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Q: The Great milk powder debate

Once in awhile I have to stick up for China.
In Australia the milk powder trade is in the news again.
The big supermarket chains have been pressured into locking the baby formula away with the cigarettes and a 2 tin limit.
This will last as long as it takes them to realize that their turnover is down and they have a huge stockpile.
The milk companies encourage the stories for 2 reasons.
Firstly it's free advertising.
Secondly they have an opportunity to take over the industry and sell straight to China which is starting to happen now through some Chinese bussness men .
And the best part they don't have to increase productivity as they can blame the solo opperaters for the shortage and nobody will be the wiser.
Chinese are survivors (like a cockroch after a Nuclear bomb)
I don't know any Chinese on unemployment benefits. ...they work for what they have.
The one's that don't. .stay exactly where they are .
Intrested to see your comments.

13 weeks 2 days ago in  Business & Jobs - China

 
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There will be plenty of other places where there is no restrictions. I saw a pic of the sign....#spellingmistake

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Phil, this is the most informed comment I've read on the milk formula trade ever, by anyone (other than myself).

I export milk formula legally, pay my taxes and everything (crazy, I know). I've only ever been limited in how much I can buy/sell by the following factors:
1. How much fits in my bike bags. Redundant now that I have a car.
2. How much orders are coming out of China. My wife is trusted and liked, but even we face competition from large, faceless online sellers. Most of our buyers are still willing to pay extra for the verifiable food security we offer (photos in shops, stamped & signed packages in untampered shipping boxes).
3. Occasionally a shortage in certain stocks, but rarely lasting more than a week.

Buying limitations have made my buying sprees longer (more legwork going to multiple shops), but they have NEVER limited me in my ability to get what I need on time. Limitations are always of the 3 categories above.

You are absolutely right that all the milk formula theatrics is just the big fish trying to muscle out the little fish and control the market. All I can add to your excellent observations, is the fact that all the Chinese VISIBLY going in-and-out of shops for a box or two at a time, raises apparent demand for the goods, allowing producers and retailers to "justifiably" raise prices.

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I am an old fart...   61 ....   and in my world, milk is a liquid. whether it comes from a goat, or a camel, from MOM or a cow  ....IT IS A LIQUID..  No way that you could ever convince me that that powder shit is MILK. And there is now way to conserve the nutrients in milk for months on a shelf either in liquid or powder form.....    basic ingredient that should not be f***ed with

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"I don't know any Chinese on unemployment benefits. ...they work for what they have."

this is a very true and real statement....  family is together   5-10-50 of them....TOGETHER  ....    western world is far more about individuals or god forbid couples.  I have tried to get my 5 brothers and sisters together to run a corner store in Canada...  hahhahaah   what a joke, is what i GOT   that's for Chinese and East Indians  

 

 

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The Chinese know how to exploit a system, I'll give them that. 

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How many western countries would have a government that cannot provide safe food for babies ? 

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I find it odd that a business DOESN'T want to maximise their sales.

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Hi2u wrote “I read that Chinese and East Asians are more closely related to Neanderthals because they interbred much more than other groups of people. ”

 

 

Where did you read that rubbish? Neanderthals weren’t even in East Asia. Plus interbreeding wouldn’t make no difference if no Neanderthals here. 

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Tommy: You shouldn't drink that stuff anyway. [looking at the milk Turkish is drinking]
Turkish: Why, what's wrong with it?
Tommy: It's not in sync with evolution.
Turkish: Shut up.
Tommy: Cows have only been domesticated for the last eight thousand years. Before that, they were running around mad as lorries. The human digestive system hasn't got used to dairy products yet.
Turkish: Well fork me Tommy. What have you been reading?
Tommy: Let me do you a favour. [takes the milk off Turkish's hand and throws it out the window and it hits a car behind them followed by screeching tires and a loud crash]
Both: [Look at each other]  Whoops.

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Is there a debate? 

Like anything in life there are benefits and drawbacks, how they are felt depends on your position. 

Is  there anyone who thinks otherwise?

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LoL as predicted .
Looks like someone fucked up with their facts and ballance sheets lol
https://finance.nine.com.au/2018/07/06/17/10/coles-baby-forumla-purchase...

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https://www.thedailybeast.com/us-stuns-world-using-blackmail-to-oppose-international-breast-feeding-resolution

 

Somebody explain this to me, I can't get my head around this at all.

 

Yes, milk powder companies want to make money, but political contributions to both political parties in America from Dairy corporations is nothing compared to oil and defense contractors. I can't believe we have to thank the Russians for promoting the health of infants. What a screwed up world?

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Just in a Chemist in Brisbane as im writing this...how I wish I could post a photo of all the baby formula boxes lol they even reduced the prices. ..lol
Oh how i love it when im right even though it's a rare event

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