price gouging

noun

: charging customers too much money
The company has been accused of price gouging.

Examples of price gouging in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the past eight months since new drilling permits were approved, Newsom pushed for an industry watchdog to investigate possible price gouging at the pump, advocated for a law to plug idle wells seeping methane gas and is now rallying to keep the state’s oil well setback law in place. Ari Plachta, Sacramento Bee, 7 June 2024 Price shocks have hit everything from eggs and meat to car parts, with experts pointing to corporate price gouging as a major contributor to the crisis. Amelia Keyes, The Mercury News, 23 May 2024 Warren and the other Democrats who support cracking down on price gouging are now turning to Biden to use his executive authority to bypass Congress. Nik Popli, TIME, 13 May 2024 And if you’re just frustrated by high gas prices, California’s oil refinery watchdog is getting close to calling out the industry for price gouging, per the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Rob Nikolewski. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2024 The hikes have drawn intense criticism for price gouging, especially against Moderna, which developed its vaccine in partnership with federal scientists and with the help of $1.7 billion in federal grant money. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 11 Sep. 2023 At the very least, the bereaved deserve peace from price gouging. Nick Rockel, Fortune, 22 Mar. 2024 Green has also implemented emergency declarations to restrict price gouging on necessities, including rent, food and water, as Lopez investigated dozens of reports of rent hikes and evictions following the tragedy. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 7 Feb. 2024 The only authorities on the streets these days are Gaza’s economy ministry monitors, dressed in black civilian clothes, who occasionally inspect markets in Rafah and Deir al-Balah to try to stamp out price gouging by pressuring vendors to sell their goods at normal prices. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Mar. 2024

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“Price gouging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/price%20gouging. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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