(WFLA) – 8 On Your Side is on the lookout for price gougers, raising prices on the basic essentials you need.
Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi has opened the state’s price gouging hotline. Already, she reports hundreds of complaints called in to her office.
Those complaints are from all over the state and most revolve around water, fuel and Amazon.
For example, 8 On Your Side found a case of water for sale by a third party vendor on Amazon for $99.
In the case of a state emergency, it is against the law to sell essential commodities for a price that is a “gross disparity” from the normal price.
Hillsborough County’s Eric Olsen, of consumer protection, advises consumers to document any questionable sale and send all of that information to the attorney general’s office. The hotline is 1-866-9-NO-SCAM.
An Amazon spokesperson sent 8 On Your Side this statement:
“We do not engage in surge pricing and product prices do not fluctuate by region or delivery location. We are actively monitoring our website and removing offers on bottled water that substantially exceed the recent average sales price. Prices have not widely fluctuated in the last month. Lower priced offers are quickly selling out, leaving higher priced offers from third party sellers. If customers think an offer has substantially increased in price we encourage them to contact Amazon customer service directly and work with us so we can investigate and take the appropriate action.”
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