To hear that there's a supply chain issue seems crazy, until the items that you're looking to buy are no longer on the shelves.

How many times have you heard there was going to be a shortage of something and you make that face like, "there's no way we could have a shortage on THAT!"?  Then you go to find it and it's nowhere to be seen.

It feels almost like a sales tactic in some cases.  They tell you there's a shortage just to get you to go out and buy them.  I can't tell you how many times I've heard this year that there was going to be a pumpkin shortage, only to see pumpkins on stands on just about every corner where I live.

Now...that doesn't mean the shortage isn't real in other parts of the country.  But when you see that kind of thing happening, you start to wonder who you can believe.

The supply chain issue seems to be real.  It's not because of a lack of product, but a lack of a way to get it to stores and into consumers' hands.  Some ports have begun to change their hours and find ways to work 24/7 to get these goods into the country, but we're still experiencing a shortage of truckers to get them where they need to be.

So what are we short on here in Western New York?  I asked on Facebook and within an hour I had tons of responses.

There was a real issue getting toilet paper during the pandemic.  We will never forget it.  People began hoarding it and stocking up so that they didn't have to go without it.  Then some people started selling it at crazy prices.  We certainly don't want to get back to that spot.

Now I want to be clear, these are things that people have said they're having a hard time finding in-stock regularly.  It doesn't mean there is a shortage.  Have you had any trouble finding things that you'd normally easily find on shelves in Western New York?  What else should be on this list?

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