I went to ACE hardware today and thought I'd check on bleach prices since they did not yet stock chlorine. Here is how the conversation went:
ME: How much is this bleach? There's no price on it or on the shelf. (121 oz,)
CLERK: It's really expensive. (scans jug) $6.59
ME: Really? That's insane!
CLERK: Oh, that's because it's the germicidal bleach.
ME: Bleach is bleach. That's still insane!
CLERK: I think that's the regular price.
ME: I can get a jug of chlorine at the pool store for $4.50 and that's a whole gallon.
CLERK: But that's different stuff.
12.5% is a hard commodity around RI. Job Lot has (gasp) old stock pool shock dated June 7th, 2019 at same old prices, all you can find. I will do a test tomorrow to see how degraded it actually is. What bleach there is in the stores is that Chloromax, lemon scented or splashless. No one is going out to stores anymore so we are stuck in place dealing with what we have! Best wishes to everyone! PS, I got called out at Job Lot for having 9 gallons of shock in my cart. Employee told me I could only have one bottle of bleach, I politely informed her that it was not bleach but pool shock. She said "Oh". I get to the check out and lo and behold, the same employee. She was funny, she said "just wait til people figure out exactly what pool shock is." I said "Shhh."