Price gouging is a serious offense and the Minnesota Attorney General is asking for fellow Minnesotans to help stop it.

Price gouging is defined as the practice of raising prices on certain types of goods and services to an unfair level, especially during a state of emergency. According to Bring Me The News, with Governor Walz enacting the peacetime emergency orders, Minnesota Attorney General, Keith Ellison, has the power to ban and punish those profiting off what are considered essential items during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The vast majority of retailers who are selling essential items are doing the right thing by Minnesotans right now — and their workers are our heroes. But if you’re profiteering off the pandemic, my office and I are coming after you.


In a statement by Ellison, he said "Now more than ever, my job is to help Minnesotans afford their lives — but pandemic profiteering, including online, is making that harder. The major online retailers have a responsibility to put an end to it".

Other major online retailers such as Amazon, eBay, Craigslist and even Facebook Marketplace have already stepped up and have banned sellers trying to profit of the current situation. Anyone has the the power and ability to report price gouging. By visiting here or by calling this number, 651-296-3353, you can report price gougers. 

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