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COVID-19 And The Free Market

In many ways, I suppose it’s a good thing I fancy myself a bit of a germaphobe. Long before the appearance of COVID-19 in the States, I began stocking up on alcohol wipes, hand sanitizers, and antiseptic hand wash. If I was even the tiniest bit worried about it and I wasn’t prepared, I’d be rendered housebound in fear from the lack of supplies available in town. 

So where is all this hand sanitizer, alcohol and toilet paper going? A quick look on eBay suggests that people who have scored big-time deals before stores began rationing are making out like bandits. But that is for those who don’t mind throwing down $30 a bottle for Purell. No, that wasn’t a typo.

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How about rubbing alcohol? Check out this special deal on a bottle of 91% percent isopropyl. 

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Toilet paper? I have a few amusing deals in this category. Check this out! 

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Dang, not even Charmin at that low, low price? Cheap, generic sandpaper for $14.95 a roll. Not a pack, a roll. Let that sink in. 

Or this deal, by this enterprising person.

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Screenshot from eBay Android App

 

Yes, you read that correctly. A square of toilet paper. One. A single sheet. And, you don’t get the Sharpie, which adds insult to injury. 

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Screenshot from eBay Android App

At least you get free shipping. But you can take comfort in the fact that three people have purchased one square of TP in the last 24 hours, but only if you were NOT one of those three people.

How about facial tissues? Kleenex, the antiviral kind, the granddaddy of all Kleenex, is available at this fantastic price.

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What a deal. God bless capitalism. <end sarcasm>

The hysteria over COVID-19 has well surpassed any hurricane prep I have ever seen in my adult life. A friend shared this picture of her local grocery store in the dry ramen aisle. 

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Photo Credit: Rhapsody via Discord at H-E-B Supermarket

Here’s one from the meat counter!  This is impressive. 

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Photo Credit: Rhapsody via Discord and ABC 13 Houston at H-E-B Supermarket

And the bread aisle.

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Photo Credit: Rhapsody via Discord and ABC 13 Houston at H-E-B Supermarket

Not even during Hurricane Irma prep have I seen this kind of hoarding and hysteria. If you are honestly afraid that coronavirus will kill you, why do you need food? Leave some for those of us who simply need to stock our pantries with everyday necessities, please. 

Even Chewy delayed the delivery of our autoship this month because of COVID-19. As far as I am aware, the feline species is not affected by COVID-19. Now, I understand it affects pet owners and that is why delays occur. But Chewy is not a brick and mortar store. They do literally all of their business by mail, so logically it makes zero sense to me why anyone needs to order additional supplies… by mail… for their pets because they might be stuck in a self-quarantine. 

Now, I realize COVID-19 has the potential to be serious and has already killed thousands worldwide. If you live in the United States, please know you are in the absolute best place to be during this pandemic. We have state of the art health care, top insurers have already agreed to waive copays related to COVID-19 and Medicare Advantage plans have made necessary adjustments to their plans to ensure the most vulnerable are cared for. Everyone just needs to step back, take a deep breath and calm down.

All jesting and sarcasm aside, I hope everyone reading this has taken the appropriate precautions for their family. Do practice basic hygiene and disease prevention you already do during cold and flu season. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and do so often. And I hope everyone stays healthy and well through the outbreak. And remember, God is in control. He holds each of us in the palm of His hand.

I wish you all well.