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Does anyone else think it's disgusting that people are selling tins of baby formula on EBay and taking advantage of people in need?

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I think it’s disgusting they strip shelves bare. No matter what they do with them after.

 I agree. Most stores have a 2 tin limit but that doesn't stop them coming back over and over again
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I think whatever powers that are allowing their country to sell formula that nobody trusts and can make babies very ill are the real villians here. Those people that are supplying the formula are more like paid superheroes.

 I sell 20-30 tins a week. I charge a bit over half the going rate and still make really really good money!
It helps these families.
It is totally legal to do this. Anyone not doing it is probably just pissed they don't have the connections to sell it.
it is only certain formulas they want. If it is so hard to buy the formula of your choice either get organised and buy it in advance. It's not like you don't know your getting low or switch formula or start on one that is not hard to get.

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 I have no issues with people selling tins overseas for profit. But stripping the shelves, and leaving none at all is what I find disgraceful.
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 Lol sure you do. 🎣 Now let's see who will bite?
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 I posted two up. My local supermarkets have a 6tin limit so it is not that hard. The shelves are rarely empty. It is the big cities like Melbourne that it is a real problem. They even have pop up shipping companies near the supermarkets on delivery days.

Was not looking for a bite. I don't really care what anyone thinks. I know there will no doubt be laws against it soon so I may as well make the most of it.

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I say: " Good on you". It is called capitalism, guys. There is demand, there's a market for it.

I seriously don't understand why so many people find it "disgusting". Are they jealous they can't make a profit from reselling?

 Stripping the shelves of every single tin and leaving nothing for anyone else is the problem. I don’t care if they make a profit. I care that they blatantly ignore the 2 per customer limit many stores have and buy as many as they want without any consideration for anyone else.
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 Consideration for the next person trying to make a profit.
Maybe my local busy cafe can send customers to
The new cafe down the road to have some consideration for them

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 I don't find it disgusting but I do think it's inconsiderate and selfish. Just thinking about me me me - *I* will make a profit, so who cares if some busy sleep deprived mum with a newborn comes to the shops looking for formula and can't find any - that's HER problem, SHE can drive around to four other shops with her baby screaming in the back seat, etc etc.

Personally I can think of a lot of ways to make a profit that don't involve depriving other people.

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I don't understand why the formula companies don't just create contracts to sell overseas? Or is it to do with export laws? Or why people dont organise to be wholesalers with the formula companies and sell overseas? Surely it would be cheaper for someone to buy in bulk from the manufacturer and then on sell, even if they were just using ebay?

 I think it has to do with export laws, it's legal to send it in by post though
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Our friend was at the supermarket and a worker brought out a trolley of formula. A swarm of women ran in and were filling their trolleys up with tins and literally cat fighting over the stuff. The time didn't even make it to the shelf before they were all gone.
Once we were getting low on formula so we went to top up - took us 2 days of driving and phoning around before we managed to find 2 tins. We had to start feeding our daughter a different formula and it gave her diarrhoea.
I don't mind people selling a bit her or there, but it's getting a bit ridiculous.

Chinese people shouldn't breed if they can't feed their own country.

 Nothing to do with not being able to feed the babies and everything to do with lead being added to the formula sold in their country. Would you feed you baby lead laced formula?
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  If uou can't feed it good shit dont have a baby
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In reality it's no different to an individual taking a bulk lot of an item on sale at the supermarket & leaving little for anyone else. Most of us are guilty of that. There's just a lot more people buying formula.

I don't need it now, but I specifically chose a formula that wasn't in demand so never had an issue getting it.

Get ready for some more pain folks. China has increased the red meat they are buying from Australia by 100% in one year. This means lamb and beef. If you think it is expensive now, just wait. Chinese eat 38kg of pork per year per head and it looks like a swine flu is going to kill 200 million pigs. They only eat 5 kg of red meat. Imagine if that figure goes to 10kg and Australia is a major supplier. Stock up the freezers girls

It's awful, the supermarkets should be keeping the formula at a separate counter. Before the 2 tin limit came in I had to pinch a tin out someone's trolly (had been to three shops trying to get formula).

 Nice work! Let another bubba go without 🙄
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 She had three finding her trolly, I wouldn't have done it if she only had one. She was happy to let someone's baby starve by taking the last of it, so she deserved it really.
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 Have you ever considered she had more than one child on formula... twins or more perhaps.
I would never consider stopping so low as to just take one. I would may consider asking her if I could have one.

