Perhaps its time for the Supermarkets to take the lead and only sell toilet paper in pack of 4 rolls of less and prevent repeat buyers. The toilet paper manufacturers can support this by simply ceasing large pack distribution.
Woolworths have confirmed that they have requested the manufacturers prioritise smaller packs, I wouldn't be surprised if Coles was involved as well.
There's plenty going around if you look outside the big three supermarket chains. Even the service stations affiliated to Coleworths have plenty.
The problem with trying to prevent repeat buyers is that you'd be relying on the floor staff being willing to get into arguments with customers over a management issue. After two weeks of this nonsense I bet that many staff would be quite happy if all the toilet paper sold out in the first hour of each day to make the rest of their shift easier.
Of all the companies loosing money the dunny roll business won't be one of them.
The way that Coles/Woolworths/Aldi squeeze their suppliers, the cost of overtime or casuals might well exceed the additional income.
Come to think of it, maybe that's why there's no shortage at the independents? Supply the big three as contracted, but give the higher paying buyers first call on any increased production.
Went to Coles today and the shelves were looking quite empty. No toilet paper, tissues, meat was low, pasta and sauces low or gone. Then to IGA for some other food was not available at Coles. They stated thye same epople come in everyday and buy the toilet paper. How selfish.
The panic buying seems to be localised.
The Woolworths at Marion (SA) today looked a little low for some foods, but not significantly worse than it normally would be on a Sunday afternoon.
I bet there's a strong correlation between the areas with toilet paper shortages and high numbers of MAFS viewers.