrance of a supermarket.
A buying agent from Canada posted a picture of empty shelves in the infant formula aisle of a Toronto supermarket.
钻石小叶子-Russell: In the past, I heard that ethnic Chinese panic-buy infant formula in American big cities. Today, I went to Toronto, shelves of infant formula were all empty. My farming village is quite good. Pay attention, what being hang on the top are all pictures.
A mother from Shenzhen posted a picture of her child sleeping with tins of Karicare Gold and Goat milk on Weibo.