Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and long-lasting goods. These are the things that we know coronavirus panic buyers want. They buy them in packs. They buy them in pallets. And supermarket shelves end up empty.

But not completely empty! Some poor items get left behind. Things that even panic-driven preppers don’t want. What are these things? We’re so glad you asked. Bored Panda compiled a list of the things that get left behind on supermarket shelves, from Hawaiian pizza (pineapples and ham, anyone?) to chocolate hummus. So scroll down and leave a comment below about what unwanted goods you’ve seen left behind in shops.

From what we’ve seen so far, strange brands and peculiar foods like weird-flavored potato chips (not to mention Corona beer) seem to get left behind. But what flies off the shelves like hot buns is toilet paper. But why is that?

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Brandy Grote
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3 months ago

Finally can find gluten free stuff in stores!

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Even In Such Shortages Nobody Wants Pineapple Pizza

Even in such shortages nobody wants Pineapple Pizza

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teeshy hedding
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3 months ago

noooo I love Hawaiian pizza

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Monday
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3 months ago

OH NO...that store has a case of corona

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Well, this mass buying of products is related to two things: anxiety (buying things tricks us into thinking we have things under control) and the fear of missing out (or FOMO). Massively buying TP obviously doesn’t make sense. It has more to do with herd mentality than with rational thinking.

“What you've got to remember is that when 50 packs of toilet paper rolls disappear off shelves, you really notice it because they take up so much room. It's much more noticeable than say 50 cans of baked beans or hand sanitizer disappearing," Professor Debra Grace from Griffith University told the BBC.

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Rob Chapman
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3 months ago

I've got like 10 cans of that in my cupboard. Been there for about a year.

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teeshy hedding
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3 months ago

thats when you know your product has failed

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ZombieGirl
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3 months ago

HaHa...this one is hilarious! I bought cauliflower rice once and my husband saw it and threw it away! haha...he said no mam!

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Meanwhile, Associate Professor Nitika Garg from the University of New South Wales explained that seeing this scarcity makes us believe that the missing product is much more valuable than it really is.

"They think if this person is buying it, if my neighbor is buying there's got to be a reason and I need to get in too," she said. Garg also pointed out that people believe that TP can be used for pretty much everything: from tissues and napkins to “makeshift masks.”

Dr. Rohan Miller from the University of Sydney believes that because we’re not used to scarcity or shortages, we want to maintain the same lifestyle during the coronavirus crisis. “The rush to get toilet paper is just this sheep mentality to maintain that status. I think people want to make sure they have some comforts in their lives if they're going to be shacked up with their family for a long time," he told the BBC.

"Toilet paper doesn't really matter—it's just so far down the survival list compared to other things like food or water—but it's just something people cling to as a minimum standard."

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Hope Floats
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3 months ago

As much as I hate the sound of chocolate hummus.... If there was no chocolate in the store... It might just have found a friend... :)

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Kali Fugatte
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3 months ago

I loooove the shrimp ramen! More for me!

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Ana Ferreira
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3 months ago

Are people seriously avoiding Corona beer just because it has the same name as the virus? That is painfully stupid.

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Bored Panda spoke with David Savage, associate professor of behavioral and microeconomics at the University of Newcastle in Australia, about how uncertainty and a lack of information lead to stockpiling and hoarding supplies.

“Uncertainty is the starting point, but what the general public is dealing with at the moment is ambiguity, that is people do not know what it is that they do not know! They are uncertain if or when the virus will spread to the region, they do not know if they themselves will be infected, which also means they do not know if they need to go into isolation and need several weeks’ worth of supplies,” Dr. Savage explained the current conundrum affecting some countries around the world.

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Shelley Jennings
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3 months ago

There's a baby shark cereal??? 🤨

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European other
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3 months ago

Add salt to them

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The only thing left on the shelves due to corona virus. At least it’s not *that* bad yet.

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Annemarie Mattheyse
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3 months ago

WHAT. IS. THAT?

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“The problem is not necessarily that people wish to stock up or prepare for a likely pandemic, rather the problem is that people are uncertain about the future and, if they are risk-averse, are more than likely going to overstock more than they require.”

He continued: “Of course, overstocking [i.e. stockpiling] has a knock-on effect such that the greater the number of individuals who are overstocking the more likely it is that supermarkets will run out of stock and end up with empty shelves. This will cause a feedback loop for the individual confirming what they already believe to be true and make them more willing to stock up.”

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Even in the apocalypse nobody wants ham and pineapple

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Gabi
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3 months ago

I do.

