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32. I think that there are two or three things going on.
Sat Mar 7, 2020, 11:27 PM
Mar 2020

One is panicky/irrational emergency preparation. Nobody's ever prepared for a pandemic before. But maybe they've prepared for regional flooding or a hurricane or a winter storm-pocaypse or earthquakes or whatever. So they are trying to prepare for the pandemic like they would prepare for getting snowed in, even though the preparation should be pretty different if you soberly think about it.

Then there is the psychological factor of the helplessness inherent in this situation. In reality, there is very little the person of average means can do to prepare for a pandemic. Logistically, most don't have the resources to stockpile more than a year's worth of everything and successfully completely cut off their home from the outside world for that length of time. There is also the issue of not knowing what exactly one should do to be perfectly prepared. So in the absence of being able to do what would actually work, one copes with the anxiety by doing what one can. Buying toilet paper, or bottled water, or hand sanitizer, or household cleaners, etc is all the potential preparations available to some people, so that is what they do to feel like they've safe-guarded themselves in whatever small way they can.

It reminds me of people who want their doctor, or their lawyer, or their politician to JUST DO SOMETHING in response to a problem. Even when the evidence shows that in the circumstance in question there is no known action which would help, people still get upset at the inaction. Only that anxiety and demand for action is turned inward in this case.

The third thing is people see other people panic-buying and worry that there is going to be a shortage, so decide that they ought to stock-up also just to get ahead of any supply problems. [Full disclosure: the day I first saw our local store shelves were devoid of hand sanitizer I went home and ordered some on-line (at non-yet-gouged pricing) because at that point I didn't know when I would next be able to get any. Unlike toilet paper, this seems actually to be a problem, since it has been a few weeks and the shelves are still empty and on-line sources are raising prices and/or out of stock.]

Toilet paper [View all] brokephibroke Mar 2020 OP
You bet! Newest Reality Mar 2020 #1
Perhaps a lot of people are becoming self-aware and realize that they are full of 💩 TheBlackAdder Mar 2020 #25
I can see buying a few months supply, but some have enough to last for years. hlthe2b Mar 2020 #2
My local Costco gets regular shipments of toilet paper. They're gone the same day they come in. Eyeball_Kid Mar 2020 #12
I was just in a King Soopers (owned by Krogers). They had TP, but they were way down hlthe2b Mar 2020 #20
At the Kroger/King Soopers stores, I try to buy Scott t.p. Laffy Kat Mar 2020 #39
That's where I went to get supplies 2naSalit Mar 2020 #28
Where is your Costco store? at140 Mar 2020 #34
This message was self-deleted by its author democratisphere Mar 2020 #3
Maybe beanie babies will finally be worth something. brokephibroke Mar 2020 #5
I'm gonna start selling it by the foot uppityperson Mar 2020 #4
Sell by the square. Tell people they are mini replica confederate flags. Perfectly okay to wipe brewens Mar 2020 #13
If trump needs some, we can say... Roland99 Mar 2020 #19
A friend of mine was recently in Cuba.. They were selling by the perforated sheet. mitch96 Mar 2020 #42
... handmade34 Mar 2020 #6
A Friend Gave Us TP With Trump's Face pdxflyboy Mar 2020 #7
We're on our last roll from 2016. We use it for special occasions. Eyeball_Kid Mar 2020 #16
Diarrhea may be a symptom of the Covid virus? I'm guessing? YOHABLO Mar 2020 #8
Maybe but brokephibroke Mar 2020 #9
I don't think so Rorey Mar 2020 #15
Well I would love to know the need to stock up on toilet paper myself. YOHABLO Mar 2020 #18
I may not want to leave my home for a few months much or do anything in a public place. applegrove Mar 2020 #10
Now that would be a sight to behold brokephibroke Mar 2020 #11
Oh it is happening already. applegrove Mar 2020 #14
I'll have to hit the local Walmart tomorrow brokephibroke Mar 2020 #17
Profiteer!!! applegrove Mar 2020 #21
I see it as compassionate capitalism brokephibroke Mar 2020 #24
Can you imagine if there is no run on toiletpaper? You'll spend the rest of applegrove Mar 2020 #30
With trump decimating the USDA brokephibroke Mar 2020 #36
Shhh. Don't remind people this virus if from unregulated markets in applegrove Mar 2020 #38
You wouldn't be the first, broke! Leghorn21 Mar 2020 #23
Perhaps we need a TP syndicate brokephibroke Mar 2020 #26
Then you could corner the market and be the big player in toiletpaper applegrove Mar 2020 #33
Shh! Quiet! you will give the secret away..... getagrip_already Mar 2020 #22
LOL. brokephibroke Mar 2020 #27
I got a big package of TP this last Monday. blogslut Mar 2020 #29
In Hong Kong TP is currency! at140 Mar 2020 #31
I think that there are two or three things going on. RockRaven Mar 2020 #32
They are afraid there will be mandatory quarantines TexasBushwhacker Mar 2020 #35
The alternatives are not great Renew Deal Mar 2020 #37
Well there is the old hose and corn cob tactic....... uff... that's gonna hurt.. nt mitch96 Mar 2020 #43
I noticed a run on isopropyl alcohol and liquid hand soap at my local WalMart. Beartracks Mar 2020 #40
isn't it obvious? rainin Mar 2020 #41
Went to Costco on Thursday. The toilet paper aisle was mobbed. comradebillyboy Mar 2020 #44
At my Costco today Olafjoy Mar 2020 #45
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