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Costco and Coronavirus Panic-Shopping

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It's human nature to protect oneself and loved ones around you. The scary part is that once we get the masses tested, the number of sick patients is going to skyrocket. Our Costco hands out numbers to people waiting in line before they open. There are restrictions on how much you can buy in a effort to let everyone have a chance to get what they need. One lady said yesterday, her number was 253 at 0600!! Can you imagine, waiting in the rain for over 3 hours with 250+ people to buy at Costco. It's insane.
 

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We went out at 6am this morning to a local grocery store, Albertsons. No meat on the shelves except for a few packages of Italian sausages, which we picked up a few packages to throw into the freezer. We got everything that we wanted except for meat. We asked the cashier and she said people were coming in wiping out the shelves. We asked when the meat will be replenished and she said Monday morning. It is definitely getting worse.
 

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I remember when TP was so plentiful and cheap that we used to string multiple rolls in the trees of my enemies.
 
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Six cases of the corona virus in my county, but no sign of panic at the supermarket this morning. A display of bottled water as you walked into the store and a display of Charmin as soon as you turned to corner. No sign of empty shelves that I could see. I guess this is one of the advantages of living in the midwest.
 

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Just posted the same link at the same time as Conan! And this is why some people find empty shelves. A man thinks he's found an opportunity too good to be true by driving 1,300 miles to buy up every bit of hand sanitizer, wipes, medical masks, etc in small towns so he can gouge people on Amazon and eBay. Some people have reportedly made over $100K, reselling sanitizer wipes online. Good Lord. What have we become?


If you can't get the NY Times page, it's here, too. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/tennessee-man-sitting-on-almost-18000-bottles-of-hand-sanitizer-says-hes-doing-a-public-service-2020-03-14
 
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I would definitely like to see prosecution. Try the "I'm helping distribution" line in court. Doesn't work that way when you prevented your neighbors from buying it off the shelf.

Just simply gross behavior. I'm glad the platforms are cracking down. I shouldn't have to have an Amazon account to get what my local store stocks, were it not for people like him concerned about his wallet over lives in his neighborhood.
 

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A fight ensued as the last two boxes of 9mm ammo sold out at Cabelas today. Police were called in as the guys were actually decent fighters and wouldn't stop. Neither of them were able to purchase the last two boxes. Both went to jail.

I wondered why some one would wait until today to purchase ammo.

People are swarming our Costco but no one is going to stores like the big grocery store that caters to our Mexican population. They have everything including plenty of tp. Safeway is still stocked with everything too. Some one reported Costco so everyone is going to Costco. The line wrapped around the building the last couple of days.

Oddly, today at Lowes I was picking up 5 gallons of paint and there was a pallet of tp in the center isle. This is the first time I ever saw tp at Lowes, lol.

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Just posted the same link at the same time as Conan! And this is why some people find empty shelves. A man thinks he's found an opportunity too good to be true by driving 1,300 miles to buy up every bit of hand sanitizer, wipes, medical masks, etc in small towns so he can gouge people on Amazon and eBay. Some people have reportedly made over $100K, reselling sanitizer wipes online. Good Lord. What have we become?


If you can't get the NY Times page, it's here, too. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/tennessee-man-sitting-on-almost-18000-bottles-of-hand-sanitizer-says-hes-doing-a-public-service-2020-03-14
"pandemic arbitragers"

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Oddly, today at Lowes I was picking up 5 gallons of paint and there was a pallet of tp in the center isle. This is the first time I ever saw tp at Lowes, lol.

Bill
I saw the same thing at Home Depot last week. I have never, ever, thought of HD and TP in the same sentence. ;)

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We had no water at our Costco over the last few days. Not a rush, but rather a consequence of one of the main 8' wide water supply lines getting accidentally ruptured.

City of Houston, and surrounding cities, nearly in its entirety, was in a boil water or buy bottled water mode for at least 3 days. Ironically, the store other than no bottled water was not that busy on this past saturday.
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How are things in your neighborhood 11 days later i.e. today? Here in South Jersey people are reacting nonsensically it seems. What's the flu count today, anyone know?
 

