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The Great Coronavirus Panic of 2020

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2 months ago - Sunday 3/15/20 - 8:31:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 3/14/20 - 9:09:50 AM snarf wrote:
Went to 5 different stores yesterday and couldn't find any toilet paper. I'm down to 2 rolls. Hopefully I find some before I have to steal a roll from work.

Stores restock at night. Go to the store early in the morning before they open. You should be able to get some. Be prepared to wait in a long line though.
2 months ago - Sunday 3/15/20 - 8:33:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
Also, check smaller stores such as 7-11. They sell toilet paper.
2 months ago - Sunday 3/15/20 - 8:35:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 3/14/20 - 1:04:31 PM CowDung wrote:
I have a stash of toilet paper- - is it bad if I start selling it for $10/roll?
On Sunday 3/15/20 - 8:25:50 PM Noldor wrote:
If they allowed people/stores to charge more, there wouldn’t be a shortage. I don’t know about you, but I’d gladly pay more if I was completely out of toilet paper.

yeah except not everyone can afford that, so no. they just need to limit how many people can buy
2 months ago - Sunday 3/15/20 - 8:38:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
Everybody can afford to pay a few bucks more.
2 months ago - Sunday 3/15/20 - 8:39:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
We only talking about a few dollars more, not $100 more.
2 months ago - Sunday 3/15/20 - 8:51:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 3/14/20 - 1:04:31 PM CowDung wrote:
I have a stash of toilet paper- - is it bad if I start selling it for $10/roll?
On Sunday 3/15/20 - 8:25:50 PM Noldor wrote:
If they allowed people/stores to charge more, there wouldn’t be a shortage. I don’t know about you, but I’d gladly pay more if I was completely out of toilet paper.
On Sunday 3/15/20 - 8:35:50 PM Kraken wrote:
yeah except not everyone can afford that, so no. they just need to limit how many people can buy


Limits can work to an extent, but higher prices cause people to think about how much they will actually need rather than just buying up larger quantities because they want to hoard it.
2 months ago - Sunday 3/15/20 - 8:53:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
It would be nice if food stamps could apply to necessities like toilet paper on a 'per piece' basis rather than by price charged so that those that cannot afford higher prices can get some protection.
2 months ago - Sunday 3/15/20 - 8:54:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
...and by 'per piece' I mean by the package or number of rolls, not a single square.
2 months ago - Sunday 3/15/20 - 9:21:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
I have to admit I find the TP hoarding a bit humorous. The virus is no joke, but it is hard not to laugh at the TP memes out there right now. I imagine when this goes in the history books, they are going to mention the TP...
2 months ago - Sunday 3/15/20 - 9:23:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
The stores are temporarily changing hours. Walmart, Kroger...the stores I like to shop to at night due to being less crowded...well they are closing at 11 and 9 to give employees a chance to restock.

What sucks about this is that people are going to all be flocking there early in the morning to get their TP so by the time the crowds die down toward the evenings, there won't be any left. I don't want to be in the store when it is crowded, virus or no virus.
2 months ago - Sunday 3/15/20 - 9:24:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
I may finally make use of that delivery system these stores have.
2 months ago - Sunday 3/15/20 - 9:36:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think the history books are going to have a large gap after WWII, but that’s just a guess.
2 months ago - Sunday 3/15/20 - 9:39:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
Stores should also have 'old people open time' or something like that where people who are more vulnerable can go out and shop without the general public crowd in the store with them...
2 months ago - Sunday 3/15/20 - 9:40:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 3/15/20 - 9:36:56 PM amaqdrinker wrote:
I think the history books are going to have a large gap after WWII, but that’s just a guess.

Why? Will people be using those pages as toilet paper?
2 months ago - Sunday 3/15/20 - 9:48:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 3/15/20 - 9:36:56 PM amaqdrinker wrote:
I think the history books are going to have a large gap after WWII, but that’s just a guess.
On Sunday 3/15/20 - 9:40:08 PM wrote:
Why? Will people be using those pages as toilet paper?


Because we don't understand the significance of 100s of millions of fatalities in a war yet?
2 months ago - Sunday 3/15/20 - 9:51:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
*75 million.
2 months ago - Sunday 3/15/20 - 10:06:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
I’m completely accepting of every aspect of the world in which I exist being a footnote.
2 months ago - Sunday 3/15/20 - 10:40:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 3/15/20 - 9:39:07 PM CowDung wrote:
Stores should also have 'old people open time' or something like that where people who are more vulnerable can go out and shop without the general public crowd in the store with them...


That is good in idea but would be so hard to implement. They would have to do what...check IDs upon store entry?
2 months ago - Sunday 3/15/20 - 11:02:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 3/15/20 - 9:39:07 PM CowDung wrote:
Stores should also have 'old people open time' or something like that where people who are more vulnerable can go out and shop without the general public crowd in the store with them...
On Sunday 3/15/20 - 10:40:00 PM Damsel wrote:
That is good in idea but would be so hard to implement. They would have to do what...check IDs upon store entry?


Not necessarily- - not all vulnerable people are old, and I'm not sure that there is necessarily a specific age that should be used.

I'm thinking it's more of a voluntary thing where people will avoid shopping during this time- - even if compliance wasn't 100%, I think it still would help avoid exposure risk.
2 months ago - Monday 3/16/20 - 1:05:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
LOL that would certainly not work. If people had any morals at all they wouldn't be hoarding all these supplies in the first place.

What common sense has told ME is that it is NOT smart to go out in a panic and buy all the things. What is more smart is to wait until there is less of a crowd and only buy the things that I need which is basically what I have done up to this point. As far as shopping for everyday supplies such as groceries, household needs, OTC meds, people should have just carried on as normal and washed their hands more and those who were knowingly sick should just stay home.
2 months ago - Monday 3/16/20 - 1:32:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
Damsel- - - there are people who are not showing any signs of symptoms yet but are still sick and contagious.
2 months ago - Monday 3/16/20 - 2:37:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
I know.
2 months ago - Monday 3/16/20 - 4:48:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
In the most drastic measure so far, Ireland has closed all the pubs! 2 days before St Patrick's Day.
2 months ago - Monday 3/16/20 - 8:11:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 3/15/20 - 9:39:07 PM CowDung wrote:
Stores should also have 'old people open time' or something like that where people who are more vulnerable can go out and shop without the general public crowd in the store with them...


Supermarkets are doing that here, opening an hour earlier specifically for elderly and disabled people
2 months ago - Monday 3/16/20 - 8:26:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
Or just for the first hour of the day or something. And people need proof

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