Best Buy faces $250K fine for selling $42 bottled water during Hurricane Harvey

In a time of tragedy, employees at a Best Buy in Houston decided to exploit those in need. The Best Buy in Cypress, Texas decided to sell bottled water for $42 a pack. They would later lower the price to $29 per pack.

Photos of the price increase went viral and Best Buy’s corporate offices was forced to respond. “The pricing was clearly a mistake on the part of a few employees at a single store.”

However, Best Buy could be fined for their actions. In Texas, price-gouging is illegal during a natural disaster. Violators could face a fine of $250k.

The price-gouging by Best Buy is a horrible example of how a company can take advantage of people during a desperate situation. Best Buy continues to face backlash on social media.

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

7 Comments
    1. They didn’t raise the price of anything. Best Buy doesn’t normally sell cases of water, just individual bottles. The marked prices are 12x and 24x their standard individual bottle price.

      1. Do you work for Best Buy? Regardless, this company was trying to help by selling the bottles by cases?

        If Best Buy really had the thought of helping, they should be out there handing these people free water. Pizza Hut (including a pregnant lady) was out there handing out hot pizza walking thru the waters to serve these people. I will always be a grateful customer of Pizza Hut and will never buy from Best Buy.

      2. Please stop wasting your time trying to convince us that they had no other choices. Best Buy corporates better decide quickly to donate alot of money to help and/or this story will never be forgotten.

    1. Good Job Best Buy! I like how you got someone on here trying to explain the fine print behind your reasoning to sell 42 dollar cases of water in a natural disaster. High Five, you really represent your name!

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