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Taiwan issues warning for toilet paper shortage – chaos ensues


Yes, it’s true. Shelves were stripped bare last week as customers rushed to bulk-buy after manufacturers there warned the rising cost of tissue pulp would lead to a 10 to 30 per cent increase in prices next month.

Cleared shelves in a Taiwanese supermarket

According to Taiwan’s largest home shopping channel, ET Mall, demand for the soft white sheets was ten times higher than normal last weekend.

One Facebook ad even urged consumers to reserve their loo roll online – and buy up to 100 packages at a time.

So will consumers be caught without a square to spare?

The Government says no. Their Department of Consumer Protection has announced supermarkets will start restocking their supplies.

They’ve also launched an investigation to determine if local toilet paper sellers colluded to raise prices and prompt the surge in sales.

If that proves to be the case, what a bum steer.

Lauren Broomham

Lauren is a journalist for, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

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