/Off-White mask prices soar amid coronavirus fears in US – Business Insider

Off-White mask prices soar amid coronavirus fears in US – Business Insider

  • Prices of Off-White fashion masks have skyrocketed on the resale website StockX amid coronavirus concerns.
  • Several listings of items from the buzzy fashion brand are showing bids of upwards of $200, up from previous months’ averages of $80. 
  • The uptick comes following ongoing concern over global mask shortages as demand mounts.  
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While the efficacy of face masks in preventing coronavirus remains murky, some resellers looking to make a quick buck are finding success by selling designer “fashion masks” on StockX.

StockX, the resale marketplace best known as a destination for sneakers and streetwear, is selling a bevy of masks from the buzzy fashion brand Off-White’s 2019 collections, with some bids coming in at more than $200. One such design, which in previous months sold for an average of $80, just sold for $211 on the site. 

In a graph of the product’s historical sales over time, there’s a significant spike in the last week as incidents of the coronavirus have risen across the US. It also comes following a scarcity of masks that has persisted since January, when concerns about the virus’ spread began to mount. 

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Stock X


Another mask that was formerly selling at an average of $83 is now going for $185. StockX did not immediately return Business Insider’s request for comment. 

Meanwhile, on Off-White’s official website, the masks are completely sold out. 

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Off-White


Still, most medical professionals say masks aren’t especially helpful in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

“There’s little harm in it,” Eric Toner, a scientist at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told Business Insider’s Holly Secon. “But it’s not likely to be very effective in preventing it.”

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