UNION, NJ – A store in Union appears to be taking advantage of series health concerns surrounding the Coronavirus by selling hand sanitizer for over eight times other retail prices.
A 12 oz. bottle of Purell Advanced was purchased Saturday morning at the 99Plus Store on Chestnut Street in the Five Points section of Union for $24.99 plus tax.
A Google search of retailers selling the product online found that Walgreens sells a 20 oz. bottle for $4.99. Amazon offers an 8 oz. bottle for $2.96. However, the items are currently out of stock at both the Walgreens and Amazon online stores.
Comparing by ounce, Walgreens sells the product for 25 cents per oz.; Amazon for 37 cents. The 99Plus Store sells it for $2.08 cents per oz.
The owner of the 99Plus Store was not in the store Saturday morning. Through the cashier at the store, TAPinto Union requested a comment from the owner. Union police say a consumer alerted them to the issue. Police have contacted the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs for their follow up.