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Sardonic Scribe
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3 months ago

So sorry, Canadian here... what exactly is wrong with Manhattan Clam Chowder?

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Real commentary on the human condition - no matter what kind of mixed vegetables you buy, there’s ALWAYS too many carrots

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Brandy Grote
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3 months ago

That size bag is for horse owners.

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According to Dr. Savage, stockpiling also leads to an additional problem: it limits the availability of goods to disadvantaged groups, such as the poor and the elderly. “While this may not directly add to the further spread of the virus it may create a problem in the future when the pandemic is in full swing and the individual runs out of certain goods forcing them to leave the safety of their home and enter the public arena which may expose them to the virus.”

“Uncertainty and a lack of information are the true enemies in regard to public behavior. It is what we don't understand that we fear and what we do not know that creates bias. The best solution may well be as simple as public education campaigns delivered in the simplest way possible and framed in a positive light rather than a negative one.”

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chi-wei shen
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3 months ago

Fancy tap water.

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Pungent Sauce
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3 months ago

I do.....

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RJ
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3 months ago

That was our favorite meal as kids. You may choose what you want to eat. Sis and I: Yaaaay!!! Frozen pees!

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Poor Takis! No one wants them

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Pittsburgh rare
Community Member
3 months ago

What?!? Bring those Takis over!

Carrie de Luka
Community Member
3 months ago

Had to look them up - seem perfectly acceptable for a snack!

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KATELYN NGUYEN
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3 months ago

What is wrong w/ ppl these days Takis are one of my favorite chips

Kylie
Community Member
3 months ago

i would take them all!!!!!!!

Jim Ellington
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3 months ago

I used to eat my share of Takis until just getting tired of them one day, the day I noticed they tasted like battery acid.

J Doe
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3 months ago

Takis gonna make U use up more toliet paper !😋😷

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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3 months ago

My son loves takis.

Fernando Rodriguez
Community Member
3 months ago

Send them back to Mexico, we are running out of them!

TheDragonInTown
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3 months ago

I want the things under them.

Sky Loveridge
Community Member
3 months ago

I know 30 people (me included of course) who would gladly take all of those takis

DjLaureth Jezebelle
Community Member
3 months ago

And they left the best flavour too! Will trade for Manhattan Clam "Chowder".

Lorran Garrison
Community Member
3 months ago

Must not be a California store ;D

KT Trondsen
Community Member
3 months ago

well those are the hottest ones so im not surprised

Bridget
Community Member
3 months ago

What is the store address and isle number ill be right over!

Leonardo Ochoa
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3 months ago

Or something

Leonardo Ochoa
Community Member
3 months ago

I guess panic buyers believe a bunch of nonsense and what not so they think if they eat them they'll die

Phantom Captain
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3 months ago

How can you leave those behind???

Jessie Strutzel
Community Member
3 months ago

they're so good!

Ninja Kitty
Community Member
3 months ago

gib them to meee! it's not like i have 24 bags already!!!

Val/Malibu/Dante/Bob
Community Member
3 months ago

I'll take em!

Chu Yue Ling
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3 months ago

Not American here; what are Takis??

Val/Malibu/Dante/Bob
Community Member
3 months ago

Lil tortilla rolls covered in spicy as powder. They are really good

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JessG
Community Member
3 months ago

This one is weird. Why not?

Cinnamon Roll
Community Member
3 months ago

Hold on! Where is this? I’ll take your whole stock.

Alyssa Bofia
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2 months ago

MINE!

Robyn Wilson
Community Member
3 months ago

I want...anyone got a tub of sour cream...or keg..

John Shannon
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3 months ago

What's a Taki?

CincyReds
Community Member
3 months ago

I like those!

Doris Culverhouse
Community Member
3 months ago

the name suggests it is tacky.

Leesa DeAndrea
Community Member
3 months ago

What are they?

Baali Venomax
Community Member
3 months ago

What are Takis anyway?

KMBR
Community Member
3 months ago

Mmmmm...spicy!

SilverFoX
Community Member
3 months ago

No one wants it??!!!! My entire class would take all of it. They love hot chips. Where is this place??!

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
3 months ago

What the heck are those? Never heard of Takis...

Walkus-Andrew Andrea
Community Member
3 months ago

My Son loves those

Robert Gruhlke
Community Member
3 months ago

What? Really? Where is this, I wonder..I work retail in Phoenix, and the Fuego, at least, sells out out daily, even before all this insanity.

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
3 months ago

So...there's no Latino population in this area...

Sheila McCarthy
Community Member
3 months ago

My granddaughter's passion!

