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Baby formula crisis

Hi. I've been as outraged as the next person about this as it's pure greed at the expense of little babies. I read an article the other day about a mum driving around to 6 stores to buy the formula she needed. So my thought is why doesn't she just order it online? I'm not looking an arguement. I get that it's a sensitive issue. It's just a question i genuinely want to know. I know with coles if you order in a certain window it's only $4 but at worst if you want it that day you pay $12 delivery. If the delivery cost is an issue how much petrol would you spend driving around looking for it. I know you can't guarantee that they'll have it but they're obviously getting deliveries of the stuff every week for these other people to get it. I don't know have mums out there tried this did it work or not. Tell us your stories.

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When you need a specific brand and you order online and they don’t have stock you get an alternative... now with baby formula its tricky because you can’t just chop and change formula as they can get sick from it. So your order comes and you have the wrong one or none at all... so you still have to drive to get some.

I have been told the Chinese Government is going ban Chinese people from this GREY MARKET in the New Year. That will help

 They have been saying that since the increase for demand. (When the one baby rule was abolished
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Don't know. All I know is that I am reselling the online - and making a killing :-)

 Is there a little voice in your head when you do something that might be questionable that says-this might be the wrong thing to do?
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 No, there no little voice of morality in their head. They're motivated by greed. They don't think of those parents panicking about formula shortage. That would require forethought and these scummy assholes aren't in a capacity to operate such heavy machinery. They're dregs of society.
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 Is there a particular brand of formula troll babies drink?
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 Capitalism, guys. There is a market/demand.
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 I call it greed
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I always ask if they have any out the back at my local coles and the lovely guy checked stock for me and said they haven't had my type for over a month. So ordering online wouldn't do any good. Surely our local woolies would be the same, everytime i go in they don't have it either. If I'm lucky i can get it from a small chemist that don't deliver but will hold a tin for you

Why was my comment deleted? I stated that I have tried buying online only to also be told Woolworths were out of stock.

I live in a remote area so I have to buy formula online. But every place seems to have a limit of 2-3 cans. I cant find anywhere that will allow me to buy in bulk.

 That’s the whole idea of trying to prevent people selling it on
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 I understand that but sometimes there needs to be exceptions.
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I don't have babies anymore but which are the formulas that are in shortage

 Do you want to sell them too? 😂
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 Lol yeah, there's always formula in the baby aisle in my coles so I was curious to the brand that's in demand. Maybe black market formula dealing will be my next side hustle
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 We have trouble getting Aptamil gold 3. #3 is usually the only one sold out between the 4 mostly
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 The only one that seems to be out of stock at my local Coles is A2 Platinum. The rest are always available when I go in 😕
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 Aptamil gold 3 is toddler milk. Literally useless shit. Your better off staying on the stage 1 or 2 tins then to give your child toddler milk.
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 ^ yeah I really don’t understand toddler formula 😕
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 Me either. No benefit they need calcium from cows milk.. huge cost to being toddlers formula there is no research they need..
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 I’m pretty sure toddler milk was made to get around the advertising laws for formula and as a way to make more money. Companies can’t promote the birth-12 formula but they can promote toddler formula so they still get their name out there.
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 Also, you don’t need calcium from cows milk. Plenty of other ways to get calcium into your diet 🙂
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 Aptamil 2 has 60mg of calcium per serve and 3 has 163mg!? Plus it has higher rates of magnesium, iron and zinc. I'm confused where you get the view it's 'useless shit'. If baby doesn't have a sufficient diet it is definitely not 'useless shit'. How many 1 to 2 year olds do you know with adequate diets? Not many if any I'm sure
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 Calling it useless shit is no doubt their way of brushing of guilt for not giving a shit.
Oh hang on they will probably now claim their kids are kale eating healthily babies

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 I’m sure the formula is made for the babies age on the tin, so giving your child the next tin up as it has 163mg of calcium doesn’t mean you care more than any other person it just means most people would give their child the adequate fun for their age range as they’re developed to meet the needs of that age that it has been specifically designed for.
People that choose not to give their toddler formula also doesn’t mean they don’t care, it means they’re encouraging their children to eat a well balanced diet instead of relying on a formula that is made designed for babies but stretched to target people like you that they can make money from

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 Adequate tin*
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 👆 that's the thing babies can't have a well balanced diet without supplements. I don't know about you but I follow the WHO recommendations. Breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond, so in our situation formula. Nutrica can take my house for all I care, developing a childs brain through the first 2 years of life is more important than money.
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 Yes, breast feeding until two is ‘recommended ‘ but not for nutritional reasons, comfort and the mothers bond only. They get all their nutrients they need from a well balanced diet.
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Sometimes you run out before the delivery. Sometimes the kind you need is on backorder or out of stock. Sometimes you have cash and no money in the bank. In the states, i know, you cannot use aid to online shop, so those with foodstamps or WIC other services mush shop in store. I shop instore to protect jobs.

