NYC: Liquid gold-Purell selling for $79 in Manhattan hardware store

This price will make you sick.

A Garment District hardware store is selling 1200 ml bottles of Purell for $79.

The same bottle retailed for as little as $5.49 before the coronavirus scare.

“That’s what we pay for them,” an employee at Scheman & Grant Hardware at Eighth Avenue and 38th Street claimed to a Post reporter, as the store readied to close for the night on Friday.

“Everyone who comes in the store,” buys them, he said while sitting on a stool and guarding the store’s dwindling hand sanitizer stash.

“We sold about fifty of those today.”

But Ace Hardware, to which the store is affiliated, was offering 1200 ml bottles of Purell for only $9.99 online — though it was out of stock Friday night.

Before selling out Friday, Scheman & Grant Hardware also had 2-liter bottles of Purell on sale for an even more astounding $109.

That’s five times what Amazon was offering them for online, before they too sold out.

Enlarge Image Purell Ace Hardware
This bottle of Purell was selling for $109 — and someone pulled the trigger.Hayley Hogan

The price sounds like gouging, Mayor de Blasio told The Post when asked about the store’s sky-high Purell Friday night.

“I’d like my Department of Consumer Affairs to pay them a visit immediately,” he said.

A manager at the Ace Hardware-franchise store declined to comment to The Post.

An Ace rep responded that its retailers “are independent businessmen and women  with sole control over the operation of their business, including pricing decisions and policies.

“We can’t speak to pricing within an independent retailer’s organization.”

It’s not surprising that desperate New Yorkers were shelling out $79 for the virus-obliterating goo. Demand for hand sanitizers spiked 1,400 percent from December to January, reported, resulting in widespread shortages across the country.


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