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How are things in your neighborhood 11 days later i.e. today? Here in South Jersey people are reacting nonsensically it seems. What's the flu count today, anyone know?
My Costco is still over the top, crowds out the door, at times. They ran out of TP again yesterday, and had sold out most bottled water. So not "as" crazy as it was, but still much busier than normal. And people are still hoarding and panic-shopping. Please stop this insanity.

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Our Costco hands out numbers to people waiting in line before they open. There are restrictions on how much you can buy in a effort to let everyone have a chance to get what they need. One lady said yesterday, her number was 253 at 0600!! Can you imagine, waiting in the rain for over 3 hours with 250+ people to buy at Costco. It's insane.

Jan, which Costco is this? Spouse asked, and said we may have to start doing that here, in NW Washington. Unprecendented lines.

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I'm with everyone else, Ken.
You really posted a poor hot take on Dave's informative and prescient post.
People gotta get a grip, slow down, prepare and act SENSIBLY for their own and everyone else's good.
We are all in this together, for better or worse!
Please don’t imply I’m not acting sensibly...nor a grip...and I know I’m going slowly... still haven’t seen long lines of people returning TP to Costco, so not sure how it was prescient but whatever...


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We don't have a Costco here (we're firmly in WalMart Country), but when I dropped into Aldi's for butter this afternoon, I was stunned by the empty shelves and frozen food section. I'm talking EMPTY!

Our first local confirmed Covid-19 case was announced on Thursday. Several more being tested. I guess that activated the hoarding gene?
 
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Please don’t imply I’m not acting sensibly...nor a grip...and I know I’m going slowly... still haven’t seen long lines of people returning TP to Costco, so not sure how it was prescient but whatever...


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The returns haven't started yet. People are still panic-buying everything, and what was happening here is now happening all over the place. Once they think they don't need everything they bought, they're going to want to return it.

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Please don’t imply I’m not acting sensibly...nor a grip...and I know I’m going slowly... still haven’t seen long lines of people returning TP to Costco, so not sure how it was prescient but whatever...


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Hey Ken.

Probably best for you just to go silent. When Dave first started the post it was possible 10% of folks here could agree with you ... now? May be 0.0001% would agree.

Time to cut your losses. Either own up to the fact that your take was wrong ... or just go silent.

We’ve all had posts we see later as being either unfortunate or just plain errant ... but your post scolding Dave for this thread is perhaps the worst ever.

Time to simply face facts ...

Just one mans opinion (but probably shared by 99.9999% of us here).

Wes
 

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The returns haven't started yet. People are still panic-buying everything, and what was happening here is now happening all over the place. Once they think they don't need everything they bought, they're going to want to return it.

Dave
It’s quite possible. Hope not (for your wife). Still, if it makes them feel more comfortable by having more during this questionable time, I don’t think that’s asking a lot. Personally, I only bought what I use and won’t be returning anything. I received a Costco delivery yesterday which was great, except for the overripe cantaloupe!


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Hey Ken.

Probably best for you just to go silent. When Dave first started the post it was possible 10% of folks here could agree with you ... now? May be 0.0001% would agree.

Time to cut your losses. Either own up to the fact that your take was wrong ... or just go silent.

We’ve all had posts we see later as being either unfortunate or just plain errant ... but your post scolding Dave for this thread is perhaps the worst ever.

Time to simply face facts ...

Just one mans opinion (but probably shared by 99.9999% of us here).

Wes
Hey Wes,

Thanks for your opinion. I think you, and many others here, really didn’t understand what I posted.

All the best,
Ken


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Hey Wes,

Thanks for your opinion. I think you, and many others here, really didn’t understand what I posted.

All the best,
Ken


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Or ... you didn’t understand what Dave posted. Somehow all of the rest of us understood it. But you missed the entire point of his post.

It’s not the big of a deal. You just missed it.

Wes.
 

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OMG, no!!! ;)

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