Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Ahead of Irma, Outrage Toward Sky-High Amazon Water Prices

Pam Bondi activates price-gouging hotline as Hurricane Irma approaches Florida Tips for reporting price gouging
Orlando Vargas | 08 September, 2017, 14:24

The online retailer is selling numerous supplies but some customers are finding third party sellers who are looking to make money off the hard to find supplies.

While Bondi's office can not technically fine airlines for price gouging (since they are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration), she told reporters she did put in a few important calls.

As category 5 Hurricane Irma approaches the Southeastern coast of the United States, reports of price gouging have begun flooding into state consumer protection watchdog agencies. "Prices on bottled water from Amazon, and third-party sellers that are doing their own fulfilment to customers, have not widely fluctuated in the last month". That, in turn, was leaving higher priced offers from third party sellers.

In response to reports of rising prices, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi activated the state's price gouging hotline on Monday night. This increased demand causes the prices of these goods to go up as well.

Let's say you sell generators in Georgia. Twitter users were offering advice to panicked shoppers that they can turn to Amazon Prime to get water that's sold-out elsewhere delivered to their home before the storm arrives. Look at product name, size, quantity, manufacturer, item number and unit price.

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News have been reporting that Hurricane Irma has strengthened to an extremely unsafe Category 5 storm over the Atlantic Ocean.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Carrie Horstman says they're trying to educate the public before the storm hits this weekend.

"Price-gouging is defined as a 'general prohibition of unconscionable prices during times of disaster", the law states.

Amazon told USA Today they are monitoring the website and removing offers on listings that "substantially exceed the recent average sales price".

Ernesto Diaz from Florida told The Sun Online: "They are taking advantage of this catastrophic event to make money when they should be helping".

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