Costco is once again enacting purchase limits on essentials

In March 2020, Costco was one of many retailers to enact product purchasing limits on essentials like toilet paper, hand sanitizer and bottled water, as consumer demand skyrocketed during the first wave of Covid-19. Now, the retailer is enacting limits on essentials once again, though this time to combat supply chain delays.

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