He Has 17,700 Bottles of Hand Sanitizer and Nowhere to Sell Them

Amazon cracked down on coronavirus price gouging. Now, while the rest of the world searches, some sellers are holding stockpiles of sanitizer and masks.

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  1. He wants to know what to do with these? I'm sure his local health department or public hospital would be glad to receive a donation of these supplies.

  2. @J That might be difficult. It is likely that hospitals and health organizations have strict sourcing requirements. Taking in supplies meant for human use from unvetted people that cannot certify storage and safety along the supply chain will render most of this stuff to the landfill.

  3. @Jim I work at a federally-qualified health center. I assure you that sealed packages of standard-brands hand sanitizer would be happily accepted and used.

  4. @J His tee shirt says "Family man", I don't think he cares a bit about any family but his own.

  5. I feel like he should have realized this could be a potential outcome of hoarding massive amounts of supplies that rural communities needed.

  6. @Jeremy Bekker From his quote at the end of the piece: “But I’m not looking to be in a situation where I make the front page of the news for being that guy who hoarded 20,000 bottles of sanitizer that I’m selling for 20 times what they cost me.” He had no clue....not a clue... Arrest him, seize his supply (no payment for it he’s robbed enough) and give it to hospitals...then prosecute to fullest extent of law.

  7. So disappointing to see this side of human nature--and I worry that this is only the tip of the iceberg.

  8. @alhmass I agree with all except that it is "Human Nature". I think this is learned behavior.

  9. i am not quite sure how those two can look themselves in the mirror. i have been trying unsuccessfully to find/buy hand sanitizer for the last days. no words for these kinds of people who want benefit of the misery of others.

  10. @jennifer mc farlane The karma may be upon the bros and their enterprise. Perhaps his ill advised motive to consent to the story was hoping to find buyers for his bounty but if backfired. Google their names and you see that the story is now all over the net. If I was this twisted "family man", I would go hiding. And fast.

  11. @jennifer mc farlane you won't be able to find hand sanitizer for months. Every time they replenish, 1 in 3 will buy way more than they need. Who am I kidding, 2 out of 3.

  12. @jennifer mc farlane Agreed... and this man is in the US Air Force?!!

  13. If we had a competent federal government, such stockpiles would be requisitioned (with a fair price paid to the owner), and distributed at no cost to institutions and communities in need.

  14. @Daniel I don't think they should get a "fair price." They bought up a scarce commodity knowing that people will get sick and possibly die because of not having these things. This was an "investment." Why shouldn't they lose money on it? The government should take it with eminiment domain, and pay them a lot less than they paid to get it.

  15. @Daniel Alas we have, well, the Trump administration.

  16. @Daniel : they were not making a "fair profit" -- they bought up ALL the existing supplies, on purpose, in order to exploit buyers by selling a 99 cent bottle of hand sanitizer for $70 and up. It is pure, unadulterated exploitation and a desire to profit off the misery of others -- some of whom may DIE as a result. Surely they can be brought up on charges of something! call the local prosecutors!

  17. Donate to healthcare facilities or people who can't afford or really need them.

  18. @MasalaSocial : church food banks, food pantries, charities like Salvation Army and others will gladly take this stuff and give it away, or sell it at a realistic price (99 cents!).

  19. @MasalaSocial what makes you think he can afford to give it away or is inclined to give anything away? Even at $1 per bottle, that's still a lot of money.

  20. Price gougers hoarding health care supplies should have their inventory seized by the authorities and redistributed to hospitals, paramedics and police departments for public safety purposes.

  21. @Rico Suave I say this in a fantasy-wishful way (i.e., not really recommending we do it), but it's almost enough to make one wish for the return of public stocks and baskets of rotten tomatoes for us victims to pelt offenders with.

  22. @Rico Suave -- And then they should be fined the entire, price gouging value of everything they were hoarding

  23. @Rico Suave I agree. Consider it some kind of coronavirus panic "eminent domain".

  24. It is inevitable that, in a crisis, there are people who think it's time to profit from the misery of others. These two epitomize that amoral and unethical behavior. What they did deprives those who really need these products from obtaining them. It would be helpful if they could donate this hoard (and, yes, it is a hoard) to a local hospital or food bank, where those who are in need can get these things. And then, if I were them, I would pray for forgiveness.

  25. @BA Even if they donate to the hospital or food bank, people in the community who need it most have lost access to the health supplies because they are no longer where they are supposed to be. The damage is done.

  26. Can't authorities impound the staff and distribute it where is desperately needed?eg hospitals ,nursing homes,first responders etc.As a national emergency has officially been declared ,I believe new rules apply.Please correct me if I am wrong.

  27. @Faliron unlikely if authorities cannot verify the origin, authenticity and efficacy of these products through the supply chain. Would you be comfortable if your physician bought their supplies from some random third party as opposed to an authorized medical supplier/distributor?

  28. An emergency action was declared by the President. It allows certain activities as prescribed by the underlying law. It was not Martial Law. The seller in the article are certainly not acting in a civic minded way but neither are the borders who’ve been buying up larger quantities of supplies beyond any reasonable need.

  29. @Faliron Impound as in steal private property? No, that is probably not legal.

  30. If he actually wants to do the right thing, he will put these out on the market at a profit percentage that is normal, and not try to gouge. But of course he appears to have made his entire living by doing nothing but gouging, so I don't think he can own up to that. This is what we get with unregulated capitalism, and it is why we need government to be involved as a counterweight to people like him.

  31. @JWinder um, I haven't read anything about any company bringing up their prices for anything. if anything, they're limiting the number of items you can buy, and toilet paper makers are refusing to ramp up production bc they know people are buying way more than they need and will go months and months without buying anymore.

  32. Marking up sneakers and toys is one thing. Profiting from a health crisis by price gouging on essential supplies is quite another and unconscionable. I can't even begin to imagine what kind of thought process makes these people think this is okay.

  33. @Gberger Simply, it’s immorality and greed.

  34. @Gberger I agree with you. Sadly, the get-rich-internet-seller mindset has taken over the thought process of far too many people. His entire objective was to “make money by any means possible”, even if his “means” deprived others of much needed supplies. Hopefully there’s a lesson in this story not just for him — but also for others who look at ways to profit during times when they should be compassionate towards their fellow humans.

  35. @Gberger The thought process is similar to the MAGA man, me me me me me me me me me me me with no room for any other.