Audrey Davis _ Student - BuggES
Community Member
3 months ago

I'll buy 'em for my friend

Mary Ciulla
Community Member
3 months ago

What is Takis? If it's something crunchy and salty, hand it over!

Alyssa Bofia
Community Member
2 months ago

They're extremely spicy

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CherylTunt
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3 months ago

lol my nieces love them

Bob Beltcher
Community Member
3 months ago

Bring me all the Takis!!!

Itzel Anahi
Community Member
3 months ago

Where is this at??? My store is sold out lmao

Kanga9ine
Community Member
3 months ago

All the junk foods are priced too high. Now when the perfect excuse exists, I can't justify spending $5 or $6 on air and oil. But come three AM I'm sure I'll be fighting with that attitude.

Jaxson Evans
Community Member
3 months ago

My friends and I LOVE Takis.

Audrey Bob-The-Builder
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3 months ago

BRING ME THOSE TAKIS!

Laura Gritsons
Community Member
3 months ago

wh At!!! THIS CANNOT BE POSSIBLE

LIZZZZZZZZZZZ
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3 months ago (edited)

What's the point of buying water without buying takis?

Joanna
Community Member
3 months ago

I'll eat the fuck out of the Taki's!

AzKhaleesi
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3 months ago

Oh dear Jesus my kids would be in Heaven

Cathy Baker
Community Member
3 months ago

What's wrong with people??? Takis Fuego are the BEST!

REDNEKNATION
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3 months ago

why? takis are the best

Zoe Pinkstaff
Community Member
3 months ago

Give me the Takis! I shall eat them!

Karen Perez
Community Member
3 months ago

We can't find them in Texas!!!

PandaGirl3807
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3 months ago

This is what happened at my local store! I begged my parents to get some and they said no :(

Music Mania
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3 months ago

HA in south Texas these are mostly gone and things like sour cream and onion are all that's left

Shelley Jennings
Community Member
3 months ago

Wtf is takis?

Val/Malibu/Dante/Bob
Community Member
3 months ago

Lil tortilla rolls covered in spicy as powder. They are really good :)

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Rabbit Carrot
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3 months ago

Why not? Good for stir fry’s.

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Dear Arrow Water, People Would Rather Risk Death Than Drink Your Nasty Tasting Water. Lol

Dear Arrow water, people would rather risk death than drink your nasty tasting water

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Pungent Sauce
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3 months ago

It’s spring water, and 25% the price of Fiji. Whatever, more for me.

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Rabbit Carrot
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3 months ago

I’ll have those too. Nom.

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Hope Floats
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3 months ago

Why do people never think of buying these pizzas and just changing the toppings? As long as you've got a pizza base, you can add anything you want and you'd have your very own, ideal pizza.. .

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Rabbit Carrot
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3 months ago

It’s actually quite nice with a bit of butter and pepper sprinkled on top.

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Rabbit Carrot
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3 months ago (edited)

It’s £1.70. When everything around it is between 53-75p the top end ranges will be the last to go and rightly so.

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Hope Floats
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3 months ago

Add Coconut milk, lime and you have a satay sauce... I watch too many cooking shows and read too many cook books.. Ha ha ha..

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Monday
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3 months ago

I have never heard of carrot spirals before and I am intrigued.

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Pungent Sauce
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3 months ago

Because corned beef is 2x the normal price til after St. Patty’s Day, when it will be 1/2 the normal price. ‘Murica!

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Tiny Dynamine
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3 months ago

Fair enough, me too.

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Tiny Dynamine
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3 months ago

Water's not exactly something we don't already have at home, though.

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Pungent Sauce
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3 months ago

They’re delicious, but apparently not worth the extra $0.50 to the budget-minded apocalypse buyer.

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Anne
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3 months ago

I want that!! (am gluten free)

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The Frog
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3 months ago

Clean your lens

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John Gibson
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3 months ago

That's just the stuff people can't reach. Lol

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Shelley Jennings
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3 months ago

Organic, vegan, gluten free... I'm starting to see a pattern here 🤣

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Daniel Mason
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3 months ago

Those crisp are nice tho..

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Rabbit Carrot
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3 months ago

When the orange moron is calling it the ‘Chinese virus’ what do you expect. Stuff that doesn’t sell like this should go to the homeless shelter where non idiots will appreciate it.

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JessG
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3 months ago

Another one that doesn't make sense....?

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The only produce left at my local grocery store is onions because nobody wants that trash

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Brandy Grote
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3 months ago

Gimme dat. It's an ingredient for most of our meals!

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