It makes a certain amount of sense to me. TP, for example. It's not that overstocking TP is likely to be helpful against coronavirus but you walk into the store prioritizing "what can't I do without?" rather than how much do I have and how long will it last. Besides, why buy Kleenex when TP can can serve either purpose?
Here in Downtown Denver a huge new population of millennials eats out a lot. Suddenly, a majority of the population is planning to feed themselves for the next three weeks. The average kitchen already has a certain stock of chips, cookies, ice cream, candy, soda pop, maybe some cans of chicken soup , sugar, spices, flour, beans- probably some of it past it sell by date. It seems most middle class kitchens just store vast quantities of this stuff till it expires.
But they don't have a lot fresh meat and veg and fruit in their fridges. For a fresh meal, most of these millennials eat out. Like, 7-12 meals out a week . Therefore, at least around here it seems true, demand for meat and veg and TP suddenly far exceeds supply.
I visited an elderly neighbor who complained bitterly about the TP supply. The store told her to come back tomorrow at 7am when they would have a new shipment and the poor thing got up an hour early to get there by 7am, when she was told that they were already sold out.
I told her not to worry, I would find her some TP but she scoffed, "Oh, I don't need any! I have hundreds of rolls in the basement. I just wanted some more to be safe." That's one sign of some crazy demand. I told her that people aren't rational these days, " I just read Corona sales are down, like, 50% since the coronavirus started." Which I did read somewhere but now that turns out to be bullshit- sales of Corona beer are up 5% since Jan 1. Perhaps I am too ready to to attribute unreason too our collective response these days.
QUESTION:I know that having a good stockpile is popular practice in some religions. Is your stockpile a religious, cultural, family or individual choice, I wonder?
(Feel free to disregard if too personal)