  36. As he has already profited from what he was able to sell, how about donating some or all of the rest of it to organizations and individuals who could use it in this crisis. It appears that Mr. Colvin has no concern about what he could do beyond his own self interests. Understandable that he needs to make a living and provide for his family, but it is sad that he also seems to have no sense of how he could do some good beyond himself.

  37. I have nothing but contempt for this profiteer. Nevertheless, there is a path to (partial) redemption. If he's unwilling to donate the items, the least he could do is place the items back online at pre-crisis market prices.

  38. @David - and he was in the Air Force. Where is his patriotism?

  39. Market forces are strong, and the only way to prevent hoarding of precious resources is to have strong laws. The hoarders don't see that they are potentially fostering transmission at a time when the virus is on an exponential rise. Get these products out to people, and then reinforce our laws so that this behavior never happens again. There are limits to the benefits of capitalism, and the health of our neighbors is one of them.

  40. No sympathy whatsoever. Call it what he will -- "public service" my Aunt Fannie -- this is profiteering. Even with "inefficiencies in the marketplace", he has taken advantage of us all in difficult times. He should do a true public service and donate all goods in question.

  41. I am surprised that the tone of this article is so sympathetic to the perpetrator of what really ought to be a crime. This person has certainly and directly caused the transmission of pathogens, potentially including the pandemic coronavirus that triggered his profiteering. His malfeasance has caused direct harm to the wellbeing of others, and the law should treat his behavior as such.

  42. @Dr. David Borenstein I truly don't understand this sympathetic take on a horrible activity.

  43. @Dr. David Borenstein Exactly right. For every person that was deprived of necessary supplies due to callous profiteering not only affects the health of that person but of all others in a chain reaction that would have never happened but because of the disappeared supplies. And the speculator calls it a "public service"? There is deep cruelty in this type of profiteering.

  44. @Dr. David Borenstein I think you need to re-read the piece. I found this to be a wry condemnation of an oblivious profiteer. His incoherent and contradictory philosophy is right there on the page. The subject's inability to see the negative consequences of his actions are obvious and don't need an explicit call-out.

  45. 1. Sell them off at cost, the entire purchase, minus a ten percent civil penalty for hoarding. Take the allowable portion as a tax deduction. 2. Donate them to a homeless shelter, hospital, community center, day care, and community service organization, one box at a time. 3. Sell them off in the unregulated market to whomever will buy them, and take a loss. Personally, I would be wary of this product source. Even if it was deeply discounted and I could get it to the places most in need quickly at no more than a ten percent mark up, who manufactured it? Was it from a secure supply chain? That supply chain, if it existed, is now tainted. Maybe the product is worth $0.50 on the dollar. It’s second hand retail product. Given the logistics and back story, it’s probably worth much less.

  46. And this is all entirely preventable.

  47. Just for reference, before the pandemic, a 3M brand N95 mask costs about $2. Because of my severe allergies to pollens, I usually have a few of these lying around. It's disheartening to hear stories of hoarding, but I can understand them. Buy low, sell high is a religion in America. When traditional religions disintegrate, other religions move in to take their places: Greed, hedonism, predatory capitalism, addictions of all kinds, pretensions to godhood (Trump). There are far more saintly beings in the world than I, but when a man wearing a "Family Man" t-shirt begins price gouging during a medical pandemic, something has gone deeply wrong with our culture's notion of family values.

  48. Precisely!! Thank you for your eloquence.

  49. @Kip Leitner It's Trump Family values now.

  50. @Kip Leitner He means his family, not yours.

  51. Amazon and eBay should offer to buy all of their stock at regular retail prices and then sell them for the same retail price. It's disgusting what these people are doing but they're not going to give them away for free. Let them recoup what they paid for them and move on.

  52. It is very sad to hear of hoarders, but these guys are not the first nor will they be the last. But in the case of sanitizers, it is my understanding that hot water, warmer than 85°F, and plenty of soap, will kill the virus.

  53. @Nancy No, the hot water thing is not accurate. You need a surfactant (soap), water, and friction. The hot water will just scald your hands. Warm water is more comfortable, but not necessary.

  54. Profiting off an emergency is definitely not a public service. As he's clearly already made back his upfront costs, it seems that the moral way to proceed is to donate the remaining products to neighbors and organizations who need them to survive. Keeping them in a storage locker helps no one.

  55. @Tiffany But, of course, he doesn't want to do that. I have a feeling he hopes this article will alert his neighbors that he has these supples and he will sell it to them for $10/bottle. If he had any humanity at all, he would not have been hoarding them with the thought of making huge profits.

  56. @Tiffany Teach a man to fish, and feed him for life. Feed the bears; and everyone starves.

  57. Meanwhile those of us on the frontlines are going into work in hospitals without enough hand sanitizer. My inpatient psychiatric unit does not have N95 masks available. He should immediately donate all supplies to his local health department. I’m sure he can figure out how to write off his losses.

  58. @C Donate, yes. And then they will need to move! His friends family and neighbors will likely shun them. Terrible.

  59. I fear we are going to see ever more examples of selfishness and lack of empathy as this goes on. It’s sad, but seems to a part of human nature. His entire stash should be seized by health officials. Any “takings” claim he raises can crawl through the courts as he challenges it.

  60. @Drew Fields ...Or maybe just a dark part of American culture.

  61. This is the much vaunted “law” of supply and demand at work—the greater the need the higher the price. I would hope he’d be ashamed of himself but I doubt he has that capacity.

  62. A Gordon Gekko for the 21st century. Spare me the picture of his wife and child, and the violins playing to show that this is the way he provides for his family. The Colvin brothers are taking advantage of a health crisis which can be a life or death matter for many of his fellow human beings. Making a fair profit is one thing, but to price gouge at the expense, not to mention the health, of others is unconscionable.

  63. @Literary lady you’re absolutely correct except in one element. The manufacturer of these items is entitled to a fair profit not this racketeer. He created a shortage and then jacked up prices. He has put people in his entire region at enormous risk. His hoard should be confiscated and distributed to those who need the supplies and he should be required to perform 1,000 hours of community service with agencies who serve the elderly and sick. He needs to meet the people he is harming face to face and apologize.

  64. Really hoping these two contract the virus themselves. What they are doing is just sick. Under emergency measures, government should enact criminal penalties for price gouging. And stores should be required to limit sales of certain items per person.

  65. @Debra L. Wolf 100%

  66. Where is my world's tiniest violin? If he'd asked himself at the outset, "will my behavior likely hurt other people's wellbeing?", he would have turned his car around before he embarked on the silk road of pandemic profiteering. Guess he needs (and now will have time) to watch It's A Wonderful Life and realize that it was George Bailey and his endless store of decency and humanity, not Mr. Potter and his stockpile of wealth, who was the richest man in town.

