Professional shoppers pressured by e-commerce law
A new e-commerce law that takes effect on January 1 will require Chinese online traders to pay taxes on their transactions, bringing a shock to the sector but allowing it to develop in a sounder fashion, an expert said.
Some e-commerce traders are already thinking of leaving the sector as the tax could crimp their profits.
One such daigou (an overseas shopper who buys luxury for domestic customers), a 20-something woman surnamed Yang, told the Global Times on Monday that if she can't run her business without government registration, she may abandon the industry.
“If I register and have to pay a tax, then there’s not much meaning in doing daigou business because with the tax, products will be even more expensive than at franchised stores,” she said.
“I will first see what other people will do and then make my own decision,” she said. Based in Shenzhen, South China’s Guangdong Province, Yang often shops in Hong Kong and South Korea for her customers.
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