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2020-03-19 1:56:44 PM  
Tell me about it.  I just found bread today.  Good, regular white bread of the kind I normally take for granted.  It's the first time since last Friday I've been able to find any.  I bought two loaves.  I wanted to buy more just because everyone else panicking like idiots is making me panic that it'll be another week or more before I can get more bread, but I'm trying to curb that urge so I leave some for others.

Still no pasta, rice, TP, or any of that, but I have enough at home so I'm not worried about that right now.
 
2020-03-19 1:59:40 PM  
This panic buying needs to end.  It's completely unnecessary.
 
2020-03-19 2:04:24 PM  
We're not seeing a problem with things that have a reasonably high turnover/re-stock cycle:  milk, bread, meat. produce.  It's the staples like flour, sugar, etc.  that have been hit hard.  I don't think the grocery stores can really up their orders, so they have been just getting in their usual shipments.

OTOH, our daughter in the Inland Empire (CA) is seeing bare shelves for all of those things.

YMMV
 
2020-03-19 2:07:07 PM  
Well, eventually people are going to run out of money to buy shiat or realize they have no more room for anything or recognize they are stocked up for the farking year.

We did a "Shipt" order this morning because I didn't want to do my normal Friday morning run.  The person filling the order reported no water (use a single jug a week for espresso so no biggie), no un-ground coffee, no farking deli meat (cheapest is $8.50lb) and no goddamn chicken (was going to do stock this weekend).  And Chickens.  I wonder how many whole chickens will be in the trash next week.
 
2020-03-19 2:07:38 PM  
It's not so much people are worried about a supply shortage. They're worried about staying home for a couple of weeks without going outside.
 
2020-03-19 2:23:29 PM  
So long as people are facing the threat of being house-arrested for weeks, they will continue to stockpile as aggressively as possible.
 
2020-03-19 2:23:49 PM  

Psychopusher: Tell me about it.  I just found bread today.  Good, regular white bread of the kind I normally take for granted.  It's the first time since last Friday I've been able to find any.  I bought two loaves.  I wanted to buy more just because everyone else panicking like idiots is making me panic that it'll be another week or more before I can get more bread, but I'm trying to curb that urge so I leave some for others.

Still no pasta, rice, TP, or any of that, but I have enough at home so I'm not worried about that right now.


If you have an Asian grocery store in your area, it's likely they have rice.
 
2020-03-19 2:29:55 PM  

This text is now purple: So long as people are facing the threat of being house-arrested for weeks, they will continue to stockpile as aggressively as possible.


So long as people are facing the threat of people stockpiling as aggressively as possible, they will continue to stockpile as aggressively as possible.

/Admit to upping my normal booze purchase rate, but that's just to make up for my increased booze consumption rate
 
2020-03-19 2:33:44 PM  

eKonk: This text is now purple: So long as people are facing the threat of being house-arrested for weeks, they will continue to stockpile as aggressively as possible.

So long as people are facing the threat of people stockpiling as aggressively as possible, they will continue to stockpile as aggressively as possible.


So long as people are facing the threat of facing the threat of people stockpiling as aggressively as possible, they will continue to stockpile as aggressively as possible.

/are we just naturally anxious?
//it's almost people are self-fulfilling what scarcity mindsets keep telling them
 
2020-03-19 2:35:11 PM  
I can find bread, but it has to be really strange stuff no one wants to eat. Gluten free and like that. Milk, not the best selection but it's there. Beef and some pork products but no chicken whatsoever. Limited selection of fruit and vegetables, but no potatoes. No pasta, unless it's the nearly inedible glutenless or whole wheat crap. There's still drinkable whisky on the shelf, so that's nice. No paper products, but I got a ridiculous quantity of to and paper towels at Costco a while before the panic buying became a thing, so I'm golden
 
2020-03-19 2:37:29 PM  
Bread is scarce. So is regular milk that isn't lactose free. Butter is rare. TP there is a lot of for some reason. Produce I go to the asian market and they have everything. Meat is ehh...
 
