In March 2020, finding a simple roll of toilet paper became a herculean task in just a matter of weeks. The staple home good is now a scarcity, and it’s hardly alone in the retail wasteland of post-coronavirus America.
It’s not just brick-and-mortar retailers that are suffering from shortages, either. Amazon, the reigning king of online shopping, is seeing enormous slowdowns and low stock on many items. Tap or click to see how an influx of new hires may bring Amazon back up to speed.
Instead of wasting your time fretting about which stores to check or whether to order online, this handy website can check online inventory for you. Now, you won’t have to step outside and can keep your social distancing efforts going strong.
Don’t go out shopping. Try online instead
Per the CDC’s recommended guidelines, people should be staying indoors as much as possible to help flatten the curve of infection and slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19.
Unfortunately, we all still need to eat and recoup our supplies, which means occasionally venturing out of quarantine and into the virus-infested wilderness. And as anyone knows, social distancing is difficult when you’re surrounded by crowds of people looking for the same things you are.
With supplies low, many people are forced to visit multiple stores to find the basics. This means anyone shopping around for supplies is potentially exposing themselves to coronavirus every time they’re around a new crowd of people.
This is why online shopping is recommended. But when you receive your parcels, handle them with care. Tap or click here to learn how to clean and sanitize your Amazon deliveries.
As useful as services like Amazon are, its supplies aren’t doing much better than its brick-and-mortar counterparts. Though new shipments of essentials arrive every day, they often sell out immediately.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could get alerts when your must-have items come in stock? Well, that’s the idea behind NowInStock, a brilliant new web service that keeps tabs on the most popular items as they appear online.
Check inventory on NowInStock
NowInStock.net is a simple web application that crawls Amazon and other online retailers to report inventory the moment it comes in. Sign up for alerts and stay informed when new batches of toilet paper hit Amazon’s warehouses.
Visit the site and you’ll see a visual list of the most in-demand items right there on the homepage. Clicking any of these will take you to an item listing page with the most up-to-date information from hundreds of Amazon sellers and online retailers — including big names like Target, Best Buy and eBay.
Depending on what you’re looking for, you can set email, browser or text message alerts just by clicking the buttons on the left-hand side of the website. This service is free and there is even a plugin at the bottom of the page that allows you to discuss your findings with other users via Facebook.
We recommend signing up for alerts so you’re not constantly refreshing the pages. Even if everything looks empty one minute, remember new items arrive all the time.
If you can believe it, production and supplies are not running low. Demand is the biggest issue holding supplies back from local retailers. Hopefully, as we all adjust to our new, indoor way of living, we’ll see demand die down so supply can go back up.
Plus, with price-gouging counter-efforts now in effect, we’re optimistic you won’t have to pay out the nose for necessary supplies, either. Tap or click here to see what Amazon is doing about price gouging.