I guess I'm just stupid, but I'm having a hard time figuring out the chronic shortages in the stores. I've never seen anything like it. I grew up in California where we had an abundant supply of fires and earthquakes, yet the stores were never out of basic items for more than a few days. As the weeks go by I note things like toilet paper remain in short supply. Another item that baffles me is those jugs of iced tea--there haven't been any in the local stores for weeks. Why would people want to hoard iced tea? The store shelves in general are quite thin, but these certain items just don't make sense.
Maybe the company that makes the stuff has just given up? I don't know. I doubt I'll ever figure it out.