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Masks More Expensive Than Airline Ticket Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

A look at the staggering price spikes and dips in a time of coronavirus


What's going on?

As the new coronavirus or Covid-19 continued to spread globally, Amazon is struggling to block scammers and merchants from selling essential items at ridiculous prices.


In recent weeks, the online retailer managed to remove more than one million products that falsely claimed to defend against Covid-19, as well as more than 10,000 price-gouging deals from merchants.


Among the items flagged were a $128 pack of N95 masks that used to cost an average of $41.24, as well as a two-pack respirator being sold for $24.99 instead of its regular price of $6.65.


On the other end of the spectrum, however, the airline industry has begun to offer once-in-a-lifetime deals for its flights to combat the dip in sales. According to a report in the South China Morning Post, Chinese airlines have been selling tickets for as low as $4.10, which buys a flight from Shanghai to Chongqing that would typically cost around $150.


Meanwhile, Air New Zealand is also urging Kiwis to book a cheap getaway, advertising $9 domestic flight deals to fill empty plane seats, even offering flights to Australia for just $69.