What’s Working To Prevent ‘Hoarding’ Of Essential Supplies?


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Many places are combating against “hoarders” such as Costco, Target, La Chiquita, and many more from panic-buying or getting the items for the people who need them the most.

Since this epidemic caused by the unexpected COVID-19 has started many stores have run out of your everyday essential items such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting items. A big part of that was because of “hoarders” panic-buying and resellers trying to make a quick buck out of these items. There have since been “rules” or “guidelines” put in place to combat these things, such as many stores limiting how many items you’re allowed to purchase like hand sanitizers, purified water bottles, and toilet paper. While not only is limiting items helping out stores also restricting how many people can enter the building, such as people who are specifically planning on entering to mass buy the same product and sell it for more don’t think it’s worth waiting in line for. Some stores are trying to combat this issue with not the best method such as price gouging but the attorney general has made it very clear any stores doing so will be fined. If you have seen this occur reporting to the hotline number (866)-966-7226 (Gouging means occurs when a seller increases the prices of goods, services, or commodities to a level much higher than is considered reasonable or fair).

“I have been looking in many stores for bottles of sanitizers but they seem to be nowhere in sight,” said senior Alexis Carranza.

While many stores have been running out of essential items, there have been many shops transforming their normal production factories into hand sanitizer facilities.

“It’s crazy to think how many everyday essential items have started to be seen as a luxury item because of it’s shortages,” said senior Leslie Hernandez.

Many stores have started to open earlier only for senior citizens so they can get the items to people who actually need them.

“It’s sad many people are losing loved ones because of how many people don’t have face mask’s or gloves,” said senior Michael Vazquez.