The 3M corporation has targeted a third-party Amazon seller called KMJ Trading Inc, because it apparently sold $350,000 worth of N95 respirator masks for $23 each!
Ever since the pandemic began, Amazon reduced the prices of facemask so that people could purchase this essential garment. Amazon had already warned the sellers against gouging in February which resulted in restriction on face mask and hand sanitizer supply from the back end. If reports are to believed, KMJ spiked the prices before the lockdown. It was, in fact, making multiple sales in three different locations and stores. The law suit resulted after numerous customers filed a complaint against the company. They said that some of the masks were defective and carried wrongfully disguised labels.
“I think these are fake N95 Mask, and seller price gouged me 20 times the retail price. Ten-pack of fake N95 mask for $150 is just crooked during this pandemic.” – said one customer.
When the news reached Amazon, it applauded the action and clarified its stance during the pandemic. It also bragged about how the company lowered the cost and made fact masks more feasible for the customers.
Source: Top Class Actions
“We’re proud to be working with 3M to hold these bad actors accountable. When we find a bad actor violating our policies, we work quickly to remove the products and take action on the bad actor, as we’ve done here, and we welcome collaboration from brands like 3M.” – said Dharmesh Mehta, Amazon’s VP in charge of customer trust and partner support.
3M has appealed and demanded $2 million as a cost to repair damages.
“By selling and delivering to customers counterfeit, damaged, deficient, or otherwise altered respirators and engaging in price-gouging, Defendants caused irreparable damage to 3M’s reputation. There is no adequate remedy at law for these injuries.” – One of the complaints said.