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People Are Selling Dettol On Ebay For Thousands Of Pounds

People Are Selling Dettol On Ebay For Thousands Of Pounds

If you've ventured to the supermarket over the last few weeks, you'll know that it's near impossible to buy the likes of toilet roll, hand gel and Dettol cleaning products.

Now, knowing the items are in high demand, people are taking to eBay to flog them for a pretty penny - by which we mean literally, thousands of pounds.

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Yep, *thousands*. In fact, just one bottle of Dettol spray which has received 11 bids (so far), is currently selling for £5,600. It's usually priced from £1.99. We'll just let that sink in...

It's a similar story for another Dettol product - a single can of disinfectant room spray - which is selling for over £2,000 and has so far has had 19 bids.

One Dettol spray is selling for over £5,000 (Credit: eBay)
One Dettol spray is selling for over £5,000 (Credit: eBay)

Meanwhile, a product from the all-in-one collection (which retails for as little as £1.99) is selling for £100 while a lemon breeze option, listed by a different seller, is being flogged for over £200.

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In a time of global crisis, we're shocked that people are selling these essential products for crazy prices.

Even items that haven't been listed for thousands are still up for more than 10 times the price.

Another item is being flogged for over £2,000 (Credit: eBay)
Another item is being flogged for over £2,000 (Credit: eBay)

It seems shoppers are mega keen to get their hands on the all-in-one sprays, with a 'pomegranate paradise' scent selling for £22 and a lemon version reaching £51 in bids so far.

Both items have days left in auction so who knows what price they'll reach.

Bids for this spray have now reached over £200 (Credit: eBay)
Bids for this spray have now reached over £200 (Credit: eBay)

Packs of Dettol wipes are also selling for bonkers sums, with one currently reaching bids of nearly £20 for a single pack.

It's *so* disappointing to see that some sellers are taking advantage of the crisis by listing these basic products at an extortionate price.

Earlier this month, we told you about the brothers who were left with 17,700 bottles of hand sanitiser after stocking up in hope they could flog the $1 (approx. 80p) bottles for a huge $70 (£56) during the outbreak.

But Matt and Noah didn't *quite* think the venture through, after Amazon put a block on people trying to make a profit from the coronavirus crisis, meaning they have no idea where to sell them.

It's been almost impossible to get hold of certain items, like soap and toilet roll (Credit: PA)
It's been almost impossible to get hold of certain items, like soap and toilet roll (Credit: PA)

However, the brothers have pledged to donate the bottles of sanitiser, explaining it was "never [their] intention to keep necessary medical supplies out of the hands of people who needed them".

An eBay spokesperson told Tyla: "eBay does not tolerate sellers exploiting other users and in line with our price gouging policy these items are banned.

"For several weeks we have had filters in place designed to prevent the listing of items at unreasonably inflated prices, and we are continuing to take increasingly aggressive measures to eliminate profiteering on our platform.

"We have introduced Emergency Listing Restrictions on items including but not limited to masks, hand sanitiser, toilet roll and baby formula, and have rolled out a new price gouging reporting functionality, enabling people to report instances of unreasonably priced items in real time.

"We continue to work closely with authorities including Trading Standards, and our international security teams have been working around the clock to remove any unreasonably priced listings. Where sellers are attempting to circumvent our filters, we are taking necessary enforcement action including account suspension."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Life News, News, Coronavirus

Lucy Devine

Lucy is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, she has worked in both print and online and is particularly interested in fashion, food, health and women's issues. Northerner, coffee addict, says hun a lot. Get in touch at [email protected]

 

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