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Feel good story(I do) about Profiteers #5376813 03/15/20 09:50 AM
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https://www.boston.com/news/national-news-2/2020/03/14/17700-bottles-hand-sanitizer

Trying to sell $2 of local sanitizer for $20 on Amazon that gets blocked. Ha. These geniuses should have thought of a business plan and costs of inefficiently stockpiling and then selling nearly 20k hand sanitizers.

They could go back and return it likely very easily and let the retailers do what they do best.

Re: Feel good story(I do) about Profiteers [Re: madRiver] #5376819 03/15/20 09:59 AM
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What did people do before hand sanitizers? I don't recall seeing them 10 or 20 years ago. Soap and water works better but you don't anyone profiting off that.

Re: Feel good story(I do) about Profiteers [Re: madRiver] #5376821 03/15/20 10:01 AM
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Not sure what to think--it's capitalism at it's best. Or worst. Or both at the same time.

They could just sell at decent profit margin, there's always that business model.

Got curious this morning and one of the links indicated that soap was better than alcohol. Few seconds of scrubbing really works on this virus--it's got a really whimpy "shell" that is easily broken by soap--but hand sanitizer has to be left on for a longer period of time. That plus how alcohol dries out the skin makes me think I'm not missing out on anything there (I avoid the stuff, and just use dish soap).


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Re: Feel good story(I do) about Profiteers [Re: madRiver] #5376837 03/15/20 10:19 AM
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Much prefer hand washing over hand sanitizer, and if everyone is home watching Netflix, who needs hand sanitizer?


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Re: Feel good story(I do) about Profiteers [Re: madRiver] #5376842 03/15/20 10:23 AM
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How's this not price gouging during a natl emergency? Should be illegal..

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Pretty hard to use soap and water after you've used the gas pump or credit card keyboard or pulled a public door open or a dozen other things. We have a small squirt bottle in both vehicles along with some wipes to wipe down touch surfaces at the end of the day. Was using a paper towel from the windshield washer unit to handle the gas pump but they've been out the last 2 trips so the wipes are handy.



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Re: Feel good story(I do) about Profiteers [Re: madRiver] #5376856 03/15/20 10:33 AM
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I believe in free enterprise. I dont see anything wrong and do not think peoples rights should be violated.
The bottom line is the stores where the sanitizers were bought COULD have had A LIMIT ON PURCHASERS.
BUT THE STORES DID NOT LIMIT THEM so they did what an entrepreneur did.

So as far as illegal, these people bought the product before the demand for it, they were speculating which is what free enterprise is about, just because they were right does not make them criminals.
They did not steal the product, they bought the product legally.

Its also easy for people who want it, to make their own VERY easily

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Re: Feel good story(I do) about Profiteers [Re: atikovi] #5376859 03/15/20 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by atikovi
What did people do before hand sanitizers? I don't recall seeing them 10 or 20 years ago. Soap and water works better but you don't anyone profiting off that.

Hospitals find thru studies Sanitizer is more effective because majority of people don’t do the 20 seconds of washing required. Also soap and water is hard on your hands. Wife works at hospital.

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Originally Posted by madRiver
Hospitals find thru studies Sanitizer is more effective because majority of people don’t do the 20 seconds of washing required. Also soap and water is hard on your hands. Wife works at hospital.

never mind that, we dont carry a sink around to wash our hands or in our cars and trucks however you can carry a sanitizer. its also easy to make your own.

Ps - see my post two up on this page :o)


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Re: Feel good story(I do) about Profiteers [Re: madRiver] #5376863 03/15/20 10:37 AM
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I think I tried hand sanitizer once. Felt slimy and never used it since.

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You use a public toilet, wash at the sink then have to use the door handle to exit. Wash hands with sanitizer


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Originally Posted by pkunk
You use a public toilet, wash at the sink then have to use the door handle to exit. Wash hands with sanitizer


That's why I carry paper napkins on me. Open the door the with the napkins, wipe down the handle and throw it out.

Basically the guy is a scalper. It's not illegal but it basically drives up the price for everyone else and the only one who benefits is the scalper. So while it might be legal and let's hope that the state finds out he violated some law, they're still considered to be the scum of the earth.

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Many states have laws against scalping prices of essential goods during a disaster. They are geared mostly to hurricanes, floods, etc.

It is not a free market when one capitalist buys up all of a scarce commodity in order to sell it without competition. That defines a market that is not free.

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I'd like to see stores disallow returns for this stuff, or charge a hefty restocking fee cylon

Originally Posted by mk378
Many states have laws against scalping prices of essential goods during a disaster. They are geared mostly to hurricanes, floods, etc.

It is not a free market when one capitalist buys up all of a scarce commodity in order to sell it without competition. That defines a market that is not free.


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He wasn't planning on returning it, just donating it. But as mentioned earlier, there should have been a limit by the stores. But can't blame the stores too much, there normally isn't a limit and most stores don't expect people to walk in off the street and wipe out their entire inventory so they're not really going to have a policy against that. It's good that the eBay and Amazon shut them down though, next time the scalpers will realize that there won't be a market so they won't begin their scalping.

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