Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Costco limits toilet paper purchases in response to surge in tobacco and latex glove demand

Costco is limiting customers’ bathroom purchases in response to high demand for cigarettes and rubber gloves. The retail chain said it decided to implement the new limit after customers bought more than 100 boxes of toilet paper and extra toilet seats, as well as emergency supply toilet paper and lightweight rubber gloves. Last year, it was the Rubber Duckie, a 42-foot inflatable likeness of a duck, that was the most popular item for additional purchases.

Costco decided to put limits on bathroom purchases because they say the scale of the production of tobacco products across the globe could ultimately lead to the shortage of rolls of toilet paper, which would be harmful to its customers. This is not the first time the company has been faced with a shortage of products as a result of “cocaine demand.”

A large part of Costco’s most popular items are made by producers in Mexico. Many of them have factories in Tijuana, which has become a hub for cocaine smuggling after Mexico’s war on drugs.

Read the full story at CNBC.


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