WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Matt Colvin and his brother donated their stocks of hand sanitizers and antibacterial wipes after receiving notice from the Atty. General’s office of Tenessee.
- Amazon and eBay suspended the online merchant’s account after the latter posted the items on an overpriced value.
- Matt claimed that he never realized that the coronavirus spread would lead to a shortage in the supply of medical necessities .
On Sunday, the Amazon merchant from Tennessee who recently got infamous for amassing 17,700 bottles of hand sanitizer, gave out all of his stocks following an announcement of state officials to investigate him of hoarding products amidst the coronavirus outbreak.
The seller, Matt Colvin, has apparently donated two-thirds of his stocks of sterile wipes and hand sanitizers to a local church, as reported by the New York Times.
The outlet also reported that the church is to hand out the necessities to those who need it throughout the state.
Meanwhile, Tennessee Attorney General’s officials got the remaining fraction of the items, and they are to forward these to its counterpart office in Kentucky. The New York Times previously said that Colvin procured some of the items in Kentucky earlier this month.
On March 1, upon confirmation of the first coronavirus fatality in the U.S, Colvin, along with his brother Noah, bought thousands of hand sanitizers as well as stocks of antibacterial wipes in different stores from both Tennessee and Kentucky.
Times earlier reported that the trader from Hixson had sold around 300 bottles of hand sanitizer at a marked up value through Amazon. The e-commerce company then afterward took out his items along with several other sanitary items.
Amazon further warned all online sellers that their account might be suspended for price overcharging.
Following the report of the news outlet about the Colvin brothers on Saturday, they received backlash from thousands of social media users across the world. Some even went to the extent of threatening Colvin, and some posted his address online. Colvin also told the newspaper that a person pounded his door on Saturday night.
On Sunday, Colvin made an apology for what he did, saying that he never thought that the spread of the virus would lead to a shortage of supplies for sanitary products in the U.S.
He added that he never meant to store the important medical supplies or keep it from people who needed it most.
Meanwhile, both Amazon and eBay put his accounts on hold last Sunday.
On a statement on Saturday, the Tennessee Attorney General’s office forwarded Colvin a cease-and-desist order for the sanitary products.
Attorney General Herbert Slatery III of Tennessee said in the statement
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III stated on the same statement that they wouldn’t allow price overcharging, especially during these times of need, and they will impose necessary actions to put an end to it.
Colvin and his brother, though, purchased their stocks products prior to the declaration of the state of emergency by Gov. Bill Lee of Tennessee on March 12. Colvin also reportedly did not sell a single item upon the declaration of the state of emergency was made, the Times reported.
Source: The Hill