Amazon reportedly asks customers to cooperate with DOJ price gouging probe

Polycount

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Some digital marketplaces, such as Amazon, have tried to crack down on the practice, but there are still plenty of exorbitantly-priced essentials on the site. It's clear that Amazon's workers alone cannot keep up with the sheer number of people looking to profit off of this crisis. Fortunately, they may not have to for much longer.

According to Reuters, Amazon has sent out emails to customers that may have been negatively impacted by price gougers. The emails apparently ask customers to cooperate with an ongoing "criminal investigation" from the US Department of Justice (DOJ), which is centered around opportunistic price gouging.

Reuters is not sure whether or not the DOJ's probe is directly tied to the COVID-19 pandemic (and the marked-up product listings that have surfaced from it), but the timing strongly implies that's the case.

"We wanted to notify you directly about this matter in the event that you are contacted by the Department of Justice in connection with its investigation," one portion of the email reads. Reuters did not provide any other direct quotes from the message.

While the idea of supply and demand is a core pillar of the US economy, it's clear that the process of intentionally (and often significantly) marking up potentially life-saving household supplies during a global pandemic isn't sitting right with some -- the DOJ included. We hope, for the sake of American citizens and those abroad, that the DOJ and Amazon are able to get a handle on this situation soon.

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QuantumPhysics

TS Evangelist
And this is part of the reason the Government should not be printing Welfare checks.

A lot of people with stable employment are gonna take these checks and use them to buy up supplies in a panic.

It's inflation 101.

Demand outstripping Supply.
 
... there are still plenty of exorbitantly-priced essentials on the site. It's clear that Amazon's workers alone cannot keep up with the sheer number of people looking to profit off of this crisis.

We wanted to notify you directly about this matter in the event that you are contacted by the Department of Justice in connection with its investigation," ...
I would like to see them PROVE a single case of price gouging for a computer graphics card.

Tooth-less = no teeth, no bite.

Lawbreaking 101
 
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Evernessince

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And this is part of the reason the Government should not be printing Welfare checks.

A lot of people with stable employment are gonna take these checks and use them to buy up supplies in a panic.

It's inflation 101.

Demand outstripping Supply.
That's entirely possible but then again, if you have to take the time and resources to find out who actually needs the money to stay afloat you'll likely be way way too late for those people who actually need it and you'd spend a ton of money hiring people to sift through hundreds of million's of people's finances (if that's even legal as the IRS is not supposed to share that kind of info to just anyone).

Maybe there is a third option here but doing something seems better then doing nothing. After all, a staggering number of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.
 
That's entirely possible but then again, if you have to take the time and resources to find out who actually needs the money to stay afloat you'll likely be way way too late for those people who actually need it and you'd spend a ton of money hiring people to sift through hundreds of million's of people's finances (if that's even legal as the IRS is not supposed to share that kind of info to just anyone).
Trump could have stuck a couple of million dollars into every personal bank account in the country.

Send a letter later - "you working for me now sucker".


That...and probably only that, might make Trump "cool".


Maybe there is a third option here but doing something seems better then doing nothing. After all, a staggering number of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.
I heard the Republicans keep a nuclear option, that could work just as well as anything.
 

mbrowne5061

TS Evangelist
And this is part of the reason the Government should not be printing Welfare checks.

A lot of people with stable employment are gonna take these checks and use them to buy up supplies in a panic.

It's inflation 101.

Demand outstripping Supply.
Welfare and law enforcement aren't mutually exclusive.
 

treetops

TS Evangelist
Reality check.
"Despite enormous progress in reducing smoking, tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and imposes a terrible toll on families, businesses and government. Tobacco kills more than 480,000 people annually – more than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined. Tobacco costs the U.S. approximately $170 billion in health care expenditures and more than $150 billion in lost productivity each year. "
Mmm Corona Cigs
 

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