Stop throwing out all that ketchup.
The pandemic has caused various shortages in the past year. Items ranging from toilet paper to aluminum cans have all experienced short (or not so short) periods when demand has outpaced supply.
As Fox News previously reported, ketchup is the latest product to see delivery issues.
Prices for ketchup packets are up 13% since January 2020, according to data from Plate IQ, a technology platform in the restaurant industry, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. A shortage of America’s favorite condiment is the latest to hit the food service industry amid increasing takeout demand amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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Since the start of the pandemic, shared items (such as ketchup bottles) have been largely removed from restaurants. Instead, single-use items have taken their place, meaning the demand for ketchup packets has increased significantly.
As is often the case, some people seem to be trying to take advantage of the situation. While they normally seem worthless (since many restaurants just give them away), ketchup package deals have popped up on eBay.
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The offers vary in quantity, but many of 50 ketchup packs recently sold for $ 9.99. Another 100 pack offer sold for $ 11.99.
One offer for 500 ketchup packs sold for $ 28.95 (with free shipping).
Ketchup packs aren’t the only condiments sold on the site.
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Fox News previously reported that there is unprecedented demand on eBay for packets of Taco Bell hot sauce, with some offers asking for significant amounts. Many of the offerings sell large batches of sauce packs (which often have between 50 and 100 packs), but some only offer single packs for high prices.
Fox News’ Jeanette Settembre contributed to this report.