Grocery haul vlog shines a light on price gouging in locked-down Shanghai – video

A video circulating on the Chinese messaging platform Weibo shows a Shanghai resident sharing which and how many vegetables he managed to buy for 500 yuan (£60).The vlogger says he asked his friend for as much fresh produce as he could get...

Grocery haul vlog shines a light on price gouging in locked-down Shanghai – video

A video circulating on the Chinese messaging platform Weibo shows a Shanghai resident sharing which and how many vegetables he managed to buy for 500 yuan (£60).

The vlogger says he asked his friend for as much fresh produce as he could get for that amount and asks his viewers what they think of the cost, showing his relatively small haul that includes three tomatoes, two potatoes and some cabbages.

Shanghai is in a strict lockdown after a surge in Omicron cases. People in the city are confined to their homes, and most have to order in food and water and wait for government drop-offs of vegetables, meat and eggs. 

The delivery system caused food shortages for many confined residents and price gouging by some online retailers. Many people living in Shanghai have resorted to buying essentials in large groups, coordinating wholesale deliveries independently via WeChat groups for hundreds of people.

On Monday, Shanghai's market regulator said it had summoned 12 e-commerce platforms to discuss how to limit price gouging during lockdown

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