Quarantine Diaries: Day 252

in coronavirus •  2 months ago 

I posted a few days ago about an Aldi near me that was well-stocked with just about everything. That was then.

But today, a report on more empty and sparsely-populated shelves. I’m a bit of a skinflint. One of the places I shop at is Dollar Tree, the antithesis of upscale. But they’ve got some good bargains on basics like cleaning supplies, soaps and shampoos, some generic OTC meds, and other odds and ends. But where they usually have a bazillion toothbrushes, tubes of toothpaste, and other dental supplies, lots of empty shelf space:

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Also a whole lot of nothing for sandwich bags, gallon freezer bags, and the like:

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I’ve noticed a lack of storage bags in other stores too.

And the Cub grocery nearest me which was very well stocked with toilet paper a few weeks ago, now has lots of empty shelf space in that part of the store. Meh, I’m stocked for that. If panic buying starts up again, I’m set.

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After not being able to find paper towels at a few stores, I finally gave in and bought a six-pack (which was all they had at the store I was at), which will last me for probably the next year, as I really don't use them much, I just like to have them around for icky jobs like cleaning up litter box messes. It is WEIRD what they run out of. Like, I understood (though I wished people could have kept their cool) that people were running on cleaning supplies at the start because they wanted to clean and sanitize everything. Lysol wipes, hand sanitizer, etc., OK, I get it. But toilet paper? Meat? Milk? It's a pandemic, not a blizzard.

These supply chain disruptions may be knock-on effects from Covid-19 and the responses to it. IIRC, Taskmaster suggested that the empty food shelves may have been caused by the absence of agricultural labor from across the south of the border. That's probably true because American farms probably employ migrant workers in that sector in larger numbers than Northern European countries. But the other product categories should not be affected by this.

Good thing working vaccines already exist. The acute situation should be over in at most 6-12 months.

I is disconcerting when you see supply trends like that at the stores that provide basic needs. We haven't seen too much of that up here thankfully.

It is like Iowa had the fog lifted from its mind with the awesome election choice and now the governor is making sense. Like magic!

Stay safe and sane down there!