Calgary business charged with price gouging
May 8, 2020
Global Korean Post
As of May 8, CIU has received 458 complaints about price gouging related to COVID-19 at businesses across Alberta and 351 have been forwarded for further inspection or investigation.
Service Alberta’s Consumer Investigations Unit (CIU) first learned of the business by an anonymous tip received through its Report a Rip-Off line.
A CIU investigator went to CCA Logistics Ltd (Newsway) on April 1 and found several pieces of personal protection equipment (PPE) items, as well as other items, being sold at prices that grossly exceeded their normal selling price. Examples included:
- 3M masks – $120 (400 per cent markup)
- Hand sanitizer – $39 (200 per cent markup)
- Vitamin C (two-pack) – $30 (100 per cent markup)
- Hand soap – $10 (300 per cent markup)
- Lysol spray – $25 (250 per cent markup)
An interim director’s order was issued to the business owner on April 15, ordering the business to stop charging a price for goods that grossly exceeded a price for which similar goods were available. The business did not comply.
The business owner is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Calgary on Aug. 19.