Australian pharmacies are struggling to keep up with demand as tourists are buying up large quantities of Blackmores vitamins and selling them overseas for a profit.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports tourists are arriving in bus loads at some pharmacies and clearing out shelves, leaving Aussie shoppers to go without.
Last year, supermarkets were forced to put a limit on the amount of baby formula shoppers could purchase at one time after savvy buyers latched onto organic brand Bellamy’s and sold it at a marked-up price in China.
Now it appears Blackmores vitamins are on the most wanted list with fish oil, cranberry capsules, vitamin C and the eye supplement Macu-Vision the most in-demand products.
One pharmacy manager told the SMH it can take weeks to get new stock after the shelves have been cleared out, leaving many shoppers to go without.
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It appears small and independent pharmacies are the hardest hit as they are often left waiting the longest for new stock to arrive.
Last year, Business Insider Australia reported some Chinese students were making up to $3000 a week selling Blackmores and baby formula to people back home.
Have you noticed a shortage of vitamins at your local pharmacy or supermarket? Do you take any of these products?