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Supermarket panic buying. 17:27 - Aug 27 with 2639 viewspimballwizard

I very much hope that this is just a fallout from the Bank Holiday but popped into town (Staines) this morning and noticed that some aisles had been emptied of "storable staples " Long life milk , tins of fruit/veg/ eggs !!/flour and a few more things with a longer shelf life than most . Mentioned this to a lady on the checkout and she reckoned that it had been manic over the weekend and was likely to get worse with Brexit panic buying. .*

Sure I read that one of the leading supermarkets were planning on a bit of rationing pre 31 October as smaller retailers would be treating the larger guys as wholesalers to ensure a regular supply. Also that the Italians and Germany would be slimming down FMCG,s across the channel just in case of a snarl up nearer to the Brexit date and not wishing to end up with unsaleable stuff rotting away on the M20.

Anybody got any thoughts or experiences of this ??

* Sainsburys.

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Supermarket panic buying. on 17:58 - Aug 27 with 2511 viewsBanksterDebtSlave

Staines innit!

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Supermarket panic buying. on 18:01 - Aug 27 with 2487 viewsNthsuffolkblue

Well if it wasn't panic buying before her sales pitch sure is likely to make it so from now on.

Just logging off to visit every supermarket and buy all I can find.

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Supermarket panic buying. on 18:29 - Aug 27 with 2404 viewsBlueBadger

We were short on a fair few key emergency medications at *redacted* hospital back in March when it still appeared that a no-deal Brexit twas happening then. I fully expect it to be the same and to go for longer under the current bunch of reality-swerving incompetents.

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Supermarket panic buying. on 18:44 - Aug 27 with 2344 viewsTractorWood

Stocking up on things that have a massive shelf life seems pointless. To me the issue will be with perishables and maybe meat as the ports will be bottlenecked and the supply chain protracted, which overnight, will massively reduce the viability of perishables.

Can't believe we are pressing on with this madness against all reasonable logic.

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Supermarket panic buying. on 18:45 - Aug 27 with 2334 viewsfactual_blue

Supermarket panic buying. on 18:29 - Aug 27 by BlueBadger

We were short on a fair few key emergency medications at *redacted* hospital back in March when it still appeared that a no-deal Brexit twas happening then. I fully expect it to be the same and to go for longer under the current bunch of reality-swerving incompetents.


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Supermarket panic buying. on 18:58 - Aug 27 with 2296 viewsBlueBadger

Supermarket panic buying. on 18:45 - Aug 27 by factual_blue

Is a reality swerve greater or smaller than a Glasgow Swerve?


Sometimes, they can be the same thing...

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Supermarket panic buying. on 19:05 - Aug 27 with 2279 viewshomer_123

Supermarket panic buying. on 18:44 - Aug 27 by TractorWood

Stocking up on things that have a massive shelf life seems pointless. To me the issue will be with perishables and maybe meat as the ports will be bottlenecked and the supply chain protracted, which overnight, will massively reduce the viability of perishables.

Can't believe we are pressing on with this madness against all reasonable logic.


You cant stock up on perishables...the clues in the name.

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Supermarket panic buying. on 19:09 - Aug 27 with 2266 viewsGaryCooper

Supermarket panic buying. on 18:29 - Aug 27 by BlueBadger

We were short on a fair few key emergency medications at *redacted* hospital back in March when it still appeared that a no-deal Brexit twas happening then. I fully expect it to be the same and to go for longer under the current bunch of reality-swerving incompetents.


I'd like to ask why were the stocks short on key emergency medications please?
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Supermarket panic buying. on 19:29 - Aug 27 with 2211 viewsjeera

Supermarket panic buying. on 19:09 - Aug 27 by GaryCooper

I'd like to ask why were the stocks short on key emergency medications please?


Because Sainsbury's had sold out.

Do keep up.

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Supermarket panic buying. on 19:33 - Aug 27 with 2195 viewsBlueBadger

Supermarket panic buying. on 19:09 - Aug 27 by GaryCooper

I'd like to ask why were the stocks short on key emergency medications please?


Because people had been buying them.
What happened was they got used as usual, then there was none left.

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Supermarket panic buying. on 19:42 - Aug 27 with 2171 viewslowhouseblue

so what's everyone planning to panic buy? it needs be something that can eaten / drunk uncooked when the gas and electricity fails. and which is calming when the predicted mental health crisis kicks in. and ideally has pain killing / antiseptic properties so it will make up for the lack of medicines. basically it's got to be imported booze hasn't it. but are glass bottles robust enough to survive once the civil unrest starts? decisions, decisions.

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Supermarket panic buying. on 20:11 - Aug 27 with 2096 viewsSpruceMoose

Supermarket panic buying. on 19:42 - Aug 27 by lowhouseblue

so what's everyone planning to panic buy? it needs be something that can eaten / drunk uncooked when the gas and electricity fails. and which is calming when the predicted mental health crisis kicks in. and ideally has pain killing / antiseptic properties so it will make up for the lack of medicines. basically it's got to be imported booze hasn't it. but are glass bottles robust enough to survive once the civil unrest starts? decisions, decisions.


