Why are people stockpiling toilet paper?

As the coronavirus continues to spread around the world, communities are responding to the treat in some unusual ways.

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Michael Lucy, The Conversation

As coronavirus continues to spread around the world, anxiety is rising in Australia. Shoppers fearful of quarantine measures have been stocking up on supplies to last out a week or two of isolation.

Recent days have seen reports of shortages of hand sanitiser and warnings that batteries and other electronic items could be next. However, the surge in demand for one particular commodity has seen supermarket shelves stripped bare: toilet paper.

It’s not just Australians. Shops in Japan, the US and New Zealand have also run low on the precious sanitary rolls. In Hong Kong, ambitious thieves held up a supermarket to steal a delivery.

But why toilet paper? The question has been in the air for at least the past month, but it’s now become hard to avoid. We asked four experts for their thoughts.

Read more:  Stocking up to prepare for a crisis isn't 'panic buying'. It's actually a pretty rational choice

Niki Edwards, School of Public Health and Social Work, Queensland University of Technology:

Toilet paper symbolises control. We use it to “tidy up” and “clean up”. It deals with a bodily function that is somewhat taboo.

When people hear about the coronavirus, they are afraid of losing control. And toilet paper feels like a way to maintain control over hygiene and cleanliness.

People don’t seem interested in substitutes. Supermarket shelves are still full of other paper towels and tissues.

The media has a lot to answer for in regards to messages around this virus and messages to the public. While honesty about threats is critical, building hysteria and promoting inappropriate behaviours is far from ideal.


Brian Cook, Community Engagement for Disaster Risk Reduction project, University of Melbourne:

It’s an interesting question. My suspicion is that it is to do with how people react to stress: they want an element of comfort and security. For many Westerners there is a “yuck factor” associated with non-toilet paper cleaning.

I expect there is also a pragmatic element. Toilet paper is a product that takes a lot of space, and is therefore not something people have a lot of under normal circumstances.

A lot of people likely also use toilet paper as a tissue, and therefore imagine themselves needing a lot if they have the flu or a flu-like illness.

Stocking up on toilet paper is also a relatively cheap action, and people like to think that they are “doing something” when they feel at risk.

Read more: High-tech shortages loom as coronavirus shutdowns hit manufacturers

David Savage, Newcastle Business School, University of Newcastle:

I think it is the perfect product. It is completely non-perishable and one of the few products that you can stock up on that you are guaranteed to use eventually.

I don’t know for certain but I suspect that most people only buy toilet paper when they just about run out, which could be a problem if you need to stay isolated for two weeks.

So I think this is just a preparation process, because we have seen that toilet paper has become a shortage item elsewhere.


Alex Russell, School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, Central Queensland University:

There are a few factors at play here. People aren’t only stockpiling toilet paper. All sorts of items are sold out, like face masks and hand sanitiser. Things like canned goods and other non-perishable foods are also selling well.

People are scared, and they’re bunkering down. They’re buying what they need and one of the items is toilet paper.

I think we’re noticing the toilet paper more than the other things because toilet paper packs are big items that take up a lot of shelf space. Seeing a small product sold out at the supermarket (such as hand sanitiser) is not that unusual, and it’s only a small hole in the shelf that is often temporarily filled with nearby products.

But if the toilet paper is gone, that’s a massive amount of shelf space that can’t readily be replaced with other things nearby.

A second reason we might be noticing it more is because there aren’t easy substitutions. If the supermarket is out of a particular ingredient for dinner, you can just get something else, or an entirely different dinner.

