Verify: Did a Houston area Home Depot sell a case of water bottle for $42?

Did a Houston area Home Depot sell a case of water bottle for $42?

QUESTION:

Did a Houston area Home Depot sell a case of water bottle for $42?

ANSWER:

Yes they did, but quickly admitted that putting that sign out was a mistake and they quickly moved to sell the bottles for 17 cents each.

SOURCES:

Home Depot spokesperson, Matthew Harrigan

PROCESS:

With all the outpour of donations Hurricane Harvey victims have been receiving, it’s hard to believe any business would raise prices for necessities at a time like this.

But that’s exactly what some people are angrily claiming a Home Depot in the Houston area did after a picture surfaced on social media last week of Dasani water bottles with the price $42.72 taped on.

WUSA9 News contacted Home Depot spokesperson, Matthew Harrigan who confirmed the photo and price were real, but there’s a backstory.

According to the spokesperson, The Dasani water was only labeled in their computers for individual sale at the store in Clear Lake Shores, Texas and a customer wanted to buy the single bottles before being unwrapped from the plastic, at $1.78 per bottle that adds up to $42.72 for 24 pack.

Home Depot admits putting the sign out was a mistake, but Matt Harrigan says all individual bottles are being sold at 17 cents now and says would “never raise prices during a disaster and we freeze prices as soon as a state of emergency is declared.”

By the way this photo was taken BEFORE Hurricane Harvey and following the aftermath of the hurricane, the Home Depot foundation announced their commitment of $1 million to disaster relief efforts, to learn more click here. Team Depot, an associate-led volunteer force is being mobilized to head down to the impacted flood areas and help the community clean up and rebuild.

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