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Supermarket panic buying. on 22:15 - Aug 27 with 1874 viewsNthsuffolkblue

Supermarket panic buying. on 19:05 - Aug 27 by homer_123

You cant stock up on perishables...the clues in the name.


Do you mean filling my kitchen with fresh bread, milk and fruit was a mistake?

How long does the milk that didn't fit in the fridge last? It will only be a few days after 31 Oct I need it for won't it?

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Supermarket panic buying. on 23:44 - Aug 27 with 1787 viewsOldsmoker

Supermarket panic buying. on 18:29 - Aug 27 by BlueBadger

We were short on a fair few key emergency medications at *redacted* hospital back in March when it still appeared that a no-deal Brexit twas happening then. I fully expect it to be the same and to go for longer under the current bunch of reality-swerving incompetents.


I went to pick up my repeat scrip last week. There were 2 drugs that they gave me half of what was on the scrip. They said they would text me when the shortfall was in so I could collect. I dropped in on the off chance today and they said no text because no drugs. They had received some drugs but they had gone to other people who had had a shortfall before me. There were others in the queue that said the same had happened to them.
It seems that these shortages have been going on for about a month now.
It's a local pharmacy and the woman behind the till says that the big pharmacy chains may have used their muscle to overstock before Brexit leaving the small pharmacies like them at a disadvantage.
No problem - I'll just switch to one of the big boys so I don't go without and gamble that the local pharmacy don't go to the wall.
Market forces - dontcha just hate them.

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Supermarket panic buying. on 00:21 - Aug 28 with 1754 viewsMVBlue

Supermarket panic buying. on 18:44 - Aug 27 by TractorWood

Stocking up on things that have a massive shelf life seems pointless. To me the issue will be with perishables and maybe meat as the ports will be bottlenecked and the supply chain protracted, which overnight, will massively reduce the viability of perishables.

Can't believe we are pressing on with this madness against all reasonable logic.


Meat that can be frozen is on my list. Another thing I’m thinking over, is food made from multiple sources, often not listed as EU supplied. So pizzas, sandwhich filling, battered or breaded fish, stuffed pasta, easy cook meals like curries, marinated meats. Things like that. How much flour comes from abroad for our bread? Things like that where there’s a supply chain. It’ll soon be an issue, with modern JIT stocking, issues will quickly arrive. Elsewhere on paddy power I found the betting odds politics section which contained many rationing odds including petrol at 5/1 after Brexit.

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Supermarket panic buying. on 00:26 - Aug 28 with 1743 viewsOldsmoker

Supermarket panic buying. on 00:21 - Aug 28 by MVBlue

Meat that can be frozen is on my list. Another thing I’m thinking over, is food made from multiple sources, often not listed as EU supplied. So pizzas, sandwhich filling, battered or breaded fish, stuffed pasta, easy cook meals like curries, marinated meats. Things like that. How much flour comes from abroad for our bread? Things like that where there’s a supply chain. It’ll soon be an issue, with modern JIT stocking, issues will quickly arrive. Elsewhere on paddy power I found the betting odds politics section which contained many rationing odds including petrol at 5/1 after Brexit.


A petrol siphoning kit is high on my list - not that I would (tell anyone).

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Supermarket panic buying. on 00:35 - Aug 28 with 1728 viewsJ2BLUE

Supermarket panic buying. on 23:44 - Aug 27 by Oldsmoker

I went to pick up my repeat scrip last week. There were 2 drugs that they gave me half of what was on the scrip. They said they would text me when the shortfall was in so I could collect. I dropped in on the off chance today and they said no text because no drugs. They had received some drugs but they had gone to other people who had had a shortfall before me. There were others in the queue that said the same had happened to them.
It seems that these shortages have been going on for about a month now.
It's a local pharmacy and the woman behind the till says that the big pharmacy chains may have used their muscle to overstock before Brexit leaving the small pharmacies like them at a disadvantage.
No problem - I'll just switch to one of the big boys so I don't go without and gamble that the local pharmacy don't go to the wall.
Market forces - dontcha just hate them.


I strongly recommend signing up to https://www.pharmacy2u.co.uk/

They deliver your prescription to your door for free and have a much larger stash of medicines than individual pharmacies. Prescriptions are delivered from a large warehouse so I guess they keep plenty in and would be an even better bet than the supermarkets.

They also get paid less by the NHS per item so you save the NHS some money.

They even deal with getting your prescription from your doctor each time you need a refill. Sorry if this sounds like a sales pitch but it sounds like people could use the info if this is going to become a more frequent problem.

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Supermarket panic buying. on 06:57 - Aug 28 with 1608 viewsGaryCooper

Supermarket panic buying. on 19:33 - Aug 27 by BlueBadger

Because people had been buying them.
What happened was they got used as usual, then there was none left.


Ok, thanks.
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Supermarket panic buying. on 15:58 - Aug 28 with 1391 viewsNaylorsboots

Panic buying only causes the problem. There is no problem at the minute. So, news items come out like your message and then causes a problem that isnt there.
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