I would suspect a lot of companies are trying to save by restructuring, some items must go because of lack of sales and others are being shipped directly from the manufacturer. Even the manufacturers are making a limited amount until there are enough request. Keeping low inventory is cost effective until you actually need a large order. This is one reason many items are on back order, shipped directly from the manufacturer etc. University Products is located in Holyoke, MA. 800-628-1912. They carry a large inventory of items. Might be faster to receive your order, cost less for shipping and back orders may be less.