Posted on: March 23, 2020 at 5:11 pm

No one can really judge anyone for panic-buying in a frightened state of mind, but seriously, it’s getting out of hand and people are slowly going insane!


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, Costco has put up notices at some of their warehouses, informing shoppers that there would be no returns on high-demand items such as tissue paper, hand sanitizers, sanitizing wipes, paper towels, rice, water, and Lysol [1]. Costco is the largest wholesale chain in the world, and hundreds of people are flocking to their warehouses to buy these items in bulk, believing they can easily be returned when the social distancing protocols are removed. 

People are shopping relentlessly (and in many cases, needlessly) to stock up their homes as tighter self-isolation policies are being put in place all over the world [2]. In many places, people are no longer allowed to leave their homes and the U.S. is expected to go into full lockdown soon.


In the past weeks, the major wholesale and retail outlets across the country, such as Target, Walmart, and Costco have seen massive surges in sales as their warehouses and stores are being cleared out every day. However, Costco has decided it’s unsanitary to receive returns on certain items, especially when these materials could have been exposed to the virus outside the store. 

As reported by Yahoo! Lifestyle, the commercial giant has not released an official statement on this new policy, but customers are advised to refer to their local Costco outlets for more information [2]. The company also declared limits on several high-demand items to hopefully supply the unmanageable number of customers trooping in daily. 

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Good move!

Costco’s decision has received positive feedback from the public, with many people impressed that more stores are trying to get in front of the panic situation. It doesn’t make any sense to buy up all the tissue paper available in store, fully aware that you will probably not use them all in the next few months, while other shoppers won’t get a single roll.


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“Totally agree. You hoard it – you keep it,” one person wrote on Instagram. 

“This is such great news! I’m tired of all those people that buy toilet paper and think they can just return it later when they don’t need it,” another wrote.

“I don’t want anything that’s been in someone’s home. People are having buyer’s remorse from hoarding. Ask your elderly neighbors if they need TP and leave it on their doorstep!” 

Other people complained that the items listed by Costco are not enough. They recommend that the company include perishable items since people are panic-buying and intending to return those as well. Protein bars, juice boxes, wine cartons, beverages, dairy items and more were part of their customers’ demands on social media. 

“Just in general, it’s an insane time right now,” a frustrated Costco employee in a Northeastern warehouse said. They are struggling to keep up with the frenzy as people are relentlessly panic buying certain items and they’re selling out in hours. 

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  2. Kristin Salaky for Best Products. Costco Is Now Refusing Returns on High-Demand Items Like Rice And Toilet Paper. Yahoo! Lifestyle. Retrieved 23-03-2020
  3. U.S. Coronavirus Lockdown to Last 10-12 Weeks, Top Trump Official Says. U.S. News. Retrieved 23-03-2020
  4. Dr. Jockers. Coronavirus: Symptoms, Prevention & Natural Options. The Hearty Soul. Retrieved 23-03-2020
Penelope Wilson
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Penelope is a writer and health enthusiast with a B.Arts in Language Studies. She is a deeply spiritual person, a relationship expert, a nutrition freak, and a skin-care maverick.

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