But if there’s not a roll of toilet paper, then that’s pretty frustrating for everyone. Sure, tissues or paper towels, but it’s not quite the same, is it?The Conversation

Michael Lucy, Deputy Science + Technology Editor, The Conversation

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    Chris B T
    5th Mar 2020
    9:41am
    May be it is the Amount of Bake Beans they bought to Of Set The Reaction.
    [;-(#)
    Anonymous
    5th Mar 2020
    12:26pm
    People buying up to inflate the price and sell at a profit. It's called GREED.
    Pass the Ductape
    5th Mar 2020
    4:24pm
    Hmmm.... one obviously compliments the other Chris....lets hope they get the right balance because you wouldn't want the paper to run out before the beans!!
    KB
    5th Mar 2020
    10:25am
    When you do not have tissues then people use toilet paper as a last result. Not stockpiling myself masses of food. Maybe putting one or 2 items aside in case of any virus or power outages and extreme weather events
    Karen
    5th Mar 2020
    6:11pm
    Indeed - a good supply of tissues will save you from a virus... **eyes roll** ... not poking at you KB...
    KB
    5th Mar 2020
    10:25am
    When you do not have tissues then people use toilet paper as a last result. Not stockpiling myself masses of food. Maybe putting one or 2 items aside in case of any virus or power outages and extreme weather events
    rtrish
    5th Mar 2020
    10:43am
    I have bought some toilet paper, not really stockpiling. I failed to order any in my last grocery delivery, so I bought what I could carry home (only 12 rolls fitted in my backpack!). Already I had hand sanitiser, soap and disposable gloves. Different experts tell us different things. I have some food stores, but after battling weevils this summer, I haven't got in huge stores of food. For rice, nuts, cereal etc. I only bought what I could put in the freezer for a couple of days each, as clearly some of the weevils arrived already in unopened packets from the supermarkets. Using a few days of freezer time seems to have killed off any weevils that arrived here.
    Karen
    5th Mar 2020
    6:12pm
    I was forced into buying to cater to the number of anxious females in the house at the moment.... and mostly because if I didn't - there'd be none left due to the neurotics buying it up. **rolls eyes again**
    Horace Cope
    5th Mar 2020
    10:46am
    Monkey see, monkey do! All it has taken is for a few people to start buying a large amount of toilet paper and then more and more decide that somebody must know something and they follow suit.
    Farside
    6th Mar 2020
    11:50am
    and when this panic blows over the nutters will find themselves with months and months of toilet paper, the manufacturers cut back on production, staff layoffs, dumped imports take up the slack and before long another business bites the dust
    KatieG
    5th Mar 2020
    10:48am
    I understand 2 or 3 large packs, but unless you are in the hospitality industry, why trolley loads? Just wondering if someone can answer that on?
    KatieG
    5th Mar 2020
    10:48am
    I understand 2 or 3 large packs, but unless you are in the hospitality industry, why trolley loads? Just wondering if someone can answer that on?
    Chat
    5th Mar 2020
    11:04am
    One reason not mentioned her is the scalpers who buy up big and then sell at excessive prices on Gumtree or Ebay. A report in our paper today told of someone selling six Jumbo packs of toilet paper for $120 -- twice the shelf price --- and made 36 such sales. No wonder the shelves are bare.
    Hoohoo
    5th Mar 2020
    5:53pm
    A fool and his/her money are soon parted. Is that the saying?
    Triss
    5th Mar 2020
    6:32pm
    Yes, Hoohoo, but nobody ever says where the fool got his/her money from in the first place...presumably not from being a fool.
    Farside
    6th Mar 2020
    11:52am
    nobody is bending the buyer's arm to purchase so unsurprising that sellers enter the market
    Hoohoo
    6th Mar 2020
    2:46pm
    I can only presume the idiots inherited their money, Triss. Any fool can inherit money, and they do!
    leek
    5th Mar 2020
    11:16am
    I did my big food shop on Monday after a short cruise. I bought the normal packets size of toilet paper, but a fortnight earlier than I would have needed it, so not really stocking up. I bought extra other other non preishable foods, but not a huge amount. remember if you are placed into isolation in your own home, there is online shopping!
    Eddy
    5th Mar 2020
    11:24am
    Thankfully we have a bidet, one which is an add-on like a modified seat. 'Tis wonderful, uses warm water, has a blow dryer inbuilt and a warmed seat. Who wants paper?
    Mariner
    5th Mar 2020
    12:11pm
    Hope your power stays put, would not be that warm otherwise.
    Paddington
    5th Mar 2020
    12:24pm
    We do too. We purchased a bidet after shoulder surgery and have been amazed how wonderful it is and would not now be without it. Toilet paper does not clean for a start.
    Pass the Ductape
    5th Mar 2020
    4:30pm
    Exactly! But you can easily do without a bidet - just use a baby wipe or similar if you're home - and have a quick wash or shower if you think you're that bad! On the other hand - where do you live Eddy!?
    Hoohoo
    5th Mar 2020
    5:58pm
    A very wise and hygienic solution, Eddy.

