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Notice someone gouging on prices during pandemic? You might want to report it

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March 26, 2020 - 6:30 AM

If you think a business has wrongfully upped prices on certain items during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a way for you to report them.

Consumer Protection B.C. regulates certain transactions in the province, and in this notice the agency notes that any business trying to benefit from this pandemic by selling overpriced goods or services should be reported. 

You've likely seen the strange sight of certain stores shelves empty of staple foods or products while many begin to self-isolate. This might lead a business to increase the prices on products they know are in high-demand. As some poetic justice for the individuals who have added to the hysteria, those who have panic purchased and fought over toilet paper might be out of luck if they want to return their haul.

Price gouging is prohibited, and if you’ve seen price increases on items such as toilet paper or cleaning products, report it to Consumer Protection B.C. 

Click here for more information.


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