Walmart Overcharges Soldiers Stationed Abroad For Shipping

Walmart Overcharges Soldiers Stationed Abroad For Shipping

The idea behind military mail is to allow people in a given country to send mail to their loved ones stationed anywhere in the world, for the same price as mailing a letter or package to any other destination in the United States. However, the military paper Stars and Stripes reports that some retailers are increasing prices for customers with APO/FPO addresses, claiming “higher transportation costs.” The biggest offender? Walmart. Surprise! [More]

CVS, Walgreens Drop Tamiflu Prices After AG Sends Nasty Letter

CVS, Walgreens Drop Tamiflu Prices After AG Sends Nasty Letter

Are CVS and Walgreens price gouging on liquid Tamiflu? The attorney general of Connecticut’s office says the AG, Richard Blumenthal, has “received information suggesting that some pharmacies have charged substantially increased out-of-pocket prices for Tamiflu, in some cases as high as $130 or more. He has also heard that some retailers may be purchasing capsules of higher-dosage Tamiflu from distributors and remarketing it as liquid-form lower dosages at greatly inflated prices.” [More]

Why Was Gas So Expensive?

Why Was Gas So Expensive?

Did you know that gas price gouging almost never occurs as prices rise? Rather, it’s most often when dealers keep prices artificially high even as their costs fall. As gas costs were near $5 a gallon until falling and oil companies earn around $100 billion each year, it’s a good time to question what really goes into the price of gas. The numbers on the gas station sign hide a complex set of transactions. Before gas can power your car, it must be discovered as crude oil, traverse three markets, and be refined from crude into gas. Inside, we’ll explain the three markets, walk you through the role of refineries, and show how oil companies use creative tactics to manipulate gas prices…

Is Walmart Price-Gouging Hurricane Victims?

Is Walmart Price-Gouging Hurricane Victims?

A Walmart insider tells us that the price of cellphone chargers nearly doubled on orders from Walmart HQ in the wake of Hurricane Ike. Before the hurricane, chargers cost from $10-$15, but afterwards, they rose to a uniform $19.

New York City: 86% Of Milk Sellers Are Price-Gouging Customers

New York City: 86% Of Milk Sellers Are Price-Gouging Customers

Sorry New Yorkers, but according to the City Council, you’re overpaying for both rent and milk. Anyone charging more than $3.93 for a gallon—86% of the city’s milk sellers, from bodegas to Whole Foods—is violating the state’s milk price-gouging law.

Why Is Gas So Freakin' Expensive?

Why Is Gas So Freakin' Expensive?

Did you know that gas price gouging almost never occurs as prices rise? Rather, it’s most often when dealers keep prices artificially high even as their costs fall.

The $9.99 PS3

The $9.99 PS3

Balance is being restored to the universe. Is it karma? Is it the work of a Jedi? Yoda? Are you there, buddy?

Circuit City Price Gouging on Installation Fees

Circuit City Price Gouging on Installation Fees

Reader Ben sends us this camera phone shot of the in-store Circuit City price list for their various home installation services. Holy Shit!