Categories
News

Chinese Students Are Earning $3,000 A Week Selling Australian Baby Formula To China Over WeChat

Chinese international students living in Australia have been making a killing in re-selling baby formula and other Australian health products to buyers back in their home country.

Earning thousands of dollars per week, these budding entrepreneurs have discovered the lucrative business of distributing popular Australian products such as a2 Platinum Formula and Bellamy’s Organic for customers in China.

According to Business Insider, a growing number of Chinese students are turning themselves into online wholesalers simply by setting up online shops via WeChat, a social media platform similar to Facebook where they find and grow their markets. A unique feature the platform has over Facebook is its ability to connect the user’s bank account, allowing for easy money transfers without having to open up a separate banking app.

NS-Baby-Formula-01

Sydney-based Carol Lin, who began her online reselling business last year, earns between $2,000 to $3,000 per week selling baby formula and Blackmores vitamins through the platform. Considering regular university students in Australia earn $23 per hour, Lin has indeed struck gold.

Before heading to Australia, the 25-year-old ELS student had already studied the market and discovered how lucrative selling Australian health products to China was through online shops.

NS-Baby-Formula-02

Like many others like her, Lin has tapped into China’s huge demand of high quality and authentic health products created by the rampant local distribution of fake brands and counterfeit products.

You WeChat and tell me what you want. Then I have to write it down, for example if a customer buys five things, but all five things aren’t available at the same place,” Lin said, explaining her process. “For example, it could be from the supermarket, Chemist Warehouse. I need to go to a lot of differences places to buy everything and then afterwards, I have to send the stock and pack it up.”

Her clients consist mainly of parents of her friends back home. With the help of some buzz generated by word-of-mouth recommendations of her regular customers, she was able to grow her clientele.

Lin, who considers her venture as a success, usually spends her money buying designer goods.

It depends on each person’s preferences,” said Lin. “Some people will save but some people will go shopping. We both go shopping because our family backgrounds are already quite good.”

NS-Baby-Formula-03

International student Maggie Ma, found herself in the same business after she brought some Australian health products to China during a family visit. With relatives asking for more products each visit, she realized the potential for turning it into a business of her own.

Aside from health products, Ma also sells manuka honey and pawpaw cream to her customers. During one Chinese New Year, she was able to earn much more than usual as many friends and family stocked up on Aussie goods to give as gifts.

NS-Baby-Formula-04

These online entrepreneurs have the potential to make a huge amount of cash in revenue. However, as they are operating as an unregistered business, they have not been paying taxes.

Other online resellers have also expanded to other platforms such as Taobao and Alibaba. The business is doing so well that the products sold on these platforms already account for 5-10% of the total retail of Australian food and health products on the market, according to estimates by Austrade.

NS-Baby-Formula-05

Being Australia’s second largest market for medicine and other health brands, China easily spent $381 million in 2014 alone, according a report by The University of Sydney.

“China is facing a host of new health challenges, including an ageing population, changing diets, increasing prevalence of obesity and environmental problems,” George Institute for Global Health professor John Knight told Business Insider. “The demand for high quality health care is a constant, unlike the boom and bust cycles of many other industries such as the resources sector.”

So far Chinese authorities have failed to stop the practice as they are unable to regulate imported products sent by post.

Written by Ryan General || NextShark

Categories
Humor Video

This Confused Toddler Can’t Find The Fork He’s Firmly Gripping

We’ve all been caught in that familiar whirlwind of confusion before, where you spin around in circles looking for that Hot Pocket you had in your hand a second ago when you got up to get some water, but now you have no idea where it is, so you call your sister a fat thief and threaten to tell your parents that she broke their favorite vase when she had her stupid Bachelor viewing party with her equally stupid but hot friends. Or something like that.

One especially confused kid struggled to find the fork planted firmly in his macaroni-stabbing hand. Thanks to the aid of his helpful brother and the snicker-laced guidance of his mother, this little Christopher Columbus finally found what he had been looking for this whole time.

Categories
Humor

Dad Uses His Amazing Voice To Get His Baby Son To Eat His Veggies

On more than one occasion, I’ve had to beg my father to stop singing. Nobody wants to hear a 59-year-old Egyptian-American man with a very noticeable accent sing “Hotel California” while making up his own lyrics here and there (“Zis is a lovely face, in zis ze lovely blace”).

One father and musician, known as Charles Only on YouTube, uses his golden pipes to lull his small human child into a false sense of deliciousness. As the notes began pouring out of his mouth like molten gold and rainbows, his tiny spawn immediately starts beaming with what can only be assumed is excitement and pride. Frolicking in a metaphorical pool of his own joy, Baby Green-On-Beans blindly opens his mouth and allows his papa to shovel the horrible spoonfuls of the vegetable in there.

Unfortunately, this kid will likely grow up to become that one kid that sings everything he’s doing. Still, it’s better than being 27 years old and having to ask your father to stop singing his version of Bieber’s “Love Yourself”, which features a few lyrics that I’m pretty certain he changed in order to dissuade any listeners (namely me) from the evils of masturbating (“Cuz if you like, ze way, you look zis much, you still should never ever touch yourself”).

