- As the Jewish holiday of Passover begins this week, shoppers have reported shortages of items in grocery stores and online.
- Business Insider discovered similar price-gouging by online retailers on Passover foods like matzah and Kosher for Passover cakes.
- Price-gouging has become more common during the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected 1.4 million people and killed over 88,500 globally.
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This week, Jewish people around the world are celebrating Passover, a major holiday that celebrates the exodus from Egypt. As part of the holiday, families usually gather together for a traditional meal service called a "seder" and eat special foods deemed strictly Kosher for Passover.
This year, the eight-day holiday begins on the evening of April 8 and is taking place as the world experiences a coronavirus pandemic, which has left grocery store shelves empty and led countries to enforce major limits on social gatherings.
Some people have reported increased prices at grocery stores for common Passover foods, like matzah:
—wrki (@wrki) March 31, 2020
Many reported products being unavailable in stores and online.
—Babs (@TidePride8) April 8, 2020
Other people who have considered buying Passover food online have reported massive price hikes:
—Tamar(VoteBlueNoMatterWho because trump=A$$hole) (@tamarjot) March 27, 2020
Business Insider discovered similar price-gouging by online retailers ahead of the holiday.
On April 8, a box of premade matzah ball mix from Manischewitz was listed on eBay for $10.94.
The same product is available to purchase on the Manischewitz website. The site sells a case of 24 boxes for $53.09, or roughly $2.21 a box wholesale. It lists the retail price at $75.84, equal to $3.16 a box in-store.
Similar Passover foods were also marked up by sellers looking to take advantage of shortages.
A 12 oz. box of Manischewitz apple crumb cake mix was listed by one eBay seller for $12.99. According to the Manischewitz website, 12 cases of the cake mix costs $48.82, or about $4.06 a box. It retails for $6.78, roughly half the price of the eBay box.
Price-gouging has become more common during the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected 1.4 million people and killed over 88,500 globally.
In one extreme case, a man from Tennessee had stockpiled anti-bacterial wipes and 17,700 bottles of hand sanitizer and sold them at a markup on Amazon. Meanwhile, others have set up anonymous Facebook and Instagram profiles to sell face masks at high prices.
Last month, Amazon kicked 3,900 sellers off its platform for using what it called "unfair pricing" on goods during the pandemic.
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