PortandTerminal.com, April 15, 2020
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – An Australian shopper tried to return thousands of dollars’ worth of supplies to a local supermarket after stockpiling them at the start of the coronavirus panic buying outbreak, a retailer says. The store refused to give him a refund.
Drakes Supermarkets director John-Paul Drake told ABC Radio News Australia that the man called the supermarket to try to get a refund on 132 packs of toilet rolls and 150 one-litre bottles of hand sanitiser.
Drake said the shopper had bought the goods, worth around $10,000, with the help of a “team” of stockpilers when panic buying surged about four weeks ago. Reportedly, the hoarder had a team of 20 people that he was ending out to purchase products in bulk
The plan was to stockpile as much of the product as they could and then resell it at a profit on eBay. eBay though wasn’t having any of it.
So angry were Australians by this type of behaviour, David Littleproud, Agricultural Minister promised to write to eBay to ask them to clamp down on “parasites” who appear to be selling hoarded groceries online.
“My eBay site has been shut down, so we couldn’t profiteer off that’,” the hoarder complained to the store manager when he tried to return the goods.
Drake described that kind of stockpiling as “absolutely disgraceful”, and said it was the reason that supermarkets had had to “band together” to introduce purchasing limits on products like toilet paper and hand sanitiser during the coronavirus crisis.
Watch Drakes Supermarkets director John-Paul Drake describe what happened.
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