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‘Buying and shipping’ army makes healthy profit

‘Buying and shipping’ army makes healthy profit

Business, Student
Customers of health food shops, such as Holland & Barrett, may be surprised to find that some products are sold out. What they don’t know is these products may have been purchased, carefully wrapped, and dispatched to China. By Qiwei Wang. Sub-Editor Tara Mearsheimer Xiaoyu Lin, a 21-year-old student in London, is  part of a ‘buying and shipping’ army in the UK. The products can be sold at a higher price to customers in China, meaning that Lin can gain a healthy profit. “I started doing this three years ago when I arrived in London. At that time I was just interested in the way it works and had some spare time to earn extra money,” said Xiaoyu, who has an online shop selling mainly cosmetics and nutrition supplements. Glancing at the unpacked bottles and boxes of different s