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Metamucil Shortage Seems To Be Contrived — Excuse For Price Gouging?

by Anura Guruge

I was at our local Walmart (in Rochester, NH) on Saturday to get more ‘Metamucil‘ & the shelves were EMPTY again. They only had a few of the MOST expensive options, like $24 for 144 tsps. Crazy. Got me thinking. Somebody is doing quite well from this — Walmart among them.

We are now in December. This has been going on for over 8-months. No reason why Metamucil & Walmart could not have ramped back production.

Does not sound or seem correct. Is it price gouging using COVID as a convenient but irrelevant excuse? What do YOU think?

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by Anura Guruge

Metamucil Shortage: Options For Circumventing.

by Anura Guruge

Check out Amazon.com.

Click to ENLARGE. The ‘Walmart’ ‘Equate’ comparable.


I am still getting comments & messages that the Metamucil shortage still persists in some parts of the country. I am sorry about. We, in New Hampshire (at least around where I live in the central part) appear to be out of the woods. But, to be fair, I buy the ‘Walmart’ ‘Equate’ brand — & have done so for many, many years. Bought a 180-teaspoon bottle this Monday at Walmart — & YES, I noticed that I was taking the last one.

I checked Amazon. As you can see from the lead figure they are currently out of stock but expect to be able to ship starting November 17, 2020.

So, my recommendations:

  1. Check online: Amazon, Walmart, Target etc.
  2. Try the Walmart equivalent. I have been using it for years. In terms of the FIBER content it is identical to Metamucil. Yes, maybe the granularity is slightly different. But, it works — which is more than what I can say for the capsules. They do NOT work.
  3. See if you can get it from another part of the country. Yes, if you really are DESPERATE let me know. I will see IF I can help you out. SMILE.

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by Anura Guruge

Metamucil Shortage Appears To Be BACK; Luckily There Are Store Brands Available.

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A month ago it seemed that we were back to normal — as you can see from the 2nd picture above.

Exact same Walmart in Rochester, NH, a month apart. I think folks have started HOARDING Metamucil. That is crazy. All the Walmart ‘Equate’ comparables were gone too BUT for the poisonous ‘Real Sugar‘ variety. I am impressed, & glad, that folks now have the sense to boycott that version. It is BAD for you. So high in sugar.

Well, I had to go to ‘Market Basket‘ which is kind of ‘next door’. I looked they had a store brand which is EXACTLY what I was looking for. I was happy. But, they only had two containers — & NO, I did NOT buy both. I am good like that.

So, my latest update. I will, of course, keep you posted.

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by Anura Guruge

I Think The Metamucil Shortage Is OVER.

by Anura Guruge

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September 16, 2020 UPDATE — shortage CONTINUES. (click)

Went to Walmart (Rochester, NH) this past Sunday, August 16, 2020. Yes, among other things I needed FIBER. I was willing to get straight Psyllium Husk Powder (e.g., Konsyl). But, the shelves were NOT bare. Looked like we were back to normal.

They had my Walmart-brand, 114-teaspoon full ‘NO SUGAR‘ bottles. I was happy. I got 1 bottle.

Don’t ask me why — methinks it is the GRINDING — but I think Metamucil, at least with I, works better than Psyllium Husk Powder. Kind of counterintuitive. Should be no difference — or, if anything, the Psyllium should be better.

Well, Psyllium was more expensive too.

So, didn’t see the point. SMILE.

So, I think the Metamucil shortage is OVER. At least from my experience.

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by Anura Guruge

Metamucil Shortage — I Have Switched To Straight Psyllium Husk Powder (Konsyl).

by Anura Guruge

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Yes, I know that Metamucil is supposed to be psyllium-based, BUT, I will be honest. They, i.e., Metamucil vs psyllium, FEEL different. Not sure they act the same either! That is crazy.

Dietary fiber & soluble fiber should be dietary fiber & soluble fiber. There should be no apparent difference. But, there seems to be. They feel different as you drink it. NO, it is NOT the sugar. SMILE. I get the ‘SUGAR FREE’ Metamucil. It could be the way Metamucil is ground. I do not know. I did a quick ‘Google’. Nothing jumped out at me.

I first started getting straight — generic — psyllium husk powder from Amazon. Then I saw the Konsyl at Walmart — which is where I have habitually bought my Metamucil for 20-years. So, kind of habit.

Don’t ask me why, BUT I am sure the Konsyl is MORE expensive. That was also the case with psyllium husk powder from Amazon! Does not make sense. Just letting you know.

Well, the way I look at it, the Konsyl is better than nothing. Just wanted to share with you. OK? SMILE.

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by Anura Guruge

COVID-19: Did You Know That Walmart Has Closed Its Auto Centers?

by Anura Guruge

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I had NO idea that Walmart had done this.

Went to the Rochester (N.H.) Walmart Auto Center yesterday to try & get the a/c on our Nissan Quest topped up. It was CLOSED. Bunch of associates lounging around taking great glee in telling me they are closed.

How does that make sense?

Car repair was deemed ‘essential’ from the start. Other places are open.

