Bunnings imposes tough new buying restrictions

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If you thought you’d stock up on supplies for your home and garden projects during your upcoming time in self-isolation, think again.

Bunnings has introduced tough new buying restrictions on in-demand items including respirators and face masks, in an effort to clamp down on panic buying amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

It follows a similar move from major supermarkets like Coles, Woolies and ALDI who have had to place strict purchase limits on toilet paper, hand sanitiser and now most packaged products to cope with the unprecedented demand.

From today (March 26), Bunnings is enforcing a temporary limit on purchases of high demand products. This includes a limit of one item per customer on the following:

  • Generators
  • Gas bottles
  • Respirators and face masks
  • Fuel cans
  • Methylated spirits
  • Turpentine

The following products will be limited to four items per customer:

  • Cleaning products
  • Storage products
  • Garden sprayers
  • Household batteries

This comes as another blow for diehard Bunnings shoppers, after the hardware giant had to can its iconic weekend sausage sizzles and cake stall fundraisers due to the pandemic.


Bunnings’ Managing Director, Mike Schneider, said the buying limits were necessary to manage stock shortages and ensure customers could still access the products they need until restock.

“We’re seeing increased demand for some products and we want to be as fair as possible for customers. We are working closely with suppliers to get stock into stores to meet customer demand and our suppliers have been a huge support in making this happen,” he said.

The majority of Bunnings products remain available as usual.

Picture credits: Daria Ni/ Shutterstock.com


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