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Need toilet paper or Clorox wipes? How to get in-stock alerts when you run low

por Donte Morell (2020-05-15)

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516298181.jpg?mw=1920&mh=1080&q=70Try checking online if the store is out of supplies you need.

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After two months, you're still on the hunt for Lysol, Clorox wipes and toilet paper, making trips to the store seem wasted when you've already missed out on the stock for the day. You've even shopped online to see if you'd have any luck, only to see "Sold Out" on every product you need. Stores are still selling out of supplies such as disinfectant sprays and wipes, as people stock up to wait out quarantines due to the coronavirus. So how do you know when those products are in again? You set an alert with the store.

Or at least, you try to. At the moment, very few retailers provide an option to set up notifications when products are back in stock. It may be that stores are mostly selling these products in person, or just because the run on certain items has caused a temporary disruption in their usual delivery and supply. 

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Stores like Walmart let you sign up for in-stock alerts.

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If a product, like Lysol spray, isn't available on, you'll see a note on the page that says Out of stock. Click the button next to it that says Get In-Stock Alert and enter your email address to be notified when Walmart receives a shipment.

When Target runs out of a product on its website, you can press a button that says Notify me when it's back. Not every product will have that option, or at least that's what I found when I checked. Target's help page says, "Exclusions may apply for high demand or limited items," so the notification feature might not extend to products such as toilet paper and disinfectants. 

If you're looking to install a security camera or need a laptop to work from home, B&H still has stock. But if the security cam or laptop you want is on backorder, you can set an alert by clicking Request Stock Alert on the page and entering your email address. Then select Let Me Know.