Coronavirus: Amazon suspends 3,900 accounts accused of price gouging

Amazon suspends 3,900 accounts accused of price gouging during coronavirus pandemic

Amazon has shut down 3,900 accounts the online retail giant said were charging too much for products.

Officially the company said the accounts had been “violating our fair pricing policies,” also known as price gouging, USA Today reported.

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Not only had the accounts been suspended, but the company also removed about half a million items because of price gouging connected to COVID-19, Fox Business reported.

When the outbreak began, Amazon said it was investigating claims that people were raising prices to make a profit off the pandemic.

“We began taking these enforcement actions promptly upon discovering this kind of misconduct, and we’ve been partnering directly with law enforcement agencies to combat price gougers and hold them accountable,” Amazon said.

Amazon has shut down more than 3,900 accounts for price gouging.
Amazon has shut down more than 3,900 accounts for price gouging. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)