NJ Officials Investigating Claims Of Price Gouging In Wake Of Irene

NEWARK, NJ (WCBS 880) — New Jersey investigators are keeping an eye on businesses that might be trying to prey on storm victims.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reports

Roughly 50 people have called New Jersey’s Division of Consumer Affairs about price gouging of gas, batteries, bottled water and hotel rooms.

Director Tom Calcagni says he’s deploying his investigators across the state who have looked into half of the complaints, each of which was found to be unsubstantiated.

“A price is deemed excessive if it exceeds by more than 10 percent the price of which the good or service was sold prior to the state of emergency unless the price charge is attributable to additional cost imposed on the seller,” said Calcagni.

Calcagni suggests before hiring anyone, demand a written contract and get references from people they trust.

Calcagni says over the next two days, they’ll have their investigators visit the areas hardest hit to give flood victims information about avoiding scam artists and finding reliable contractors.

For more information, visit their website or call their toll-free hotline at 1-800-242-5846.

Have you seen price gouging in your area? Let us know in our comments section below…

  • bill burns

    Coloreds out raping last night.

  • Stephanie

    yes, I was at a supermarket on Friday. The Poland spring water 35bottle count of 16oz was asking for $14.80. I returned the item immediately, still have the receipts and the store credit. This is at NY, Brooklyn. I’ll report it too

    • DanTe

      Yes. Merchants should not pay to expedite shipment of supplies. They should leave their shelves empty so that things like you can whiiiiinnnnneee…..

  • DanTe

    People too stupid to stock up before the storm now complain about the prices. It’s not like they didn’t have DAYS of notice.

    And they’re obviously also too stupid to know that they have water problems in their basements and need to by a $90 pump. So now they whine about a $1000 pumping fee.

    Also noticed that KPMc (works for CBS) obviously realized the stupidity of his post so he had my post censored. HA! Stupid Mc

    • KPMc

      Now that’s pretty funny. I have been calling CBS out for their ignorant mistakes and their hidden agenda since the WINS website migrated to this terrible one and you think I WORK for CBS.

      You’re quite the detective. Keep you day job, genius.

      • DanTe

        Hit a nerve here, did we? Stupid Mc.

    • KPMc

      “Also noticed that KPMc (works for CBS) obviously realized the stupidity of his post so he had my post censored. HA! Stupid Mc”

      Oh you mean these posts that are part of a totally different article. The one that says there is a law about raising prices more than 10% when a state of emergency is declared? That post and article?

      Again… don’t quit your day job, genius.

      You are Joey Nickels!

  • Terry

    On Saturday BEFORE the storm, I passed a gas station on River Road in Bogota that had a line of well over 20 cars waiting to get in…..when I passed the price was $3.39…..on my way back less then 15 minutes later, the line was STILL long and a attendant was changing the price to $3.59 ! I was shocked !

    • prices rise all the time

      in bayside queens it was $4.02 but price of gas changes daily so no conspiracy theory here

  • JustSaying

    You know it’s going to happen. People care way more about the almighty dollar than they do about their fellow man. Disasters bring out both the best and worst in people.

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