Completely depleted toilet paper at Hudson Valley supermarket

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It happens.

We told you last week that financial analysts warned of a possible shortage of paper. Well, now it seems to be hitting the Hudson Valley.

Monday morning I was receiving items at the Stop and Shop on Route 9 in Poughkeepsie and was not prepared for what to expect. After walking down the paper products aisle, I found myself with completely empty shelves. The store was completely depleted of toilet paper, paper towels and other paper products. The photo below shows how bare the aisle was.

Other buyers were commenting on the shortage, wondering if things were going to be as bad as they were during the height of the pandemic.

For now, it looks like the shortage is only hitting some stores. Right across the street at Price Chopper there was a lot of toilet paper in stock. ShopRite in Poughkeepsie also seemed to have paper towel and toilet rolls available for anyone who needed them.

Economists predict the problem will get worse before it gets better. Currently, stores that did not order paper products in advance have found themselves with no shipments scheduled for this week. Supply chain issues led to less than half of the products ordered reaching their destination. Other stores are also expected to experience sporadic outages in the coming weeks.

If we’ve learned anything from being in this situation last year, it’s that panic buying will only make it worse. Buyers are advised to purchase only the paper products they need and not to accumulate items. Some stores have even reintroduced limits on products to discourage panic buying.

Did you find any paper products for sale at your local store? Let us know in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.

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