In California, Amazon Inc. is being sued for “unlawful price increases during the COVID-19 pandemic”. Raising prices for most goods and services by more than 10% is illegal in California after emergencies have been declared. According to the lawsuit, Amazon rose prices on face masks by over 500%, with some being priced at over $120. Amazon is also accused of raising the prices of pain medicine by over 200% and disinfectants by 100%.
If this isn’t despicable enough, it should be noted that the price gouging that was utilized by Amazon occured as they publicly denounced the practice. According to a statement from Amazon on March 23, “price gouging has no place in our stores”. It seems as if Amazon has taken a very different approach from what their public statement suggests.
Amazon has illegally taken advantage of a pandemic and should be fully held responsible.