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

Conrad Strucker
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3 months ago

I scrolled past this like "dumb" and then I got the double meaning and I scrolled back up and upvoted

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Lola
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3 months ago

The fact that 38 percent of Americans are not buying corona beer because of the virus, scared me more than the actually virus outbreak.

N G
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3 months ago

People voted for trump... that's really scary

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JessG
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3 months ago

Well, someone bought the rest of the Corona right? I mean the store has only one left. Just buy it already

Roy Phillips
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3 months ago

Not quite as dangerous as a case of... case-of-co...d95a0f.jpg case-of-corona-5e7577dd95a0f.jpg

Alexandru Bucur
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3 months ago

Yeah, in Bucharest as well, at two different stores, one had all the beer gone except for Corona, while in another other beer was still there, but Corona was missing...

N G
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3 months ago

The missing Corona beer is in isolation at the back of the warehouse. The other beers won't even talk to them anymore.

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Cinnamon Roll
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3 months ago

No one wanted the corona, it had to stay long, cold nights on the empty shelf. Poor corona, it’s not your fault.

Young Minami Kotaro
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3 months ago

seriosly??? naaa

Angel
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3 months ago

This picture wins the internet!

Todd Hollfelder
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3 months ago

Everyone who bought some is now cured... hurry, there's only one left!!

Aynne Pryce
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3 months ago

Anti-serum.

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Joshua Hutchinson
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3 months ago

Don't worry, it'll age beautifully, and longer than an antivax kid will.

Aaron Simmons
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3 months ago

HA HA

Nicola Barrett
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3 months ago

Hahhahaha...

Mary McKenzie
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3 months ago

Very nice.

Annette Christopherson
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3 months ago

Shelf life of Corona longer than expected!

Elina Kuusisto
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3 months ago

Oof

Lisa
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3 months ago

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Layla Corman
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3 months ago

That is Wegmans! (The best grocery store ever!) I can tell by the location of the beer (last isle), the wall color and the price stickers on the shelves! 💜💜💜Wegmans!

Kanga9ine
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3 months ago

Stay thirsty my friends.

Ed Souza
Community Member
3 months ago

I can only imagine the Corona company board of directors all thinking "why did they have to name the virus corona!"

Zoe Pinkstaff
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3 months ago

The store has CORONA!! Run...

Radek Suski
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3 months ago

I recently wanted to actually try this beer but it was sold out

Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
3 months ago

It's really tasty, esp. with a wedge of lime. I hope this crisis doesn't damage the Corona brand, like AIDS destroyed Ayds (diet wafers).

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Steve Barnett
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3 months ago

Ironic.

European other
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3 months ago

Come on people, it's just larger !!!

Carrie de Luka
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3 months ago

Larger than what?

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Brandy Grote
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3 months ago

🤣

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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
Community Member
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
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3 months ago

What?!? Bring those Takis over!

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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
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
3 months ago

I’ll have those too. Nom.

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Hope Floats
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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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