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Unprepared New Yorkers Battle Price Gouging

November 6, 2012 by  

Unprepared New Yorkers Battle Price Gouging
New Yorkers wait in line for gasoline.

Being prepared for disaster is a way of life for many American preppers, but there are also many people throughout the Nation completely unprepared for the unthinkable.

Those who are unprepared become easy targets for victimization. Since Superstorm Sandy struck New York, there have been hundreds of reports of price gouging in the area as frantic city-dwellers rush about in search of basic supplies.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday that he was in the process of investigating more than 400 possible cases of price gouging as prices on things like gasoline, food, bottled water, generators, batteries and flashlights have skyrocketed at some retailers. He said he was investigating supermarkets, hardware stores, bodegas, delis, hotels and taxis throughout the New York City region.

“We are actively investigating hundreds of complaints we’ve received from consumers of businesses preying on victims of Hurricane Sandy,” Schneiderman said. “Our office has zero tolerance for price gouging.”

One customer was shocked to be charged $10 for a box of matches at a neighborhood store. There were also reports of potatoes at one grocer going up from $3 to $7 and a loaf of bread costing $7.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • GALT

    Hundreds of complaints in a city of millions……with a picture of gas lines……

    So what is the price of gas? No wide spread looting or mayhem?

    You just can’t count on the main stream media to deliver the good stuff…..I guess
    hundreds of “complaint’s” will have to do………

    • Robert Smith

      Oh, and Kodak just got out from under health care promised to its retirees. So much for relying on corporations to protect what folks earned while they worked there.


  • Andrea

    ALLOW price gouging. Anti-price gouging laws hinder recovery! Please, it’s basic economics.

    • Robert Smith

      Yes, let unimpeded capitalism run free! SHOW Americans just how greedy those who rely on the misfortune of others are to invoke “capitalism.”

      BTW, it ain’t just gas and bottled water. As a nation we are getting ripped off in health care and energy just because they can get away with it.


      • Emoke

        “They” can only get away with it because we have let them by not objecting to the feel good legislation as it comes up.

        Capitalism has self regulating mechanisms that would control the price. Unfortunately with the anti gouging laws in place it gives no incentive for other capitalist to rush aid to the area with the thought that they may get a slightly higher profit margin there. With more people competing in the market the price would go down for everyone and aid would get there much faster.

        Economic laws are much like natural laws. There is cause and effect. When wrong minded obstacles are put in place it does not change the economic laws.

        The more “they” regulate it the less we will get of it.

      • momo

        Robert Smith says: ” As a nation we are getting ripped off in health care”

        And Obamacare is going to make it worse.

    • ChuckS

      If your employer wanted you to come in on your vacation day, and give no extra pay, would you do it? Or would you wage-gouge and ask 2x or 3x your normal wage? Are you greedy and want to get paid for your job, or will you work for nothing to help people?

      Anti-gouging laws, or other price controls, cause shortages. If there’s a shortage, and prices stay the same, people will quickly empty the shelves and then people who want it can’t get it at all. If prices are allowed to rise, people who really need it will get it and others will find a way to use less or do without. Also, people will be highly motivated to bring in more supply at a higher price. There may be extra expense in bringing in extra supply, so some of it is necessary.

    • Kevin Wickham

      There is a LARGE difference between raising prices to cover costs/adding incentive to provide and price gouging. True gouging ($10 matches) is no better than looting.

      • Cliffystones

        You can always say “no thanks” to those $10 matches. Smart, common-sense folks are prepared. The rest will get “Darwin Awards”.

  • Ol504Troop

    My parents and grandparents suffered through the depression, but made it. I was instilled with their sense of “prepping” since I was a child. My dad hunted, and also would go in with friends and relatives to buy and split the meat from a hog or cow. My mother grocery shopped every week or so, and always stocked up on staples-flour, milk, bread, canned goods, and she canned fruits and vegetables in the fall- and our freezer was always full. We never knew when a tornado, snow or ice strorm, power outage, whatever would strike, but we were always set to take care of ourselves and any neighbors who needed help. We had candles, flashlights, and old fashioned oil lamps that in a pinch, also provided a little heat-just close off one room. I have these things and that knowledge today, but now we are known as “preppers” and looked on derisively. The “X” generation has become dependent on technology and the government to help, but unfortunately both always fall short.

  • Dad

    Well. I can’t help them… I am not union or communist. Tough luck!


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