Amazon removes overpriced goods and fake cures

Amazon has banned more than a million products that claim to protect from or even cure the coronavirus.

The online retailer told Reuters he had also removed “tens of thousands” of overpriced health products from unscrupulous sellers.

The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern about some of Amazon’s misleading lists earlier this month, including bogus treatments.

The virus, which causes Covid-19, has killed approximately 2,800 people worldwide.

The WHO said the false allegations of online coronavirus were causing mass confusion and urged the tech giants to fight the spread of misinformation.

A search for “coronavirus” on Amazon yielded results for face masks, disinfectant wipes and recently published books on viral infections, revealing how some vendors are taking advantage of the health crisis.

It has also offered results for vitamin C boosters – a bogus cure for the virus that has been widely disseminated online.

Amazon Hasn’t Provided A List Of These Products It Said It Has Deleted, But Research On the BBC’s “coronavirus” online site suggests many products are still being sold at unusually high prices.

In one example, a stack of 50 surgical masks from a vendor costs more than £ 170, while a popular alternative of the same product is on sale for around £ 36. Even this cheaper product has increased considerably since the start of January, when it cost less than £ 10.

Some of these products are not even suitable for the intended use, such as disposable dust or surgical masks, rather than the recommended protective equipment.

 

A three-pack of a popular brand of hand sanitizer gel cost between 10 and £ 15 until early January, when it climbed to £ 50. It is now selling for just over £ 30.

“There is no room for higher prices on Amazon,” a spokesperson for Reuters said, referring to the practice of raising product prices to unreasonably high levels due to an increase. demand.

She cited the company’s policy that allows Amazon to remove products that “damage customer confidence”, including when prices “are significantly higher than recent prices offered on or off Amazon.”

The company will continue to monitor the site for price spikes, she added.