I sell it online and make $110 a tin profit. There’s plenty of other people out there that buy and sell on products for a profit. It’s not illegal. If it was not possible for anyone person or company to do all shops would be empty.
Don’t waste time and petrol (especially at the ridiculous price it is) like you said buy online or buy it before you run out or maybe switch formula, there’s only a certain few that are sellable for a profit. Switch to something else. Your child is not going to suffer. I know some are like oh but my baby only likes this certain formula. But have they auctually tried other formulas?
Problem solve and move on.

 Sometimes it is more than a preference. Only one kind of formula did not make my daughter projectile vomit.

Also, as there is clearly a market for our formula, why aren’t the companies who make them producing more selling directly to the market? Cut out middle men like you who make ridiculous amounts of profit while depleting stock and making life so much harder for parents here who depend on it.

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 Yeah just because it's not illegal doesn't make it right. I have a moral issue with it I could never profit from someone else's misery, I couldn't live with myself. As a mum who had a sick & on top of that super fussy baby I feel for them. Sometimes they just won't take another formula.
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 Cool story bro.
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 One kind of formula that didn’t make your baby vomit? This formula crisis has been going on for years. I assume you had your baby after this time and with every formula available I am sure you didn’t exhaust the options of every other one first.
The sellable ones for a profit are not infact ‘better’ they are the ones marketed to the Chinese (by resellers) after their formula crisis a few years ago. There are only 2 that make the large profit, there are many more on the market.
If you whinge about others profiting off mothers pain you really need to rethink ‘trade’ of every kind

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 ^ you missed the point. OP said we should be trying other brands that aren’t being stripped because baby will get used to the taste. I said there are other reasons someone might stick to one brand and I gave an example using my own experience. No, I didn’t try every single brand available, just the ones commonly available in my supermarket because I live regional and have limited options.
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 Chomp chomp
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 You chose the ones commonly available in your local shop. So one would assume you didn’t have a problem with this because the sellable ones are not commonly available.
I have taken 12 months unpaid ‘stress’ leave that I can revoke at anytime (if the market for the formula decreases) what kind of idiot wouldn’t take that opportunity if given.

I have good contacts from uni which is necessary or I would not sell a single tin. There are so many fakes that trust is important and I am making more money than my job that requires a degree. It’s completely legal or I wouldn’t be doing it.

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 Legal for now. Not for much longer.
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 Whatever you need to tell yourself so you can sleep at night
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 Op of this comment. They have been trying to make it illegal since the one baby law was abolished in China in 2015, the Chinese don’t trust their local formulas after major health scares.
They have been saying atleast every six months since that they will make it illegal.

They buy many vitamins from Australia too. The easier solution would be for the company to make more?!?

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 Yes I'm sure they haven't thought of that....you sound like a total asshole
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 I have made $660 this week already and it’s only Wednesday, it’s often in the shop when I go in. Some stores I believe keep it behind the counter and you can preorder.

I have auctually tried to sell on fb but swap and sell places where I know it’s much harder to get, advertised for the cost per tin, registered postage and a $15 profit and got slammed for expecting $15. The $15 wasn’t even per tin, I would post up to 4 tins at a time for the $15. Why would I f**k around buying and selling and taking it to post office etc and not make any $ at all?
People need to think ahead, if somewhere has stock buy two and kindly ask a random stranger to buy two on your behalf.

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 Cool story bro
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 ^you sound like that idiot blogger that constantly boasts about how cool her life is
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 ^ don’t they all do that?
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 Yep 🤪
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It would make so much sense to order it online and get it delivered to her house but then she won't be able to go to the media about how she drove around 6 stores looking for food to feed her baby who is on the verge of starvation. Anyone with half a brain would order a few tins online. It's not as though they will go off the next week. It is common sense.

 Like others have mentioned just because you order it online doesn’t mean you will actually receive it. If the shop doesn’t have there stock how are they supposed to provide it?
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 If there's no stock, there's no stock, even online you can't magically ensure yours will be available
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 Starvation??? Yeah change formulas sweetie.
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