View Poll Results: How many face masks do you consume each day?

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  • More than four

    0 0%
  • Between two to four

    5 6.10%
  • One each day

    31 37.80%
  • One every other day

    21 25.61%
  • I do not wear mask

    25 30.49%
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  1. #431

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimwy66
    Packed my bags for flight home last night, seems surreal to have bought a 2nd checked in bag allowance only to pack it with loo roll, disinfectant and soap. The usual goodies of cheese, coffee and olive oil are sadly lacking.
    I gave up on fresh cheese/milk long ago, although prizemart has "daily dutch" milk and almost tastes like the real thing at an affordable price ($12/litre)
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  2. #432

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    Just got this if anyone looking for masks

    https://www.spicestore.hk/en/health-...r-1-piece.html

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  3. #433

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    ParknShop making a profit over these shortages



    Someone sent me this photo a short while ago.
    Parknshop is selling these toilet rolls individually at $6.90 per roll. Originally a pack of 10 rolls cost around $36.90 I was told. Now 10 rolls would cost $69.
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  4. #434

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    Quote Originally Posted by omigosh


    Someone sent me this photo a short while ago.
    Parknshop is selling these toilet rolls individually at $6.90 per roll. Originally a pack of 10 rolls cost around $36.90 I was told. Now 10 rolls would cost $69.
    The question remains is who is actually making profit. The store or the supplier?

  5. #435

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    Quote Originally Posted by historian
    The question remains is who is actually making profit. The store or the supplier?
    Does it matter? There's a lot of push in HK to control the price of toilet paper, masks and so on. But go back to 1776 and Adam Smith. High priced goods at time of short supply causes people to work harder to increase supply to benefit from those higher prices, but in turn that increased supply pushes prices down. Selling restricted stock at fixed low normal prices doesn't help the majority of people because it doesn't help most people get the product.

    Calls for government to limit prices or control supply are wrong. Government needs to get the fuck out of the way, the irony that the government is current working through the courts to restrict face mask wearing just spooks mainland and overseas suppliers. Those suppliers should be working to pump as many face masks and rolls of toilet paper into HK as the market demands.
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  6. #436

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    I'm in BKK right now. There are basic disposable masks being sold in the street and also something termed "sanitizer" with no ingredients listed, but which looks and smells like hand sanitiser.

    If i bring this stuff back, will it be "acceptable" to HK consumers do you think? I was thinking of doing some arbitrage of my luggage allowance.....


  7. #437

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    There is really no shortage of face masks now, it’s the fact that pharmacies and every other local seller have hiked up prices. Aside from the poor, face masks are in abundance. I just walked past a load of those ripoff pharmacies in TST, a box of 50 face masks for $380, those funky Korean ones rated KF94 are around $30-35 each.

    A colleague moaned but not having many face masks at home left, I just asked him if $200 is really more important than you and your family members’ health.


  8. #438

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    Anywhere easily accessible to pick up masks for hkd200 a box?


  9. #439

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    Quote Originally Posted by pin
    Anywhere easily accessible to pick up masks for hkd200 a box?
    Not that low now. There was a shop in Prince Edward I passed by yesterday had some Indonesian boxes of face masks for $250, but no description on the box to say how good they are.

    The ones that JHC sold about a week ago (from Nelsons Laboratory) I seen sold around TST for $280-300. Some locals showed concern over these as there was no rating on the box, but JHC have since come out and stated the effectiveness of these masks and explanation of markings on the box.

  10. #440

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    Quote Originally Posted by mused
    Looks like you were lucky, now they are saying all delivery and click and collect slots are full. I managed to get through Parknshop yesterday and actually secured a delivery slot, only for it to then say it was gone (and huge waits in-between each step). Seriously wondering where I'm going to get toilet rolls from at this rate.
    On the other hand, I've hardly ever managed to get through Park N' Shop's. Every time, I visit their website, I've to wait for approx. 15 mins - that too in vain. After 15 mins, when I finally I get in, nothing that I want to buy, is left. Perhaps, we will soon have to order those damn toilet rolls from Tesco (UK) , and toilet rolls holder from Harrods. Just saying.

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