A. Barton Hinkle Says Let's Hear It for Price Gouging


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Virginia's Post-Disaster Anti-Price Gouging Act has now been on the books for 10 years — which is 10 years too long. The measure hasn't been used often, but every time the law is put to use — or even invoked — a few million brain cells die, argues A. Barton Hinkle, who says so-called price gouging during an emergency serves two very useful purposes.