Outrage as people selling Lateral Flow kits for £ 100 on eBay and marketplaces
People are trying to sell side flow kits for £ 100 amid a shortage across the UK.
Scalpers sell them in marketplaces like eBay and Facebook as well as online auction houses with the goal of making a quick buck.
Selling lateral flow kits is prohibited on eBay and in most markets, but some sellers are still trying to bend the rules.
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Demand for lateral flow is high following an increase in omicron cases and Prime Minister Boris Johnson had urged people to take a coronavirus test before leaving for New Years Eve.
The UK’s Health Safety Agency has announced that eight million kits will be made available to pharmacies – but many appear to be finding their way online to be sold for a profit.
Men found the generally free test kits for sale on Facebook, eBay, and even a Stockport-based online auction house.
Meanwhile, a person on Facebook was selling lateral flow tests for £ 5 each.
Posting on the Didsbury M20 group, the person wrote: ’12 lateral flow tests for sale. £ 5 per box, but it will cost more than one. “
Responding to the list, one person posted, “You should give them away for free to people in need, not hoarding them for your own selfish gain!”
Another wrote: “What a shame of you. There is a dearth of these tests ”.
When someone asked if the ad was a joke, the seller replied, “There is no joke, they are in short supply right now, so if you need them a five is ‘is not much ”.
An image of an ‘unused and sealed’ box of lateral flow testing was shared on social media, showing it offered for £ 100 on Wednesday (December 29) before it was taken down.
Another box of rapid antigen tests was also reportedly on sale for £ 9.99, which was also quickly taken off the site.
eBay said COVID-19 tests were banned for sale on its platform and that there were “currently no lateral flow tests available for purchase” on the site.
An eBay spokesperson said: “COVID-19 tests are prohibited for sale on eBay.
“We condemn anyone attempting to resell the COVID tests provided by the NHS.
“We have filters in place to prevent these tests from making it to the platform, and our policy team also regularly monitors these items and anyone that does in-place is immediately removed. “
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