Hamster purchases? “Nobody has to fear empty shelves”

The number of infections is increasing and with them the demand for a coveted commodity in the Corona crisis: toilet paper. But what is the situation in the discounters really like? t-online asked.

Just as the corona numbers rose again and Merkel sat down with the prime minister, interest in something else also arose. For something that has almost become a symbol of the pandemic and the spring lockdown in Germany: toilet paper. The first discounters reported this week, that the coveted roles will be bought more often again.

But not only toilet paper was hoarded in lockdown. Yeast, flour and tins were also hotly contested. t-online asked supermarkets and discounters whether the next hamster purchases are in sight.

The clear answer from everyone is: People shouldn’t worry – the supply chains are stable, there is no reason to buy hamsters. The statements of the markets at a glance.

Aldi north

“The situation in our markets is still calm. The supply situation is stable despite the still noticeable restrictions due to the coronavirus,” said Aldi Nord.

The discounter has adjusted its “delivery and logistics processes”. “We are in close contact with our suppliers and logistics partners in order to be able to respond quickly to changes. Special precautions are therefore currently not necessary.”

Aldi south

“We are currently seeing a slight increase in demand for individual products in our branches for the first time. However, there is no reason to buy hamsters,” said Aldi Süd.

When ordering the goods, the discounter takes into account how the demand is developing, “and when re-ordering products, the branches take into account the respective local demand,” it says.

“Based on the experience of the past few months, we are observing fluctuations in demand very closely in order to avoid any delivery bottlenecks.” Aldi Süd is prepared for increasing demand. “We currently do not expect any restrictions on availability.”


“In some regions and branches we are seeing a slight increase in demand for our hygiene range,” said Lidl. The discounter is well prepared for a change in the situation.

“We can react quickly through adapted measures in order to supply the branches with sufficient goods.”


“We are currently not observing any widespread change in customers’ purchasing behavior,” says Kaufland. The demand in the shops currently does not exceed normal requirements. “All branches are supplied daily so that the supply of goods is guaranteed.”

Kaufland also announces: “From our point of view there is no reason to stock up on additional supplies.” There are sufficient stocks. And customers would always have alternatives in the event of bottlenecks due to our large selection of products.

“Nobody has to worry about empty shelves. Everyone should continue to heed an important basic rule when shopping for groceries: If everyone only buys what he needs, there is enough for everyone.”


“We are currently not observing any widespread change in customers’ purchasing behavior,” says Edeka. “We can continue to ensure an adequate supply of all everyday products.”


Rewe also announces: “We are currently not seeing any changes in the purchasing behavior of our customers.” The situation in the Rewe and Penny stores, which belong to the Rewe Group, is “completely normal and relaxed with regard to customer demand. There are no hamster purchases.”


Jochen Baab, spokesman for the Globus management, said to t-online: “We are currently unable to determine classic hamster purchases such as the first Corona wave.” In the past few weeks, however, we have noticed a “positive sales trend in all product areas”.

The inventory has therefore been increased accordingly “so that the availability of goods for our customers is guaranteed at all times.”


Sebastian Bayer, dm managing director for “Marketing and Procurement”, told t-online: “In the months of February and March we experienced enormous demand with extreme sales peaks for various products from our range.” The drugstore chain then took measures “and, for example, adjusted our goods processes. The situation has now calmed down.”

At the moment dm sees no signs of hamster purchases. This also applies to metropolitan areas. “The usual variety of products, for example toilet paper, is available in the stores.”


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