The Disappearance of Toilet Paper and Cleaning Supplies

Posted by Jessi-Marie Agosto.

Due to the re-emergence of shutdowns and curfews, as a result of spikes in COVID-19 cases, toilet paper and cleaning supply aisles are emptying once again. Already, “22 states have imposed restrictions aimed at decreasing the spread of the virus” and therefore, purchase limits are once again emerging at supermarkets and retail stores (Fox Business). These limits are striking panic in shoppers, causing them to once again, stock up on the necessities such as toilet paper and cleaning supplies. Major discount retailers such as Walmart and Costco are already sold out of cleaning supplies like disinfecting wipes, while smaller stores such as Walgreens and Dollar Tree have the essentials in stock (Fox Business). The reason for this, according to Whitney Hatcher, a collections specialist, is that “‘people are seeing the empty shelves at bigger stores and panic buying’” (Fox Business). Hoarding of the necessities has already hit us when COVID-19 first made its appearance and as we are beginning to slowly recover, the demand for such items has once again made its appearance.”

As the toilet paper and cleaning supplies fail to be replenished at a rate that meets this unexpected new surge of demand, shoppers are not the only ones being negatively affected. As the demand for items increases, retailers are having to invest more money into their supply chains in order to meet these unexpected surges, something they have been doing “over the last several months” (Fox Business). Based upon what occurred last spring of 2020, we can expect to see limitations on the necessities including water, dairy, and of course, toilet paper and cleaning supplies. In San Diego, the renewed shortages are clearing shelves quickly as “‘the TP aisle is bare. Big jugs of milk mostly gone’”, according to Melin Isa, an internet marketer (Fox Business). I can only imagine that as cases continue to rise, the number of panic-stricken shoppers will rise as well, leading to many empty shelves, unlocking another fear for not only the virus, but also, for the possibility of starving to death.

In my opinion, from working at the retail store, Walgreens, and therefore encountering many families of four or more, this winter will bring forth many fears surrounding the possibility of going without a meal. Last winter, my family did not have to struggle with finding toilet paper, however, they did struggle to find canned goods as the limitations in stores were always faulty. Honestly, such limitations work to a certain degree, as there are ways to get around, and because of these ways, many suffer the repercussions. While it is necessary to purchase what one needs, to hoard, on the other hand, causes unnecessary stress for those who are not panicking because they reach the markets and the shelves are completely empty. As retailers try their best to replenish the sold-out items, it is important to remember that these are hard times for everyone.

Jessi-Marie is a finance major at the Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University, Class of 2023.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/panic-buying-of-toilet-paper-hits-us-stores-again-with-new-pandemic-restrictions

Join the Conversation

22 Comments

  1. You completed a number of nice points there. I did a search on the issue and found nearly all people will have the same opinion with your blog. Florette Theo Louella

  2. Thank you for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do some research about this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more from this post. I am very glad to see such excellent information being shared freely out there. Teresina Charlton Kind

  3. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is wonderful blog. A great read. I will definitely be back. Luci Skipp Joelle

  4. Hi, Iam 61 years old and had planned to take my CPP at age 70. As a forced detour, I fell ill, had to leave work. I am since provided disability insurance through my work benefit plan. Unfortunately, I have since been forced to take a CPP disability benefit. This situation has greatly impacted my long term retirement plan. The consequences are far reaching. It has decreased my potential earning ability and contribution ability which of course results in a lower company pension and Cpp payout during my retirement years. I will now be forced to accept my CPP at age 65. Would enjoy reading your new book. At this point, I need all the help I can get. Ginnifer Meier Bronson

  5. I don’t know if it’s just me or if perhaps everybody else experiencing problems with your site.
    It appears as if some of the written text on your posts
    are running off the screen. Can someone else please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening to them as well?
    This might be a issue with my browser because I’ve
    had this happen before. Kudos

  6. Simply desire to say your article is as surprising.
    The clarity on your put up is just excellent and that i could suppose you’re knowledgeable on this subject.
    Well together with your permission let me to seize your feed to stay updated
    with drawing close post. Thanks 1,000,000 and please continue the enjoyable work.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *