Sale of masks and hand sanitiser restricted on eBay to stop price gouging

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EBay is restricting the sale of masks and hand sanitiser in a bid to crack down on profiteering during the coronavirus pandemic.

Only a trusted “whitelist” of vetted eBay sellers will be able to continue trading these items, the company said.

The online marketplace said it was continuing to take “aggressive action” against price gouging from a “small but growing” number of sellers.

It said it has removed more than 350,000 items relating to Covid-19 and has suspended hundreds of seller accounts.

The restrictions do not cover the sale of items such as formula milk for babies or toilet roll, both of which are being sold on the platform for inflated prices.

A spokeswoman said eBay will monitor the situation and “consider widening the ban” if appropriate.

Supermarkets have been struggling to keep shelves full of a range of essentials amid increased demand, panic-buying and stockpiling over the past weeks.

 

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