I'm not doing it, I wont be doing it. We did our weekly shop yesterday, just bought the usual.
The shops will only run out if people behave like headless chickens. Thankfully the supply system is pretty robust and once the clowns have bought 30 bottles of handwash they wont need replacements so the shelves will fill again.
Handwash and toilet rolls are both produced in the UK, the two items people are losing it over, so we are not reliant on imports for those. Lead times should be short, no need to panic.
Someone I played with this morning has a wife who works at the local Sainsbury's and reckons they're taking Christmas week type money so clearly they are doing alright from the panic buying. HID went to do the weekly shop and got there at opening time assuming the shelves would be rapidly emptied. Already a queue outside the door and loo rolls, dried stuff like pasta and paracetamol stripped in minutes. Daft
I was in our local Morrison's yesterday and toilet rolls and liquid soap were the only empty sections I saw. I was in lidl's this morning for milk and fruit for work and it was the same there as well. This was echoed on the Jeremy Vine show on R2 on Friday. People may be buying other items in larger volumes but based on my limited and unscientific survey they are not emptying the shelves of those things.
I suspect some of it is that word got out that people were panic buying liquid soap and toilet rolls so the sheep piled in and did the same. No doubt if word gets out that people are stocking up on pasta then others will go out and do the same meaning the shelves empty of that as well. The psychology of this is quite interesting and sadly predictable.
Have I panic bought, nope. Hopefully am off to Mexico next Saturday so I won’t need owt for two weeks. But when this Virus reared its head i mentioned to Missis T I will get a few extra things in. It is things that will keep and if all is well it will get used. that was 2-3 weeks ago. No one batted an eyelid.
I kinda get why people have bought extra but to panic buy. I will bet there’s a few amongst the 16 million that are now quarantined in Italy had done the same and bought a few extra things.
back in the 70,s and 80,s when there were power cuts. Candles cost a bloody fortune, batteries where extortionate. I still have 20-30 candles in the garage I bought decades ago.does it make you a hoarder panic buyer for being one step ahead.