It is reported that Floridians have begun to reserve the life-sustaining necessities in response to typhoon“Irma”.Water and other basic necessities were sold out in local stores, so people made purchases on the e-commerce sites such as Amazon.
However, Amazon is suspected of making a profit by bidding up the price of these necessities before the disaster in the train of “Best Buy Accident.”
It is reported by Business Insider that a 24-pack of Aquafina, whose ordinary price is less than $6, could be for sale at $20 when Floridians were going to purchase it on Amazon On Sept 5.
Diana Moskovitz, the editor of Deadspin, showed on Twitter that a 24-pack of Nestle bottled water, the typical price of which is $ 5.99, was up to $18.48 and expedited shipping was priced at $179.25.
Amazon indicated that it is not involved in forcing up the price."We do not engage in surge pricing," an Amazon spokesperson responded to Business Insider With regard to these complaints."Amazon prices do not fluctuate by region or delivery location.”
"We are actively monitoring our website and removing offers on bottled water that substantially exceed the recent average sales price," the spokesperson expressed the opinions."Lower priced offers are quickly selling out, leaving higher priced offers from third party sellers. If customers think an offer has substantially exceeded in price we encourage them to contact Amazon customer service directly and work with us so we can investigate and take the appropriate action."
As for the price fluctuation, Amazon calls it dynamic pricing instead of calling it price gouging.
Previously Best Buy was complained to force up bottled water price. A spokesperson for this company responded this by e-mail to CNBC. And we finally knew that it was due to price “mistake” caused by several employees.And now online retailer Amazon is in hot water with consumers over the price of water. This behavior is from third-party retailer according to Amazon. Do you still remember that This can not help but think of Apple once filed a lawsuit against Mobile Star who sold counterfeit Apple accessories on Amazon?
Whether it is the third-party retailers who want to make big profits over disasters by raising prices or this behavior gets Amazon’s tacit permission, who denied after the complaints. All of these are still unknown. But no matter which country you are in, these behaviors can be seen when natural disasters happen.Have you ever be troubled by this? And What do you think of it? Are there any effective measures to deal with it?