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I couldn’t have put it better myself . . .
“Panic buying” is distinctly different from buying what one needs to be prepared for a given period. “Prepping” means working out meal plans, deciding what one needs for the number of people involved over the period concerned, and then buying those things according to a pre-planned shopping list. That’s good, and healthy, and I’ve done it for years. “Panic buying” is dashing into the store and buying anything and everything that one decides, on the spur of the moment, might be useful.
Miss D. and I haven’t bought a single toilet roll or a single roll of paper towels since this pandemic began. We already had enough for the next two to three months, as we’ve had for years. In due course, we’ll buy more here and there as stock is available, to keep our supplies at a reasonable level: but we see no need to have TP out the wazoo (you should pardon the expression) for the next year or more. There are others who need it, too, so let them have it. As for food, we already had all the basics we needed to make simple meals for two to three months. I simply bought more fresh food (meat, vegetables, etc.) and some additional cans of soup, etc. to give us more variety. I also replenished our stocks of useful over-the-counter pharmaceuticals and personal hygiene products. I did all that weeks ago, when the coronavirus pandemic was still a glimmer on the horizon, because I’ve been in this situation before under other circumstances, and knew what to expect. As a result, we’ve completely avoided all the fuss and bother of overrun supermarkets. So have most of our friends, who’ve long done as we did and made sure their reserves are enough to cover most short- to medium-term emergencies.
(As for guns and ammo, the collective members of the North Texas Writers, Shooters and Pilots Association can probably equip the equivalent of an Army or Marine platoon with a long gun and handgun apiece, plus a basic military loadout of ammunition for each person [including magazines], and still have enough left for our own use. No panic buying here!)
Those who are bulk-buying toilet paper and the like are doing everybody a disservice. We make all that we need, right here on this continent. We won’t run out. Relax!