Passover foods are being sold for for 5 times the retail price as online sellers try to profit off of coronavirus shortages

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As the Jewish holiday of Passover begins this week, shoppers have reported shortages of items in grocery stores and online.

Business Insider discovered similar price-gouging by online retailers on Passover foods like matzah and Kosher for Passover cakes.

Price-gouging has become more common during the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected 1.4 million people and killed over 88,500 globally.

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This week, Jewish people around the world are celebrating Passover, a major holiday that celebrates the exodus from Egypt. As part of the holiday, families usually gather together for a traditional meal service called a "seder" and eat special foods deemed strictly Kosher for Passover.

This year, the eight-day holiday begins on the evening of April 8 and is taking place as the world experiences a coronavirus pandemic, which has left grocery store shelves empty and led countries to enforce major limits on social gatherings. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: How waste is dealt with on the world's largest cruise shipSee Also:A New York nurse laments his coronavirus patient's last words before intubation: 'Who's going to pay for it?'The WHO director-general says he's received death threats while leading the global effort to control the coronavirus pandemicIn an email to employees, Tesla says it will cut salaries and furlough nonessential employees