COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) — In the aftermath of last week’s storm in Texas, the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office is continuing to monitor its effect on gas prices in South Carolina.
While it’s true you are paying more at the pump, the simple rise in the price of gasoline does not equal price gouging under state law. Price fluctuations are a normal part of the free market.
South Carolina does have a law against price gouging that takes effect under very specific circumstances.
Run-ups in price, even those that seem large, may be justified by market forces in our competitive system.
But if you feel like you are the victim of price gouging there are certain steps that you can take to help the AG’s office investigate.
1. Note the time, place, address, and name of the gas station
2. Note the price you paid
3. Note any prices nearby and get the same information on those stations
4. Take pictures that identify the station, along with the price
5. Provide your name and contact information
The office will need that information in order to conduct a thorough investigation. You’re asked to email any examples or documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-737-3953 and leave a message if you have witnessed a likely violation.