Amazon accused by consumer watchdog of price gouging essential items during the ...

Amazon is accused of inflating prices during the coronavirus pandemic by a consumer watchdog that found evidence of price gouging.

Public Citizen released a report detailing ‘significant price increases’ on a number of essential products sold both by Amazon and third-party sellers.

Items included hand sanitizers, toilet paper, face masks and corn starch, which saw the largest market of 1,010 percent – it went from $0.89 to $8.99.

The allegations come months after Amazon said it was taking a stand against such activities and had removed thousands of accounts partaking in the activities – portraying ‘itself as an unwitting victim.’

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Public Citizen released a report detailing ‘significant price increases’ on a number of essential products sold both by Amazon and third-party sellers. Items included hand sanitizers, toilet paper, face masks and corn starch, which saw the largest market of 1010 percent – it went from $0.89 to $8.99

Public Citizen released a report detailing ‘significant price increases’ on a number of essential products sold both by Amazon and third-party sellers. Items included hand sanitizers, toilet paper, face masks and corn starch, which saw the largest market of 1010 percent – it went from $0.89 to $8.99

DailyMail.com has reached out to Amazon for comment and has yet to receive a response. 

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had prepped the firm’s investors at the time the coronavirus was running rampant through the US, warning about a possible loss in Q2.

The company had estimated a projected loss of $1.5 billion, but when Q2 came to a close that was far from the case.

Amazon reported a double in its net profit year over year to $5.2 billion, compared to $2.6 billion during the same period time in 2019, The Verge reported.

The non-profit found that Amazon had spike prices on at least 15 of its own essential items, including face makes, which increased by 1000 percent, toilet paper went up 528 percent and sugar made the list with an increase of 520 percent

The non-profit found that Amazon had spike prices on at least 15 of its own essential items, including face makes, which increased by 1000 percent, toilet paper went up 528 percent and sugar made the list with an increase of 520 percent

Toilet paper was scarce in the US during the pandemic and many Americans turned to Amazon to help. But the report finds the firm increased teh price for some brands dramatically

Toilet paper was scarce in the US during the pandemic and many Americans turned to Amazon to help. But the report finds the firm increased teh price for some brands dramatically 

Alex Harman with Public Citizen shared in the report: ‘Amazon, which is by far the biggest online seller in the world, experienced a dramatic increase in revenue.’

‘But prices also spiked on Amazon, leading to accusations of price gouging on its online marketplace.

‘Amazon responded by blaming the skyrocketing prices on unscrupulous third-parties that sell on its website.’

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