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Meanwhile, Amazon.com is taking heat for increasing prices on basic supplies ahead of the hurricane’s landfall in Florida. The fact they jumped the cost of water has drawn the most ire. Kate Taylor of Business Insider reports, customers took to Twitter to share screenshots of water from various brands — for example, Aquafina and Nestlé — priced roughly between $20 and $25 per case. Usually, the same cases of water sell for between $4 and $8, this means that the screenshots demonstrate Amazon is gouging customers for about 500 to 625 percent.
Amazon is a self-promoting hype machine that is far from transparent and while politicians fall over themselves to be in its shadow it is not our friend. Because of its massive advertising budget and other ties to Amazon, we find the media often seems to be in bed with Amazon and fall all over themselves to portray the company as both the flavor of the day and the future of commerce. This means you seldom hear anything bad about the retail behemoth turning the articles put before us into nothing more than free advertising. These so-called "news articles" are often spun to place Amazon in the most flattering light, however, for more about this under reported story about price gouging see below.
- bing.com/newsAmazon is removing excessively priced bottled water from its marketplace after being accused of price gouging, as thousands of Americans prepare for the deadly Hurricane Irma to make landfall …Amazon is under fire for reportedly inflating prices as Floridians prepare for Hurricane Irma. With local grocery stores selling out of basics such as water and other …As Hurricane Irma barrels down on Florida, residents are complaining that some Amazon sellers are jacking up the price of emergency supplies prior to the disaster. …