2020-03-19 2:45:53 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Psychopusher: Tell me about it.  I just found bread today.  Good, regular white bread of the kind I normally take for granted.  It's the first time since last Friday I've been able to find any.  I bought two loaves.  I wanted to buy more just because everyone else panicking like idiots is making me panic that it'll be another week or more before I can get more bread, but I'm trying to curb that urge so I leave some for others.

Still no pasta, rice, TP, or any of that, but I have enough at home so I'm not worried about that right now.

If you have an Asian grocery store in your area, it's likely they have rice.


SHUT UP!!!!!
 
2020-03-19 2:45:59 PM  

Jake Havechek: This panic buying needs to end.  It's completely unnecessary.


Meat counter was bare today.   There is no new sea food at all.   All the frozen potatoes and much of the frozen veggies were gone.   All the coffee creamer was gone.   No non-pulpy OJ.


All the plant based meat, and vegetarian dishes were in stock though.
 
2020-03-19 2:47:42 PM  

Zik-Zak: So long as people are facing the threat of facing the threat of people stockpiling as aggressively as possible, they will continue to stockpile as aggressively as possible.


We cannot allow a hoarding gap!!!
 
2020-03-19 2:47:43 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: If you have an Asian grocery store in your area, it's likely they have rice.


Last I checked they had the big-ass sacks of it, but not the smaller packages.   I don't need any yet so I'm not worried, I was just making a point of observing the stores in my local areas just to see what flew off the shelves first and where, and what happened after that.  Since I've never been through any of this and, apart from bread (well until this morning) I'm actually okay for the moment, I find it kind of an interesting case study on panic buying during a widespread crisis, and it doesn't get more widespread than this.
 
2020-03-19 2:48:40 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Psychopusher: Tell me about it.  I just found bread today.  Good, regular white bread of the kind I normally take for granted.  It's the first time since last Friday I've been able to find any.  I bought two loaves.  I wanted to buy more just because everyone else panicking like idiots is making me panic that it'll be another week or more before I can get more bread, but I'm trying to curb that urge so I leave some for others.

Still no pasta, rice, TP, or any of that, but I have enough at home so I'm not worried about that right now.

If you have an Asian grocery store in your area, it's likely they have rice.


My local store has lots of rice in those huge 50lb bags but none of the instant stuff. It's like people are stockpiling for the sake of stockpiling rather than a serious situation.
 
2020-03-19 2:50:20 PM  
I was just told our local Costco, after being open for almost two hours, still has TP.  I consider that a miracle at this point.
 
2020-03-19 2:51:51 PM  
Oh, and they have plenty of wine.
 
2020-03-19 2:52:04 PM  

Gough: It's the staples like flour, sugar, etc.  that have been hit hard.


And you just know that most of those shiat heads can't even bake bread.  I actually do bake most of my bread - about 3 loaves per week.  I am the only one that I know that does this.  Most of those mother farkers can't even make pancakes from scratch, so I don't know what they are going to do with 100 pounds of flour.
 
2020-03-19 2:55:03 PM  
Went shopping yesterday, bread aisle was picked clean except a couple packs of hot dog buns, many other shelves were bare too. Went back today and the bread aisle was restocked in full. all the canned goods were restocked too, plenty of dairy, eggs etc. Moral of this story is, there's no problem with our food supply so STOP WITH THE DAMN HOARDING!
 
2020-03-19 2:57:27 PM  

EatHam: Gough: It's the staples like flour, sugar, etc.  that have been hit hard.

And you just know that most of those shiat heads can't even bake bread.  I actually do bake most of my bread - about 3 loaves per week.  I am the only one that I know that does this.  Most of those mother farkers can't even make pancakes from scratch, so I don't know what they are going to do with 100 pounds of flour.


We had one pound of all purpose flour left.  I took it.  Then I put it back and went to the pre-mixed quick bread area and bought that stuff instead.   "banana bread" and "muffin mix".
 
2020-03-19 3:05:02 PM  

forgotmydamnusername: but no chicken whatsoever.


