March 6, 2020 / 10:14 PM / a month ago

Amazon says working with state AGs to nab sellers engaged in price-gouging over coronavirus

WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) - Inc said on Friday it is working with state attorneys general to identify and prosecute third-party sellers on its website who are engaged in price-gouging to take advantage of fears of the spreading coronavirus.

In a letter to U.S. Senator Edward Markey, the company said it has removed more than 530,000 product offers over price-gouging concerns as well as “millions” of products that make unsupported claims about their ability to fight coronavirus.

Markey wrote Amazon earlier this week asking the company to stop third-party sellers from ramping up prices for items like Purell hand sanitizer as people seek to protect themselves from the coronavirus. (Reporting by Nandita Bose and David Shepardson in Washington Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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