Fights for toilet paper and long lines: the United States has covered "panic shopping"


Empty shelves in stores, long lines and the terrible word "shortage" - all this is not the horrors of the "damned scoop." These are the realities of the life of the richest and most democratic country in the world, the United States of America.


What has already been called "panic shopping." Coronavirus is to blame for everything, but is it one thing?

The US is fast becoming the new epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. The financial capital of the world, New York, has been declared the center of disaster, troops have been brought into the city. Shots from there - a free set for filming movies of the post-apocalyptic genre. The population is frightened, everyone rushed to the stores to stock up on groceries and essentials, laying the foundation for “panic shopping” and empty stalls.

Residents of the most prosperous country in the world today fight in supermarkets for a roll of toilet paper and stand in long lines with trolleys loaded to capacity. They buy up everything that can allow them to wait out the quarantine: rice, beans, pasta, canned food, “beach bags”, frozen food, bottled water. Involuntarily one has to wonder whether the United States is not able to provide its citizens with everything necessary.


In fact, of course they can. The food crisis is provoked by a whole range of factors.

At first, it turned out that specialized computer programs working in supermarkets were not ready for the force majeure situation. They automatically calculate the average number of customers per day and their average check, in accordance with which the order is made and delivery of goods to stores. Due to panic, demand for rice jumped by 50%, and for beans beloved by Americans - by 30%. Their deficit instantly arose, since it was not customary to form stocks in supermarket warehouses.


Secondly, the psychological factor worked. The average American is completely unfamiliar with what was recently called a deficit in Russia. The goods are always on the shelf, there would be money. And then antiseptic preparations for hands, toilet paper and medical masks, which became all necessary because of fear of infection, suddenly disappeared from the sale. The buyer judged: since this is gone, then everything else may disappear, and rushed to the supermarkets to fill up the trolleys to the top.


Thirdly, as it always happens, on a common misfortune someone starts to make good money. The media come out with screaming headlines that frighten the population, gaining popularity on hype. The demand for online sales and delivery services is growing. Corporations that own large retail chains earn extra profits. Due to the nature of “progressive and democratic” US law, companies with more than 500 employees, such as Walmart, do not have to pay for sick leave. So they work at their own peril and risk among distraught buyers.

In general, that one trouble, then the other - "Eldorado."
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  1. Regis Offline Regis
    Regis (Sergey Kopan) 28 March 2020 15: 29
    +5
    This is how idols fall from the pedestal .... But the whole liberal army will not notice this, they have one answer -
  2. Cheburashk Offline Cheburashk
    Cheburashk (Vladimir) 28 March 2020 17: 31
    +2
    Are they going to eat this paper? It will be very painful for Americans to fall from the height of their own greatness.
    1. boriz Offline boriz
      boriz (boriz) 28 March 2020 23: 22
      +2
      This is just the beginning. Because of toilet paper, women, without weapons.
      And when there will be nothing to eat?
    2. antibi0tikk Offline antibi0tikk
      antibi0tikk (Sergei) 31 March 2020 19: 42
      +1
      The secret of increased demand for toilet paper has been discovered: earlier these people went to work to go to the toilet there.
  3. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 28 March 2020 21: 39
    +5
    I can not miss the opportunity to fast. As recently as March 15th, there was a post:

    https://topcor.ru/13621-the-diplomat-mezhdu-rossiej-i-kitaem-vozniklo-opredelennoe-naprjazhenie.html#comment

    and discussion on it:

    boriz (boriz) March 16, 2020 15:23
    Well, for a laugh, soon the US counters will look like in the late USSR. They don’t even make toilet paper themselves. A container ship from China has long been gone.

    Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) March 16, 2020 15:42
    Almost all economies of the world have difficulties now, but do not you think that the stability margin of the American economy is ten times higher than some well-known countries. And when

    US counters will look like in the late USSR

    - in other countries they will be in an absolutely literal sense (quotation marks, I don’t put them as unnecessary), the last .... to eat up without salt? And it’s very remarkable that the well-known “predictors”, like Khazin, Katasonov, Glazyev, etc. to real state affairs are not particularly allowed.

