News of a young student from Africa earning RMB 100,000 a month from buying and reselling Chinese goods to his home country has been trending on Weibo.
This process is known as Daigou, a form of cross-border export wherein someone either sends products from overseas into China or sends products from China to another country, which is what this student has been doing on his own.
His Chinese name is An Ping from Rwanda, a nation in Africa.
Hes an international student at a vocational school in Zhejiang province and reported earning RMB 100,000 by shopping on behalf of more than 10,000 people in his home country as well as customers from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Chinese people who are living in Rwanda.
Needless to say, business is booming.
When people ask him to buy things in China, they first download pictures of the products they are interested in from online shopping platforms such as Alibaba and Taobao, and then text the photos for him to buy and resell.
His ability to speak and read Chinese and knowledge in online shopping has served him - and his customers - very well.
According to An Ping, African buyers find Chinese products such as souvenirs, shoes, bags, laptops and smartphones more affordable than other countries.
On a solid week, he might be asked to buy RMB 30,000 worth of Chinese goods.
That figure can double or skyrocket to even higher sales during Chinese shopping festivals.
For instance, he buys RMB 60,000 worth of goods online during the pre-sale period of the Chinese shopping spree on November 11 each year.
E-commerce is underdeveloped in Rwanda. Kudos to An Ping for taking the leap in helping it grow and serving customers in the region.
I like Zhejiang, where I learned about the culture of China and the way of doing business, he said.
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