“The usual in-demand stuff” is selling out quickly but seems to get re-stocked regularly enough (apart from anything hand-sanitizer and disinfectant, that’s gone since weeks now, and not back yet despite it’s been said it’s produced here and it would be no issue to restock).
Supposedly, empty shelves are not a shortage but a logistics issue.
Thankfully, however, I haven’t seen any prices going up so far for the things that sell out all the time, apart from that whatever you are looking for, of course, the most expensive brands remain on the shelves the longest, so if you really need to buy tp, not just to hoard, you might be looking at higher prices for the super duper soft luxury tp.
I haven’t seen or heard of shops here placing restrictions on stuff yet either, but I guess that might be coming, to ensure that the people who don’t hoard, can get things too.
Indeed, if you go to the supermarket after 9pm on a Saturday, you won’t see a single pack of tp, I didn’t see any flour or sugar either. Personally, I prefer to stock food that will serve me in any sort of crisis, like no electricity, or light and small enough to throw in a backpack if I have to leave the house (I’ve lived in flood-ridden areas) but yeah.
Many people seem to be afraid that supermarkets/food shops/drugstores will either be closed or not getting re-stocked.
If they wanted to raise prices, they’d surely get away with it practically, people who could would still buy, but I think they’d be told no by the authorities if they actually did it.
That’s for normal shops, there are the odd “crisis entrepreneurs” who put up hand sanitizer on ebay for high prices, yes.
Prices of things that will become more expensive to produce/transport/provide/keep in quarantine because of the situation obviously might increase sooner or later.
However, something requiring tp is listed as a possible symptom, so that might have to do with the tp hoarding craze