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eBay prohibits the sale of mask covers and antibacterial gel to stop the price increase for the coronavirus

Despite the measures, you can still find Purell hand sanitizers, Lysol wipes and mouth covers that are sold on the eBay site at exorbitant prices, ranging from $ 35 to $ 100 per package

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This story originally appeared on PCMag

eBay prohibits the sale of mask covers and antibacterial gel to stop the price increase for the coronavirus
eBay prohibits the sale of mask covers and antibacterial gel to stop the price increase for the coronavirus

EBay decided at the moment to ban the sale of surgical masks and mouthguards, antibacterial hand gel and disinfectant wipes in response to rising prices from sellers who take advantage of the coronavirus outbreak.

The merchants on the site have been offering the Purell hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes for three or four times their normal prices. But on Thursday, eBay began deleting items.

Affected items include sales of N95 and N100 mouth masks, as well as products that mention coronavirus, COVID-19 or 2019nCOV in their titles or descriptions. “These listings may violate applicable United States laws or regulations, eBay policies and exhibit unfair pricing behavior for our buyers,” said the e-commerce provider in a notice , which also cites a company rule that prohibits company sellers benefit from “human tragedy or suffering .

The company made the announcement after Amazon also began combating the price increase amid more confirmed cases of coronavirus. According to Reuters , Amazon withdrew more than 1 million products from the sale in recent weeks for inflated prices and inaccurate claims that the items could defend against the disease.

However, both companies are having trouble completely eliminating the problem. On eBay, you can still find Purell hand sanitizer, Lysol wipes and N95 masks that are sold at exorbitant prices, ranging from $ 35 to $ 100 per package.

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On Amazon, many of the same items are sold out. However, third-party merchants on the site have been offering items with special labeling. For example, a vendor offers a package of three Purell 1 oz liquid hand sanitizers for $ 59 when the original cost was $ 7.99.

The price increase on Wednesday caused US Sen. Ed Markey (Democrat for Massachusetts) to ask Amazon to do more to address the problem. “No one should be allowed to obtain unexpected gains from fear and human suffering,” he wrote in a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos .

In a statement to PCMag, Amazon said: “There is no room for price increases at Amazon. We are disappointed that bad actors are trying to artificially increase the prices of the commodities needed during a global health crisis and, online With our long political trajectory, we recently blocked or eliminated tens of thousands of offers. We continue to actively monitor our store and eliminate offers that violate our policies. ”

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