"Daigou", or "buying on behalf of", business is booming among Chinese students overseas in past few years, particularly in Australia.
As many as 8 in 10 of the students are involved in "daigou" businesses in some form, reported the New York Times.
Zhang Yuan, a 25-year-old Chinese graduate in Australia, told the New York Times that she started buying products such as UGG boots and baby formula for relatives in her hometown in Hangzhou, Zhejiang.
Struggling to find a job after graduation, Zhang started her own business in Melbourne specializing in selling popular Australian products to Chinese consumers.
Now she employs six people and earns more than 300,000 US dollars per year, according to the New York Times.
Seven popular products that Chinese students in Australia send home include UGG boots, baby milk formula, vitamins, Pandora jewelry, Michael Kors accessories and fresh fruits, according to data from StudyInternational.com.
Reasons behind increasing interest in overseas products among Chinese consumers are said to include concerns over food safety in China, as well as the high prices of luxury goods such as women's designer handbags.