Tips To Fight Price Gouging
November 5, 2012
Offered by Senator Zeldin
(Long Island, NY) With gas and other essential items still in short supply, State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R,C,I – Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, advised the public on the best way to fight price gouging.
“Price gouging occurs when unscrupulous merchants and other profiteers charge excessively high prices during abnormal market disruptions,” explained Senator Zeldin. “Consumers can help fight price gouging by taking specific actions to document their suspicions so law enforcement can take effective action.”
For cases of suspected price gouging, Senator Zeldin emphasized that consumers take pictures of gas station price signs or price labels on items, and keep copies of any receipts. Recording the date, location, and time of sale is also important. Suspected cases should be reported to the New York State Attorney General’s office online at www.ag.ny.gov or call 1-800-771-7755 for general assistance.
Consumers can also contact the local New York State Attorney General’s offices for Suffolk at 631-231-2424, Nassau at 516-248-3302, and NYC at 212-416-8000.
“Price gouging convictions are determined by the courts on a case-by-case basis,” said Senator Zeldin. “By including as much supporting material as possible when filing complaints, consumers can take positive action to prevent being victimized.”