Daigou, or professional shoppers, like these in Sheung Shui, a town in Hong Kong near the Chinese border, buy goods overseas for Chinese consumers and offer low prices by dodging import taxes. Photo: Felix Wong Daigou, or professional shoppers, like these in Sheung Shui, a town in Hong Kong near the Chinese border, buy goods overseas for Chinese consumers and offer low prices by dodging import taxes. Photo: Felix Wong
Daigou, or professional shoppers, like these in Sheung Shui, a town in Hong Kong near the Chinese border, buy goods overseas for Chinese consumers and offer low prices by dodging import taxes. Photo: Felix Wong

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How Chinese professional shoppers, or daigou, operate – by buying luxury goods for less overseas and shipping them for customers in China

  • Professional shoppers make luxury goods affordable for Chinese consumers by buying them abroad for less than they cost in China. Dodging taxes keeps costs down
  • Some are sole traders, and have been hit hard by travel curbs and a drop in flights amid the pandemic; others operate businesses in league with duty-free stores

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Daigou, or professional shoppers, like these in Sheung Shui, a town in Hong Kong near the Chinese border, buy goods overseas for Chinese consumers and offer low prices by dodging import taxes. Photo: Felix Wong Daigou, or professional shoppers, like these in Sheung Shui, a town in Hong Kong near the Chinese border, buy goods overseas for Chinese consumers and offer low prices by dodging import taxes. Photo: Felix Wong
Daigou, or professional shoppers, like these in Sheung Shui, a town in Hong Kong near the Chinese border, buy goods overseas for Chinese consumers and offer low prices by dodging import taxes. Photo: Felix Wong
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