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When will mask, sanitizer manufacturers catch up?

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When will mask, sanitizer manufacturers catch up?

We are now 4 months in and still having to scramble to find these things, and at inflated prices to boot. I am no expert on supply chains and manufacturing but I cannot believe these things have not levelled off yet. Can anybody who is educated in this field please comment? I am curious to know why we are still seeing shortages of these things.
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Dec 5, 2006
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I think they already did?

Which items you cannot find?

One thing though: don't compare prices to pre pandemic, the demand is different. Like mask, how many wore it in last summer vs how many wear this summer, not just Canada but worldwide. So I would say they have caught up in terms of availability
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Oct 2, 2013
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This is capitalism pure and simple. Why sell cheap if people will spent $$ ?

Get reusable (we paid $5 each and we got 6, 3 for me and 3 for the wife)... you use them and at the end of the week you wash them.
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Feb 24, 2017
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Most places are stocked now and I suggest you stock up more for the second wave.
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Dec 18, 2017
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I see tons of sanitizer all over the place. Strange though that I never seem to see Purell brand though. Not sure if the stuff I see at the corner store is trustworthy. Purell at least has a reputation. I imagine they are focusing on institutional and bulk supply rather than pumping out the retail packaging sizes. Wipes also seem to be hit and miss still.
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on second thought, you guys are right. I think I am mistaking high prices for a hot commodity, not shortages.
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Jan 27, 2006
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djeffery wrote: I see tons of sanitizer all over the place. Strange though that I never seem to see Purell brand though. Not sure if the stuff I see at the corner store is trustworthy. Purell at least has a reputation. I imagine they are focusing on institutional and bulk supply rather than pumping out the retail packaging sizes. Wipes also seem to be hit and miss still.
I believe two things are happening with Purell:

1. They are having a hard time to keep up with demand in the commercial/healthcare space where they sold all of those Purell dispensers to;
2. There are now so many manufacturers of this stuff for the retail channel, it might not be worth it for Purell to even try to get into the space. After all, I can see how Purell would have charged a premium for their product as there wasn't really any competitors before. Now, with so many companies making a competiting product (and let's face it, the barriers to entry are really low here), I would bet that many of them are undercutting Purell's wholesale cost to the retailers so that the retailers don't care about namebrand anymore as almost anything will sell.

Basically, hand sanitizers have become a bulk commodity item so I don't believe Purell will be back in the retail market anytime soon.
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Jan 17, 2013
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hoponpop wrote: We are now 4 months in and still having to scramble to find these things, and at inflated prices to boot. I am no expert on supply chains and manufacturing but I cannot believe these things have not levelled off yet. Can anybody who is educated in this field please comment? I am curious to know why we are still seeing shortages of these things.
You can buy disposable masks from almost anywhere, it is still expensive though @ $40 for box of 50.

Reusable masks are also available from many stores, check out those from Old Navy, their price is affordable

Sanitizer too available everywhere, Walmart has plenty
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Aug 22, 2011
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stack21 wrote: You can buy disposable masks from almost anywhere, it is still expensive though @ $40 for box of 50.

Reusable masks are also available from many stores, check out those from Old Navy, their price is affordable

Sanitizer too available everywhere, Walmart has plenty
$25 at Costco.
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Nov 10, 2018
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The only thing I can't really get my hands on despite willing to pay handsomely for it is 3M N95 masks, and hand sanitizer from Purell. (can buy One-step though)
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Aug 18, 2005
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Prices are already dropping.

A couple of months ago, I got non-medical masks from an exotic supplier. It ended up being around $100 / 50 masks (shipped).
Now we are seeing $28.99 / 50 masks from Costco.

For sanitizer, we are already seeing this stuff coming back. I was at Fortinos yesterday and saw multiple bottles of PC Hand Sanitizer at regular price.
Even at Costco, there's reports of 2 x 980 mL for $9.99.
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Is there also lots of Lysol spray available - specifically where please?
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Jun 10, 2016
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was shopping yesterday and noticed masks for sale everywhere - while some stores were definitely price gouging (i.e. $70 for a box of 25) other places were cheap - picked up a decent reusable mask for $1.70 ! Also saw hand sanitizer everywhere!
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Jan 20, 2012
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angryaudifanatic wrote: The only thing I can't really get my hands on despite willing to pay handsomely for it is 3M N95 masks, and hand sanitizer from Purell. (can buy One-step though)
Forget about 3M N95, US government has contract with 3M and basically no one is able to get any usable supply. Our healthcare sector was begging at 3M and pay 30%+ more to get minimum supply. Some small quantity will pop up in the market but price is high.

on another hand, tons of “non-medical” mask are flowing into Canada from China. Cost is much reduced since raw material cost dropped significantly and enough supply from China as many manufacturers turned themselves into making mask. cost is about $6/50pcs per 1M mask per order. Unfortunately mask price will not go back down to pre pandemic cost as we are paying 18% tariff now + high logistic cost.

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