Viral Video Of Mom Crying Because Diapers Were Sold Out Shows Harmful Effects Of Bulk Buying

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.

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.


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“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.

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.

One person had a little “advice” for the bulk buyers.

And just in case you forgot not to bulk buy, let California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez remind you: