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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6 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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6 months ago

noooo I love Hawaiian pizza

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Monday
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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

thats when you know your product has failed

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ZombieGirl
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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

I loooove the shrimp ramen! More for me!

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Ana Ferreira
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6 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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6 months ago

There's a baby shark cereal??? 🤨

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European other
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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

I do.

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Sardonic Scribe
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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

Fancy tap water.

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Pungent Sauce
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6 months ago

I do.....

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RJ
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6 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
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6 months ago

What?!? Bring those Takis over!

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Rabbit Carrot
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6 months ago

Why not? Good for stir fry’s.

Zoe's Mom
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6 months ago

..and adding them to soups or stews.

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Aimee hester
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6 months ago

Dude. With eggs and cheese? BAM! Breakfast scramble. In with dried beans and some spices? Boom! Chili. In with dried beans and Other spices? BAM! Bomb ass, healthy beans. Potatoes, eggs and tortillas? BAM! Breakfast burritos. Any protein, rice, soy sauce + wine? POW! You got yourself some stir fry. Where is the imagination?! People are weird.

Fairy Mimi
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6 months ago

I buy these several at a time for sir fry, rice meals, chili everything!

Kevin Beard
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6 months ago

That's funny. We just made a list of stuff to stock up a little on, and those were on it.

Ivy D
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6 months ago

Well this is the kind of thing you wouldn't use a whole bag at a time. People probably did buy them, but only one or two like spices almost.

Carol Emory
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6 months ago

Those are the people that don't know how to cook. Those are the people your mother warned you about. Stay far far away from those people.....

Wendy Emlinger
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6 months ago

I keep frozen onions on hand for soups, and chiles and the like. Beats cutting onions up.

Dawn Ours
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6 months ago

I will

Emma Hernandez-Sanabria
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6 months ago

You don't know Belgians

Doris Culverhouse
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6 months ago

wow. no spice in our life right now. we need low odor diet for confined spaces.

LAM
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6 months ago

Good for sausage sandwiches.

Jane Alexander
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6 months ago

I'm freezing some now to preserve them. Waste not Want not!

Denis Brown
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6 months ago

Good for chili, and fried up with mushrooms for an accompaniment to steak. Thaw slightly, chop them up a bit and toss into soup.

Leesa DeAndrea
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6 months ago

I'd buy that.

Baali Venomax
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6 months ago

GIVE!

Susann Campbell
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6 months ago

I didn't know you could buy them frozen.

the Author is An A**hole
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6 months ago

a lot of the foods here is the freezer room , not too many households have a large freezer

Jane Dorothy Warner
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6 months ago

Odd. Brilliant for home made curries, soups, stews...

Marty Sunderland
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6 months ago

I do. Cool with them all the time. Saves chopping

Tahani
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6 months ago

Ooh for omelettes!

Sam Kunz
Community Member
6 months ago

My mom bought a bag of that. It's in the freezer. I said "Why did you buy that?" she said "You never know what its good for making"......Good Point. Useless. But good.

Jennifer Sacrison
Community Member
6 months ago

Good for soup!!!

Bill Taylor
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6 months ago

I would see that and then go directly to the meat section and see if Italian sausage was available for purchase.

Katrina Lewallen
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6 months ago

We use them a lot. All kinds of ways.

Betsy Wilson
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6 months ago

The frozen onions and peppers are great for cooking! Frozen peas, once thawed are perfect to salads!!!

Dawnielle McQuiller
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6 months ago

That's always top on my grocery list!

Christine M Quigley
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6 months ago

Frozen onions get water logged and tasteless, same for peppers...

Neurotic_Octopus
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6 months ago

I wouldn't eat them fresh, either. That's disgusting.

Amelie
Community Member
6 months ago

wth is everyone taking about, stir fry's, eggs and cheese, I SAY EAT EM PLAIN

MajikDraygon
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6 months ago (edited)

on a lazy day i love dumping them in my spaghetti and chili

Bear42212
Community Member
6 months ago

Add some sweet Italian sausage. Yum

Böb Schüster
Community Member
6 months ago

Where are those? They are so hard to find regularly. Send em here.

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
6 months ago

Great for sausage and peppers!

Layla Corman
Community Member
6 months ago

I bought these! They are an easy way to get flavor in a ton of stuff!

Pretty Pangolin
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6 months ago

Peppers have a lot of vitamin C too. I'd try these!

Dianna Siever
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6 months ago

They were all sold out at my store. They're the basis for so many dishes, I was bummed I had to pay more for fresh.

Sandy Mestas
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6 months ago

in Oregon it was frozen Okra and onions..

Lola
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6 months ago

This item was probably just restocked. My local supermarket had run out of those.

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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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6 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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6 months ago

I’ll have those too. Nom.

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Hope Floats
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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

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

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Pungent Sauce
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6 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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6 months ago

Fair enough, me too.

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Tiny Dynamine
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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

I want that!! (am gluten free)

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The Frog
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6 months ago

Clean your lens

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Sami
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6 months ago

But I love hot dogs...

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Shelley Jennings
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6 months ago

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

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Daniel Mason
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6 months ago

Those crisp are nice tho..

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Rabbit Carrot
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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

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

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