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Coronavirus: Kijiji bans listings for masks, hand sanitizer in crackdown on price-gouging

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Kijiji is banning listings for health-care masks, hand sanitizer and other items in high demand amid the coronavirus outbreak in an effort to stop price-gouging.

The classifieds website made the announcement as it outlined best-practices for buying and selling through the site during the pandemic.

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It says it’s also temporarily removing listings for “disinfecting wipes and toilet paper” based on user feedback.

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The website says it’s trying to “curb pricing practices that run counter to the community-minded spirit of Kijiji.”

In recent days, listings for such items had popped up on the site well above market value.

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The website is also recommending that people follow health officials’ advice when meeting up to make purchases, including cleaning items with regular household cleaners or diluted bleach.