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 Wow. She had 3 tins so you thought it acceptable to take one. When I read this post I thought you meant someone had a trolley full with a dozen or so. That is pretty rude of you! As said above , maybe she had more than one baby to feed. And maybe she had been everywhere looking for it too. And then you come along.....
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 I thought about asking her, but I wasn't taking no for an answer. If I hadn't already been to three shops looking for formula I wouldn't have done it. I did the shopping a couple of days before and there was none. My baby would have starved if didn't just take it so and as no one needs three tins I honestly didn't care. She was putting her child's needs first by taking the last of it, I was simply doing the same.
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 How do you know she didn’t need 3 tins? She wasn’t starving your baby, stop being so dramatic. You should have just gone to another store. Or tried another brand
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 You are trying to validate your terrible behaviour. I have twins, I used to buy 4-5 tins every time I shopped and I most definitely needed it. Absolutely disgusting behaviour! This woman was not starving your baby. If it was really that hard switching formulas when the current one is hard to get is not that hard, yes you might need to try a few. Midwife clinics usually have samples.
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 So you think it's ok to strip the selves because it's convenient for you?
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 3 tins is not stripping the shelves. I used to buy more than that in my weekly shop having multiples. There is no way to justify taking such a thing from someone else's trolley.
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 Taking the last 3 tins is stripping the shelf. I can justify it as I needed to feed my child. It's not something I would normally do, I was going to ask management to take a tin from her, but she walked away from the trolly so I grabbed one. I can forgive your ignorance as you must have (thankfully) never been in a position where you didn't know if you could feed your child. You would do anything in that situation.
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 Someone has to take the last one. Taking the last 3 is not stripping it no matter how few were left. And unless you saw her put them in her trolley, how do you know she took the last one? Also, since you only think about yourself, why should she care about you? Stop trying to justify your actions.
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 Lol, you really don't get it, but am glad you don't as its a horrible situation to find yourself in.
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 Asking management to take one from her. That's hilarious 😂 do you auctually think management would even contemplate doing so? However it is possible they would look at camera footage for the lady you took it from to see who took it and attempt to find you in the store.
Like above said the woman you took it from may not have taken the last one from the shelve.
The whole how to feed your baby is bullshit , chose another formula so as your bubba doesn't starve. I had to switch formula to one I could buy through the multiple birth association as times got pretty tough. It's doable.

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 No it was my last resort, she walked away from the trolly so I grabbed one then left. I found a chemist that would only sell be tin per customer a week. You had to show drivers licence. Was a pain but I knew I could always get it.
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 I wonder how you would feel if someone took that formula from your trolley because they felt they needed it more than you. You really are the definition of entitled.
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 I'm a different commenter, I would have handled it differently in the situation like asking first even offering money. I can understand how panicky and desperate someone could be if they didn't know if they couldn't feed their child. It's just a mother's instinct, taking it out the trolley is better than mugging her in the car park. I wonder if you actually have children, would you let your child starve or take the moral high ground? In a genuinely desperate situation survival instincts kick in and people will do anything for their kids, if Had the choice between my child starving I would take good from anothers mouth if it meant my child surviving. Any mother would understand this, so will you when you actually have children.
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 I have two kids. And I’m sure most commentators here do too. And. still think she behaved badly. There were other formulas available so it was hardly a life-death situation. And did she even stop and think maybe this mother was buying some not only for herself but for another person? If there was no limit on how many tins, , then she absolutely did the wrong thing no matter how anyone tries to spin it.
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 I don't think you do have kids, you are often on here arguing and your kids ages seem to change all the time. I agree its an awful thing to do, but assuming there was no other formula its understandable.
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 ^ how can you possibly know that. This forum is anonymous. And there is more than one person responding here.
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 Not hard to work out, always argues when she isn't winning she starts calling the other person sanctimonious or entitled. Same shit each time.
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 Nah you would just rather think that there is only one person disagreeing with you 😂
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 You have just proven my point. But don't stop as its entertaining and I don't know what I would do while feeding without you. Maybe start another poll about me disagreeing with you.
Must make dinner now will no doubt see your comments again soon xx

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 Well, I am not the responder above you. Nor all the other responders who agree with what I have said so I guess the joke’s on you.
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 Yeah I replied to this post first and a couple more times. I guess you need to put a twist on it since there is really no way to validate yourself.
I don't have time to check forums and comment so often. I guess stories and kids ages change because different people are replying 😂😂😂

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 🤣 I started the poll... it had no mention of me disagreeing with you. I was really keen to get opinions. What you did was a matter of choice, choice of formula brand and choice of the action of taking it. I was keen to know if others would make the same choice.
You are clearly getting a bit caught up in everyone's comments here. there is no need to continue defending yourself. 'Be like bob, move on'

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 Reminds me of glamours fb post on Black Friday sales unwritten (we just wrote them) rules
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Yes some people are just cu**s. Hopefully the export laws change and they all get stuck with formula they can't sell.

 That won't happen though for a few reasons. It is usually pre ordered and paid for by the buyer.

If the receipt is kept and the tin is unopened it can be returned.

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In the US, women get free tins of formula of they are low income, usually more than needed, from the WIC program. Many breastfeed and sell it to make extra cash, not realizing that any money not spent by recipients is donated back into the program to so mire families cam be helped.

I don't see why eBay doesn't just ban the selling of formula on their website like they do with other things.

I think it’s smart of them. Why don’t people here buy in bulk? It always baffles me how some run out of formula at any point. You make it several times a day, you KNOW when you’re getting low? Be organised.

 I think it’s disgusiting that they strip the shelves of them. No matter what they do with them after
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 ^ Sorry, that wasn’t meant in reply to you!
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 But how can you buy it to stock up if there is none on the shelves? Some of these people go into the supermarket and take every single tin. I was so worried I’d not be able to find our brand of formula.when my daughter was drinking it that I bought it online. I had about extra tins I bought from several different places at one point.

Also, when a tin costs $20 for one, it is hard for many people to bulk buy. It’s expensive!

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 Please don’t get all sanctimonious about breastfeeding. Not everyone can do it. And everyone should have access to formula if they need it. Or choose to feed their baby with it.
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