Pandemic Panic-Buying

Overstocking on supplies will deplete resources for others

Elli Burleson, Staff Photographer

It seems that when our country faces times of uncertainty, society’s first response is to stock up on supplies. From toilet paper to water bottles, we have seen a shortage of groceries in every store. As a result, many stores have put limits on the amount of certain items one can buy.

Is all this over-buying really necessary?

Well, apparently it is. Two people from Tennessee purchased 17,700 bottles of hand sanitizer in March in order to sell at a marked-up price; the hand sanitizers were later donated as the Tennessee attorney general’s office began investigating for price gouging, according to The New York Times.

Unfortunately, this is not the only instance of someone buying more than they need. So many people are taking advantage of those less fortunate — whether they know it or not. For instance, if a few families go to the store and buy an excessive amount of supplies, then another family isn’t able to get the groceries they need. Canned foods, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, and so many other essentials are being taken from the shelves, leaving some with nothing.

Maybe this is just people thinking “better safe than sorry.” Parents want to make sure they can provide for their kids, so they buy more than what’s needed. It’s hard not to get more than you need when you see others with their carts loaded like it’s the Apocalypse.

Granted, as this pandemic has gone on, it seems that people aren’t taking excess amounts of the aforementioned items; however, hoarding of different items may start, for example, perhaps with meat as food processing companies temporarily close due to the virus.

Before rushing to the grocery store for the next stock up on supplies, just remember that everyone else needs these supplies too. Having too much of an item won’t help anyone — including you. This is a hard time for us all; grocery shopping shouldn’t be adding to the stress. ♦