That's got my head scratching, too. WHY TF would people be stocking up on chicken, of all things? If people were to buy things normally, there'd be enough for everyone. But you know what my store still has tons of? Frozen food. It's like people don't know it exists. But, spaghetti sauce? Almost gone.
 
2020-03-19 3:07:29 PM  

EatHam: I don't know what they are going to do with 100 pounds of flour.


Have sex with lots of fat chicks?
 
2020-03-19 3:09:52 PM  
In another thread, I mentioned only being able to keep down miso broth, Gatorade, and saltines if I get sick. Then I realized I don't have any of those things, so I went out this morning for some non-panic shopping. Some gaps in the produce department, but plenty of stuff available, including onions and potatoes. Meat shelves pretty well picked over, but I seldom cook meat so didn't look closely. Plenty of canned beans, some dried, and even a good amount of rice. Everyone was behaving normally, and you wouldn't have thought there was a panic going on...until you got to the paper products aisle, which was barren. No gallon jugs of water, either. No miso paste, but you're not gonna find that furriner stuff at that grocery store anyway.

Bakery department was open and well stocked, so I grabbed a loaf of bread. Also picked up some bread flour, because I do bake and will have plenty of time to make my own bread.

I am hoping this massive buying/hoarding stupidity will die down soon. It's allergy season, and I would like to be able to buy the good kleenex that won't sand my freckles off.
 
2020-03-19 3:21:25 PM  
Buy water? What, does everyone live in Flint all of a sudden?
 
2020-03-19 3:22:30 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Psychopusher: Tell me about it.  I just found bread today.  Good, regular white bread of the kind I normally take for granted.  It's the first time since last Friday I've been able to find any.  I bought two loaves.  I wanted to buy more just because everyone else panicking like idiots is making me panic that it'll be another week or more before I can get more bread, but I'm trying to curb that urge so I leave some for others.

Still no pasta, rice, TP, or any of that, but I have enough at home so I'm not worried about that right now.

If you have an Asian grocery store in your area, it's likely they have rice.


Latin too.
 
2020-03-19 3:22:51 PM  
I stopped by last night to get a bunch of corned beef that's now half off and grab some milk.  All of the 2% and whole was gone (except for the Shatto, which hadn't been touched).  Plenty of cream and the others though, so got myself some 1% & heavy cream to make my own whole milk.

Watched a guy grab a banana bunch, break off 2 for himself, then put the rest back after being sure to handle each banana in the bunch individually.  WTF?!

/to make whole milk, measure cream out then top off to 1 C.
//heavy cream: 1 Tbsp to 1% milk or 1 1/2 Tbsp to skim
///half & half: 3 Tbsp to 1% or 4 Tbsp to skim
 
2020-03-19 3:23:46 PM  

optikeye: It's not so much people are worried about a supply shortage. They're worried about staying home for a couple of weeks without going outside.


Bingo. And we always have to eat, so we keep getting into our stockpiles, which means we have to keep replenishing them because the shelter-at-home and/or quarantine are inevitable at this point. The problem is the giant unknown of WHEN that's going to happen.
 
2020-03-19 3:24:15 PM  
The only thing they were out of today that I had been looking for was Isopropyl Alcohol, but I pretty much expected it. Still want to get some so I can clean my dab rig ;)

Milk, Cereal, Ice Cream, 2 Frozen Pizzas, Soda... Filled my gas tank, picked up breakfast (Wendy's does terrible biscuits BTW, stick with the breakfast Baconator), and bought 2 grams of concentrate for the stockpile.

Traffic out there was pretty much like what you'd see on a Holiday like Columbus Day or MLK (i.e. some places closed and most people not essential or in retail off of work.) Main thing I noted was that people were very tense (for lack of a better word.) Everyone was looking down, not at each other. No smiles, even between couples. It reminded me of an airport during a storm causing tons of delays. Everyone is trying to play along but nerves are definitely on edge.

So if you go out, and you feel capable, just try to smile more. You guys are getting really depressing during this whole Pandemic thing.
 
2020-03-19 3:26:17 PM  

Bukharin: Buy water? What, does everyone live in Flint all of a sudden?


