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Hundreds of shoppers swoop on Aldi toilet paper sale

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The German-owned discount retailer heavily advertised 48 packs of toilet paper for $14.95 at the peak of Australia’s panic-buying epidemic.

Hundreds of shoppers have lined up outside Aldi supermarkets across Sydney in a bid to swoop on the chain's Wednesday toilet paper sale.

The German-owned discount retailer heavily advertised 48 packs of toilet paper for $14.95 at the peak of Australia's panic-buying epidemic.

At one store in Sydney's Bondi Junction, queues had formed outside the store an hour before opening.

Shoppers queued for more than an hour to get into some Aldi stores this morning.

Shortly after opening shoppers rushed to the toilet paper section, clearing all stock within seconds.

Several shoppers insisted to 9News.com.au that they were not panic-buying, but rather picking up toilet paper that had not been available due to coronavirus.

One shopper, George Havros, told 9news.com.au that he lined up because he was running low.

"It's not about the virus," Mr Havros said.

"It's about other people buying too much toilet paper and making sure we have some in the house."

Empty toilet paper shelves at an Aldi store in Bondi Junction.

Other shoppers said the recent craze started because people were being "selfish".

"Who needs that much toilet paper?" Maria, who did not want her last name published, said.

"Everybody just needs one or two packs."

Aldi Australia yesterday issued a statement on its Facebook page that due to "unexpected demand" the Wednesday Special Buy of 48 rolls would only be available at limited locations.

It follows in the wake of supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths who have restricted customers to four packs of toilet paper per person.

Being a largely respiratory disease, there's little evidence that toilet paper is useful in treating or preventing an outbreak of COVID-19.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/aldi-toilet-paper-sale-coronavirus/cb78abef-508a-4860-bfe4-ba2224e693ea

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