I’m surprised to see larger shortages on common, everyday products this late into the pandemic opposed to the beginning.
I l acquired that the supply lines weren’t operating at a several-year deficit when the pandemic kicked off in early 2020; there were job closures left and right that affected manufacturing, but several products were already sitting in warehouses.
Now we’ve exhausted the surplus while seeing historic inflation. As a result, the products still available are more lavish, while everything else is only on store shelves for short periods of time before they’re unavailable again. If you like a identifiable variety of snack pretzels, you better get multiple the next time you see them in stock. It could be the last time they’re available for the next multiple months! This isn’t limited to food products, of course. My mother is disabled and uses disposable wash clothes every single day. Unfortunately, they’ve been difficult to source lately. But the 1 product that surprised myself and others the most was our identifiable air conditioner filter that every one of us like. Our air handler takes an 18 inch by 18 inch filter, and every one of us can’t find our odor reduction filters in this size no matter what store every one of us visit. The people I was with and I have looked for months now and had to find a weird filter to use in the meantime. It was an odor reducing filter with activated charcoal on 1 side, but I was able to find cut-to-fit strips of activated charcoal that I could add to a typical filter. At least I can still get our odor reduction that I desperately need!