Toilet paper is out of stock again, but these gifts sure are “Charmin'”!

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By Nanci Dixon
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country, ICUs are filling to capacity and the death toll is sadly increasing. Some states are enforcing stricter mandates on masks, schools, and the number of people in stores, and are setting curfews on restaurants and bars.

Fearful of another lockdown, and a repeat of last March, people are stocking up on toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and disinfectant wipes… again. Walmart reports that it is having trouble keeping up with cleaning supplies, while other stores such as Kroger and Publix are again limiting paper goods. According to a market research company, paper products are the ones most affected. Currently, 21 percent of the paper supply aisles are empty, whereas normally only 6-7 percent of grocery store shelves are out of stock.Empty store shelves

The empty shelves were confirmed by one of our staff members in the Northwest. She said that Costco was completely out of toilet paper…again. She then went to several more stores but was out of luck.

We seem to have enough TP in the Phoenix, AZ, area right now and more than enough hand sanitizer – there are cases and cases of hand sanitizer at our local Walmart. People are not only COVID fatigued, but perhaps fatigued with constant hand washing and sanitizing too.

Now, since the holidays are quickly approaching, we found a few things that may make a few funny stocking stuffers.

If you know someone who is having a tough time finding toilet paper, perhaps this option is for them. Hurry, though. Even this could be out of stock soon!

If you know a woman who wears earrings and who has a great sense of humor, she needs these! (Men, if you’ve got pierced ears, these are for you too!) We nearly spit out our coffee when we saw these for the first time – they’re hilarious!

And if you or someone you know collects ornaments, this is surely one to add to the collection. (It’s brilliant, isn’t it?)

What are you finding in your area? Is there an abundance or shortage of TP, masks, cleaning and sanitizing supplies where you are? Please tell us in the poll below.

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Vanessa Simmons
6 days ago

You say you have a years supply of toilet paper. How do you know do you count the squares used each time, keep a running total and at the end of the year calculate how many rolls you will need for the new year? God forbid you get food poisoning one year and over use!

As the lady in the next stall told Elaine “not a square to spare”

rvgrandma
7 days ago

I really don’t know. I just bought at Costco before the latest lockdown. I did see on the news where Walmart shelves were empty.

KellyR
8 days ago

It is probably local shortages created by the Media. A reporter found one store out of 200 with a un-stocked shelve and then every news outlet found that store too and bingo !, the other 200 stores were rushed and emptied within 24 hrs. Johnny Carson’s 1973 joke, during the gas crises when gas was “rationed”, created a TP and coffee crises. When we get a good storm come thru the media outlets are all at one of a couple of places in town that “flood”, standing in their hip boots in two inches of water and telling us the sky is falling. It seems that the sheep population in this nation is growing and the RVer with limited storage space pays for it. A survey of the houses in the USA would probably show that there is a 10 year supply in those houses because of the last “shortage”.

Dan
8 days ago
Reply to  KellyR

Your “sheep population” term pretty much sums up the whole situation, especially when you also reference news media.

Bob P
7 days ago
Reply to  Dan

Yep

Tommy Molnar
7 days ago
Reply to  Dan

Exactly.

MrDisaster
8 days ago

In Chehalis (SW Washington) TP, paper towels, sanitizing wipes and sprays were gone on the first day of the new restrictions (Nov 16). In addition canned soup, beans, vegetables, canned meat and chili shelves were nearly empty. Frozen vegetables (except brussel sprouts) were also wiped out. As of Friday the stores are recovering some. Many folks just suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out) others feel it is an inexpensive way to “do something” and makes them feel a little better. Sigh…

Tommy Molnar
8 days ago

I just don’ understand this. Back home in northern NV, Costco and Wally are both out of TP (according to our neighbors). Down here in Houston where we are holed up in an RV park for several months, there is lots of TP everywhere you shop. As my wife says, “You could shoot a cannon down the TP aisle and not hit anybody”. No one is loading up with TP. I wonder what the difference in mentality is?

Really
8 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

How much TP do you really need, anyway?

A Box or Package of TP from Costco or Sams with 45 Rolls, should last you for quite awhile!

This would be a GOOD Survey Question for RV Travel!

Last edited 8 days ago by Really
Really
8 days ago

Unfortunately, when the news broke about another TP shortage, I observed a man at SAMS with 3 (yes count them 3) Boxes of TP in his cart! Had to wonder how SAMS was letting him check out, when the sign clearly said only 1 per customer!

I guess this guy takes allot of Daily Dumps or is taking it and selling it for a huge profit someplace! (Ah, Greed) what makes the world go round!

This is an example of WHY there is a shortage!