This video is actually only one of 15+ videos featuring Charles Only singing to his baby, and every single one of them is just as adorable as this one. Click here to follow the adventures of Charles Only and his happy, healthy, vegetable-loving son.

 

 

Photo Credit: YouTube

Categories
Hit-Or-Miss

Drunk Guy With Incredible Accuracy Nails Baby In Head With Beer During Blue Jays Game

A mini riot ensued in the crowd at Wednesday’s Toronto Blue Jays game, and at some point, a baby got sprayed with beer, leading to an arrest.

Without getting too much into the sports specifics of the situation, a controversial play went down as the Blue Jays hosted the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of the ALDS.

The Toronto fans didn’t take that play too kindly and began throwing debris onto the field in protest. It got pretty crazy. Even the players came out of the dugout asking the fans to stop.

While fans in the upper deck threw their beer cans down onto the field, one of those cans reached a baby in the front row. Thankfully it was just beer that landed on the baby, on not the physical can, but it was just as upsetting to the mother.

The cameramen were on top of their game and even showed the crying mother as the incident happened live.

Somehow, Toronto PD found a male suspect in the sea of over 49,000 fans and arrested him, according to CBS Sports.

The man is being charged with “mischief,” which is the most Canadian sounding crime ever. Friendly bastards.

Now the Blue Jays are scrambling, trying to figure out what to do about selling beer cans at the stadium.

So the idiots who threw beer can not only ruined that family’s day, but probably ruined future days of beer can-drinking fanatics if the stadium does away with them.

Categories
Video

You’re Gonna Want To See This Baby Crack An Egg With One Hand

When the parents of a 16-month-old baby handed her an egg to play with, they were fully expecting disaster. Maybe an egg thrown across the room, maybe she’d drop it on the kitchen floor. All reasonable end results when you hand a toddler something as fragile and complex as an egg.

What actually happened in the video below proves that babies do indeed have minds of their own and are infinitely more coordinated than me:

THX 22Words

Categories
Products

These Baby Beer Bottles Will Let Tykes Kick Back Their Favorite Formula

Lil-Lager

Hey look, baby booze. Well, sort of.

Fred’s Chill, Baby Li’l Lager is releasing a bottle that is sure to put one’s parenting skills in question. The beer-inspired baby bottle guarantees quite a few double-takes as your toddler takes to chugging his favorite drink in public.

While it’s not really filled with beer, the BPA-free container can hold up to 10 fluid ounces of your tyke’s favorite baby formula. It’s also made with a phthalate-free plastic and a food-grade silicone nipple. The bottle is easy to take apart for cleaning for those worried about investing in a one-time-use novelty item.

If we had kids, we’d definitely make the most of this bottle. Either until the joke gets old or the kid. Whichever comes first.

Arriving at Fred’s and Friends for $12. 

Categories
Health

New Study Reveals What Poor Babies Eat More of Than Their Rich Baby Counterparts

The results of a study published this month from researchers at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine has finally confirmed it: poor babies eat like shit.

baby-1

After analyzing the week-long dietary patterns of 1,555 babies (760 boys and 795 girls) at ages 6 and 12 months old, the authors of the study found that their mothers’ education and income levels were linked to the type of foods that the babies were fed. Mothers with less education and lower incomes were much more likely to feed their babies foods high in sugar, fat and protein, whereas babies with more educated, richer mothers were more likely to have diets that were closer to recommended infant feeding guidelines. Poor diets early on can lead to childhood weight gain and stunted growth.

Xiaozhong Wen, a UB Department of Pediatrics professor and the lead author of the study, said:

“Dietary patterns are harder to change later if you ignore the first year, a critical period for the development of taste preferences and the establishment of eating habits.”

In other words, babies that eat like shit will likely become adults who eat like shit, leading to higher risk for obesity, heart disease and other health problems related to diet later in life. Some of the food that the researchers found poor babies eating were ice cream, candy, sugary drinks and French fries. Babies from socioeconomically disadvantaged households are fed foods high in sugar and fat because they’re cheaper, the researchers boldly hypothesized.

baby-food-2

“If you tend to offer healthy foods, even those with a somewhat bitter taste to infants, such as pureed vegetables, they will develop a liking for them. But if you always offer sweet or fatty foods, infants will develop a strong preference for them or even an addiction to them,” Wen said.

My solution for baby mamas who think they can’t afford nutritious meals for their young‘uns: dog food. (If you do end up feeding your baby dog food, don’t blame me for their death/fleas/lycanthropy.)

Originally written by Alan Van for NextShark

—–

– Watch 24 Job Applicants React When Told They’ll Work Like Slaves for $0

This Is the Most Expensive Home In the US [PHOTOS]

 

Categories
Features

9 of the Prettiest Fruits and Veggies You Never Knew Existed

_MG_5693RS

There are some fruits out there that look like they could belong on another planet, but surprisingly, they hail from this one.

