AG’s Office wants Washingtonians to report price-gouging on COVID test kits

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Anyone who suspects price-gouging on a COVID-19 at-home test kit is asked to contact the Washington Attorney General’s Office. 

AG Bob Ferguson issued a consumer alert to Washingtonians on Tuesday. 

In the past week, several people filed complaints regarding the price of at-home tests. In one instance, a Facebook ad advertised kits on “sale for only $49, down from $69 a box” even though they retail for about $15. 

“One of our most valuable tools to combat price gouging is the personal experience of Washingtonians,” Ferguson said. “When you see a business charging exorbitant prices on products that are essential to our health and well-being, file a complaint with my office.” 

According to the AG’s Office, businesses that raise prices on emergency goods and services in order to maximize profit during a public health emergency or natural disaster commit an “unfair business practice.” The Washington Consumer Protection Act prohibits unfair and deceptive business practices.

Complaints can be filed here

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