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My wife has four younger brothers, all of whom live in Northern California. Two of them are partners in a hardware store that their father started many years ago.

One of the brothers is a very astute and shrewd businessman. A few weeks ago he managed to find a stock of N95 masks overseas and had them shipped to the U.S. He had to dispatch an employee to Southern California to pick them up at a port.

Today he called my wife and was very upset. Seems he got a call from the local district attorney who accused him of "price gouging" and claimed the price he was charging for the masks was "too expensive." My brother-in-law started questioning the man. He had never been in the store, and had not bothered to check the price of the same quality masks in any other hardware store in the area. My brother-in-law was actually charging less than other stores in the county, as he had checked prices before he put the masks out on the shelf.

My brother-in-law told the DA that rather than sell the masks to the public, he would pull the masks from the shelf and wholesale them to other stores. The DA started to backpedal and said, "But wait! What about the people in the community who need this product?" My brother-in-law responded that since the DA was threatening him, he would only put the masks back on the shelf if the DA got back to him with a letter in writing stating that it was okay for him to sell the masks as priced.

I guess I am not surprised at how a DA in California with a socialist mindset could be so quick to tell a business owner what he could charge his customers.

Where is our good buddy, Starlights, who was always so quick to tell us how wonderful things are in California?
 

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So the DA was mad because your BIL got ahold of some masks and they can’t get them themselves, so they wanted these, but didn’t want to pay full price.
 

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What constitutes, "price gouging". Just because you are charging more (I understand he wasn't doing that, but just for argument) doesn't mean people aren't free to go to another store to get a better deal.

I can see if he was the only seller within 50 miles who had face masks and was charging $70.00 each for them.

"too expensive" is very subjective.
 

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you lost me at "a slightly unreal story from Commiefornia". The only things more bizarre are the "Florida Man" stories, and that is hard to do.
 

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Other peoples' children. I accept no responsibility for how they were raised or how the act in public.

If you go to my website now you can order Mr. Coffee filters with two feet of duct tape, making a very effective single-use mask. I accept most major credit cards, as long as they have not been issued to district attorneys in California.
 

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OV has a valid point. Given my humors lately, a damn valid point. 🤬🤬🤬

My response to the local DA would not be printable, but I would be asking him about where he went to college, if he did, and whether his mother and father were possibly related, perhaps siblings. I have no patience for petty bureaucrats these days.
 

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Typical commiefornia. Do as we say, think as we say or we will destroy your livelihood. They destroyed my way of life under the guise of protecting me because I am not smart enough to negotiate my own salary and benefits, forcing me to work more (for billionaires of course) and earn less, for the ‘good of the people.’ Just today some nut Facebook ‘friend’ threatened my livelihood because he didn’t agree with my politics.

You should be very, very worried about about Pelosi and Schumer. I saw first hand what they did to the people if CA and they are exporting it as fast as they can. I will never step foot in that god forsaken state again.
 

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Typical commiefornia. Do as we say, think as we say or we will destroy your livelihood. They destroyed my way of life under the guise of protecting me because I am not smart enough to negotiate my own salary and benefits, forcing me to work more (for billionaires of course) and earn less, for the ‘good of the people.’ Just today some Fock nut Facebook ‘friend’ threatened my livelihood because he didn’t agree with my politics.

You should be very, very worried about about Pelosi and Schumer. I saw first hand what they did to the people if CA and they are exporting it as fast as they can. I will never step foot in that god forsaken state again.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely!

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OV has a valid point. Given my humors lately, a damn valid point. 🤬🤬🤬

My response to the local DA would not be printable, but I would be asking him about where he went to college, if he did, and whether his mother and father were possibly related, perhaps siblings. I have no patience for petty bureaucrats these days.
I would ask if his parents had any children that survived. Cuz he's obviously brain dead.
 

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Even a free society has limitations.
Price gouging, while offensive and a problem ethically should not be against the law. Businesses that take advantage of their customers (neighbors) will suffer the consumer wrath after the fact. Businesses that charge high prices will pave the way for others to bring the same products at a lower price.

Price gouging laws are designed to make the politicians look good and convince us that they are doing their jobs.

It is a divisive issue.
 

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I ordered something off Ebay and I knew they were selling it for three times what it cost in the store. The wife got upset and went off about it for a while saying that she could get the same thing from a local store a lot cheaper. I told her that it was cheap if it saves our lives. She already had it ordered to pick up in a week and a half. Time comes to pick up and- SURPRISE- they were out of it. So all and all I had what we wanted a month before she could get it from any store around here.
I think that proves that I value our lives more than what she does but I didn't tell her that. It was bad enough that I kept mentioning that I had enough for me while she was waiting for hers. Sometimes she thinks I'm a jerk and sometimes she's right.
 

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Price gouging is quite effective at suppressing hoarding. It serves a market function and should not be illegal.

The only time I really have an issue with it, is when price gouging takes place for an important product where a tangled government bureaucracy serves the function of protecting the gouger from market competition by startups. People who use the government as a weapon like that are infuriating.

That, of course, does not apply in the case of things like masks, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper...
 
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