COVID-19 rapid tests turn out to be the hottest resale item of 2022.
Various New York City companies have turned to food delivery apps, including Seamless, to resell home coronavirus antigen tests well above the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.
While a search for “COVID test” on the platform generates an array of logical vendors – Rite Aid, CVS, and other pharmacies – it also displays a variety of restaurants, ghost kitchens, liquor stores, delicatessen and pet food stores also selling the coveted virus detectors – and testing for far more than retail value.
A Manhattan grocery store advertises a two-pack of BinaxNow-branded tests for $ 80 on Seamless – $ 56 more than its $ 24 retail value, Vice reported. The unit is listed in the “new items” section of the store, alongside other more typical deli buying options such as garlic bread and corn dogs.
At Pet Foods By Village Farm, which lists its address as being in Manhattan, two-packs of Binax – along with a variety of other brands of in-home testing – sell for $ 49.99.
The post called Pet Foods By Village Farm, with an address displayed at 146 Second Ave., and an employee quickly hung up when asked about the overpriced items online.
In Brooklyn, a liquor store listed as Liquid Assets offers several coronavirus-related packages for varying costs, including a “COVID Fighter Pack” that includes two coronavirus self-tests, a digital thermometer, a 32-ounce bottle of Gatorade, a box of 124 Kleenex, one pack of 16 DayQuil capsules, one pack of 16 NyQuil capsules, one box of Emergen-C drink mix and one bag of 24 Ricola lozenges, Vice reported. While the items should not sell for more than $ 90, alcohol sells them for a combined $ 124.99.
Seamless, however, takes a hands-off approach to mowing its clients.
“As a marketplace, we allow merchants to set their own prices for the items they sell on our platform,” Seamless told The Post in a statement. “We encourage them to use prices similar to those that customers would find if they bought items in-store and that the prices for these tests should be affordable, fair and not exorbitant, especially during a pandemic. We have a process in place to identify and contact traders when we discover potential pricing issues. “
However, the current price hike for COVID tests is far from a local problem. Australia’s antitrust regulator said on Tuesday it was taking action to stem the problem as reports of the practice mount, Reuters reported.