  67. Toys or boxes of sugar puffs fine, but medical supplies that can save lives shame on those guys!

  68. @Pamela Frankly, I don’t find hoarding anything to profit off people fine. It’s not only selfish and unkind but it preys on people’s emotions. These type of profiteers should find an honest living not a con man’s game. I hope these two get burnt bad on this deal.

  69. I suspect that Mr. Colvin and his brother is beginning to sorely regret allowing himself to be featured on the front page of the NYT, with his photograph and general location known. Also note the predictable ways people will manufacture justifications to soothe their own consciences. Upon reflection, I hope he sees that he crossed a line. There is a difference between snapping up vintage Cabbage Patch dolls or fidget spinners for re-sale and basic health and safety supplies.

  70. @Jim The civil contract is a tenuous thing. There is a non-zero chance that Matt Colvin will find this out directly.

  71. @Jim The civil contract is a tenuous thing. There is a non-zero chance that Matt Colvin will find this out directly.

  72. It could help him profit though. No matter what people think, people now know the location of hand sanitizer and can order some from him now. Could help him reduce his stock, make a profit, and people can get what they want

  73. It's amazing that he is so open about denying people a product and profiteering from a health crisis. He even claims that buying all the stock from a small town and reselling it at exorbitant prices "fixes an inefficiency." It would be nice if Amazon would let him sell at normal market prices so people could at least get some of this stuff.

  74. These are the times of "make me great." Our national leadership is inspiring. Interesting photos. Proud sellers. On the flip side, for each prospective buyer that didn't have protection imagine the suffering incurred for some. The odds are pretty good that it happened somewhere, or will happen.

  75. There are people who leave things better than they found them (relationships, physical objects, the planet, communities, etc.), and there are people who leave a path of damage behind them. These guys know in their hearts which group they are in.

  76. @Maria Maybe you need to read the article again, this time all the way through. The Colvin family all see themselves as heroes and saviors, doing nothing wrong.

  77. @Corvid19 And they know that puts them in the group that leaves a path of damage behind them.

  78. I like your clear simple definition here, Maria.

  79. A public servant indeed, same rationale used by predatory lenders.

  80. They cleaned out local stores of vital supplies so no one else could buy them and now they can't sell them on the black market? I'm sorry, but the sympathy meter reading for Mr. Colvin and his price gouging brother is pegging "zero."

  81. @Pablo Forget sympathy. They need to be punished.

  82. @Pablo Mine went below zero into pitchfork territory

  83. @Pablo Minus 10.

  84. A hospital in Seattle has reported they are down to a 4 day supply of gloves. These people hoarding badly needed equipment should face a legal reckoning.

  85. @Linda Murphy this is hard to understand, I can't imagine hospitals buy them from stores, they go through the distributor who should give them first dibs as well as make sure they stay in stock... this has to be one or 3 people going home with a couple of dozen masks to sell. It's scary that out health professionals are out of masks in week 4-5? that's frightening. I would think there should always be 2-3 months back up just for hospitals.

  86. @Lei The hospital is the one that has been treating the bulk of the early covid19 patients. The issue is that the distributor can't keep up.

  87. I'm not sure that Matt and Noah Colvin can recover any sense of character or self respect after this tragic lapse in moral judgement. They can donate what they have amassed, but this will follow their lack of care and concern for others for a long, long time.

  88. @Sue -- they can't recover any sense of character or self-respect because they had none to begin with. Society does not need vultures like this. Laws should be in place to severely fine those who take advantage of dire situations.

  89. @Sue Will their children not be deeply ashamed of their fathers one day when they grow up? Did these fathers not think of this at all?

  90. What a great story! Thank you for reporting this. My family and friends have been puzzled about why it's so expensive on Amazon, and why we cannot get any of the masks/sanitizers at the local stores. THANK YOU.

  91. Who’s first thought, upon hearing of a possible pandemic, is to attempt to corner the market on possibly life saving products to make a profit? Don’t know what to do with them? Put them on Amazon or wherever for a modest markup and make a modest profit with a 2 item limit. Or sell at cost or donate and save your sorry conscience. Jeez. I’m a carpenter and when I went to my supplier to buy a box of dust masks, they were predictably out. I mentioned panic buying and they said it’s not that. They took the hundreds they had, which were sold by box of 20, off the shelf and were giving them individually to regular customers who they knew and who needed them for work. The rest they donated to the local hospital who was running out due to panic buying. I declined mine when offered and decided to take the one I had been using out of the trash and clean it. Those were our reactions to this whole mess.

  92. @Matthew Exactly Matthew. The fact that these supplies are sitting idle right now in this guy's inventory is mind-boggling. He should immediately call Amazon and agree to sell the products for a 50% markup from his purchase and there should be a limit per customer. It was refreshing to hear your story of declining your mask and thinking of others. It is nice to know in times like this that there are good people around. I predict that once this pandemic is said and done, we will have learned a lot about human nature during stressful times; both good and bad.

  93. Your local supplier should be identified and lauded. That is really decent behaviour and they should be recognized for it.

  94. @Matthew This is a heartening story. I can only hope more of this is happening than not. Take care and be safe.

  95. Very disappointing, if not immoral behaviour. Price-gouging laws by state cover merchants. Do this mean that it won't apply to an individual (not established merchant) selling via Amazon or E-bay? It should affect, and I hope it does. He should give these away to people in need. Now, that action, not the "substantial profits", would be a better legacy for his young family.

  96. @Gary This family has already made a killing selling products bought for $3.5 at $40 or $50 dollars each. That is a profit of over 1,000 percent. That young family has deprived countless others as well as seniors from obtaining the supplies they desperately need to keep them safe at a price they can afford. No legacy here.

  97. @R Sandly, yes. I have to agree.

  98. @Gary "if not immoral behaviour" Are you questioning whether it's immoral? Because it absolutely is. Did you mean to question whether it's illegal?

  99. Wiping the shelves, depriving people to purchase and then gouging those same people is really deplorable - I am gob smacked that Mr Colvin doesn’t see nor care how his actions have effected the communities around him. Give it all away to public health centers and do it today.

  100. @Deirdre It's worse than that. He believes he's doing a good thing. He thinks he was providing a public service and was being rewarded for it. This is the effect of Ayn Rand's Objectivist philosophy that pursuing self interest helps society as a whole.

