I go to get supplies and some of my favorite things are sold out and haven’t been restocked. That makes me worry that there may be a shortage of my favorite stuff. Now, if we get half the people in the US to believe that there is a shortage of that same item, sure enough there will be in a matter of hours. Hey, I know what I am talking about, I lived through the 1973 great toilet paper run and believe me, I was worried!!! But I had no need to worry, my Father-in-law had cartons of TP at his business to stock their rest-room and he brought us a carton to hold us over (or wipe us under). Sure did save the day.
This shortage all started when people panicked when they herd Johnny Carson make some kind of joke on a TP shortage. The power of suggestion was so great and so many people watched the Johnny Carson Show before they went to sleep at night, that the next morning everyone went out and bought as much TP as they could. That left people like me who don’t believe everything they hear, and don’t panic easily, without any TP. Yep, the stores got picked clean of it and it took them about three weeks to restock all the stores. I bet after that, business dropped off drastically for TP, since everyone now had a big supply in their homes. Such a panic; and some countries in this world at the time never heard of TP.
Now it makes me wonder if a lot of today’s shortages are a figment of our panic. What do you think? I know one thing for sure, it doesn’t take a whole lot to panic some people, and panic is like a snowball rolling down a hill. As it starts down the hill it picks up momentum and volume, the further it goes the faster it goes and the more momentum and volume it acquires. Panic is like that, don’t you think so?
Some companies try to induce panic to sell their products. I would never purchase anything from those companies (unless there is a shortage of my favorite brand of TP….grin)