Imagine, you are stuck in a situation where the shelves are empty no matter what store you go to, and seemingly your town is now part of what appears to be a third world country. You start to panic, and think how are you going to survive? Will you have to live in the woods? What happened exactly? Has the world ended or is it about to?
No. What happened was there was a run on your stores due to people panic-buying all of the essentials and most likely what you came to shop there for. The shelves are empty and all your favorite items are picked over, not because the world is coming to an end, but because of herd mentality.
There have been rumors of individuals and small outfits buying up the supplies and then attempting to price gouge on the internet. This, however, is not only a way to get you in trouble with the feds since it’s illegal during a national emergency, it will also destroy you financially and if the word gets out will not make you look very good publicly.
The same goes for everyday hoarders. If your friends or family, or worse yet coworkers find out that you have two year’s supply of toilet paper and they have none, they may not sit well with your situation. If they share that’s one thing, but in reality not everyone is exactly the giving type.
In order to keep your reputation in check with your career and also your friends any family, ONLY BUY WHAT YOU WOULD NORMALLY NEED. This not only saves you MONEY in the short term, which is going to be harder to come by with everyone out of work, but it also makes available supplies for others who still need it.
The elderly, disabled, and sickly will thank you now and for the months to come.
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