You've probably seen the stories of soaring prices for things like hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes since COVID-19 concerns started, like a recent eBay listing for a 4-pack of hand sanitizer over $100.

Well, with today's announcement of an official state of emergency being declared in New Jersey, strict anti-price gouging laws also kicked in.

New Jersey laws define price gouging as:

...price increases that are more than 10 percent higher than the price at which merchandise was sold during the normal course of business prior to the state of emergency...

The law kicked in when Governor Murphy declared the state of emergency on Tuesday, remains in effect through the state of emergency, and extends 30 days after the state of emergency ends.

If you spot instances of price gouging, you can report your concerns to The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.

You can click here for the online form. You can also call in your complaint at (973) 504-6200.


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