Humans run the infrastructure and humans get sick. Sometimes lots of them at once.
 
2020-03-19 3:27:46 PM  

pushthelimits: Bukharin: Buy water? What, does everyone live in Flint all of a sudden?

Humans run the infrastructure and humans get sick. Sometimes lots of them at once.


And if you lived in Salt Lake City yesterday, water and flashlights might not have been a bad idea.
 
2020-03-19 3:49:53 PM  
Prodlem is, no one told that to the people hoarding now, or the people those hoarders are worried about. In other words,
YOU COULD'VE SAID THIS LAST WEEK.

 
2020-03-19 3:52:58 PM  
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2020-03-19 4:09:17 PM  
At the grocery store today, a large employee stood in front of the stacks of TP and paper towels. He would give one package of each to you, no more.

Good planning, management. Only a couple of weeks late.
 
2020-03-19 4:14:20 PM  

Jake Havechek: This panic buying needs to end.  It's completely unnecessary.


It's COMPLETELY necessary.  Factories are shutting down in crazy numbers.  Everytime a single worker anywhere gets a single case of coronavirus, they freak out and shut everything down.  How the hell will supply lines keep up if everything shuts down?  We just have to hope to hell people stop the hysteria soon OR we have to hope the pandemic ends before it all shuts down.  At this rate, it's gonna get REALLY bad.  And you need to be prepared.

However, what it is is selfish.  I know if I don't panic buy, there's a not insignificant chance I'm probably going to starve to death in a couple months when there's no factories left open.  But I'm not going to make it even worse for every one else because I'm not selfish.

And the only dumb thing is people hoarding things like bread and eggs.  Both of which go bad in like a week.
 
2020-03-19 4:58:06 PM  

EatHam: Gough: It's the staples like flour, sugar, etc.  that have been hit hard.

And you just know that most of those shiat heads can't even bake bread.  I actually do bake most of my bread - about 3 loaves per week.  I am the only one that I know that does this.  Most of those mother farkers can't even make pancakes from scratch, so I don't know what they are going to do with 100 pounds of flour.


How do you find time for 1st & 2nd rise + bake?  I can't fit that in before or after work along with the rest of life.  Do you just bake it all on the weekend>
 
2020-03-19 5:02:11 PM  

eKonk: This text is now purple: So long as people are facing the threat of being house-arrested for weeks, they will continue to stockpile as aggressively as possible.

So long as people are facing the threat of people stockpiling as aggressively as possible, they will continue to stockpile as aggressively as possible.

/Admit to upping my normal booze purchase rate, but that's just to make up for my increased booze consumption rate


Your current supply will last the rest of your life.
 
2020-03-19 5:20:19 PM  

Zik-Zak: eKonk: This text is now purple: So long as people are facing the threat of being house-arrested for weeks, they will continue to stockpile as aggressively as possible.

So long as people are facing the threat of people stockpiling as aggressively as possible, they will continue to stockpile as aggressively as possible.

So long as people are facing the threat of facing the threat of people stockpiling as aggressively as possible, they will continue to stockpile as aggressively as possible.

/are we just naturally anxious?
//it's almost people are self-fulfilling what scarcity mindsets keep telling them


Feedback loops.

I mean this isn't a disease where you just die within 10 seconds of getting it.

You can still go shopping, you just need to make sure if you get infected, you don't spread it to 5000 more people for no reason.  That's it.

its not a nuclear armegedden, it's not a natural disaster destroying infrastructure but it's crippling the economy.

Really we need to get folks to create more community gardens/ rural personal gardens,

I could go to my home reserve, and fish and pick berries for all the food I'd need for a year, bit bit t still the electric bill and water bill.

So it's a general panic because.... Well I don't know why, it's like speed 3 where Tom Cruise or whoever is earning that Inuit Fisher they global warming is gonna kill him if he doesn't move

Like it's sooooo slow moving.
 
2020-03-19 5:24:33 PM  

baronm: How do you find time for 1st & 2nd rise + bake?  I can't fit that in before or after work along with the rest of life.


