Florida AG Pam Bondi vows to destroy Hurricane Irma price gougers

Gas prices haven't been this low during a Labor Day weekend since 2010 but they are creeping

Gas prices haven't been this low during a Labor Day weekend since 2010 but they are creeping

For some customers who did just that, they were disheartened to learn that prices were skyrocketing with a case of bottled water going for $18 or higher, reported Business Insider. But the company may not be as guilty as some are making them out to be. They've since apologized, saying it was a mistake by an employee and not an attempt at price gouging.

An Amazon rep told NBC the company doesn't price gouge or fluctuate prices by region or delivery location. By not allowing sellers of essential goods to markedly increase their prices, the Attorney General will likely prevent thousands of people from obtaining the resources they would need following a hurricane and ultimately slow down recovery. That, in turn, was leaving higher priced offers from third party sellers.

Several people, including Deadspin editor Diana Moskovitz, have also complained about inflated shipping prices, but it's important to note the details in these screengrabs.

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Some firms claim this effectively works in the same way as Uber's "surge-pricing".

The online retailer is selling numerous supplies but some customers are finding third party sellers who are looking to make money off the hard to find supplies.

If you're buying large-ticket items you might return if the storm bypasses Central Florida, such as generators or large coolers, make sure you know the store's return policy. "By reporting suspected price gouging you can protect yourself and your fellow Floridians", says the state Attorney General Pam Bondi.

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That said, Amazon does engage in what is called "dynamic pricing". It's also sometimes hard to ascertain who is actually selling an item on Amazon, since so many third party merchants use the platform.

South Carolina's price gouging statue (S.C. Code § 39-5-145) generally prohibits "unconscionable" price increases during times of disaster and remains in effect for fifteen days after a declaration. We have updated the headline to reflect new information.

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