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Price gouging for medical face masks - if you can find them

Medical mask price gouging reported
Posted at 5:51 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 18:53:58-05

Are you one of several looking for medical face masks right now?

Good luck, as most stores in the United States are sold out, and it's unknown when more are coming.

One of the worst things about a crisis is people who try to profit from that crisis.

And in the case of coronavirus, it’s online sellers price gouging!

If you’re hunting for facemasks right now, you’ll find mostly empty shelves in most Walgreens, Home Depot and Lowe’s stores.

Online, medical masks used to cost less than $1 apiece, with a box at $7.99.

Even the better N95 masks were just a couple of bucks each.

But a check of Amazon now finds most masks sold out, or are on back order.

But we found a pack of N95 masks for $886 – 10 times the original price!

This comes as the CDC says healthy people do not need to wear masks.

It suggests instead you wash often with soap. avid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and wipe down surfaces often

So from the doesn't that stink file ...

Sellers ignoring Amazon's warning about price gouging.

Amazon is pulling gougers listing, but high-priced masks keep popping up.

It's enough to make you say doesn't that stink!

eBay is filled with listings that don’t inspire confidence, like this coronavirus mask made in china.

There's no such thing as a coronavirus mask.

Sure, if you are worried it may be tempting to pay whatever someone is asking for face masks.

But the CDC says a thin paper mask probably won’t protect you anyway, so don’ waste your money.