    People in third world countries think Westerners are grubs because they use TP, which we all know doesn't make us properly clean at all.
    floss
    5th Mar 2020
    11:26am
    So our P.M.can wipe his mouth.
    Anonymous
    5th Mar 2020
    4:43pm
    Nasty left winger
    Hoohoo
    5th Mar 2020
    5:59pm
    I'm just happy that the smirk has been wiped from his face, ever since the bushfire catastrophes.
    Rob
    8th Mar 2020
    10:15am
    what a sad comment

    5th Mar 2020
    11:27am
    Because shit happens.
    Mondo
    5th Mar 2020
    11:39am
    I think the explanation that many people buy toilet paper only as they are running low is probably part of the explanation but it doesn't explain the panic buying to the extent we have seen. I wonder too if the media may have fanned the flames on this. As I understand it the panic started in relatively small city supermarkets with large turnovers and probably small storage facilities. I think it was after this being aired on TV that the panic started more widespread. If the stuff is really in such short supply as we are told then why are the limits by Woollies and Coles as high as four packs? Who needs nearly 100 rolls of toilet paper? Are they also trying to capitalise on this while the product is running hot?
    Mariner
    5th Mar 2020
    12:10pm
    Just looked into our cupboards, there are 50 rolls in there. Reason we buy the stuff when we have the car for shopping, hate carrying the packs home. We are within 5 minutes walk of Aldi, Woolies and Coles and normal items we carry home. Bulk stuff is a different matter. When I was a kid my grandfather insisted that I cut up newspaper and put the square pieces in a shoe box next to the loo. Can always resort to that again.
    Pass the Ductape
    5th Mar 2020
    4:42pm
    Well you could Mondo, but if my memory serves me correctly, I think the newspaper back in the day seemed a whole lot softer didn't they? The papers these days seem a lot more 'unforgiving' - if you get my drift.

    Besides, if the quality of the sewage systems is the same as anything else you buy these days, the high tech, water efficient, poo-poo scoopers would block up after the first few uses with today's newspapers!
    Hoohoo
    5th Mar 2020
    6:04pm
    Sorry, Mondo, but you made me laugh with your comment "Are they also trying to capitalise on this while the product is running hot?" If it's running hot, yep, you need plenty of TP!

