People spend Christmas weekend dealing with blizzard snow, wind, and ice and some people were dealing with people trying to make a quick buck.

It is illegal in New York to charge more for an item or service during a weather event like this weekend's blizzard.

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If you feel that you paid more than you should of for gas, food, for plowing services you can make a report of price gouging to officials in New York State.


If you live outside Erie County, you can file a report of price gouging with New York State online using their website. (REPORT PRICE GOUGING HERE)

New York State has a business law that prohibits price gouging.

The OAG enforces New York's price gouging statute, section 396-r of the New York General Business Law, which prohibits unconscionably excessive pricing of essential goods and services during any abnormal disruption of the market, such as severe weather, power outages, strikes, or national or local emergencies. The statute applies to price gouging of vital consumer goods and services provided for personal, family or household use as well as price gouging of essential medical supplies and services, and any other essential goods and services used to promote the public’s health or welfare. The statute prohibits price gouging by all parties in the chain of distribution, including retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers, suppliers and distributors.

If you feel that you are a victim of price gouging you are encouraged to make a report.

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