  101. Caleb: I don’t for a minute believe he believes that what he is doing is right. He knows exactly what he’s doing and is just fine with it as long as it increases his bottom line. There aren’t enough words to criticize this horribly deplorable behaviour. As a mother and grandmother, I can’t help but hope that his parents are totally disgusted by the morally indefensible behaviour of their sons. And all for a dollar.

  102. This should be criminal. Hoarding medical supplies during a national emergency is unethical and unconscionable. The absence of medical supplies from store shelves will inevitably lead to higher transmission and death rates. There are people who are part of the solution and those who are part of the problem. Medical supply hoarders are the latter and should be treated as such.

  103. @Richard price gouging already is against the law. I wish a lot of these diseases profiteers knew that.

  104. There is no hand sanitizer, alcohol in bottles, Lysol products, disinfectant wipes on Amazon. Some of this can be bought as sold by price gougers. Amazon needs to restock and limit sales of these items like rationing.

  105. @Anon AGREE! Everyone should have the opportunity to buy these products during this time. 'Like rationing' is a great idea. Time for a bit of solidarity in this country. During World War 2, there was rationing, and Americans (and England) had a real sense of solidarity--not greed as they all supported each other during the long crisis of war.

  106. @Anon Amazon has banned third-party sellers like this guy from selling any sanitizers/cleaners/masks due to the price gouging.

  107. @Anon Amazon needs to step up and manufacture its own sanitizer and offer at a discounted rate to senior citizens and immune compromised individuals.

  108. Colvin says he is fixing inefficiencies in the marketplace? There were supplies distributed over a several hundred mile radius in what the market had previously determined was the right concentration and he drove around and bought everything, concentrating all that inventory into a single point. He's CREATING inefficiencies and then insisting on being paid a premium to fix them. How is this guy not like a fire fighter who is also an arsonist?

  109. @DCW This is one of clearest insights here thus far. His argument about all his extra costs highlight the very inefficiency he is creating (while he also employs it to attempt to mask his unethical profiteering). Sure he's providing some form of geographical redistribution over the previous distribution but it is distributing not necessarily based on need but on wealth and potentially profiting from the desperation of the vulnerable. Surely we have enough negative consequences due to wealth inequality and don't need to encourage even more drastic health disparities because of it? Oh, and please don't insult people's intelligence with the "public service" argument! Does he expect us to believe he'd do this if he wasn't making huge profits for minimal effort?

  110. @David Exactly. This entire article is peppered with his glee about reselling the items for huge profits. He's not fooling anyone, and he has no one's sympathy. He should be charged with a crime and serve some time for his actions.

  111. There’s a funny story Plutarch tells about Marcus Crassus. Supposedly he would rush to the site of flaming apartment buildings and buy them at rock bottom prices from their distraught owners. An army of 500 slaves, trained in firefighting and construction, would then douse the blaze and renovate his new acquisition. If Crassus had a grasp of contemporary economics I’d bet he would refer to his actions in terms of increasing market efficiency as well. After all, it’s better to get a handful of silver coins for your burning house than absolutely nothing right? I’m sure his intellectual heirs will be hoarding water during droughts and sitting on crates of bottled air on the international space station. If we don’t occasionally intervene in the market, we’ll find ourselves dealing with situations where the natural market outcomes are antithetical to basic notions of fairness and equality.

  112. Make no mistake, there are elderly / immunocompromised people who need every last chance they can get against this disease, and the hoarders are taking opportunities for survival away from them. Every time the vulnerable can’t disinfect, every time they have to out again to another store, and another in search of supplies already bought by the greedy, our parents, grandparents, neighbors, and friends face an increased, and wholly unnecessary risk of death because somebody wanted to make a buck.

  113. @Bill Thanks, Matt Colvin in Hixson, Tenn. I am elderly and I am trying to find hand sanitizer and can't find it. What kind of guy would brag to the NYTimes about his greedy efforts to make a quick buck at the health expense of thousands of people unable to get hand sanitizers to ward off a deadly virus?

  114. This has an easy solution. There is a delay from when customers buy products and sellers receive the money. Allow buyers to contest the prices of their purchases after they receive the product and pull back the excess profiteering. If the natural delay isn't long enough, lengthen it. Problem solved.

  115. Capitalism at its finest. How many will get sick because of their actions? No different from the privatization of the tests. All the money in the world won't save you from the coronavirus, though.

  116. I believe there are established laws against war profiteering. Perhaps we should create similar laws for this situation.

  117. @Kevin there are laws against price gouging. Unfortunately most apply to oil. But in many places it’s a felony with huge fines.

  118. Pay him a nominal finders fee. Thank him for his efforts. And seize the stuff. Case closed.

  119. I hope he learns greed is harmful. I hope he understands people who are healthcare workers, on the front lines and exposed to this as well as other pathogens found empty shelves because of his greed.

  120. @suebsue Sadly, greed flourishes in America; it may be harmful to this guy, but in corporate America--it's extremely lucrative and protected!

  121. @suebsue Her won't, greed got him featured in the NYT for some reason. He also said he thinks he's doing a service.

  122. Zero sympathy for these people. They can easily donate these, but they don’t. The opposite of good people, I hope they lose their shirts and their savings...

  123. @Adam In: Yes. He should particularly lose the shirt that says "Family Man".

  124. @Adam In it's weird that people keep saying for him to GIVE it away. A person whose first thought after a pandemic was announced was to buy up all of the crucial things we need, he has never GIVEN anybody anything in his life unless he got something back. Not to mention he said he bought a bottle of Purel at $1 and he has 17K of them? You're really going to think he's just going to be like, yea cool, in the hole for 17K.

  125. Retail arbitrage sounds like a business made for profiteers. But the companies that produce the products sold may also benefit from the hype surrounding the manufactured scarcity resulting from the sellers' actions.

  126. We learn here that the current shortage of hand sanitizer arises in part from Amazon’s decision to bar from its platform sellers who previously accumulated stocks of these items and seek to take advantage of growing demand by selling them at high prices. Amazon, a private company, has the right to adopt rules for participating in its marketplace. But its action reveals the counterproductive folly of so-called "anti-gouging" laws, such as New York's law prohibiting sellers from charging an "unconsciously excessive price" during emergencies. "Price-gouging," despite its ugly name, merely reflects the market working efficiently to balance supply and demand for scarce products. In a time of high demand for hand sanitizer, a manufacturer will operate around the clock, paying overtime wages and increasing manufacturing capacity, to produce more and reap the profit. On the other hand, a manufacturer limited to raising prices by 10% (as the California law provides) might be inclined to take the weekend off – resulting in less hand sanitizer. Interestingly, before the Amazon ban, "people still bought the products en masse." In other words, consumers could and did obtain the banned sellers' hand sanitizer; now they cannot. In like fashion, the unintended consequence of anti-gouging laws is to deprive consumers of goods they wish to buy.