    It started when you said "the media may have fanned the flames on this." Are you trying to be funny? because you are.
    Teacher
    5th Mar 2020
    12:33pm
    Has anyone thought that maybe some people are buying and mailing to China in a roundabout way? Toilet paper is not as heavy as other paper either so postage would not be big - probably only size of parcel might cost more.
    This was the first thing that passed my mind when I heard about the stockpiling. I was thinking about the previous baby food episode and China. Being a pensioner I can't afford to stockpile so can't do much about it all. In any case, I would go for longlife food products. Yes, I remember the newspaper cut up in squares, but we punched a hole in the corner of a bundle, threaded in a loop of string and hung it up in the outside toilet with the can. In those days the printers' ink was very toxic so it's a wonder we all didn't get cancer of the you know where.
    Karen
    5th Mar 2020
    6:15pm
    .. and the dunny men used to pick it up once a week and get a bottle of beer left for Christmas. I think they deserved it......
    Teacher
    5th Mar 2020
    12:33pm
    Has anyone thought that maybe some people are buying and mailing to China in a roundabout way? Toilet paper is not as heavy as other paper either so postage would not be big - probably only size of parcel might cost more.
    This was the first thing that passed my mind when I heard about the stockpiling. I was thinking about the previous baby food episode and China. Being a pensioner I can't afford to stockpile so can't do much about it all. In any case, I would go for longlife food products. Yes, I remember the newspaper cut up in squares, but we punched a hole in the corner of a bundle, threaded in a loop of string and hung it up in the outside toilet with the can. In those days the printers' ink was very toxic so it's a wonder we all didn't get cancer of the you know where.
    Anonymous
    5th Mar 2020
    12:40pm
    I don't think the Chinese use much toilet paper, like much of Asia, Thailand, Cambodia etc they use what we call a 'Bum Gun, yep, a water blaster hooked up to the tap.
    Works fine.
    Pass the Ductape
    5th Mar 2020
    4:44pm
    Yeah - or the old Roman's way - with a rag on the end of a stick!!
    Hoohoo
    5th Mar 2020
    6:08pm
    No thank you, Pass the Ducktape. It reminds me of a very crude (but hilarious) joke. And Chaucer!
    Karen
    5th Mar 2020
    6:15pm
    Ha, ha - Gaijin no understan' - lef' han' for dung han' right han' fo' shaking.... no shake cunning Oriental by lef' han'!
    Golden Oldie
    8th Mar 2020
    2:52pm
    I spent 8 days in Thailand some years ago, and was told not to but the toilet paper down the toilet, as the sewerage system there was working beyond capacity and used toilet paper would block up the city. A bucket was provided by the hotel I stayed at, and it was cleaned daily.

    5th Mar 2020
    12:44pm
    When I make a comment it's posted twice and I have to delete one.
    I've noticed other comments coming up twice.
    Admin?
    Alan
    5th Mar 2020
    4:40pm
    I emailed admin about this problem a long time ago.

    The only thing I could think of was that once you are ready to send your post and click on the "POST REPLY", it actually seems to send immediately but it remains sitting on your screen.

    This, I think, makes people believe that their post has not been posted so they click it again and it ends up being posted twice.

    Just my thoughts.
    Hoohoo
    5th Mar 2020
    6:09pm
    Yes this is what is happening. Just wait a bit - your internet may be a bit slow.
    Anonymous
    6th Mar 2020
    8:00am
    Thanks Alan and Hoohoo, I only press post once and wait, my internet speed is fast and it always posts my reply twice, no bigy...now back to really important things, dunny paper.

    5th Mar 2020
    12:44pm
    When I make a comment it's posted twice and I have to delete one.
    I've noticed other comments coming up twice.
    Admin?

    5th Mar 2020
    12:44pm
    See!

    5th Mar 2020
    12:44pm
    See!
    Hoohoo
    7th Mar 2020
    1:20pm
    Saw!
    Hoohoo
    7th Mar 2020
    1:20pm
    Saw!
    Hoohoo
    7th Mar 2020
    1:20pm
    Saw!
    Hoohoo
    7th Mar 2020
    1:21pm
    Hey, we made two and a half seesaws!
    franky
    5th Mar 2020
    12:55pm
    I wonder.... maybe toilet paper are made in China and they temp.. stop production
    KSS
    5th Mar 2020
    1:04pm
    60% of toilet paper is made in Australia ans the factory in SA has now moved to 24 hour production. There is no shortage, people are just panic buying.
    Karen
    5th Mar 2020
    7:41pm
    Ah - so it's a plot to reinvigorate the SA economy....
    Farside
    6th Mar 2020
    12:00pm
    CEO of Woolies: "For example, the makers of Kleenex are now manufacturing 24 hours, 7 days a week at their Millicent, SA factory, as are Sorbent in their NSW and Victorian facilities. And the makers of Quilton have tripled their normal production across their factories in Queensland, NSW and WA."
    almost a grey hair
    5th Mar 2020
    12:57pm
    All toilet rolls have been recalled due to the fact that the cardboard centre is made in Wuhan at a factory where several workers have come down with the virus.
    Take them back for a full refund
    KSS
    5th Mar 2020
    1:12pm
    Yeah. Nah!
    Billv
    5th Mar 2020
    1:44pm
    Inform the press and the message will get out there
    Hoohoo
    5th Mar 2020
    6:15pm
    ALL toilet rolls, almost a grey hair??? How come this isn't all over the media?
    Farside
    6th Mar 2020
    12:01pm
    because most loo paper sold in oz is made in oz
    Hoohoo
    14th Mar 2020
    12:58pm
    Plenty of fake news alarming people in the wrong way, plenty of leaders failing abysmally and still no clear message for how Australians should respond and behave.

    I heard the Health Minister this morning, telling people with a mild cold NOT to clog up the health system seeking a corona test. He'd only just finished saying the majority of people who have COVID-19 will only exhibit mild symptoms and they don't show any symptoms for 24 hours while they are actually contagious.

    Do the authorities want people with COVID-19 to be detected or not? It's as if they're leaving it up to individuals to make the call, while feeding us contradictory guidelines.

    5th Mar 2020
    1:30pm
    Bring in the Bum Gun, problem solved.
    Billv
    5th Mar 2020
    1:43pm
    It's call fear mongering. The press are guilty putting fear into peoples minds. It's happening all the time. Various food products, fuel and the list goes on. I don't understand the need for stock piling. If people would live their lives as they normally do then shortages would not occur.
    There is no reason to stockpile, shop as normal and all will be well. By creating shortages, in whatever) then the prices go up, Capitalists laughing all the way to the bank. And you end up paying more and having less money to purchase what you really need. Sometimes I just wonder about people, I'm starting to think the planet would be better off with just plant life and animals.
    On the Ball
    6th Mar 2020
    2:38pm
    I'm with you, Billy!
    When people panic buy they disreagrd the prices, and dont even compare.
    So there's a way for supermarkets to charge full price - all the time.
    this even goes back as far as the great banana famine! Remeber? Bananas at $5 each?
    "Aussies are bloody-minded sheep".. (Not mine but apt, nonetheless)

    5th Mar 2020
    1:54pm
    It's just a load of crap.
    Annick
    5th Mar 2020
    2:10pm
    We have 5 toilet rolls left, they were on our shopping list for this weeks shop. Had to resort to tissues and serviettes. Not going the hand towel way as I don't want to block up the toilet and have to pay a plumber. The shop assistant told me the shelves were full at opening time and bare within 5 minutes. Greedy shoppers panic buying.
    Chris B T
    5th Mar 2020
    2:19pm
    I would have thought Bidets be the go, when you need to go so much.
    A lot cheaper and easier on the Body.
    {;-(!)
    Ozzieg
    8th Mar 2020
    7:29pm
    Unless you live in a drought affected area, where the water isn’t safe to drink at present.

    5th Mar 2020
    2:27pm
    Just run your garden hose into the dunny, hook up a jet nozzle and away ya go.
    Pass the Ductape
    5th Mar 2020
    4:46pm
    Ohhhhhh - that would tickle!
    BERRYUPSET
    5th Mar 2020
    7:17pm
    Ha!high pressure!:-))))
    I use a plastic bottle with a tube on the end which squirts soapy water out GENTLY
    Bit like a bidot!
    Bit difficult at first but works for me!
    MAGIC TICKLING FEELING ALSO ON THAT AREA!1
    :-))))))))
    got it on line????
    Farside
    6th Mar 2020
    12:06pm
    go old school and try a soft corn cob as was popular in the 19th century
    Anonymous
    6th Mar 2020
    1:11pm
    Farside, I must ask, what do you do with the corncob when you're finished?

    I'm starting to think I should not even ask.
    Farside
    11th Mar 2020
    7:39pm
    not sure Bob, I guess they threw down the long drop? There would be a few old sticks on here that have experience.
    Connie
    5th Mar 2020
    3:23pm
    On eBay people are selling toilet paper for $1100-00 to $5000-00 and they are Australian seller now that's GREEDY
    Mariner
    5th Mar 2020
    4:23pm
    No that is clever. Would love to find a mug that pays me those amounts, way better than a pension increase.
    Pass the Ductape
    5th Mar 2020
    4:48pm
    You're so right there Mariner.

