Luggage Pulling Tribe
It is a term created by locals in Hong Kong for the Chinese shoppers crossing the borders. This phenomenon started from the scandals of 2008 Chinese baby formula from tinted milk, gutter oil, and subsequent numerous fake products being sold, people lost faith with the government's ability to correct the problem due to corruption so they voted with their feet - crossing the border regularly into Hong Kong to shop for their household essentials. Gold, baby products, cosmetics, skin care, medicine and even toilet papers are popular items.
Especially on weekends you will see many Chinese shoppers with their four-wheel luggage in tow. Locals use a derogative term, Locust to show their resentments. They swarm in and strip the shelves bare. While it may be good news for some businessmen that benefited from the influx of money, this created many side effects besides commercial lease rates are skyrocketing. Many old established eateries are closing facing 10x or more jump in lease. Old mom-n-pop shops are slowly disappeared replaced by “pharmacies”, and jewelry shops really a storefront to sell products catered to the Chinese shoppers. The character and soul of a neighborhood is destroyed in the process.
With the popularity of smartphones, we now have Buying Agents (Cantonese Water Guest) that are handling the purchase. They received orders via WeChat from their clients then go to Hong Kong (now all over the world) to purchase various products. Some of these ‘agents’ are Chinese students attending universities in Europe and N America. There is a recent news clip showing a Chinese girl laying on top of a pile of Tommy Hilfiger jackets in Costco.