Outrage as lateral flow test sells for £ 100 on eBay
Unscrupulous sellers are trying to run lateral flow tests for £ 100 online amid the huge nationwide testing shortage.
People advertised it on eBay and Facebook pages as well as online auction houses with the goal of making money fast.
Although the sale of such kits is prohibited on these sites, some sellers attempt to circumvent 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 Health Security Agency has announced that eight million kits will be made available to pharmacies – but many seem to find their way online to be sold for a profit.
MEN have 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 Facebook, 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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