Coronavirus Exposes Additional Flaws in Amazon Marketplace

Sellers say the platform should assume a more active role in policing it

bottles of hand sanitizer with the amazon logo behind them
Price gouging has been a problem in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, with Amazon saying it's removed hundreds of thousands of listings. Getty Images, Amazon
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The coronavirus outbreak has created a run on certain supplies, and with demand comes opportunists. Over the weekend, The New York Times published an account of one Amazon seller’s 18,000-bottle stockpile of hand sanitizer, which he was selling for as much as $70 apiece until the platform yanked his listings, the latest example of morally murky behavior in third-party marketplaces.

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@lisalacy Lisa Lacy is a senior writer at Adweek, where she focuses on retail and the growing reach of Amazon.