Selfish opportunists are selling bottles of Dettol for mammoth prices online as shelves remain stripped of cleaning products.
The coronavirus outbreak has cause panic buyers to empty shelves of loo roll, hand sanitiser and anti-bacterial products.
For some, the situation looks to be turning into a cash cow.
A number of listings have appeared on eBay with bottles being sold for up to £5,600.
The items have numerous bids too, proving that people are worried enough about the killer virus to pay astonishing prices.
Usually, a bottle of Dettol’s all-in-one Disinfectant Spray would cost around £3.49.
But, the scarcity of the product, which many believe may kill coronavirus. means that the price has skyrocketed.
As well as the £5,600 listing, 19 people are bidding on a bottle of the Crisp Linen version at a price of £2,050.
Five people are bidding on the Lemon Breeze scent for £205.
The retailer is trying to put it’s foot down when it comes to profiteers.
A spokesperson for eBay told Tyla : "eBay does not tolerate sellers exploiting other users and in line with our price gouging policy these items are banned.
"For several weeks we have had filters in place designed to prevent the listing of items at unreasonably inflated prices, and we are continuing to take increasingly aggressive measures to eliminate profiteering on our platform.
"We have introduced Emergency Listing Restrictions on items including but not limited to masks, hand sanitiser, toilet roll and baby formula, and have rolled out a new price gouging reporting functionality, enabling people to report instances of unreasonably priced items in real time.
“We continue to work closely with authorities including Trading Standards, and our international security teams have been working around the clock to remove any unreasonably priced listings.
“Where sellers are attempting to circumvent our filters, we are taking necessary enforcement action including account suspension.”
Coronavirus panic buyers cause selfish eBay sellers to flog baby milk for £155
What can you do if you can’t get your hands on any disinfectant products?
Use soap and water!
Soap is one of the most effective products for cleaning coronavirus off household goods.
And, it’s generally non-toxic, so you can use it on your fruit and veg when you come home from your essential shop.
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