Amazon profits from the price gauging it says it’s trying to stamp out

Juan Aune visited a Lowe’s hardware store in Anchorage, Alaska, in late February and bought hundreds of boxes of N95 masks—at $21.98 each, allegedly bragging to an employee that he was flipping the masks and making a huge profit on each box. He also visited a Home Depot and other hardware supply stores.

Aune then went on to sell 477 of the 20 packs of masks on Amazon’s online store for about $90 each.

Amazon helped out by, at the very least, directing customers searching for masks to Aune. Amazon collects a fee, too, for every sale it facilitates.

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