posted on Mar, 14 2020 @ 03:07 AM
a reply to: ignorant_ape
It may be because panic-buying is triggered by signs of local
panic-buying, as much as by the media. That would also explain why it happens in
large supermarkets rather than small shops. To be exact, the sight of someone with a well-filled trolley sets off the "I must fill my trolley with the
same things" reaction. No crowd, no crowd- behaviour.
On my theory that peak levels of buying are unsustainable, because there is a limit to "stocking up", the difference between areas of plenty and areas
of scarcity would be very fluid.
The toilet-roll shelves in Morrison's yesterday were empty only in the middle, and were not being besieged.
I thought the implication was that they had been empitied in the first panic, and were now being restocked from the two ends inwards, without any
It occurs to me also that the panic-buying phenomenon is only possible before
people get really worried about crowds being infectious. So it's
a sign that they are not yet panicked over the virus itself.
edit on 14-3-2020 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)