    5th Mar 2020
    3:48pm
    No matter how I look at it I just don't get how stock piling toilet paper Is a good idea. Why not just use rags and wash them instead?
    Mariner
    5th Mar 2020
    4:26pm
    You might as well crap into your undies and wash them instead, no rags needed. This forum is getting stupid. Enough already!!
    Pass the Ductape
    5th Mar 2020
    4:50pm
    Not so bad Mariner! The Romans used to do it that way.
    Hoohoo
    5th Mar 2020
    6:20pm
    Why do people use disposable nappies for babies instead of having cloth nappies soaking in buckets in the laundry?

    It's easy really - who wants to wash clothes full of poo? No-one, that's who!

    5th Mar 2020
    3:48pm
    No matter how I look at it I just don't get how stock piling toilet paper Is a good idea. Why not just use rags and wash them instead?
    pedro the swift
    5th Mar 2020
    4:57pm
    Don't need loo paper. According to Rabelais the neck of a goose is far better! Now i bet there will be a panic buying of geese!
    Karen
    5th Mar 2020
    6:10pm
    Why are people stockpiling toilet paper?

    Mass hysteria.
    BERRYUPSET
    5th Mar 2020
    7:10pm
    We used newspaper during WW2 in the UK as a kid!Spent Saturdays cutting them into appropiate size squares !punching a hole in one corner and threading string through to hang in the toilet!NOT NICE but NECESSARY!
    aussiecarer
    5th Mar 2020
    7:13pm
    I've read elsewhere that the Chinese have been lining their disposable masks with toilet roll so the same mask can be used for much longer. Also some people have been washing used disposable masks and reselling them again due to the shortages in China. I'm not sure if these comments are factual or fraudulent, but they are food for thought.
    I think people are panicking because no one really knows if China is telling the truth about the number of deaths. Also people no longer trust the media to tell the truth or give them sound advise. Mainstream media are saying wash hands regularly, use gloves, use bleach etc - but the supermarket shelves aren't low on these items so clearly people aren't following this advise. Instead people are following the advise of friends and family who are locked down in China and are chatting with them via the internet. And because of this people are focusing on respiratory protection and WTSHTF preparations (WTSHTF = When the sh*t hits the fan).

    In our town we are seeing scenes reminiscent of Y2K. On my last visit to the shops I saw two elderly people fighting over a packet of toilet rolls... (Apparently at another shop a man pulled a knife out and threatened another man over a packet of toilet roll.) I watched a middle aged businessman unloading an overloaded trolley full of pet food... I saw another couple buying four trolley loads of bottled water. Meanwhile my husband went to Bunnings to buy a respirator refill cartridge for his welding mask. A woman was hysterical in the same aisle because Bunnings had run out of paper masks. She was screaming that she desperately needed the paper masks because she had five children. She even accused my husband of buying up all the paper masks when he was just quietly minding his own business and looking for the filters for an entirely different type of mask!
    The panic buying mostly annoys me because prices of everyday items like cheese and bananas have dramatically gone up in the last few days. The supermarkets are capitalizing on the increased traffic.
    Hoohoo
    7th Mar 2020
    1:43pm
    It's very disappointing to see retailers upping their prices on virus-UNrelated products.

    Not only are they greedily cashing in, they are actually causing greater panic because even people who have remained calm will rush in to buy products if they think the price might suddenly rise steeply.

    It begets itself, a bit like people trying to buy their first property in Sydney - they feel the need to get in now before the prices rise even more, despite having to enter HUGE mortgages with interest-only payments a possibility. (Not helped by people having to compete with others who already own more than one property and can use that equity for the 20% deposit and fed by a rental income stream, AND a tax break from negative gearing!!!)
    hyperbole
    7th Mar 2020
    3:14pm
    the only time I will be wearing a mask is if and when I get this virus
    Wendy HK
    5th Mar 2020
    11:39pm
    When the "sh*t hits the fan"
    I guess there are a lot of people who are taking this literally and stocking up on toilet paper.
    Hoohoo
    6th Mar 2020
    2:48pm
    That's a goody, Wendy HK.

