Cheeky eBay sellers list packets of Walkers crisps for £7 a bag as shortages hit supermarket shelves

CHEEKY snack fans are hoping to bag a profit as they list crisps for up to £7 a bag amid a shortage.

Crisp aisles are the latest to suffer from shortages, with supermarket shoppers reporting empty shelves.


Last month, we reported that Walkers had asked stores to remove promotions in a bid to avoid shortages, with an IT system upgrade being blamed for the issues.

The Sun spotted Walkers products listed as out of stock on Morrisons, Tesco and Ocado's websites.

This weekend, customers bemoaned a lack of availability of their favourite snacks.

Many joked that the crisp shortage was worse than the recent petrol crisis.

But some savvy shoppers have decided to try and cash in on the problem.

Individual packets of crisps are being listed for £6 or more on online auction website eBay.

The Sun spotted a single 32.5g pack of Walkers Salt & Vinegar crisps listed for a whopping £6.89.

These would usually cost around 60p if bought in a high street store.

We also saw a 68g bag of Walkers Salt & Vinegar Squares listed for a hefty £7.89.

One of these bumper packs would usually cost around £1 in store.

There are no bids yet on either listing, but the sellers are clearly hoping to tempt savoury snackers suffering from the latest shortage.

One user tweeted: "Can't believe there is now a shortage of cheese & onion crisps."

Another tweeted a picture of empty shop shelves with the caption: "Crisp shortage?"

Crisps are the latest in a long line of products shoppers are struggling to get their hands on at the moment.

A Walkers spokesman said: 'A recent IT system upgrade has disrupted the supply of some of our products. Our sites are still making crisps and snacks but at a reduced scale. 

'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.'

Empty shelves have been seen at a raft of supermarkets in recent weeks, with a lack of lorry drivers the main cause of shortages and delivery delays.

The Sun has launched a campaign to help recruit 100,000 HGV drivers to try to plug the gap.

Retailers are also going on a Christmas hiring spree to make sure there are enough staff to keep shelves stocked over the festive period.

 

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