Amazon Removes Over 1 Million Items for False Advertising About COVID-19

Amazon says it has pulled more than one million products for price gouging or falsely advertising effectiveness against the coronavirus.

The company said it has “always required sellers provide accurate information” on product pages. Amazon said third-party sellers must follow its Fair Pricing Policy, which states companies can’t set a price “significantly higher” than seen in other places or sell an item that “misleads customers.”

The removal comes after Wired found sellers gouging the prices of coronavirus-related products, like face masks, or charging people “exorbitant shipping costs,” according to the magazine. In one instance, the publication found a seller with face masks for as much as five times their normal price.

Third-party sellers on Amazon have come under criticism in the past for selling defective or fraudulent products with little oversight.


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