Saturday, 15 May 2021

Toilet paper being flogged for £1,000 online amid coronavirus panic buying

A global toilet paper panic-buying frenzy amid the coronavirus outbreak has seen the "street price" of the soft bum-cleansing products skyrocket online.

The hashtag #toiletpaperpanic is now trending on Twitter in the UK and a disgusted user in Australia has revealed that bog roll is being flogged for as much $12,000 (£6,000) online.

Bluntly, user @micahgianneli tweeted a video of the outrageous prices with the caption: “Seriously?”

In the UK, prices are still mostly sensible but Daily Store Online did spot one eBay vendor selling 48 rolls of Cusheen Quilted for £1,000.

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British people are similarly baffled by the panic buying, with many now anxiously wondering if they will have to be sucked into the stockpiling tactics.

One person mused: "It's amazing that Brits are stockpiling toilet roll but not food.

"The sheer short-sightedness of wasting money on something we won't need because we've completely ignored a very necessary something else is classic us. #toiletpaperpanic"

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A second baffled person tweeted: "Is it just me or is it strange how desperate everyone has become to ensure they can wipe their backside. #toiletpaperpanic."

Meanwhile, another user was keen to offer a "green" alternative, although it wouldn't be much use in the event of a quarantine.

They joked: "Why doesn't everyone just use Doc Leaves like the rest of us? Come on a leaf with a generous layer of Aloe Vera Gel does wonders and hello its sustainable #toiletpaperpanic."

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This comes after a family admitted buying 2,300 toilet rolls – with the family telling their young kids they can have the remaining ones as wedding gifts in the future.

Shoppers are also rushing to buy Manuka honey which is alleged to have "anti-viral" properties although there is no evidence that is effective against coronavirus.

Meanwhile, a panicking woman tried to microwave her money in fear that it was contaminated with coronavirus and ended up burning £300.

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