Crisp hoarders sell packets of Walkers for £8 on eBay amid nationwide shortage

Crisp hoarders are flogging single packets of Walkers for nearly £8 as the spiralling supply chain crisis bites hard.

The opportunists are also punting variety boxes of Wotsits and Quavers on eBay for around £30 – which would normally cost around £4 from sold-out supermarkets.

It comes as Walkers warned suppliers that their products may not be back on shelves for another month due to an IT gremlin.

One eBay seller from Leicester – the city that is home to Walkers – is listing a 32.5g pack of Walkers Salt & Vinegar crisps for £6.89 that would usually cost about 60p. Another vendor is flogging a 68g bag of Walkers Salt & Vinegar Squares for £7.89.

A Walkers spokesman said: “We’re doing everything we can to increase production and get people’s favourites back on shelves.

“We’re very sorry for the inconvenience caused.”

Photos have emerged of supermarket shelves stripped almost bare of Walkers products.

They are out of stock on Tesco, Morrisons and Ocado websites.

Crisp aisles are the latest to be hit with shortages, with retail experts also warning people may be hit this Christmas by a lack of trees, toys, booze and food including traditional favourites such as pigs in blankets.

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The Walkers crisp shortage has now been going on for several weeks and a spokesman for the Poundstretcher group recently said they had seen deliveries of Walkers products plummet.

He said: “They had a change to their systems and the change has taken much longer than expected.

“In our last order, instead of getting 26 pallets – which is equivalent to a truckload – we received seven cases, which is not even a pallet full. It is that bad.

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“I was in Tesco the other day and the crisps shelves were empty, so I think the bigger supermarkets are being affected more severely as their sales are higher volume.”

Crisp aisles are the latest to hit by supply issues in Britain's supermarkets.

Retail experts warn people could be hit by a shortage of traditional Christmas food favourites such as pigs in blankets along with toys, booze and Christmas trees.

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