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    parallel traders

    (quoted) "Sheung Shui MTR station has long been the scene where crowds of parallel traders from the mainland gather to divide up and distribute their goods." (unquoted)

    The above news is quoted from the newspaper 'HK Standard'. I have checked with dictionary but still don't get what parallel traders means. Can anyone help?

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    (is it the proper format to put the paragraph quoted from another reading material to discuss here?)

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    Re: parallel traders

    As I understand it, parallel traders are people who travel to another country to buy genuine branded goods and then take them back to their own country to sell, but without the permission of the owner of the brand. These parallel traders have neither an export licence nor an import licence but they are travelling (usually across just one border, I think) to stock up on popular items which are cheaper in that other country, then transport them back to their own country to sell at a price which is lower than the public could normally find there, but which still makes the trader a nice profit.

    In answer to your other question, not only is it acceptable to post from other reading material here, it is absolutely ideal when we are being asked to comment on the meaning or construction of something. Context is very important so the format of your post was pretty much perfect - meaningful title, context and a full question. Thank you!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: parallel traders

    I've never heard of "parallel traders." It sounds a lot like smuggling to me. Must be a euphemism.

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