Reselling Mania 【走水貨】

reselling

[Reselling Mania]

By: Jacobus DU PLESSIS (HSBC Prosperity Hall)

Image: Apple Daily

Just last year, shortly after the new iPhone 6 was released in Hong Kong a man staggered along strangely over the Hong Kong-Shenzhen border crossing. The authorities grew very suspicious and searched the man. The reason why he was walking so weirdly was simply because he had strapped his whole body full of iPhones which he intended to then resell over the border back in Mainland China. Yes, the reselling mania in Hong Kong is unparalleled and occasionally makes for a good laugh.

However, the consequences of reselling across the border in Mainland China can be serious, especially if you are a student who engages in this form of illicit trading (i.e. iPhone, formula milk, cosmetics and medicine, just to name a few).

Why is that? Well, as an international/Mainland student in Hong Kong, your visa is issued under certain restrictions. These are namely that you will not engage in employment (paid or unpaid), establish or join in a business. Now these things seem quite clear, but of course the temptation of a bit of profit to be made to fill in our meagre student budgets is always strong. Myself being one of the numerous impoverished students I sympathise with this and see where the drive to do this can come from, but we need to only consider being caught for such a minor offence and the potentially devastating consequences it will have on our future careers.

Being caught could potentially lead to prosecution and removal from Hong Kong – serious consequences for the minor benefit of a bit of extra spending money. We are all welcome to take on-campus employment and if we need a couple of extra cents to buy that something nice or even another beer it would be best if we followed the legal way to it. I know we all have one or two more brain cells than that infamous guy who strapped himself full of iPhones.

【走水貨】

文:Jacobus DU PLESSIS(滙豐業昕堂)

譯:劉陽河(胡應湘爵士伉儷堂)

圖:蘋果日報

去年,新的iPhone 6在香港剛發佈後不久,在香港到深圳的邊境通道上,有一個人鬼鬼祟祟地蹣跚走著,他的舉止很快引起當局的懷疑,並被截停搜查。他之所以舉動古怪,原來是他身上捆滿了iPhone手機,打算偷運過中國大陸倒賣謀利。沒錯,近年來從香港走水貨到中國大陸倒賣謀利,鬧得火熱,還不時鬧出笑話。

然而,跨境過中國大陸倒賣貨品(最常見的水貨類型包括手機、嬰兒奶粉、化妝品和藥物等),後果可以很嚴重,身為一個大學生而從事這些非法活動,影響更甚。

這是爲什麽呢?原來,拿著學生簽證來香港讀書的國際生或內地生,你的簽證是有一定限制的。主要是,你不可以受僱打工(無論有薪酬與否),不可以創辦或參與任何商貿活動。雖然這些規定非常清晰明確,但無可否認的是,如果有機會讓我們這些窮學生賺取一點利益的誘惑是非常大的。我也是這數量龐大的清貧學生之一,所以我能理解。但我們必須要清楚地認識到,一旦陷入這種看似輕微卻影響深遠的罪行,有可能為我們的未來帶來毀滅性的後果。

爲了微小利益,干犯罪行,一旦被捕,有可能被檢控而負上刑責: 罰款、監禁甚至被迫離開香港。這是多麼慘痛的教訓!事實上,大學亦提供不同的有薪實習機會,讓同學既能賺取零用錢又得到工作經驗,所謂取之有道,用得安心。我相信,我們比那個聲名狼藉的手機水貨客要多一些守法的意識和智慧。

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