As COVID-19 has spread across the United States the past week, people have been stocking up in bulk in preparation for what’s to come next.
The unfortunate result of buying in bulk is it interrupts supply chains and many people who need supplies immediately can’t access them. Bulk buying is why we’re seeing photos of empty shelves and why stores are putting a purchase limit on certain goods.
STOP buying in bulk everyone!— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) March 16, 2020
The stores will re-stock the house -- you will NOT starve.
Leave food for your fellow American citizens!
There’s no need to bulk buy. We have enough supply of food for ourselves & neighboring countries. Bulk buying disrupts the supply chain & national food allocation. It’s irresponsible and outright selfish to bulk buy when there is no need to do so! #CalmTheHellDown #CoronaVirusSA— Thabi Leoka (@thabileoka) March 16, 2020
Stop being rude!!!! It’s not the shop assistants fault the shelves are empty, it’s the greedy assholes bulk buying at 8am!! #COVID19— Amy Wiltshire (@WiltshireAmy) March 17, 2020
Utah mother Lauren Whitney posted a video to TikTok of her shopping in Walmart. Whitney had tears in her eyes because all the diapers were sold out.
“To all you crazy people buying out all the diapers, how am I supposed to… How am I supposed to diaper my child if I can’t afford to buy 20 at a time like you can?” Whitney said.
As of this writing, the video has 5.5 million views, 898.4 thousand likes and 14.3 thousand comments.
She makes an extremely valid point. Not everyone can afford to stock up and when people purchase more than they need, others suffer.
please stop this unnecessary panic buying. look at who you’re affecting.— queen quen (@quenblackwell) March 16, 2020
please stop this unnecessary panic buying. look at who you’re affecting.
please stop this unnecessary panic buying. look at who you’re affecting. pic.twitter.com/WiTqX0A9b5
My mother in California just went to the grocery store 24hrs after having surgery, as she has no family there & I’m overseas. The shelves have been wiped clean & she can’t get what she needs post-op. Please think of the vulnerable before bulk-buying. There are people in real need— Nazanin Boniadi (@NazaninBoniadi) March 14, 2020
* Important * This is a PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCAST from Bertie! Please please stop bulk buying it’s not necessary there is plenty of everything to go around especially toilet paper. Please think about others especially the older ones of us who can’t easily get to the shops 💖 pic.twitter.com/HKmeZyUYn6— Bertie Lakeland (@bertie_lakeland) March 16, 2020
In America, the average income is $63,179. While many people can live off this amount, the reality is we have major income inequalities. The poverty rate is 11.8 percent (or 40.6 million), with women more likely to live in poverty than men. When buying in bulk, you are taking supplies away from millions of people who depend on them to live.
The only valid reason to be hoarding/bulk-buying supplies is if you’re intending on distributing them for free to the needy and elderly in your community. We have an opportunity to restore faith in mankind.— Hussain (@HussainAnwarr) March 16, 2020
GROCERY STORES ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE. THEY ARE STAYING OPEN. STOP BULK BUYING AND ONLY TAKE WHAT YOU NEED. YOU ARE SEVERELY AFFECTING THE LIVES OF OTHER PEOPLE. STOP BEING SELFISH— erica ♡ (@sexhomaru) March 16, 2020
People are even bulk buying washing tablets and powders. We’ve ran out so I don’t know how I’m going to wash our clothes 🙃 fun times pic.twitter.com/DfcyQoEvWO— xjemmamx (@xjemmamxo) March 18, 2020
One person had a little “advice” for the bulk buyers.
Just a PSA for all you idiots who are buying baby wipes in bulk ......— Mads ☽ (@2Cadenas_) March 15, 2020
THEYRE AWESOME FOR YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM SO MAKE SURE YOU USE THEM FIRST BEFORE THE TP. THE ALOE IN THE WIPES SOOTHS THE SYSTEM AND WILL KEEP IT FROM EXPLODING. So much better for it than TP.
And just in case you forgot not to bulk buy, let California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez remind you:
There is no shortage of food or supplies. Please don’t hoard. Many people who live in our district can’t buy in bulk—save some for them.— Lorena Gonzalez (@LorenaAD80) March 17, 2020
Keep calm. Purchase only what you need. We can get through this as a community. #AD80
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