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I did my panic buying a week ago , packs of beer , baked beans and a few bags of frozen chips .

Imagine my shock today when I went in the supermarket (for milk and bread and maybe another bag of frozen chips ) and half the shelves were wiped out ! All the frozen food aisles were cleaned out ! Has the country gone mad ?

There's no shortages (apart from a very few items ) -its just a supply and transport issue as I'm sure most intelligent folks must know ?

There is no shortage of frozen food ,toilet rolls , tinned veg etc its just that it has to be shifted from the main warehouses to the shops (that have limited storage ) and there are only so many lorries and drivers to do it !

Hope those who have maxed out their credit cards panic buying realise how silly they have been (paying 30% interest on their stupidity ) as stocks will return to normal over the next week or two .

Meanwhile have any of these panic buying idiots thought about the pensioners and other vulnerable folk who draw their meagre money to do their weekly shop and find nothing in the supermarket aisles ?

I gain little comfort from the certain knowledge that many of these "selfish panic buyers " will be fearfully perusing their credit card statements in a few weeks , looking at their bulging cupboards and freezers - while the rest of us are doing our normal shop in well stocked supermarkets .

Golfforall
13 days ago
What do you think of this?
RegularComper90
RegularComper9013 days ago

This coronavirus sure is bringing out the selfishness in people.

We should all be putting the elderly, the disabled and those with underlying health conditions first.

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Golfforall
Golfforall
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13 days ago

As I said ,its basically a transport issue as most supermarkets work on a "Just in time " model that doesn't account for panic buying so it will take a week or two to get stocks back to normal .

So the panic buyers ( selfish and smug now ?) will be feeling a bit stupid in a couple of weeks when they look at their credit card statements (and the interest !) when the rest of us are getting our normal shop from a fully stocked supermarket .

Takes all sorts I suppose ?

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JoTarpley
JoTarpley13 days ago

OMG I SOOOO AGREE RegularComper90!!! I never even considered stocking up so today I received my online shop from Tesco with no tissues to blow my nose but worst of all no toilet paper and yet people are bragging how much they have stocked up and even on todays TV News they said demand was up for Freezers as people had been buying them to put their extra food in, I am nearly speechless only I have so much to say!! x

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Glitterandgold
Glitterandgold13 days ago

Have to admit iv been pretty aghast & shocked at the scale of the panic buying. Hopefully tho in a couple weeks the supermarkets have restocked but sales are down due to most people being fully stocked up, we non selfish folk will get some good in store deals.

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Golfforall
Golfforall
Original Poster
13 days ago

My thoughts exactly . The Panic buyers will have no credit left on their cards , no space in their cupboards, sheds or freezers . Happy days for normal shoppers once the panic buying "spike " is over .

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Janhrrs
Janhrrs13 days ago

Not shocked, I think I must have grown so cynical over the years but very sad that as a society we have become so self-centred and callous towards other people's needs. I have to keep reminding myself that there are still decent people with morals and a sense of responsibility around.

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Golfforall
Golfforall
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13 days ago

I'm a cynic too . I do think these people will get their just desserts in a couple of weeks when they are paying 30% interest on their panic buys via credit card and the rest of us see normal supplies at supermarkets .

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Janhrrs
Janhrrs13 days ago

Golfforall I hope so, I'm always hoping Karma catches up with people.

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Ann1984
Ann198413 days ago

My husband is a hgv driver and deliver to Tesco and they been working none stop under there driving hours normally they only do one Tesco run but doing at least 3 a day. And then when they get chance after work to get themselves some food for their family nothing left after delivering it to these selfish people

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Golfforall
Golfforall
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13 days ago

My mate is also an HGV driver delivering to Tesco supermarkets . They haven't enough lorries or drivers to cope with this ridiculous panic buying . Stores now have relatively little storage space so daily (even 2 or 3 times daily ) deliveries are essential for normal demand .

Now everyone has done their panic buying (there's a limit to how much stuff you can hoard !) supplies will return to normal and the selfish panic buyers will look silly !

I dare say your husband ,like my mate , can see the warehouses chock a block with bog rolls . They take up a lot of space in a lorry ! So no surprise that maybe Tesco prioritise foods when deciding what to put on their lorries ?

Delivery drivers are rightly classed as "Key workers " , would make their job easier if we just bought our normal shop .

What idiot could seriously believe there is a shortage of bog rolls ! Its a distribution issue which will ease over the coming days .

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eyeballkerry
eyeballkerry13 days ago

I just saw on the news a chap buying 24 eggs, what the .... are you going to do with 24 eggs, cook a massive omelette!

