“Hamster” is the word that’s in vogue again. Because many people buy more inventory out of anxiety. Understandable or exaggerated?
Pro: Buying in advance now makes sense
It’s easy in the digital age. All you need to do is enter the number of people into the needs calculator and the appropriate shopping list will be output. One more click, and all this is done by Amazon home sent. That in itself is a bit counterintuitive – given. In the event of a crisis, the online retailer comes along, ha-ha-ha.
But calculating emergency rations for 14 days is not monotonous. To give just one example from the list: For our family, that would be 42 cans of canned fruit and 42 cans of lentils and vegetable stew. Of course we don’t have it in the basement because we will never use it in our life. But many other things. This was the case before the Corona pandemic and before the Ukraine war. Even in normal times, bags of flour, pasta, rice, olive oil, and much more pile up.
Getting supplies is actually a given. Our ancestors stocked up on potatoes, onions and apples all winter long. They made jam and pickled vegetables because they didn’t even know about the freezers and our food abundance. But is our system really secure? The way we have arranged our lives now, we will be in great dissolution if there is a major power outage. Optimism that everything will always work out is a nice thing – but a little wisdom is even better. You don’t have to move heavy-duty shelves to a storage cellar to stack groceries. If you buy in bulk containers, you also save on waste and trips. Think of those who hold stocks as lazy people: just go downstairs and get what you need. Although: 42 Cases of Wine He Hasn’t Ordered Yet…
The negatives: buying in advance is unreasonable
A little pasta, a little tomato sauce, maybe lentils, flour, oatmeal, oatmeal, etc. Of course, it makes perfect sense to always have something to eat at home – a supply. But do you need ten or even twenty bottles of sunflower oil? It is clear that this is what is being stocked at the moment, and in large quantities it is already sold in some supermarkets. This, in turn, is completely irrational, i.e. hoarding, because it also eliminates the entire supply chain dynamism, so the desired good is already scarce when in fact it is not yet scarce. But well, like I said, there is nothing wrong with having a bottle of sunflower oil in stock.
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But what is the question actually? It’s not about how much stock of sunflower oil makes sense – by the way, the federal government advises an emergency reserve of 0.357 kg of fat and oil – but about how I behave in times like these, and also: how I deal with anxiety, fear. Should I give her space or not? Thus it can also be reasonable not to give in to it. But to keep calm – a big word in light and firm lenses – also attitude. Finally: what risk do I really want to protect myself from by buying sunflower oil and pasta? If you start thinking about it seriously, won’t you have to buy it for all your loved ones and neighbors? Don’t you think of a thousand other things? There is a war in Ukraine. The question is: in the face of this disaster, the storehouse filled to the brim does not make one feel smaller and weaker?