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Desperate shoppers are bartering for this out-of-stock staple

Cheapism Logo By Saundra Latham of Cheapism | Slide 1 of 33: If you were brave enough to venture out to a grocery store early on in the pandemic, you probably couldn't believe your eyes. Displays were swept clean of tons of products we normally take for granted, from the infamous (toilet paper) to the less obvious (Goldfish and Grape-Nuts). But on-and-off shortages continue to affect all manner of goods, leading to frustration not only at the grocery store, but at places like the car dealership and even the cemetery. Here's a look at things that have been in especially short supply, including baby formula, which is so scarce these days that stores like Target are putting strict limits on what customers can buy. Related: Record Inflation Continues to Bust Consumers' Budgets

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If you were brave enough to venture out to a grocery store early on in the pandemic, you probably couldn't believe your eyes. Displays were swept clean of tons of products we normally take for granted, from the infamous (toilet paper) to the less obvious (Goldfish and Grape-Nuts). But on-and-off shortages continue to affect all manner of goods, leading to frustration not only at the grocery store, but at places like the car dealership and even the cemetery. Here's a look at things that have been in especially short supply, including baby formula, which is so scarce these days that stores like Target are putting strict limits on what customers can buy. 

Related: Record Inflation Continues to Bust Consumers' Budgets

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