I mix and knead while I'm waiting for coffee to brew.  First rise is done about when I want another cup of coffee.  Then I shape the loaves and put in the bread pans and cover.  An hour later I bake.  It's fine when working from home, it's not like you take the entire 4 hours of hands on time.

When I'm not working from home, I just do it on the weekend, make 3 loaves at a time, freeze 2, and put them out one at a time.
 
2020-03-19 5:24:37 PM  

jake3988: And the only dumb thing is people hoarding things like bread and eggs.  Both of which go bad in like a week.


Epic breakfast party!!!
 
2020-03-19 5:33:31 PM  

EatHam: baronm: How do you find time for 1st & 2nd rise + bake?  I can't fit that in before or after work along with the rest of life.

I mix and knead while I'm waiting for coffee to brew.  First rise is done about when I want another cup of coffee.  Then I shape the loaves and put in the bread pans and cover.  An hour later I bake.  It's fine when working from home, it's not like you take the entire 4 hours of hands on time.

When I'm not working from home, I just do it on the weekend, make 3 loaves at a time, freeze 2, and put them out one at a time.


Ah, OK.  WFH hasn't really been a thing for me until this week.
 
2020-03-19 5:36:23 PM  
I usually try to keep enough of everything to last me at least a month (except milk and such).  I'm single and live alone.  It's not a tough task.

I've gone into town for milk and eggs once since things really started to escalate.  At this point, I'm just trying to stay out of everyone else's way until things calm down with the panic buying a little.  Hoping that will happen in the next week or 2.

Pretty glad we had already started working from home at the beginning of the year.
 
2020-03-19 7:01:56 PM  
I work for a grocery store supply company.  Over the weekend, we were doing five times the normal amount of business.
By yesterday it was only double. I'm hoping that the panic buying is over and we'll just spend a few weeks at an elevated level.
The director of operations told me on Sunday, if the panic didn't subside, we'd be out of food by Wednesday.
We're still chugging along.
 
2020-03-19 7:21:53 PM  

EatHam: Gough: It's the staples like flour, sugar, etc.  that have been hit hard.

And you just know that most of those shiat heads can't even bake bread.  I actually do bake most of my bread - about 3 loaves per week.  I am the only one that I know that does this.  Most of those mother farkers can't even make pancakes from scratch, so I don't know what they are going to do with 100 pounds of flour.


You are not the only person who bakes bread. It's painfully easy (pun intended). Anyone can do it on their first try.
 
2020-03-19 8:04:44 PM  

Russ1642: You are not the only person who bakes bread. It's painfully easy (pun intended)


Except the French word for bread is pronounced more like 'pan', so unless you pronounce painfully as 'panfully' there is no pun here.
 
2020-03-19 8:07:08 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Russ1642: You are not the only person who bakes bread. It's painfully easy (pun intended)

Except the French word for bread is pronounced more like 'pan', so unless you pronounce painfully as 'panfully' there is no pun here.


Except he wrote it instead of saying it, so yes there is.
 
2020-03-19 8:54:07 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Russ1642: You are not the only person who bakes bread. It's painfully easy (pun intended)

Except the French word for bread is pronounced more like 'pan', so unless you pronounce painfully as 'panfully' there is no pun here.


It isn't pronounced like pan. If you're going to comment on French pronunciation at least have a clue.
 
2020-03-20 9:01:51 AM  
Well, stay at home order means not going out every week to shop, so to comply you would have to buy several weeks worth of stuff when you do sneak out.
 
2020-03-20 11:03:53 AM  
I normally go once a week, with meals planned, etc...  Pretty straightforward.  One thing I didn't account for this week, and it necessitated a second trip yesterday, was with both my college attending sons home for the foreseeable future, our consumption went WAY up.  Not just double what my wife and I normally eat, but triple.

I normally don't buy any frozen or processed foods, but I'm making an exception now.  I've also approached my neighbors about bartering.
 
2020-03-20 12:44:20 PM  

Jake Havechek: This panic buying needs to end.  It's completely unnecessary.


Except for those expecting a shiat storm at home.
 
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