    boriz (boriz) March 16, 2020 15:50
    What I wrote about the rate is like a patient’s temperature of 42,5 degrees Celsius. You can talk as much as you like about his good health. But the US economy does not have a margin of safety. According to quite objective indicators.
    As for toilet paper and other things, then the economy has nothing to do with it. Due to the coronavirus, there are no shipments from China. There is money. There is no paper. No one doubts that the United States is able to establish its production (price is a separate issue), but this takes time (and, by the way, money). But there is no time. So, until the end of the viral panic, they will have to wipe their ass with a newspaper. I wonder if they have newspaper paper? "
  4. Citizen Mѣshkov (Sergѣi) 28 March 2020 22: 30
    +1
    Somewhere we already watched it. Lack of essential goods (especially toilet paper), food shortages, huge lines in which skirmishes and fights broke out from time to time. No, this is not a picture of the late 80s when the USSR collapsed (although all of the above took place in a crumbling Union) - this is modern America!
  5. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 28 March 2020 23: 52
    +2


    Very good at the topic.
  6. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
    Oleg Rambover (Oleg Rambover) 29 March 2020 00: 47
    -5
    I would like to remind the dreamers of the collapse of the United States that when in 08 the US economy did not experience a particularly severe crisis, it hurt the Russian economy and the citizens of the Russian Federation. The United States is the main market in the world, and if its economy crashes, it will pull the whole world, including the Russian Federation. It may then turn out that the 90s seem like pretty good times. Are dreamers ready to pay with their own wealth for the collapse of the United States?
    1. GRF Online GRF
      GRF 30 March 2020 06: 01
      +2
      When the American market collapses, other "dreamers" will begin to consume and they will live better in this regard.
      And let America send paper not only for printing bucks, but also for the production of "ordinary" toilet ...
      1. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
        Oleg Rambover (Oleg Rambover) 30 March 2020 09: 21
        -3
        You are also a dreamer. According to the experience of past crises, the world economy followed the American one. Nothing portends that this time will be different. If the American economy crashes, oil will cost less than tap water. Are you ready to become much poorer, but to make Americans feel bad?
        1. GRF Online GRF
          GRF 30 March 2020 11: 17
          +2
          Yes, America produces, and without its production, it will naturally be worse, but America consumes many times more, which is more correct to call robbery, and not mutually beneficial business.
          We produce more than we consume, so not everything is so sad ...
          On the one hand - where to put titanium, grain, wood, engines, gold ...
          On the other hand, what to do with the buck, which everyone has become like toilet paper. I’m just about that. China has solved this problem - by directing the production itself more and more into itself ...
          (But Trump is still trying to return production to America, he knows that the shop is closing, if only he wouldn’t shoot. But everything else is fine. I’m not against a healthy and honest America).

          Well, the fact that the water in the tap will cost more than oil, with our ecology, is not surprising, but in the desert, since it has long been worth its weight in gold ...

          Well, from the experience of past crises: take the Great Depression, when the economies of the countries really collapsed after the American one, but there was an exception - Soviet Russia, which was growing!

          Stockholm syndrome does not lead to good ...
          1. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
            Oleg Rambover (Oleg Rambover) 30 March 2020 13: 07
            -2
            Quote: GRF
            Yes, America produces, and without its production, it will naturally be worse, but America consumes many times more, which is more correct to call robbery, and not mutually beneficial business.

            It doesn’t matter what the Americans produce, it matters how much they consume. At RBC, in unison, they say that the crisis (including in Russia) will end when consumption in the US and production in China recover.

            Quote: GRF
            China has solved this problem - by directing the production itself more and more into itself ...

            China is the main holder of the US government debt. For China, the US is the main partner. China is increasing domestic consumption, but will depend on exports for a long time to come.

            Quote: GRF
            Well, the fact that the water in the tap will cost more than oil

            What-what, the revenues of the Russian budget and the incomes of Russian citizens will fall sharply. And nothing.

            Quote: GRF
            Well, from the experience of past crises: take the Great Depression, when the economies of the countries really collapsed after the American one, but there was an exception - Soviet Russia, which was growing!

            Firstly, the Russian Federation is not the USSR, and is much more dependent on external relations.
            Secondly, in the causes of the famine of 32 years, many indicate a fall in world grain prices and an attempt by the Soviet leadership to compensate for the shortfall in income by supply volumes.
            Thirdly, one of the causes of WWII is called the Great Depression.
            So, we can say - the USSR suffered the most from it.
  7. albor.ru Offline albor.ru
    albor.ru (Alexander) 29 March 2020 15: 11
    0
    Why amer rolls of toilet paper !? Nobody told them that it’s better to wash your ass, and toilet paper is needed in nature, where there is no water. They did not hear anything about the bidet shower?
  8. mor7d Offline mor7d
    mor7d (mor7d) 30 March 2020 08: 48
    -4
    US covered "panic shopping"

    - all are covered by such shopping and the Russians are no exception. It’s just that Americans have more options for this.
  9. King3214 Offline King3214
    King3214 (Sergius) 30 March 2020 10: 36
    0
    Have there been shootings in stores?