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Price-gouging rampant during crisis

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Price-gouging rampant during crisis

The highest prices weren’t being paid for toilet paper, masks and sanitiser, either.

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Superannuation

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Credit Cards

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Worth a try

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Property

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Insurance

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Price-gouging rampant during crisis

The highest prices weren’t being paid for toilet paper, masks and sanitiser, either.

Deeply unethical

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