Tennessee brothers donate sanitizer products after failed attempt to resell them for profit

Posted: Updated:

Thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer and packs of antibacterial wipes and medical masks have been donated after a failed attempt by two Tennessee brothers to resell them for profit.

PHOTOS: The impact of coronavirus around the world

 

News outlets report boxes were taken Sunday from a storage unit at the home of Matt Colvin, of Hixson, Tennessee.

RELATED:Gov. Murphy orders all public, private, and parochial schools closed effective Wednesday

"With businesses, there are wins and there are losses, and this is one where cutting my losses is the right thing to do," says Colvin.

RELATED:Non-essential travel ‘discouraged,' all schools closed amid coronavirus outbreak

The items were donated to a local church, with some supplies heading to Kentucky where Colvin had cleared store shelves during the U.S. coronavirus outbreak.

Will A Mask Really Protect You From Coronavirus? - Cheddar Explains

The brothers estimated they drove 1,300 miles over three days filling a truck they rented with the sanitizer.

Colvin and his brother went state to state clearing out sanitizer shelves following the first coronavirus death in the country. They got 18,000 bottles. Their plan was to sell them on Amazon to make a profit, some as high as $70 each.

BY THE NUMBERS: Get the latest global statistics
SCHOOL CLOSINGS: See the list of school closings
GET THE FACTS: What you need to know about coronavirus
TRAVEL TIPS: Should you cancel your plans?

But Amazon stopped their sales and the state attorney general sent a cease-and-desist letter.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."