Feb 28, 2020

Coronavirus: Amazon removes overpriced goods and fake cures

Amazon has banned more than one million products which claim to protect against the coronavirus - or even cure it. The online retailer told Reuters it had also removed "Tens of thousands" of overpriced health products from unscrupulous sellers. The World Health Organisation expressed concern about some misleading Amazon listings earlier this month, including fake treatments. Amazon has not provided a list of those products it says it has removed, but a BBC search for "Coronavirus" on the online site suggests many products are still being sold at unusually high prices. "There is no place for price gouging on Amazon," a spokeswoman told Reuters, referring to the practice of hiking up prices of goods to unreasonably high levels because of an increase in demand.

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