Due to the Coronavirus, there’s been a run on cleaning products, water, and other items in stores. The state of Florida is stepping in to try to protect consumers.
As stores run out of their stocks of cleaners, disinfectant wipes and sprays, water and even toilet paper, fears of price gauging similar to what has been experienced during hurricane season are here.
Through executive order, the state has activated Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline.
According to the state of Florida, price gouging is measured by comparing the average price charged over a 3-month period. If there is a “gross disparity”, the state considers it to be price gouging. Price gouging businesses can face fines such as $1,000 per violation up to $25,000 for multiple violations in a 25-hour period.
If you believe you’ve seen price gouging, you can call the state at 1-866-9-NO-SCAM or visit MyFloridaLegal.com