Watchdogs warn of price gouging as COVID-19 spreads.

Watchdogs are suggesting that consumers watch the prices they’re being charged for sanitation and healthcare goods. Graphic: Sam Buisman

Author: Sam Buisman

Consumer watchdogs are warning Wisconsinites of coronavirus-related price gouging.

In a press release, the Better Business Bureau reported that it has received an increase of consumer complaints about businesses raising the price of goods like facemasks, hand sanitizer, bottled water and food supplies in areas hit hard by the coronavirus.

Similarly, Amazon said that it has removed over 500,000 postings that offered overpriced healthcare goods, and that it banned 3,900 US selling accounts peddling price-gouged products.

The Better Business Bureau warned all consumers to be wary of the price they are paying for these high-demand goods and report any suspected price gouging to the bureau, promising to investigate and potentially take legal action on “particularly egregious cases.”

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, there are 1,550 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.