  127. @Ken M. Except, if these guys didn't drive around buying up all the stock in their area and surrounding environs, maybe the supply would be there and the demand wouldn't be so dire. These guys are helping to cause the scarcity (granted, the individuals who are hoarding for themselves aren't helping matters, but the scale is different).

  128. @Ken M. "the unintended consequence of anti-gouging laws is to deprive consumers of goods they wish to buy." They wouldn't be able to buy them anyway if the prices charged are astronomically high due to scarcity being created by gougers who hoard the otherwise cheap and available product. You can't complain about anti-gouging laws as being against a free market, then say it's ok for people to take advantage of a crisis or panic because that's just 'natural'. Like the market is just a natural phenomenon divorced from human law and reactions. Also, I doubt you'd be so sanguine if you needed something being hoarded by another person and couldn't meet their price. When it comes to life or death, I'm grateful for laws.

  129. Are you suggesting that because in the end (having thousands of things that are needed to prevent the spread of a disease and save lives) people are getting what they need the seller is justified in charging much higher prices than he could normally? Would you say the same thing it the person in dire need was someone you love and you couldn't afford the higher price?

  130. A novel explanation of "public service" indeed by Mr. Colvin. But also look at all the individuals who are cleaning up the shelves in supermarkets today as if the world is ending. This smaller scale hoarding is also a problem.

  131. I wonder if these people have stopped to reflect on the fact that they are hoarding products that may mean the difference between life and death for others. I come from business and am a capitalist. Hoarding things like dolls and designer shoes is one thing...hoarding necessities needed for a pandemic is another.

  132. I have no sympathy for this guy at all. Amazon should take the next step, or our government should take the next step, and make him sell it at the normal price.

  133. @Physician IMO he should have to donate them to low income community clinic, Senior citizen home,...

  134. @Physician Actually, he should forfeit his ill-gotten gains to an official to be distributed to hospitals; then he should spend some time in prison, paying for lives lost for lack of masks and sanitizing materials. Extra people will die because of these reprehensible men. Their families will not be able to be out in public after this news article. Some husband and father!

  135. Sure And when the inadequate supply of mechanical ventilators means the sick can’t get access to lifesaving care we can just auction off access to “correct the inefficiencies in the market.”

  136. @Steve Epitaph on tombstone: "Here lies John Smith. He died to correct an inefficiency in the market"

  137. @Steve Yes,Ebenezer Scrooge’s business philosophy in a nutshell.

  138. There's a big difference between cashing in on a hot Christmas toy, and profiting from a medical crisis where people's lives are in jeopardy. How could these people seek to profit off these items? Putting his family "in a good place financially" at the cost of others' health and peace of mind is the worst form of capitalistic advantage-taking. Donate the items and take the loss.

  139. @Lene oh please big corporations do this every day of the week and no one complains

  140. @Dom: That still doesn't make any of it right. This is where this country has lost its way: the idea that "the other guy" (or corporation) does it, so that makes it okay for me to do it" is plain WRONG from start to finish.

  141. "Now he has 1,000 more masks on order, but he’s not sure what to do with them." There's an easy solution. Demand is there. Sell the stock at a fair markup and watch it go down to zero. Greed and scarcity mind set driven by fear are also symptoms of the pandemic.

  142. @Bob Cohen on ebay they are prohibiting sellers from selling these items at all, unfortunately this will make it difficult for people that really need masks to obtain them

  143. @Bob Cohen He should DONATE them to a senior home or low income community clinic,..

  144. On the one hand, what Mr. Colvin and other like him do is completely reprehensible and I truly hope that he is stuck with his supplies. On the other hand, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health -- three fortune 15 companies -- literally make their money through what is effectively the same practice. These pharmaceutical wholesale companies buy drugs at price X, and bet that inflation by drug manufacturers will make drugs more expensive over time. When that happens, instead of making normal small wholesaler margins, they make exponentially more, effectively profiting from gouging by drug manufacturers. So, we reward these companies for profiting from what effectively is the same practice, which is no less reprehensible.

  145. @JB In California, I have had Kaiser since I was very young, which I am not any longer. Along with Medicare now, I get prescriptions for less than cost, (I assume Medicare makes up the differenece, but over-the-counter is more, pretty akin to what I pay at the grocery store or a pharmacy.

  146. @JB Hence, the popularity of Bernie Sanders.

  147. @JB Completely agree, and this has been a topic of public discourse. We shouldn't be rewarding *anyone* for it.

  148. Let the market work. If demand supports such high prices, the manufacturers will soon flood the market with product and the price will return to 'normal'. Steve

  149. @ssiiww No, it’s price gouging and morally reprehensible during this large scale health crisis. It’s illegal in some states especially after major hurricanes and subject to heavy fines.

  150. @ssiiww "Let the market work?" Loathsome American value--which means, let greed flourish. There is a pandemic going on; this is not a time for price gouging. Heck, sanitizers and the like should be given out to people since it is a crucial form of prevention.

  151. God God man, think it through. We don’t have time for the market mechanism to find its equilibrium. Hospitals are overwhelmed now. And it’s about to get much, much worse. People may die. Read the response to the doctor from Seattle above and then see how your market mechanism suggestion plays.

  152. I'm not sure how it works in the US, but in Canada they'd be required to pay tax's on the profit's from those sales... perhaps this is an area of the e-economy that the IRS needs to look in to.

  153. @Chris Lawrence I am a reseller on Etsy & Ebay (Antiques). Believe me when I say we pay taxes, lots of taxes.

  154. @Chris Lawrence Yes, Amazon and Ebay do collect state and local sales tax and sellers are required to pay all income taxes to the Federal and State governments.

  155. It works that way in the US, but like so many Americans, this guy is a cheater, and had/has no intention of reporting any income from sales (or anything else). So no, he won’t pay taxes on this profiteering. When challenged on his own tax dodging during the 2016 election campaign, Donald Trump replied “That makes me smart.” He got elected to the highest office in the federal office in the USA, partly on the widespread approval of that approach. We are largely a nation of cheaters. Um, “”sad!” To say the least.

  156. Have a garage sale, sir. You won't make as much, but it may be a public service.

  157. Do I feel sorry for Matt and his failed profiteering scheme? Not at all. I hope he borrowed money to buy all that stuff he's stuck with. The only problem is, he won't be stuck with it. In the end, he will sell it for a large profile when what should happen is him going to jail for a long time.

