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If you panic buy loo roll

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Sallywally1 Thu 24-Sep-20 17:20:47

Can I ask why. I’m curious as Covid does not cause gastro problems and if people are sensible there is a plentiful supply for everyone. I’m not being judge pants, just curious.

M0nica Thu 24-Sep-20 17:28:07

Some people get through vast quantities of loo roll, I think they put it to all kinds of other uses. I know if DD visits for a week it means at least 2 and sometimes 3 extra rolls of loo paper get used.

Sallywally1 Thu 24-Sep-20 17:30:01

I don’t mean ordinary usage, but why buy packs of, say, 50 odd just because there is a pandemic?

M0nica Thu 24-Sep-20 17:32:45

Because if you are locked down for several weeks because of quarantine or government edict, you want to know you have enough to see you through. If DD's consumption is a guide to normal family usage these days, a family of four will need 8 - 12 rolls a week. A pack of 50 will only last one month.

EllanVannin Thu 24-Sep-20 17:37:07

Blowing noses on and spitting into if need be when coughing as they're cheaper than tissues and can still be safely disposed of--down the loo.

EllanVannin Thu 24-Sep-20 17:38:10

An ordinary sized tissue is hardly going to cover a sneeze.

Tabbycat Thu 24-Sep-20 17:41:27

I do the shopping for my mother who is 92 and she puts 4 toilet rolls on her list every week. When I unpack her shopping I sometimes find it difficult to find places to store it (she lives in a small flat) - on the shelf in the bathroom, on top of kitchen cupboards, in the wardrobe, in a cupboard - all full! And, woe betide me, if I 'forget' to get some one week! hmm
When lockdown first started she also bought a packet of 16 from one of her neighbours - but apparently they weren't up to standard so she has been giving them away - who to I daren't ask! blush

BlueSky Thu 24-Sep-20 17:54:37

It’s a vicious circle. As soon as people know that there could be further lockdowns they go into siege mentality. Not only now in the pandemic but look when we have one day of snow, and I mean in towns no isolated country areas. Bread and milk disappear as soon as they are put on the shelves!

Grannynannywanny Thu 24-Sep-20 18:09:23

I liked the explanation given for stock piling loo rolls back in March....
When someone sneezes everyone else poo’s their pants😳

JenniferEccles Sat 26-Sep-20 08:57:54

I would like to think that supermarkets would restrict the number of loo rolls any one person could buy as it could cause arguments in the stores if some selfish individuals are seen pushing loaded trollies around.

Ditto dried pasta and tinned tomato products which were also difficult to find before.

glammanana Sat 26-Sep-20 09:06:15

When Supermarkets put a limit on how many items you are allowed to buy it causes a sense of panic buying even when there is no shortage

FannyCornforth Sat 26-Sep-20 09:10:16

This all originates from Australia.
At the start of this year / the pandemic a rumour went around that loo roll factories would be repurposed to make face masks.
So the Aussies bought a lot of loo roll.
And it spread without people understands why they were doing it.
So there is actually absolutely no reason to do it.
The last time I actually went in a supermarket at the beginning of Marchall the soap had gone.
I knew that loo roll would be next so I got a pack of 24.

FannyCornforth Sat 26-Sep-20 09:17:21

And there is a Brexit link too.
Brexit preppers like to have a lot of loo roll.
Although the paper itself is made in the UK, the actual wood pulp comes from Scandinavia.

seacliff Sat 26-Sep-20 09:17:51

It is madness. I am glad some supermarkets seem to be putting a limit on certain items.

Jane10 Sat 26-Sep-20 09:36:54

Loads of bogroll when I shopped yesterday and no limit to the number of packs you could buy.

Furret Sat 26-Sep-20 10:20:31

I get mine from a company called Who Gives a Crap. I have the ‘made from bamboo’ option. No splinters. Comes every few months in a box of 40. No plastic and each roll wrapped in black and white paper in lots of different designs.

50% of their profits go to building toilets in the third world.

I was giving it away at the height of the panic buying.

BrandyGran Sat 26-Sep-20 19:27:29

The first time round I bought extra loo rolls when I heard of the virus in China. My thinking was that as an older person I didn't want to be in a super market among a lot of other people. I've always looked ahead- some call it a negative trait but I call it realistic.

PamelaJ1 Sat 26-Sep-20 20:02:55

OMG, we NEEDED loo rolls today.
I always buy a new pack when I take the last one from the old pack. I was almost frightened to pick up a pack of 9!
brandygran picking up one extra can be excused but some are filling their trollies.
They must have very dirty bottoms😂

May7 Sat 26-Sep-20 20:09:53

furret
Me toosmile

Gwyneth Sat 26-Sep-20 20:11:16

PamelaJ1 I felt exactly the same when I picked up a pack from my local Sainsburys yesterday. In fact I ended up trying to stuff them in the bottom of my bag so no one would see.... after I’d paid I might add!!

Doodledog Sat 26-Sep-20 21:20:04

We get ours from Costco in giant packs, and always have. We'd just bought some when the last lockdown started, so had no need to buy more (and didn't), but I must admit, the thought that something might get to be in short supply makes me want to stock up.

I wonder whether if the media didn't go on about what people were panic buying it wouldn't be so bad? It's like the 'don't think about an elephant' thing - as soon as you hear that, you can't help it, the first thing to come into your mind is an elephant.

To be fair, it would be pretty miserable to be ill, confined to the house, not allowed visitors and out of loo roll! I don't see the need to buy hundreds of them, but having a pack in stock doesn't seem unreasonable.

Similarly, pasta is cheap, quick to cook, easily digested and easy to store. If that runs out, a lot of families would be challenged, so it's natural to get some spare, just in case. All it takes is for everyone to buy one extra bag of pasta or pack of loo rolls and there is a shortage.

Missfoodlove Sat 26-Sep-20 23:06:02

Supermarkets only stock a minimal amount of loo roll as its high bulk and low profit.
The warehouses also only keep a small stock.
This is why people panicked.

I use an online company called “ who gives a crap “ great product and 50% of profit goes to charity.

OceanMama Sat 26-Sep-20 23:54:58

I admit, I stocked up on loo roll first time around. I have a large household and saw the shelves in every store running out of loo rolls. It takes times to restock so I decided to get ahead and stock up so we wouldn't be the people who didn't and couldn't get any loo roll.

The reason it concerned me is that 1. I have vulnerable people at home. We had no idea how bad things would get the first time around and I was ready to not leave home for several weeks, if it came to that. 2. I have someone at home who has relevant medical issues.

I was glad I did stock up because there were quite a few weeks where I couldn't get any loo roll at all. It took a while for the stores to get restocked. As soon as they got any stock, it was gone. You had to be really lucky to be in the right place before the place was stripped in moments.

No apology from me for being well organised to meet my family needs. Then again, as I explained to everyone, it's a strange item for people to panic over. It's not that hard to find alternative ways to manage without loo paper.

Spangler Sat 26-Sep-20 23:58:36

Sallywally1 Thu 24-Sep-20 17:20:47
If you panic buy loo roll, can I ask why?

Doctor: "I'm afraid that you have tested positive for Covid19."

Patient: "That's not possible doctor, I've got 300 loo rolls."

3nanny6 Sun 27-Sep-20 00:11:23

They seem to be at it again , One full isle of loo rolls space was empty there was only a few packs left.
The same with pasta, pasta sauces and tinned tomatoes most of it gone.

I do not want to get back to seeing empty shelves again we are not even in full lockdown .
What is wrong with people? panic buying which just results in herd mentality and a stampede to hoard.