Their shapes, colors, textures and smells can be a completely unique experience at first, but that’s the beauty of new things, right? We asked our friend’s at Melissa’s Produce to send over some fruit we may not have have heard of before in order to expand our produce horizons. The result? An array of some of the prettiest fruit you’ve likely never heard about…and everything you need to know about them:

————–

Passion Fruit

_MG_5664RS

Region: Native to South America.

Uses: Salads, desserts and juices.

Taste: Guava-like, sweet and tart

_MG_5658RS

The pulp from passion fruits are rich with vitamins A and C and the seeds are a pretty solid source of fiber. Passion Fruit skins vary between red and purple hues. The passion fruits name comes from missionaries who when they first saw the fruit’s unique flower patterns, thought that it looked like Christ’s Passion on the cross.

————–

 

Baby Pineapple

_MG_5670RS

Region: South Africa

Uses: Same as pineapples though you can eat the core. Makes great centerpieces.

Taste: Bold, rich, sweet and tart.

_MG_5672RS

Goes by many different names depending on the country you find them in, Queen Victoria Pineapples being a common one. Baby pineapples are considered a super fruit because of its high nutrients and high antioxidants. Baby pineapples are actually used as much for decoration as actual consumption. They taste sweeter and are more aromatic than regular pineapples. Huh. Guess smaller can be better sometimes.

————–

Rambutan

_MG_5676RS

Region: USA, Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras

Uses: Desserts or eaten by hand.

Taste: Juicy and sweet cross between a strawberry and a muscat grape.

_MG_5684RS

Rambutans are packed with vitamin C, calcium, protein, iron and fiber. They also contain niacin, also known as vitamin B3, which lowers bad cholesterol and raises good. They share a relation to lychees. Rambutans utilize nutrients from not only fruit, but also bark, leaves and rinds as well. Its also known to treat ailments such as diabetes, fatigue and bloating.

————–

 

Dragon Fruit

_MG_5688RS

Region: Many parts of the world, primarily in Vietnam

Uses: Fruit salads

Taste: Earthy and slightly sweet.

_MG_5691RS

Dragon Fruits can be found growing on climbing cactuses. Their seeds are spread through bird droppings that scatter throughout the region. Dragon Fruits draw their name from the flowers that grow along with the fruit, often resembling a dragon. The dragon fruit is best known for its cleansing properties in the digestive system.

————–

 

Kiwano (Horn Melon)

_MG_5693RS

Region: Originally Africa, currently United States

Uses: Sorbets, fruit salads, ice cream and syrups

Taste: Cross between a zucchini, cucumber and kiwi.

_MG_5702RS

The kiwano has spiky points along its skin. If you crack it open, there’s a jelly-like flesh underneath filled with seeds. When you chill a kiwano, the flavor enhances so that it will taste even better. You can tell how sweet a kiwano is by the brightness of its skin (brighter equals sweeter). The melon is about 90% water and filled with vitamin C. Both seeds and flesh are edible.

————–

 

Pepino Melon

_MG_5705RS

Region: South America and Ecuador

Uses: Eaten like a melon when ripe or served on salads.

Taste: Cross between a honeydew and a cucumber

_MG_5707RS

Pepino is the Spanish word for cucumber, though the name carries through for the melon worldwide. They’re related to tomatoes and eggplants, but the texture is closer to a cucumber. Pepino melons are filled with beta-carotene antioxidants that prevent illness as well as lowers blood pressure and boosts cardiovascular health. They also contain vitamins C, A and K.

————–

 

Cherimoya

_MG_5708RS

Region: Chile, United States

Uses: Smoothies, yogurt, fruit drinks, desserts, or eaten by hand.

Taste: Cross between a strawberry, mango, pineapple and pear

_MG_5711RS

Though high in calories, the cherimoya is also high in fiber, vitamin C and calcium. It’s also known to boost the immune system. The cherimoya is often referred to as a custard apple because of it’s custard-like texture but sweet and aromatic taste. A ripe cherimoya will taste like a combination of many different fruits, creating a unique amalgam of flavors. The name cherimoya comes from the Incan word “chirimuya” which means “cold seeds.”

————–

 

Tamatillo (Tree Tomato)

_MG_5719RS

Region: South America and New Zealand

Uses: Salsas, sauces, salads or sandwiches.

Taste: Gelatinous pulp and edible seeds similar to red tomatoes

_MG_5721RS

Tomatillo translates to “little tomato.” Which is more or less true. The species of tomatoes is best known for its use in salsas and sauces and goes great with peppers. They’re covered in a paper-like husk that bears a resemblance to Chinese Paper Lanterns. Tomatillos, while low in calories, provide a decent amount of vitamins A and vitamin K.

————–

 

Baby Cauliflower

_MG_5725RS

Region: United States

Uses: Salads, sides or however you use regular cauliflowers.

Taste: Mild flavor that absorbs seasonings.

_MG_5729RS

Baby cauliflowers are high in vitamin C and fiber. They also contain selenium which is said to help boost the immune system. While smaller than regular cauliflower, they’re much easier to handle and prepare. The sprouts people eat are called buttons. Its bitter flavor pairs well with spices like curry, cumin or garlic.