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    What were the 3 worst shopping issues you had in COVID? Did it change anything in how you do things? When something is half empty, we

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      legaljen1969

      The situation is India is just terrible. There is a man in our office building who went to India to see his mother because she was dying. He attended her funeral just before things really ramped up over there. He was planning to stay for a little while to help his family get things in order. Now he unable to get out of India or back into America. He may never get back home. I feel for his wife and children. His son is getting ready to graduate from high school, even though its going to be a virtual ceremony. They had a celebration planned. Now they don't know if he will make it home- for graduation or ever.

      about 9 hours ago
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      My three worst shopping issues during COVID were the shortages of cleaning supplies. It was hard to get any sort of disinfectants. It was hard to get laundry detergent. Even just plain soap to wash your body was hard to come by. I had to use shampoo for body soap or body soap for shampoo for several months. I would get whatever I could find and do the best I could.

      Once supplies started coming back, I too started buying things as soon as whatever it was had become half or less full. I did once offer to buy some Lysol Laundry Sanitizer from a woman who had two of them. I had been trying for almost six weeks to get some. I had been able to find two bottles of Pine Sol which I had. So we traded- she took one Pine Sol and I took one Laundry Sanitizer.

      If I had extra of anything I was willing to share with people. I would have never charged, much less price gouged someone, for an essential. Our neighbors were great about sharing whatever we could if we had extra of something that someone else needed. Living at the coast where we stay in "hurricane prep mode" for half of the year, I always have "emergency supplies" and I know well what happens when an emergency is announced. People panic and buy up everything.

      Truthfully, the main thing it has changed for me is to buy only what I absolutely "NEED." I am not a "stock up" person any more. This situation could ramp up again at any time, or some new situation could come about where we have hoarding and selfish people. And I don't want to be the one who took the last bottle of something that someone else needs just because it was "on sale."

      The biggest thing that changed in how I do things, is that I really do, at all times, try to think of others before I think of myself. I always ask my older neighbors if I can pick up anything for them when I go to the store. I reach out to people I know are not able to get out and do things.

      about 9 hours ago
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      I buy flour, rice, sugar in 100 lb bags. Most of my life I bought like that and I went shopping 4 times a year--living on ranches that became snow bound. Me buying bulk leaves 5#, 10#, 20# and 25# bags of flour-sugar, etc on the local shelves for people that don't buy bulk---. Believe me, it doesn't go bad-none of it is wasted. Fortunately, we had tons of bar soap in Albuquerque. I found a Louisiana rice grower that sold premium rice to 5 star NYC, NO, and DC restaurants. They decided to sell it to house wives, etc. There wasn't a grain of rice anywhere in NM-not on military bases-not trading posts-not independent stores and co-ops. I gladly paid the price. For some reason- every store had Arm & Hammer laundry soap--I still buy it.

      Now my son is a different matter, not only was he raised shopping about 4 times a year, he was a seacook, and he shopped for 3 or 4 months at sea with a crew of 120.

      about 8 hours ago
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