  158. As a physician in Seattle, this is contemptible behavior. Working in the hospital these days feels like preparing for battle. Our resources are low, and we are desperately in need of supplies like N95 masks. They have been stolen from the hospitals and warehouses, and it is hard for us to get more because the supplies simply don’t exist. Our system is being overrun, and it’s only going to get worse. An N95 is not necessary for the majority of the public while walking down the street or going to the grocery store. It is absolutely essential for the nurses and respiratory therapists who are managing the ventilators of COVID positive patients. We are running out of hand sanitizer and my knuckles are literally bleeding from washing my hands fifty times a day. I have no sympathy for these sellers. Making money off a public health crisis and diverting critical resources from where they are truly needed is selfish and dangerous.

  159. @CP agreed. I work in a Seattle area hospital too. And for this guy to claim he’s helping manage inefficiencies in the market place. What a joke.

  160. @CP Thank you for your work, dedication and courage.

  161. @CP Let's be real. The fact is a N95 (preferably N100) mask IS necessary for everyone. It's just that with the whole civilization in a state of pandemic emergency, triage indicates that front-line workers (medical and other necessary workers) can do more good with the masks. One problem though, is the bad faith the American medical industry has with the public. After charging us extortionist sums over the decades, they suddenly expect the rest of us to be altruistic towards them. Of course, it's really for our own good, but clearly we need to adopt non-profit, universal healthcare ASAP.

  162. i noticed this man is wearing a Family Man T-Shirt - when i pray my first thoughts are for my immediate family - next friends and acquaintances and people I have met- and finally strangers and people I never meet ; in other words everyone.... in a sense, we are all family.

  163. @Robert L. There is a certain irony in how this "family man" is placing his family and co-conspirators in danger. I know enough about where he lives to recognize that most people around him have the resources to seek summary justice, that a few would likely see no sin in doing so, and that many others would feel no regret were this to happen.

  164. Mind boggling. Beyond. And he wants us to feel sorry for him? I do not think so. He and people like him are beyond redemption unless they load everything up, drive to areas where there are outbreaks, and give it all away.

  165. Capitalism in its essence. This is the problem with championing an economic system that sees the world as objects to be exploited.

  166. @Tim Carrol....that is not capitalism...that is flagrant exploitation of any system. Nice try though. Ever see the way a communist society has insufficient resources? That can be a product of exploitation as well, a party member who has access to resources hoards them for them selves or connected members. There is no perfect system, but given the choices, I’ll stick with ours, thank you. As this article points out, for the most part, good prevails. And this greedy fear monger, will get his comeuppance.

  167. Sounds like the bans are working. 17,000 bottles sounds like a lot. But if stranding some product is the price we have to pay to stop gouging, it's worth it. Let him donate his inventory to the Red Cross and get a tax write off.

  168. Donating them immediately to RC is the only reasonable thing left for Mr. Colvin to do. As I'm already hearing from locals who are right now sharing clues to track down stockpile, that's best deal this pandemic profiteer is gonna get.

  169. Amazon and Ebay should ban these people. Period. This is wrong on so many levels. There's a difference between trying to make money on the next hot sneaker or toy, and hoarding needed medical supplies and related items that can stop an epidemic and literally save lives. This is just plain evil greed. I hope they get banned and have to actually work for a living -with people they are not related to. Maybe they will grow a conscience and a heart.

  170. @PG Oh, Amazon did ban him for price gouging. Now he's stuck with the stuff.

  171. Why doesn't he just sell them for a 10% profit... something reasonable? He truly DOES have somewhere to sell them, given that model...

  172. Situations like this bring the best and the worst in people. Emergency powers should include measures to confiscate such stockpiles and distribute them at retail store prices. Retailers should introduce limits per person for supply purchases.

  173. @zumzar costco is already doing this, limiting items

  174. I'd be ashamed - and scared - to show my face and share my information if I did this. Which I wouldn't even dream of doing. Especially in this age of vindictive social media. Not to mention it might break the law. So, Amazon, eBay - let him sell his stuff for cost plus a buck profit after shipping fees. $17,700 in profit. Not bad. A good lesson. A clear conscience. And, mitigating factors if he lands in front of a judge.

  175. @Paul King A clear conscience? In what world? This man and his brother should be in prison.

  176. Hoarding medical supplies to make a profit during a pandemic is unconscionable. There simply is no justification for it.

  177. It's bad enough that he's hoarding supplies during a crisis. Matt and Noah Colvin and others doing the same are certainly deserving of condemnation. But what they are doing wouldn't be possible without a huge swath of the public acting in a contemptible manner as well: hoarding supplies health officials need but the general public does not.

  178. WOW Trying to profit from others suffering. Very sad. I have no sympathy for that man or others that take advantage of humanity in crisis.

  179. I believe that Harry Truman, as vice president, worked aggressively to stop war profiteering, I don't know just what he did, but in the present state of emergency I wouldn't complain if the government confiscated stocks of sanitizer and masks from profiteers, who have already made large profits, and gave them to non-profits who would distribute them to people in need.

  180. I sincerely hope they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law - and in multiple jurisdictions

  181. Amazon gets a thumbs up for banning this would be profiteer and others like him from him from their platform. Such people may not create shortages, but their fly by night activity in an effort to turn unconscionable profits certainly doesn't help. Entrepreneurs are certainly an admirable breed, but those with a business plan that counts upon exploiting the misery of others are nothing but the very lowest of the low.

  182. His claim that he’s different from “Billy Bob’s gas station doubling the amount he charges for gas during a hurricane” is ridiculous. The “labor” he invested was adds no value to the end product, the only person who gains from that labor is himself. I hope this man and his family do not become sick, but I wonder how they’d feel to be charged 20-50x the price of their medical care, due to the excessive labor required by healthcare workers?

  183. @Elizabeth F : Exactly. He was injecting inefficiency into the market, not solving some market problem, literally no difference between him and his example except time frame / time line of emergency.

  184. Actually, (not that I sanction price gouging!) most of us are already charged outrageous amounts for ordinary medical care. My father, a doctor, got an MRI in Austria for $200 (no insurance). In the US it would have cost 10x that. Think of insulin & the Epipen. It seems this man has learned from big Insurance and big Pharma how to prey on the vulnerable.

  185. @LizziemaeF This is the psychologically uncomfortable set of dots that many in America seem to have a hard time connecting.

