Profiteering Law and Legal Definition

Profiteering refers to taking advantage of unusual or exceptional circumstances to make excessive profits. It is the generation of disproportionate or unfair profit through manipulation of prices, abuse of dominant position, or by exploiting a bad or unusual situation such as temporary scarcity. Usually, there is no governmental control over profiteering unless it involves any illegal means. Sale of scarce goods at inflated price during war is an example for profiteering.