Since the outbreak of the coronavirus outside China, there has been a huge spike in the prices of certain commodities. According to recent reports, eBay announced a total ban on the sale of masks, hand sanitizers, and disinfectant wipes in order to step up efforts to crack down on online price increases. This policy is “effective immediately” in the US.
The new policy was outlined in a notice sent to sellers last Friday. It applies to both new and existing products. eBay says it is removing existing masks, hand sanitizers, and sanitizing wipes products, as well as descriptions with “coronavirus” (coronavirus), “COVID-19” (coronavirus disease 2019), and “2019nCoV” (2019 new coronavirus) and other common epidemic words.
“We will continue to monitor developments and will promptly remove any items (except books) in the title or description that involve coronavirus, 2019 coronavirus disease, and new coronavirus 2019. eBay wrote in a notice. The price increase violates U.S. laws and regulations and eBay policies “
Since late January, prices of health and hygiene products related to COVID-19 have skyrocketed, especially on sites like Amazon and eBay. These sites allow third-party sellers to list and sell their products. According to reports, eBay has removed more than 20,000 items because these stores are feeding on the public’s panic.
According to eBay, consumers who want to learn more can look at the company’s “disaster” policy and “search manipulation” policy. Its “disaster” policy protects people from the behavior of sellers “profiting from human tragedy or suffering”.
Amazon’s action is less severe than eBay
Regarding the issue of rising prices on third-party seller platforms, Amazon’s measures are relatively less severe. The company is quickly removing hand sanitizers and mask products that have a high price tag. However, Amazon does not have a total ban on these products. Do you think Amazon’s method is more effective than eBay’s?