The Atlantic targets 'affluent Americans' who are 'buying up things they don’t need' amid supply chain crisis

Staff writer Amanda Mull began by summarizing the “similar” news stories that have emerged in recent weeks which involve loads of goods like “toilet paper and exercise bikes and future Christmas presents” being stuck on cargo ships for weeks or months on end how everyone involved from sailors to truckers is working “as fast and hard as they possibly can” but that “it’s not fast or hard enough.”

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“What news stories generally don’t show you is where all of this stuff is going. At least anecdotally, much of it seems to be headed directly into the overflowing package room in my apartment building,” Mull wrote. “Americans are buying an extraordinary amount of stuff. Especially in the past six months, the system has been rocked by explosive demand.”

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