Class Action Lawsuit Accuses Amazon of Price Gouging

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Class Action Lawsuit Accuses Amazon of Price Gouging

A new class action lawsuit accuses Amazon of price gouging. The lawsuit claims that the retail giant charges excessive prices for many basic items such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer etc. during the coronavirus pandemic.

The plaintiff is Stephanie Armas, a Florida resident. Allegedly she had to pay $99 for a 36-pack of toilet paper and $199 for a two-pack of 1 liter hand sanitizer bottles, prices which she says are “grossly unconscionable”. These amounts are more than ten times higher than usual prices for these items.

Armas argues that these Amazon’s prices are not only unreasonable but are also illegal under Florida law, considering the recently announced state of emergency. Under the state’s laws, retailers are not allowed to charge unconscionable prices for goods or services in the wake of a declared state of emergency.

The lawsuit is still in the early stages, but keep an eye out for developments if you purchased similar items recently at considerably higher prices.


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    • It is interesting that Amazon can verify every review that I post about a product and it some times doesn’t post until a day later, but they can’t verify that the products sold on their website is a fair market price and not price gouging. Amazon should have to pay fines for their lack of monitoring their services and I hope that everyone that is price gouging goes to jail like the two brothers in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Amazon bares a responsibility for what is sold in their market place. I hope there is enough litigation to shut Amazon down or at least break up their monopoly.

  1. Interesting, but it’s technically not Amazon setting those prices, correct? I thought it was the sellers on Amazon.

    • I think it is currently working its way through the courts if Amazon is responsible for what other people list or not since it is their site. Will be interesting to see how it plays out.

      • In my opinion there are multiple issues.
        Does Amazon bear any responsibility for enabling those that do wrong. Amazon provides the website, traffic and the name recognition that lets people pay Amazon.

        Despite notification online, most people still think they are buying from Amazon.


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