When you buy a can of SPAM at the grocery store, it's usually less than $3.00. But on Amazon, since there are people selling a can for $13.95. Can't they stop this?

Yes, and they try to, but they don't catch all the price-gougers. Same for any website that lets third-party vendors sell on their space. In a recent Forbes article they said,

Thirty-three state Attorneys General sent letters last month to Amazon, Walmart, eBay, Facebook and Craigslist criticizing their failure to crack down on price gouging for high-demand products during the pandemic. They cited a bottle of hand sanitizer priced at $20 and a $30 price-tag for six rolls of toilet paper.

The first thing I thought was, "Well, that's scummy! Just don't buy from them. If they want you to pay $14 plus shipping for a can of SPAM, don't pay it. Get it where its cheaper.

If you think you're being gouged, Minnesota's Secretary of State's office has set up a form for you to use, just click HERE. Or call (800) 657-3787.

But then I thought for a bit. There are plenty of very at-risk-for-infection people that cannot go grocery shopping for fear of the Coronavirus. They MUST order online. Now, maybe you don't need to buy SPAM from Amazon, but you do need it from your local grocery store, and what if they're ripping you off, too?

The same Forbes article talked about an older couple that ordered thru a local store's delivery service. Suddenly, one week, the prices and the fees shot up. That's when I realized, huh...sometimes you can't avoid the rip-off artists.

If you think you're being gouged, Minnesota's Secretary of State's office has set up a form for you to use, just click HERE. Or call (800) 657-3787.

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