These websites can help you locate hard-to-find coronavirus supplies

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Trying to locate the essentials of the fight against coronaviruses like wipes and hand sanitizer? You’re not the only one. Here are some websites that can help you find out if and when supplies are back in stock.

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New: Coronavirus Preparedness Supply Finder

This simple website tracks the availability of essentials including hand soap, hand sanitizer, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, and wipes by checking inventory on Amazon, Target, and Walmart. . It’s super simple and easy to use – if an item is in stock, it’s highlighted and in color. If not, it is in black and white and says “Out of stock”.

The website appears to be pretty accurate, although by the time you click on the actual item it might already be sold out. It’s just because so many people are following these things at the same time. However, I can attest that I was able to add Lysol wipes to my Walmart cart after seeing them displayed as available.

Supply Finder was created by Boston-based technology company Popcart. It also helps you avoid price spikes by alerting you with a warning when prices are high compared to historical averages.

Normally this site helps people find things like hot video games and must have toys. Nowadays, it has pages dedicated to hand sanitizer and household cleaners like Clorox wipes.

You can see a list of items, if they are in stock and the last time they were actually in stock.

Make sure to turn on the toggle for an “in-stock alarm” and your web browser will notify you when something is new in stock. Note that you will need to keep the page open for this to work.

I was able to purchase hand sanitizer from Amazon using this method. I will let you know if and when I receive my shipment, but the order is placed and after a minute or two the item was already out of stock.

Brick Search

BrickSeek offers inventory checkers for Walmart, Target, Staples, CVS, and more.

The site actually started out as a way for LEGO collectors to locate hard-to-find sets. Now this can help you determine if a local store has an item in stock.

It’s a bit tricky to navigate because you have to search for items by their SKU instead of a standard name search, but the site helps you figure out the SKU number of the item you want.

Google Shopping

Google can help you find items in stock at stores near you. Just type in a search term, make sure to select Shopping results, and then tap the “available nearby” option.

Keep in mind that inventory counts aren’t always accurate, so it’s best to cross-reference your results with the actual store’s website before you travel or place an order.

Finding Markk Emergency Supplies

A startup called Markk has created an Emergency Supplies Finder to help you find hard-to-find supplies. Think about Instagram stories plotted on a map.

“Markk is a visual examination platform, so you examine places using only photos and videos. Any review you post on the app only lasts 24 hours, ”said co-founder Sunil Mohan.

The co-founder of Markk App Sunil Mohan

Users can post photos and videos showing the real-time availability of essential products in nearby stores. The app is brand new, so the user base is still limited, but the potential is there.

“Especially now, in a time like this, we would like the community to embrace it more and help each other. Ultimately, it’s about creating live information that helps each other and being of best members of the community, ”Mohan said.

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