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According to the news stores are running out of staple items.


Posted by celebrity, 1st March 2020


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  • The consistent message from key people was to not panic buy. I bought a few things that were probably more expensive than necessary due to shortages, eg face masks, hands sanitiser, and now I’m regretting it now because I haven’t needed them and theres plenty of them in the shops now.


  • There is no need to panic buy even now, I only bought more to drop off a neighbours and elderly friends houses. Can everyone please make sure that the elderly and vunerable are ok. xxx


  • I did stick up a little only to minimize my trips to the stores


  • No, not really. I generally have spares of all my staples anyway so I’m good. I noticed some supermarket shelves were still bare last week though. Not loo rolls except for a pallet at the front of the store. No flour of any description. And I had to choose between loo rolls or wet bum wipes, couldn’t have both


  • Most things are now available and I am hearing stories about people who stockpiled too much and are now unable to get rid of it all.


  • I panic bought an extra two tins of baby formula (so I had two in the cupboard and working on a third with about 2 bottles left).. I felt so bad about it but after not being able to buy it for three weeks and having to buy a different brand to get me through which my baby didn’t take well too I didn’t feel like I had a choice and wanted to avoid being in that situation again.


  • Happy to see most things back in stock – Not quite the variety but at least you can get your normal shopping again (At least where I am)


  • If the stores have more supplies or any for that matter, I wish I could grab a couple items extra but their are very greedy people where i live and I haven’t been able to get kids Panadol for day’s… now that worries me and made me wish I had panic bought afew things


  • I refuse to get sucked into this panic situation and I don’t even really understand why people are doing this.


  • We haven’t been stocking up on items but now, a lot of things are in short supply and we are getting low on many, I guess the only option is to join all the early birds and try to get some stocks after shelf refilling over night. I really think if people calmed down and didn’t buy in excess, they’d be plenty for everyone!


  • We haven’t been stocking up at all and I don’t intend to unless it looks likely we’d have to self-quarantine. It’s been crazy hearing about the lack of things on the shelves. People need to stop. What I have noticed is Foodland isn’t affected at all like Coles and Woolworths. When I went last week there was abundance of toilet paper and paper towel.


  • no we just buy routine items


  • No, not really. I bought a couple of extra non-perishable items that I’d normally have in the cupboard anyway, like some UHT milk and juice and cereal. But otherwise it’s been a pretty normal shop. We haven’t raced out to stockpile baked beans and toilet paper like it appears some people in our area have!


  • Nope – we haven’t at all. Doing the weekly shop is getting a bit harder with normal shelf items like plain flour not being available.

    If I were to panic buy – given the virus is respiratory and not gut related I wouldn’t be stocking up on loo roll. More likely a few bottles of wine, box of chocolate and some good books


  • No – I bought an extra kilo of flour, half a dozen tins, and a couple if extra packets of pasta. No need to go crazy.


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