s another example of " price gouging" that helps everyone.
D-cell batteries cost $1 each.
A storm is coming and the merchant knows that he will not be resupplied for several weeks.
He raises the price to $4 per battery.
Thise who realize they will need batteries will buy the five they need for $20, instead of the 20 they could have bought.
This leaves batteries available for three more families who also need 4 batteries.
Now everyone has what they need, and they still spent what they would have.