I did some thinking. Yes, to be on the safe side they would need to disinfect the insides of the cars before they get in them. I can see that. But, other places do, & Walmart, more so than others, should be capable of taking that step in their stride.

I am disappointed — but Walmart disappoints I often.

I know that a lot of people rely on Walmart for their car care because they tend to be affordable.

Not right.

No big deal for us. I will take it to another local shop.

Just wanted to make sure you knew about this.

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by Anura Guruge

Roise, Walmart’s Obnoxious, 6′ Tall, Inventory Checking Robot.

by Anura Guruge

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This was my first ever encounter with a robot at Walmart. I was not expecting to see one today. Appears, per my 13-year old daughter who spends way too much time online, that ‘Rosie’ (as she is called and even has a genuine Walmart name tag proclaiming that) is well know. She had never seen it in person, but claims to have seen plenty of videos online.

I heard ‘Rosie’ way before I saw her. She was making a lot of very objectionable and distracting electronic noises. At that stage I had no idea where all that noise was coming from.

Then I encountered her head on — as you can see from the above photos.

She would NOT get out of my way, though I was pushing a fairly heavily loaded shopping cart. We got very close to each other. We had an eye-to-TV confrontation. But, I knew that I was being recorded and possibly even watched in real time. In my old-age I am too savvy to do anything stupid and be accused of damaging Walmart property. So, I made way.

I talk to a young Walmart associate who was stocking shelves nearby. She was happy to give me the low-down.

Rosie, checks to see if the shelves are properly stocked. It automatically squawks — at the associates — if it spots anything t does not like — and I was told that it is prone to make mistakes. Appears she is not popular. I can understand that.

So, you have now been warned.

Oh, this was at Walmart in Rochester, New Hampshire — the nearest to us.

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This New ‘Linq’ People Locator — That Works Without Cell Service — Has Tremendous Potential; I Might Have To Get Some.

by Anura Guruge

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Very interesting & exciting product. Real DUMB marketing. Calling it a ‘People Compass‘ is totally & bloody misleading.

It is a PEOPLE LOCATOR that works without cell connectivity, phones, APPs or FEES.

That is HUGE for I.


I am usually walking/hiking in areas without cell service. If something happens to I, I am screwed. This is a very real concern.

This this they could find me if I am not back in x-hours.

Plus, when my daughter and I go hiking we invariably lose each other and spend hours looking for each other. This will eliminate that problem.

We even get lost at Walmart.

Basically an electronic leash for folks like I that wander off.

Tad expensive BUT I think it is worth it. Great safety feature as far as I am concerned. Small enough that I can always have it on me.

I am going to check it out.

It is being shown at CES 2020 — which is how I heard about it.

Still can’t believe that they call it a ‘People Compass’. That is so STUPID. They should let me do their marketing. SMILE.

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by Anura Guruge

‘Walmart’ Selling Some Pretty Racy ‘Garments’ Online.

by Anura Guruge

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No. No. Don’t get all excited and jump to the incorrect conclusion that I was browsing ‘Walmart’ for titillation. Nope, NOT I.

My wife stumbled across these and sent me the link along with this message:

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Appears that she and my 19-year old daughter were shocked and think it is inappropriate. My wife thought I should do a post — so, I am.

As I pointed out to her I am sure you can find ‘worse’ on Amazon given that I know that they advertise and sell sex toys online. I have never bothered to go looking but I am sure that Amazon, as ever, will have Walmart beat — hands down. [Smile]

My wife is far from a prude. It would be near impossible to be a prude and be married to I. But, this bothered her.

Crotchless panties have always amused and confounded I. Do NOT see the point. Why bother?

Anywho …. I have done what was expected. I have brought it to your attention. Appears that ‘Rue21.com’, that caters to teens/young adults, also has similar — if not ‘more’. But, the link she sent me doesn’t work. Says ‘access denied’.

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by Anura Guruge


‘Ear Drops For Swimmers’, At Walmart, Works, BUT It Is Strong Stuff.

by Anura Guruge

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This stuff works, BUT, WOW, it is strong stuff.

95% isopropyl alcohol and you can smell and feel it. Given the juxtaposition of your ears and eyes it is pretty easy to have some drip into your eyes. NOT funny. No, it doesn’t make you go blind but it stings like crazy. It stings for 24-hours. Yes, I got some in my eyes yesterday. All you have to do is rinse it off, but the stinging and irritation persists.

I had some junk in my year and I am prone to get water in my ears when I shower. Didn’t know this product existed. Found it when looking at the shelves at Walmart to see what they offered.

I was surprised how cheap it was. Now I know. Basically straight isopropyl alcohol and isopropyl alcohol is cheap. I am surprised folks haven’t drunk this, though being isopropyl alcohol it will kill you. So, that is a good thing that people are not using it as a way to get a hit.

Just thought I will share my experience. Works, BUT be careful. Don’t panic if it goes in your eyes, BUT try to avoid it. Stings like crazy. DO NOT, DO NOT drink it. It will kill you (I think).

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by Anura Guruge