Melbourne chemist blasted for opening doors early so Chinese shoppers can ...

A Melbourne chemist has been slammed for opening its doors before trading hours to allow large swaths of Asian shoppers to stockpile tins of baby formula.

Furious residents claim the My Chemist store has been secretly opening in the early hours of the morning for months, leaving none for mothers to buy during the day. 

It's understood the store has 'ramped up' its operations this year, opening early at least three times a week for shoppers to bulk buy the highly sought-after product.

Baby formula typically sells for $20 a tin in Australia but can fetch more than triple that in mainland China where they are in much higher demand.

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A Melbourne chemist is coming under fire for opening its doors before trading hours to allow large swaths of shoppers (pictured) to stockpile tins of baby formula

A Melbourne chemist is coming under fire for opening its doors before trading hours to allow large swaths of shoppers (pictured) to stockpile tins of baby formula

One resident, just named as Paul, told the media that he was 'disgusted' to see the groups lining up in front of the My Chemist, on the corner of Elizabeth St and Flinders Lane, in order to snap up all the baby formula

One resident, just named as Paul, told the media that he was 'disgusted' to see the groups lining up in front of the My Chemist, on the corner of Elizabeth St and Flinders Lane, in order to snap up all the baby formula

The lucrative 'daigou trade', a network of Chinese shoppers who send Australian products back home, is worth an estimated $850 million. 

Footage of the latest sale shows dozens of frenzied shoppers storming into the store and cleaning out the entire stock of baby formula. 

The stock was cleaned out before it could be unpacked and stacked on the shelves.

Some shoppers were aware enough to know why the photos were being

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