  186. This doesn't bother me, I wish I had thought to do this. Preventing him from selling these goods at the market clearing price only makes the shortage worse, which hurts everyone. Price gouging laws *always* create shortages in the same way that rent controls always create housing shortages. By arbitraging these supplies, he is reducing inefficiencies in the market and moving the goods to those who value them the most. Sure, tell yourself that fighting price gouging is a good thing and that you are more "evolved" than evil capitalists, but in reality everyone loses with this policy.

  187. @AN Your comment suggests a limited definition of the word "value." "[T]hose who value them the most" are really only those who have the luxury of paying exorbitant prices and are able to show evidence of this kind of value with their deep pockets. Many people *value* these critical supplies, but can't pay those unfair prices.

  188. @AN If you or your loved one can't get proper medical care because so many medical personnel are ill due to a mask shortage, you won't be so keen on prioritizing capitalist value over medical NEED.

  189. @AN Ayn Rand speaks from the grave.

  190. This guy is a monster. If this were beanie babies in the 90s I'd be impressed with him, but we're in a pandemic. He admitted to selling hand sanitizer for 70$ a bottle. That's not selling for a profit, that's price gouging when people's lives are at risk. The doctors fighting for our lives won't have this equipment because he wants to make fast cash. I wonder how he'd feel if his wife was hospitalized for the coronavirus at a hospital that didn't have these supplies.

  191. The supplies should be confiscated by law enforcement and health officials and then properly re-distributed. The individuals responsible for this egregious behavior should be punished.

  192. Hopefully that was done today. The garage may well be empty come sunrise.

  193. Entrepreneurial capitalism and American individualism at its finest. Trumpublican hero. Amazon pays no taxes, either.

  194. Gouging for gas and gouging for health supplies is not the same thing--the latter steals from the safety of those who are older, poorer, and sicker, and sometimes all three at once. American greed reaches far and wide.

  195. Restraining myself from foul descriptors. There is a difference between profiting from what the market will bear for regular goods or luxury items and profiting from others' life-or-death situations. What kind of deeply defective character must a person have to be able to justify this type of profiteering? These people are putting others' lives at risk, including healthcare workers (even grocery clerks, etc.) working on the front lines to provide care for the community. Maybe it will hit home when one of their own loved ones dies because someone held all the life-saving supplies for ransom. I hope they are prosecuted to the fullest.

  196. Here’s an idea: donate those supplies to a food bank or other central organization such as a hospital that can ethically distribute them. We cannot allow ourselves to become as opportunistic as the virus we are battling.

  197. There is a difference about someone ready to pay an extraordinary amount of money to satisfy their whim--a trendy toy, for example. Here health and lives are at stake, including those of healthcare workers. Donate it at cost to the nearest hospital, period.

  198. I do not understand the obsession with hand sanitizer. Soap and water is all anyone needs. Hand sanitizer and similar antimicrobial products contribute to the creation of superbugs. Add this to the list of insane behavior by humans contributing to the eventual extinction of our species.

  199. @L Hartman This is not correct. Anti-microbial soap leads to superbugs because a few microbes survive the soap and then pass on their resistance to their descendants. No microbes are resistant to alcohol. If (alcohol-based) hand sanitizer misses some microbes, that will because of mechanical factors (they're protected by dirt, for example), but no superbugs result from that. It's easy to label something you don't approve of as "insane," but not a good idea to do so if you're wrong yourself.

  200. Just one more person remarking on how abhorrent this behavior is -- no sympathy whatsoever for this man, and I'm surprised that the profile is so sympathetic. I would also add that this man lives in an area that is medically underserved, with high rural poverty. In my eyes, this makes his behavior even worse. I would think that the several bottles of hand sanitizer that he was able to sell for $70 would have enabled him to recoup most of his original spending. Donate the rest, and learn from this experience.

  201. After reading this man’s perspective, I don’t believe he is a criminal, considering he is behaving in a capitalist-like manner. This is all he knows. Pharma charged me $350 out of pocket for my monthly inhaled steroid . I bought the same one in Rwanda for $18. The problem with your story about price gouging is that he is not a wealthy influential billionaire—otherwise he would be applauded.

  202. @Dr. K Do you think we (or the NYT) are actually applauding vulture capitalists? They have had many articles illuminating this sickness in our society in higher economic echelons as well. If that is all he knows, perhaps it is because he listens to nothing but right wing sources. Perhaps you should have a look at the NYT coverage of Martin Shkreli, as well as numerous articles about big pharma over the years.

  203. I hope all of these people lose their investment, charged and pay a huge fine. If there aren't any laws against this kind of behavior now, we need new laws to punish them as this will not be the last pandemic. Regulators should also make stores ration supplies.

  204. Can't all this desperately needed sanitizer be distributed somehow to people who need it? Via food banks or health departments ...... or somehow? Donated to child care centers? the few open day cares? Libraries that are open for those that need connectivity? I understand that people will do anything for a buck, but profiteering right now seems very wrong. and, please, no glorifying these folks. They should be ashamed. We should all be ashamed.

  205. He might try donating everything. How greedy can one be? Wow.

  206. Capitalism has deluded people like Colvin into thinking their behavior is, to use his words, “a public service.” Sounds like he's a proud graduate of Trump University.

  207. Normally those state of emergency laws should take care of those characters. Next time they buy all The cancer medicine and sell them to the highest bidder. ‘Smart’ people.

  208. “”As for his stockpile, Mr. Colvin said he would now probably try to sell it locally. “If I can make a slight profit, that’s fine,” he said. “But I’m not looking to be in a situation where I make the front page of the news for being that guy who hoarded 20,000 bottles of sanitizer that I’m selling for 20 times what they cost me.”” I have a news flash for him. With repostings of this article and Googling on the eternal Internet, he didn’t just make the front page of the NYT but he already has become the poster boy forever of the venality that infected some people during the Pandemic of 2020.

  209. @John Perfect. A Star is Born. May his new fame bring him ALL he deserves.

  210. I just picked out a few sentences from the article. These people are awful human beings: predators/poachers. Need I say more. "He (Colvin) declined to disclose his profit on the record but said it was substantial. The success stoked his appetite. When he saw the panicked public starting to pounce on sanitizer and wipes, he and his brother set out to stock up. He (Colvin) added, “Just because it cost me $2 in the store doesn’t mean it’s not going to cost me $16 to get it to your door.” “But I’m not looking to be in a situation where I make the front page of the news for being that guy who hoarded 20,000 bottles of sanitizer that I’m selling for 20 times what they cost me.” Mr. Colvin said he had posted 300 bottles of hand sanitizer and immediately sold them all for between $8 and $70 each, multiples higher than what he had bought them for. To him, “it was crazy money.”

