Price gouging seen statewide during Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey pounded the Texas coast. The TX Attorney General's Office confirmed finding 40 total instances of

"Every state's attorney general will be watching to make sure that there's no price gouging going on", he said, adding that all who are considering raising prices inappropriately "need to watch out".

One station sold gas for a whopping $20 a gallon. Paxton's office is sending Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs) to the accused businesses.

Photos submitted to GritPost appear to show price gouging for bottled water at various stores across the Houston metro area, including a Best Buy offering $29 and $42 cases of water.

"You're not supposed to artificially inflate prices of things that are emergency or needed during a disaster", Dan Parsons of the Greater Houston and South Texas Better Business Bureau told CBS News in an interview.

Price-gouging follows natural disasters as surely as the sun follows a thunderstorm, and Hurricane Harvey is proving no exception.

The AG's office encourages individuals who believe goods are being charged at an unfairly high price to first raise the issue directly with the business.

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There have been over 550 complaints so far about price gouging on everything from food to gasoline.

But what's the difference between supply-and-demand pricing, and price gouging?

Best Buy told media website CNet commentator Chris Matyszczyk that this happened at one specific Houston-area store on just that one day. "This was a big mistake on the part of a few exployees at one store".

'We are deeply offended and saddened by the actions taken by this hotel.

"Not as an excuse but as an explanation, we don't typically sell cases of water. The mistake was made when employees priced a case of water using the single-bottle price for each bottle in the case", the spokesperson from Best Buy concluded. "We do not tolerate this type of egregious and unethical behavior", the statement from the hotel chain said, adding that their thoughts and prayers were with the victims impacted by the hurricane.

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