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hayley237
hayley23713 days ago

Man in local home bargains yesterday bought 6 packs of 18,toilet rolls so he needs 106 rolls ,and yet he wasn't limited to two packs. Still on eBay as well a 9 pack for £18, disgusting .

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Grannyclock
Grannyclock13 days ago

We thought we’d go to the OAP hour at Sainsbury’s this morning to get some milk. At 7.15 the car park was full so we turned round and went to Asda which was nearly full too, this time with mostly younger people with full trolleys. Think we’ll give Asda’s OAP hour tomorrow a miss. We’re probably infected by now anyway, but we did get the milk!

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn13 days ago

See my new thread on goldfish food. Now that one is a surprise. Wasn't expecting it to become a challenge to find fish food! Panic buying of fish food in the 'shire where I live. 🤣

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi12 days ago

No. I did not even stock up. We have no storage to do that....also I do not think it will be this bad.

But now I am scared, because the stores have no eggs, no flour, no pasta, no tinned food and no vegetables and no lemons and I have 2 kids....even Boris promised we will have everything, it is not there and I can not buy it.

The rationing is also not the best, because a single person is able to buy as many as someone who has a big family. Does not make sense. A lady was told off in front of me by staff she can get only 2 long life milk when she was with 4 kids.

People buying fresh milk now and freeze it....totally silly...

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hspexy
hspexy12 days ago

What I don’t understand is why people have emptied out the fridges and freezers? I know people are just going to be wasteful and throw things out, so what doesn't fit will end up in the bin. Either that or people will still eat the ecoli infected products and end up using the loo rolls they’ve amassed

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ACR
ACR12 days ago

It is a bit ridiculous how many people have stooped to the level of panic buying. It's also a little concerning to think how people would react if the UK faced something more serious than coronavirus. So much for the Keep Calm and Carry On spirit. One positive is that retailers (especially supermarkets), suppliers, governments, etc will hopefully be able to develop better contingency plans for future events by examining this outbreak 😷

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greatdeals121
greatdeals12112 days ago

I don't think it is fair that people are stock buying those who can only buy a certain amount at the supermarkets will have nothing.

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Golfforall
Golfforall
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12 days ago

Don't worry , the majority of shortages are due to idiots panic buying (probably on their credit cards - pain to come later !) . It is a simple , temporary distribution problem .

Supermarkets work on a "just in time " model - the main warehouses are chock a block - they simply don't have enough lorries or drivers to move that stuff to the stores (most of which have little storage space . Not a problem normally but sadly they can't keep up with the intellectually challenged panic buyers at the moment .

Apart from a few niche items (which will take a few weeks to recover ) most stuff will again be widely available (and probably be on offer ) in a few days .

The panic buyers will realise what fools they are (and with a credit card bill to look forward to !) and us normal shoppers will laugh at the panic buying idiots .

Sadly we live in a society where so many gullible folks (glued to fake news on Social media ?) do what they are told by the said social media - Sad but true !

Let an idiot have a mobile phone and a credit card what can you expect ?

Us normal responsible folk will be fine -as we always are - trust me .

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AliceBell64468
AliceBell6446812 days ago

My partner went to the chemist to get our elderly neighbours tablets for her today, and was going to get some bits from the shop but there is no tinned foods, no frozen food, no cleaning products, no toilet roll and no pastas or rice. We will help out of neighbours where we can but it shocks me when I go on local selling sites and I see people selling toilet roll or hand sanitisers or soaps for 10x the price they purchased it at, trying to make a few ££ from people’s personal hygiene.

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Golfforall
Golfforall
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12 days ago

Just shows what some folk are like sadly , any chance to make a bit of money at others expense .

I pretty sure these same people will be looking very daft (and with huge credit card bills ) when the supermarkets catch up with this mindless panic buying and get their stocks (loads in their warehouses ) to their stores .

There are always the dregs of society that are looking to profit from a crisis - but equally there are hundreds of thousands who work tirelessly to help their fellow citizens . I'm glad and content to be in the latter category .

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gabriela170689
gabriela17068912 days ago

It's look like the third war. People lose their minds and do crazy shoppings, buy a lots of products and don't thing in the elderly people.

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Golfforall
Golfforall
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12 days ago

I presume the hoarders, resellers , panic buyers are proud of themselves when they look at the struggles of old folk and vulnerable families in their neighbourhood ?

No I doubt it - I'm alright Jack ! - A sad reflection on the modern social media obsessed society .

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