  211. Pure evil—wonder how many lives those 17,700 bottles will end up costing. India has a flexible Essential Commodities Act that allows the gov't to criminalize the hoarding/price gouging of a certain item. Congress must use its power to regulate interstate commerce to pass a similar law and stop this most evil form of human greed.

  212. Capitalism without strong elected government is a virus. Laws should be made to make this illegal. It’s immoral that he created shortages for others.

  213. People like this should be thrown in jail. Taking advantage of a critical situation such as this. The merchandise he purchased should be take away and distributed to those in need and his profits should be taken away.

  214. Terrible behavior. Clearly this guy should be CEO of a big Pharma company and not wasting his talent at home. He could then be rewarded by visits to DC and a big pat on the back from our pretender and chief.

  215. Shame, shame, shame on these people. Like withholding food from hungry people -- or healthcare from those without insurance, or making unconscionable profits, or any profit, on the insurance. No one should make a profit from someone's illness. Period.

  216. My husband works in the emergency room, on the very front lines of COVID-19, with dwindling supplies. Folks in my community are setting up drive-through food donation sites and figuring out now we support each other through this.Panic and hoarding help NO ONE. Shame on these people -- greedy pieces of human garbage.

  217. Forgive me if I don’t feel an ounce of sympathy for someone trying to profit off a disaster.

  218. Men, always men. Petty criminals. Immoral during a global health crisis, to stockpile essential medical supplies. Fine their profits by 200%, take away their stock and donate to hospitals.

  219. @klsvbm Always men? I guess you're too young to remember Leona Helmsley.

  220. This is just horrible. People will die because of Mr. Corvin's actions as he deliberately cleaned out stores of medically useful products with the goal of making personal profit. He should be prosecuted for endangering human welfare. In my opinion, this is the same as "innocent" fun like taking down traffic signs at an intersection as it endangers the general public.

  221. How is he going to feel when people he lives get sick and die? He removed the first line of community defense from the market. How many thousands of people might not have further shared the virus if they had the ability to sanitize their hands while out in public or been able to wear a mask? He should be prosecuted for man slaughter.

  222. Unethical, ruthless people will rationalize any action or behavior!

  223. It is an unacceptable attitude. MUST be shamed.

  224. When I’m working (as an RN) during this pandemic, scared for my patients worried about getting sick and about bringing this home to my family this poor excuse for a man will be holed up concerned about what he is doing with all the items he stockpiled. Shame on you. Unethical doesn’t begin to describe the type of person who does this.. He doesn’t even understand how awful he is by going public. Unfortunately this free advertisement is allowing him to sell out now. Why don’t you redeem yourself by selling this at cost to homeless shelters so the clients there have supplies to keep them from DYING.

  225. The American Way, see where it has gotten us.

  226. @Michael It is not the American way. The American way is compassionate and concerned for our neighbors as well as ourselves. This is UN-AMERICAN. It's Trumpian, but it's not American.

  227. I disagree. I wish compassion and neighborly concern were the American way, honestly do. But I think we need to take a look at ourselves, who are we, what do we stand for? Capitalism, individualism, materialism, consumerism...look at our President. How about Universal Healthcare? If we really want to help one another, there is a good place to start. I want the values you think we have, I think we need to work much much harder to achieve them. Stay safe.

  228. It’s gods own fault. He tried to take advantage of people in panic. It’s not being clever, it’s the individualism of our society showing up in full force. He had no consideration for his fellow man, when in reality to prevent the spread of this virus, you need the person next to you to be just as clean and sanitary as you are.

  229. @Bean Or you can build a wall and let them be them, and you be you. Being from Portland it should be obvious that people ,as a whole, will fall to the lowest common denominator when they are not held responsible to natural law. When they are supported by money taken from those who earn it and given to those who can not or will not provide for themselves. This weakens the herd. I prefer that those who do not not take care of themselves not vote to take it from those who do.

  230. As if we should even waste a second feeling sorry for profiteers like this. Shockingly generous reportage.

  231. At his first news conference on COVID a reporter asked Trump about price gouging. He replied he would not allow it. I see he failed at that too!

  232. It's called racketeering - morally reprehensible, especially with medically necessary materials

  233. A "public service?" I'm sure that's what he was thinking about first and foremost before he starting trying to make excessive profits out of a viral pandemic. I hope he never has to tell his children what he did to "help" during the corona virus outbreak.

  234. Can’t he just return them? Did he lose his receipt?

  235. In one other way Mr. Colvin is resourceful- in drumming up callous rationalizations for his amoral enterprise. No, your not doing a public service when you squash supply by stashing it in your rented storage bin. No, you’re not making distribution more efficient, you’re distorting it. And kissing your wife as she holds your child doesn’t humanize you, either. They’re both there for your benefit, and yours alone.

  236. Wonder which big Pharma company is gonna sweep him up to be their new CEO?

  237. Oh, you had time to drive around to clean out the stores? My heart is bleeding for you not being able to sell it on Amazon! Please spare us from rationalizing your cost of selling them back to the public when the fact that you stockpiled them is morally wrong. You took them so working people could not. That’s how uncomplicated it is. How about offering your stockpiles now to your public health authorities, homeless shelters or hospitals?

  238. Colvin’s behavior makes me suspect he’s a Trump voter—who would, no doubt congratulate him on his creative business sense.

  239. @Tiny Terror Agreed, he has the intellect of forethought and can see that this method, and free markets in general, promote the well being as a whole; to provide goods and services to those who value them the most, instead of to those who don't value them. It would do you well to think a little farther into the kind of world you would like to live in. Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea is that way.

  240. Mr Colvin, what you should is call churches, public schools, homeless shelters and other NGOs and give them these much-needed supplies at no cost. You should not have tried to profiteer from a health crisis. This will teach you a lesson.

  241. I wonder if Mr Colvin pays income taxes and sales taxes on his profiteering/gouging business. The IRS and AG should look into this retailer who is behaving like a store and ignoring all safety and reporting rules. This is not a business - it is racketeering.

  242. Mr. Colvin is clearly conducting some mental gymnastics to justify his selfish actions - taking advantage of a public health crisis to profit on limited, medically useful resources.

  243. This is weasel capitalism…not enterprising or for the benefit of society - it is exploiting a crisis and the opposite of what we should be doing. Trump would be very proud of these boys. And even if you like the guy from The Apprentice… you know it’s true.