Coronavirus: Ebay selling hand sanitisers 5000% more than original price

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The news comes after UK grocers were given the green light to work together to keep shelves stocked.
// Hand sanitisers are being sold up to 5000% more than their original price online
// The price increase is as a result of the coronavirus outbreak

New research has found that retailers’ own brand hand sanitisers are being sold online for up to 5000 per cent more than the original price as coronavirus fears continue to escalate.

Online retailer Ebay has seen its users selling Lidl’s own brand hand sanitisers from 49p to £24.99, which is a 5000 per cent price increase, according to Liberty Marketing.

However, those that are listing Tesco’s own hand sanitisers are still making a 1100 per cent profit, despite it being the lowest percentage increase out of them all – from 75p to £9.


Other supermarkets include Asda with a 2629 per cent increase and Morrisons with a 1400 per cent increase, while Sainsbury’s did not sell their own brand.

Meanwhile, health and beauty retailer Savers saw its hand sanitisers being sold with a percentage increase of 2525 per cent, Boots with an increase of 1899 per cent and Superdrug with an increase of 1538 per cent.

The news comes after the number of coronavirus deaths increased in recent weeks, and fears have increased over stock availability.

According to the research, hand sanitisers have sold out at all health and beauty retailers in the UK.

Earlier this week, UK grocers took action against the affects of coronavirus by drawing up “feed the nation” plans aimed at alleviating the increased stockpiling.

Under these plans, grocers would work with suppliers to scale back the variety of foods and groceries available.

The partnership means both will instead focus on maintaining supplies of staple products.

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  1. Typical, money grabbin sods, what can be a serious virus and the money makers hike prices to cash in on it, disgusting, hope Ur all proud of urselves

  2. I am a seller with a much bigger question! I buy inventory from China, but they are not the problem! /// According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) it’s “currently unclear if a person can get 2019-nCoV by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.”
    In fact, not a lot is known about the COVID-19 virus at all, so researchers are turning to similar coronaviruses, like SARS and MERS, for answers.
    Reviewing the literature on all available human and veterinary viruses within this family, encompassing 22 studies, researchers have found that the human pathogens can persist on surfaces and remain infectious at room temperature for up to nine days. (To put that in perspective, the measles virus can live on contaminated surfaces for up to two hours.)
    Granted, that’s the upper end of a coronavirus lifespan, but on average, researchers say this family of viruses can survive between four and five days on various materials like aluminium, wood, paper, plastic and glass.
    Some of the veterinary coronaviruses – the ones that can only infect animals – could even persist for longer than 28 days.

  3. Few things wrong with this article. eBay is not selling anything, eBay is a marketplace platform which allows private sellers and retailers to advertise their stock. eBay is also not a retailer as they do not hold any stock or compete with sellers on their platform (unlike Amazon does).


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