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Panic buyers throng Pattaya supermarkets

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Instant noodles, canned fish and eggs sold out at Big C, Tesco-Lotus, Topps and other supermarkets. The meat counter also was picked clean.

 

PATTAYA:--Even as the government repeatedly states that supermarkets and food shops will remain open throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Pattaya residents continue to panic buy and hoard noodles, eggs and meat.

 

As word of the government’s coming emergency decree leaked out March 24, crowds overran Pattaya supermarkets, fearful of rumored curfews and closures. When the decree took effect today at 12:01 a.m., however, it contained neither.

 

Instant noodles, canned fish and eggs sold out at Big C, Tesco-Lotus, Topps and other supermarkets. The meat counter also was picked clean. Panic buyers seemed less worried about soap, toothpaste, booze and medicine, all of which remained in stock.

 

Outdoor markets, however, seemed unaffected by the run on food staples. The Rattanakorn and Thepprasit still had plenty of food and a well-known egg dealer on Soi Khopai still had stock.

 

Read more: https://www.pattayamail.com/news/panic-buyers-throng-pattaya-supermarkets-292959

-- PATTAYA MAIL 2020-03-27—

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Would be interested to know how many of these panic buyers live in Pattaya and how many from Bangkok.

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I went to stock up yesterday (Mar 26) on a few items at Makro around 8pm.  There was no panic.  Plenty of meat and eggs available but instant noodles were gone. 
Orange juice price was 25% higher than before.
No more or fewer people than normal.   
One thing I found interesting is that all the non-food/soap items had been roped off and a sign saying the government told them they can't sell that stuff.  Stuff like freezers, blenders, pots and pans, etc.  
 

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1 hour ago, action said:

I went to stock up yesterday (Mar 26) on a few items at Makro around 8pm.  There was no panic.  Plenty of meat and eggs available but instant noodles were gone. 
Orange juice price was 25% higher than before.
No more or fewer people than normal.   
One thing I found interesting is that all the non-food/soap items had been roped off and a sign saying the government told them they can't sell that stuff.  Stuff like freezers, blenders, pots and pans, etc.  
 

I personnally avoid that "orange juice", full of sugar, made from concentrate. But a small glass at breakfast is ok if it makes you feel good. But only fresh juice contains vitamin c. Only water hydrates the body well. Sodas give a sensation of quenching thirst but they don't help hydrate the body well aside from the toxic excess of sugar and various chemicals. Not very helping for the immune system especially at times when it may have to be strong to fight the corana virus. Making stocks of drinking water is important, a friend from Chiang Mai told me he found it hard to find bottled water 3 days ago. 

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3 hours ago, action said:

I went to stock up yesterday (Mar 26) on a few items at Makro around 8pm.  There was no panic.  Plenty of meat and eggs available but instant noodles were gone. 
Orange juice price was 25% higher than before.
No more or fewer people than normal.   
One thing I found interesting is that all the non-food/soap items had been roped off and a sign saying the government told them they can't sell that stuff.  Stuff like freezers, blenders, pots and pans, etc.  
 

Day before yesterday, afternoon, no panic as well. But I'd say more people than usual were shopping at that time, maybe 30% more. Everything available but eggs. I found that surprising but not after finding them also out at a couple other stores.

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4 hours ago, Phuketshrew said:

Three people in a supermarket? hardly panic buying is it?

True, but three people in a spuermarket with nothing to buy on the shelves, shows where panic buying has been. 

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Expect the global supply chain is very tight.  Hope it does not get worse for all of us!

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I think it isn't so much panic buying but greed.  Many Thais that sell food at markets are buying in bulk then selling it at the markets for double the price. In the last few days pork has gone up double same with eggs we went to Makro today prices were normal but eggs were restricted to one sheet.

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