People are emptying shelves as fears grow over the spread of coronavirus. However, many buy more than they need, leaving others without everyday essentials.

And while retailers are asking the public to support each other and make sure everyone can get access to the products they need, their pleas remain largely unheard. Over the past few weeks, sales of rice in America have increased more than 50 percent, canned meat is up more than 40 percent, while sales of beans, pasta, peanut butter, and bottled water have also risen substantially.

So while some are stockpiling on gallons and gallons of milk, hundreds of condoms, entire carts of toilet paper, and pretty much everything else you can imagine, those who are too late to get these goods are taking photos of the panic buyers and uploading the images on the Internet, questioning whether they're really making the best shopping decisions.

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honeybadgerfolk Report

European other
Community Member
6 months ago

Nice of him !

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Personal finance expert John Herington said that the coronavirus outbreak is going to be especially hard for people who may lose their income during it. "I would highly recommend the people whose incomes are affected to really cut down on their spending and sacrifice a lot during this time," Herington told Bored Panda. The tricky part is that we can't be sure when things will go back to normal. "They really need to take a hard look at their budget, cut down on unnecessary spending, pick up side hustles, or sell stuff they don’t need to keep themselves afloat. It's a big mistake someone starts spending money they don’t have on things they don’t need."

According to a recent survey, the coronavirus has already significantly or somewhat impacted the purchase decisions of about fifty-four percent of millennials. For comparison, the same applies to 33% of baby boomers, 42% of Gen X, and 49% of Gen Z.

The same study also showed some differences between how men and women are responding to the crisis. For example, even though more women (71 percent) than men (60 percent) reported being “worried about the coronavirus,” nearly half of the men surveyed (47 percent) said it has impacted their purchase decisions, versus 41 percent of women. Furthermore, 38 percent of men agreed that it had also impacted where and how they shop compared to 33 percent of women.

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NanaVisitor Report

Michelle Chevalier
Community Member
6 months ago

It's mine too!

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When asked about what products the respondents were purchasing more, a higher number of men reported buying more grocery products (22%), personal care items (14%), health and household products (13%) and beauty products (7%) compared to women, who are buying more in smaller numbers: grocery products (17%), personal care items and household products (13%), health (11%), and beauty products (6%).

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dpbrelsford Report

European other
Community Member
6 months ago

Well he is preparing for anything !

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However, guns and ammunition soar amid coronavirus panic buying, too. There have been reports of long lines and 'massive rush' at gun stores all across America. On the west coast, people were queueing up to stock up on deadly materials. For example, at the Martin B Retting gun shop in Culver City, California, the queues throughout the weekend were so long, they stretched around the block.

Larry Hyatt owns one of the largest gun shops in the country, Hyatt Guns in Charlotte, North Carolina. He said that the scenes of mass buying at his store were virtually unprecedented. “This is only the second time in my 61 years of business that we’ve seen anything like this,” he told The Guardian, clarifying that the first occasion was the aftermath of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012.

So there you have it, folks. We're safe. The Americans will shoot the coronavirus dead.

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DKRoux Report

Rowlie
Community Member
6 months ago

Maybe they misunderstood it's the corn-a-virus and are saving others from potential threat.

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ItsKristinM Report

Xandra
Community Member
6 months ago

Well... I bought 10 chocolates today. I'm just afraid they won't get to see the eventual quarantine...

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keennn00 Report

Patrick McKemie
Community Member
6 months ago

I bought mine during the Brittany Spears meltdown panic of 2007. Been prepared ever since.

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llewen_garcia Report

Steve Allday
Community Member
6 months ago

Maybe over the top but "Lockdown" means no bins collected either.................. :/

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halfvirginmarry Report

Tim Fischer
Community Member
6 months ago

In my country (Austria) it wouldn´t be allowed to that many of an item (in general)

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ciana_alyn Report

Patrick McKemie
Community Member
6 months ago

They have a lot of lonely chickens with empty nest syndrome.

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kaitfeldmann Report

Kjorn
Community Member
6 months ago

cheaper than water

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BasedLaRock Report

Mahomeboylover
Community Member
6 months ago

Maybe they work at a shelter or are trying to donate stuff?

Kali Fugatte
Community Member
6 months ago

That's what I was thinking! I sure hope so!

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Patrick McKemie
Community Member
6 months ago

That's just my Mom with her usual Tuesday groceries. We eat a lot of cereal.

Becky Moore
Community Member
6 months ago

Haha!!

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Jeff Requier
Community Member
6 months ago

apperantly you can freeze milk, use it later

Caleb Crotinger
Community Member
6 months ago

You can freeze milk.

Sinkvenice
Community Member
6 months ago

If I remember correctly, I froze milk once and when I defrosted it, it was incredibly watery. I can't be sure though, so it either didn't happen, or the experience was so traumatising I blocked it out.

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Erin
Community Member
6 months ago

I bought six gallons of milk yesterday, but I was shopping for my neighbors and family, too. As a matter of fact, I need milk at my house.

Brenda Lawrence
Community Member
6 months ago

What about the lady behind her Waiting in line with at least 4 jars of Olay Regenerist? What’s her plan?

TUBLOVER3
Community Member
6 months ago

Don't count on it ...

Steph
Community Member
6 months ago

This is for making paneer cheese. This is probably a regular amount of milk for them to buy if they run an Indian restaurant

A2Bros
Community Member
6 months ago

Cats. It could be cats.

Lorrie Finley
Community Member
6 months ago

Cats don't drink milk.

