Consumer watchdog says Amazon is price gouging

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Shopping on Amazon for paper towels, rice or other products that consumers hoovered up during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic? You might be able to find them cheaper elsewhere, according to a report by a consumer advocacy group that raises concerns about price gouging at the e-commerce company.

In a new report that compared the cost of 10 food, health and cleaning products found on Amazon.com last month with prices charged by other major retailers for the same items, the U.S. PIRG Education Fund found that the items on Amazon were often two to 14 times more expensive than the identical products sold by Target, Walmart and others.

A package of Clorox disinfectant wipes, for example, which sold on Amazon for $37.95, sold for five bucks at other online retailers, while a thermometer available at Amazon for $29.99 cost $10 elsewhere, according to PIRG. A pack of six Bounty Doubles Select-A-Size rolls on Amazon cost $58.80 in August, while the exact same Bounty product on Walmart’s website sold for $9.98, and $11.99 online at Kroger, according to the findings.

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