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5 Costco Items Currently In Short Supply

Pandemic-related grocery shortages are expected to continue throughout the year.

Grocery shoppers everywhere are experiencing extreme frustrations of ongoing shortages of their favorite items. With the pandemic continuing on, as well as changes in supply and demand, worker shortages and strikes, shipping supply shortages, and other complications, major grocery companies like Costco are struggling to keep shelves full.

Here are 5 grocery items that are harder to come by at some Costco warehouses. And for more recent grocery tips, check out The Best Costco Breakfast Items To Buy Right Now.

Clorox Chlorinating Pool Tablets

Courtesy of Clorox

Unless you have a pool in your backyard, you may not have been aware of the chlorine shortage that first started during the beginning of the pandemic. Because of more home pools being installed in 2020 and 2021, plus a couple of chlorine plants that caught fire last year, chlorine tablets have been harder to come by.

That's why it comes as no surprise that these Clorox Chlorinate Pool Tablets skyrocketed in price by almost 46% at Costco warehouses!

Toilet paper

toilet paper

Many people may feel like they're reliving the nightmare of 2020 when they see that toilet paper is still in shorter supply. In fact, some Washington state locations of Costco recently put another limit on toilet paper purchases for their customers. Talk about déjà vu.

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Bottled water

bottled water

We all remember the panic buying of water bottles at the beginning of the pandemic. And since then, companies like Costco have had to put buying limits on these and other products at various times of the year. While there was a major limit reinstated in the fall of 2021, water bottles are still hard to find in many Costco warehouses.


man standing in publix meat aisle with empty shelves

Meat products, like beef, chicken, pork, and bacon, are in short supply in many different grocery stores. This is due to a number of different factors, including changes in supply and demand, worker shortages, plastic and packaging shortages, and more people cooking at home than pre-pandemic times. No wonder it's considered The Food Skyrocketing In Price Right Now.

Cream cheese


The pandemic-related supply shortages are even affecting items like cream cheese, and some grocers are having trouble keeping up with the shifting supply and demand realities of the last year. While you'll see more cream cheese appearing in stores again, you may still have a difficult time finding it in some Costco stores.

Samantha Boesch
Samantha was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and now works as a writer in Brooklyn, NY. Read more about Samantha