As COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant surge and New Yorkers seek at-home testing kits before gathering for the holidays, Letitia James, the state’s attorney general, issued a consumer alert concerning potential price gouging of over-the-counter COVID-19 testing products for at-home use, as well as other in-demand essential products.
James’ office has received complaints of COVID-19 testing products being sold at double or triple their retail price, the alert stated. A standard BinaxNOW brand test kit at a New York store, like Walgreens, costs appropriately between $14 and $25 for a package of two tests, however, there has been alleged reports of the same products being unlawfully sold for more than $40 and up to $70 per package, James said.
“If New Yorkers see exorbitant price increases on testing kits or other goods vital and necessary for health, safety, and welfare, they are encouraged to report it my office immediately,” she said. “And fraudsters are on notice that if they attempt to price gouge during this new surge, we will not hesitate to take action.”
Any New Yorker who is aware of or believes that they have been the victim of price gouging is encouraged to file a complaint online or call 800-771-7755.