Amazon bans more than a million products over false coronavirus claims

Shawn Knight

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Amazon this week told Reuters that it has banned the sale of more than a million products in recent weeks that claimed to cure or defend against the coronavirus. Tens of thousands of additional listings attempting to price-gouge customers have also been taken down, the online retailer added.

“There is no place for price gouging on Amazon,” a spokesperson told the publication.

Using price tracker service camelcamelcamel.com, Reuters identified multiple items that had seen a significant price bump in recent weeks including a 10-pack of N95 masks for $128 – up from an average selling price of around $41 – and a respirator two-pack for $24.99 that normally goes for less than $7.

COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, first surfaced in the Wuhan region of China in December 2019. As of this writing, more than 83,000 cases have been confirmed with at least 2,800 deaths attributed to the virus.

The health scare has caused disruption around the globe, resulting in travel restrictions, cancelled events and the stockpiling of supplies. Facebook canceled its F8 developer conference and organizers called off the world’s largest mobile industry trade show for the first time in its 33-year history. Major participants are already pulling out of next month’s Game Developers Conference, too.

The latest casualty is the Geneva Motor Show which was called off today after the Swiss government banned gatherings involving at least 1,000 people.

Masked man by Helen Sushitskaya

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R00sT3R

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If anyone is dumb enough to pay $100+ for some practically useless face masks, then we should embrace this opportunity for Darwinism in action, to clear out some of the 'stupid is, stupid does' genepool. :)
 

mbrowne5061

TS Evangelist
If anyone is dumb enough to pay $100+ for some practically useless face masks, then we should embrace this opportunity for Darwinism in action, to clear out some of the 'stupid is, stupid does' genepool. :)
...so dumb enough to buy price-gouged masks - except this would mean the dumb people would be the ones surviving. This adds urine to the genepool, not chlorine.
 

MilwaukeeMike

TS Evangelist
If anyone is dumb enough to pay $100+ for some practically useless face masks, then we should embrace this opportunity for Darwinism in action, to clear out some of the 'stupid is, stupid does' genepool. :)
And they are too. The national news here in the US had a story about those masks the other night. They're designed to be worn by SICK people - they catch your cough/sneeze so it doesn't spread. If you wear one when you're healthy you're just putting something that holds germs against your face. Not what you want to do to keep germs out.

Doctor after doctor was interviewed saying how those basic masks are worse than nothing for preventing infection. They meant to keep germs from flying OUT. Think of a heart surgeon who wears one so they don't infect the person they're operating on.

If you're a health care worker they have much much better ones with a breathing filter.

Of course, if people had any common sense they wouldn't also have stopped buying Corona beer.
 
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