People Are Trying To Flog Toilet Rolls On Social Media For Ridiculous Amounts Of Money
Australians have been collectively shocked by the scenes playing out at supermarkets around the country.
Whole aisles have been cleared out by people panic buying essential supplies because of fears they'll become infected with the coronavirus. Toilet paper, rice, pasta, hand sanitiser and bottled water have been some of the big ticket items flying off the shelves.
But there are some cheeky people out there who want to make an outrageous profit from all this commotion.
Facebook Marketplace has been littered with people trying to flog single rolls of toilet paper for $50 and whole packets for thousands.
Surely no one would be silly enough to pay that amount of money but it certainly hasn't stopped some from trying to make money from this virus outbreak.
One person's ad said: "Due to the shortness of toilet paper, I have two and a half rolls. I'm selling it for the very cheap price of $150. They won't last."
There was even one advertisement that listed a 24 pack of 3ply toilet paper for, get this, $24,000. Why anyone would want to spend that amount of money on toilet paper, even in the worst circumstance, is ridiculous. Even if there was an apocalypse, surely you would just forgo wiping your bits with paper.
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People have been using other sites like Gumtree and eBay to sell their panic bought items, however it won't last long.
eBay has stopped people from selling things like hand sanitiser at exorbitant rates.
A spokesperson for the website told 10daily: "eBay does not allow sellers to list items that attempt to capitalise on disaster or tragedy. These listings are in breach of our policy and are in the process of being ended.
"We have updated our filters to block listings in breach of our policy and are regularly sweeping the site to remove such items."
In the meantime, big name supermarkets have announced bans on people buying more than necessary. Woolworths has revealed that people are entitled to four packs each.
A spokesperson for Woolies told 9News: "It will help shore up stock levels as suppliers ramp up local production and deliveries in response to higher than usual demand."
An Aldi store in Sydney upped the ante by restricting people to just one unit of anything. A message posted around the store said: "So only 1 toilet paper per sale any customers coming in again that is recognised to have already purchased within 24hours will be refused as everyone deserves some toilet paper not only a few."
Authorities have warning people to stop panic buying items as it's not necessary.
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