    6th Mar 2020
    11:06am
    I've got lots of toilet rolls available for $1000 each if someone wants them.
    JAID
    7th Mar 2020
    11:34am
    :-) good luck there mate.

    Really, it amazes me to see this stockpiling. We have always had a kind of a paper stockpile. We buy in the largest bag when prices are lowest and usually don't get below a couple of those, maybe 50 or 60 rolls minimum. Nobody needs that many but nobody needs to run out either.

    Overall, even if an interest component is added in this is the cheapest way to buy and the best assurance against putting newspaper down the drain.

    At last I have managed to teach my youngest toilet paper mean-ness. Two or three squares, fold and fold again, perhaps again. Repeat if necessary. Simple. Our roll usage would have dropped by a roll a day once the kids got the hang of that. It doesn't help the stockpile that we use rolls as normal tissues. (Despite my age, our children are young)

    On wipes, a recent clean-out of a storage area found a couple large boxes of wipes and a couple of nappies, now years old. The nappies went to St V de P, Salvos or somewhere while the packages of wipes were found to be still like new and are retained. ($1000 per packet anyone?)

    There are certain stockpiles which it can even be cost effective to have in normal times.

    12.5 or 25 Kg bags of flour, 10 kg bags of onions and potatoes and more, like, large bags of dry beans, pasta, cans of tomato paste and packets of noodles) may not be a stockpile but also make economic sense. (Damn bread making machine is on the blink...hand making is comparatively time consuming...so, good as it is, happens a lot less.) Beyond all that, your veggie garden, fruit and nut tree/s goat or cow are stockpiles, some of which you should have, avoiding the need to disrupt the supply chain with all the damage that can incur..
    Priscilla
    8th Mar 2020
    10:54am
    Possibly because people think everything comes from China and supplies will run out? We have no idea what is manufactured in Australia and it is obvious that the Chinese are quick to buy up all our businesses so they can send it to Japan. They are not here to promote Australia just to support China. Maybe this will make our government wake up and stop selling off Australia and everything that is good about it. Go back to manufacturing etc in Australia.
    Ozzieg
    8th Mar 2020
    7:32pm
    Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Premier, made it very clear on the news that TP is made in Australia.
    Greg
    8th Mar 2020
    10:07pm
    You do realise the reason we don't make things here much anymore is due to high labour costs?
    You want to see prices of goods skyrocket, start producing more here and you'll get what you ask for.

    9th Mar 2020
    8:20am
    It's on, 'Two women in a Sydney supermarket charged with affray..."

    https://www.qt.com.au/news/fight-erupts-at-woolies-over-toilet-paper/3961950/
    Oldman Roo
    11th Mar 2020
    8:45pm
    There is no degree of danger in Australia to warrant hoarding it and those doing it are Galahs without feathers . Sure , they could have other commercial reasons , all selfish , as they are creating a shortage , when there is no need for one , and are making life difficult for the average person . For example , I could not find even one Roll of Toilet paper in the 2 large Supermarkets near our home . Tissues were almost all gone too and I had to settle for the Most expensive of them . So the lack of community spirit and financial gain may seem the hoarders were not Galahs after all . I do not want to express what they really are .
    Hoohoo
    14th Mar 2020
    1:03pm
    Only aresholes need toilet paper. The bigger the arsehole, the more toilet paper they need.
    Hoohoo
    14th Mar 2020
    1:03pm
    Only aresholes need toilet paper. The bigger the arsehole, the more toilet paper they need.
    Priscilla
    12th Mar 2020
    10:34am
    Possibly because they think toilet rolls are manufactured in China? We have no idea what Australia produces. Also, it would seem that there are not enough stocks of toilet rolls so this starts panic. It is impossible to buy face masks as well. So much for being prepared. Empty shelves cause panic and supplies are needed immediately all over Australia.
    Hoohoo
    14th Mar 2020
    1:07pm
    I think the government should send every household a bottle of hand sanitizer, a 4-pack of TP and masks for each person.

    This will save people having to line up at supermarkets and fight other customers who might have the virus.

    Just make sure the workers who package everything up are thoroughly clean and not coughers.


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