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Idaho Attorney General's Office receives hoarding, gouging complaints

Posted at 4:54 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 18:54:36-04

BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Attorney General's Office began sending letters to businesses Thursday, advising them of shoppers complaining the companies were allegedly price gouging.

With threats of the coronavirus spreading, people have been buying toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other items like crazy. Some are starting to fee lit is unfair that retailers increase the price on what is left.

Unfortunately, in many cases, there is not much the AG's office can do.

“Retailers could gouge if they want. You know, it’s unfortunate. We hope they don’t. We hope they respect their consumers better than that," said Brett DeLange, Idaho Deputy Attorney General. "So for things like toilet paper, hand sanitizers, things that are outside the statute’s reach, but nonetheless make a quick buck today at the expense of disenchanting your customer base.”

Idaho State Statute say retailers can increase prices on any items except fuel, food, water and medications. If you feel a retailer is charging more than normal, you are urged to contact the Idaho Attorney General's Office immediately.