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Kathy Baylis
Community Member
6 months ago

Powdered or shelf milk would make more sense, wouldn’t it?

How Terribly Unfortunate
Community Member
6 months ago

OMG yes, Walmart's shelves were EMPTY of milk today!

Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
6 months ago

When milk goes bad... news at 11.

The Girl on Fire
Community Member
6 months ago

You can freeze milk. It tastes a little weird thawed, but it keeps alright.

The Frog
Community Member
6 months ago

We freeze milk.. but only the blue and green top

Akula971
Community Member
6 months ago

You can freeze milk. She is going to need a very large freezer.

Lola
Community Member
6 months ago

They’re going to make cheese 😂

Cee Mor
Community Member
6 months ago

You can freeze milk but it's still going to be milk...YUCK

European other
Community Member
6 months ago

Maybe it's for other people as well ?!

Cal Capone
Community Member
6 months ago

doubt it

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Viv Hart
Community Member
6 months ago

Another shopkeeper?

Leesa DeAndrea
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

You can freeze milk. I frequently do it with buttermilk. Keep it in the freezer & then put it in the fridge to thaw & place it back in the freezer when done with it.

karina andersen
Community Member
6 months ago

you can freeze milk

Katherine Warren
Community Member
6 months ago

Unless this woman is buying this for a business, she is going to be very angry when it all goes sour...

Jenny Fasihi
Community Member
6 months ago

she needs hew own cow.. damn..

okpkpkp
Community Member
6 months ago

You can freeze milk. It won't taste the same but it can be frozen.

Al Reilly
Community Member
6 months ago

might run a home daycare

Katherine Forrestall
Community Member
6 months ago

Can be frozen. Probably has lot of kids.

Patricia Brown
Community Member
6 months ago

some folks by lots of milk for schools, nursing homes, halfway houses, group homes.

BUMMERS
Community Member
6 months ago

Or own a Wendy's or small grocery. Though milk is freezable.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
6 months ago

This photo was debunked: it was taken at Costco in Arvada, CO, and the woman was taking all of this to the food closet at the Denver Indian Center in West Denver.

Jeanne Freud
Community Member
6 months ago

Let’s be nice. Maybe she is buying for her neighbors

Lorrie Finley
Community Member
6 months ago

If you have teenage boys, it's easy to go through a gallon of milk in no time. Especially if feeding them 3 times a day plus snacks.

Mystery Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

Could just put it in the freezer if you have one big enough. It freezes perfectly fine.

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
6 months ago

...home cheese maker?

Amelie
Community Member
6 months ago

Have they not heard of powdered milk? Then again in my opinion it tastes disgusting it you get the mixsture wrong

Cal Capone
Community Member
6 months ago

not if you freeze it

AnimalMetalHeadUK
Community Member
6 months ago

Who has enough fridge or freezer space for all that anyway?

Chris Longski
Community Member
6 months ago

You can freeze milk.

Jessica Kalbach
Community Member
6 months ago

you can actually freeze milk

Carol Emory
Community Member
6 months ago

Yo u can freeze milk..and raw scrambled egg for that matter.

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_Persa28 Report

Caleb Crotinger
Community Member
6 months ago

Even if there's no lockdown, you still don't have to buy toilet paper the next 12 months... It's an investment!

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Hijabbee Report

Blood Queen🖤❤️🩸
Community Member
6 months ago

maybe eating muffins and bindge watching overrated shows.

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DarthLunga Report

Jean Shultz
Community Member
6 months ago

I'm half Korean so buying 20lb bags of rice is nothing. But if you go to an American store, they only have the bags like what is shown in the photo, so you have to buy multiple ones. The rice I understand is a staple, but the toilet paper?????

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ThePigGuide Report

Josef Lysý
Community Member
6 months ago

Best choice.

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md14747 Report

Ben Smith
Community Member
6 months ago

No issue with that whatsoever. He has relatively healthy, non-perishable food. Easy to cook and will last awhile. Good for him.

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SpencerAlthouse Report

AJu
Community Member
6 months ago

Trying to build a meat iglu so Corona doesn't get him?

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Piggysueandowl1 Report

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
6 months ago

When the tornadoes came through here in 2011 we didn't have electricity for a week. Corn dogs on the grill were a lifesaver.

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waymo_91 Report

Bookey
Community Member
6 months ago

I'm just worried about that nutella that's about to fall off the cart

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VANTEK00 Report

Dippin Dot
Community Member
6 months ago

The irony of the "Keep your Cool!" sign in the back is not lost on me.

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brewsterini Report

Alex Bailey
Community Member
6 months ago

Well, I had to look up what a potato hot dog bun was.

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michellephobic Report

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Never know. Maybe they are going to give one to each of their neighbors. My mom was at work the other day and called me to come get money from her to buy toilet paper for her house my house and my daughter's house. I had 3 12 packs but it was for 3 houses, 8 people.

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irvnufc Report

Kaspar Kristiansen
Community Member
6 months ago

But there's plenty of ice? Where'd you see panic ice buying in this picture?

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gustavenriqs Report

Patrick McKemie
Community Member
6 months ago

Day 3 of the Pandemic: I've drank 70 gallons of water and there's still no end in sight. Is it safe to pee now?

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MVPJunkie Report

Ben Smith
Community Member
6 months ago

So she has food for a potential month of isolation. What’s difficult to understand about that?

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Jassong010 Report

slackjack
Community Member
6 months ago

?!?White people?!?

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