Absolutely!! I'd like to just go to the grocery store and get the basics my family needs.........like two weeks ago!
In my parents town (which is in nearly full lockdown now--just grocery stores and pharmacies open) the grocery stores have set up "senior hours" where only seniors are allowed to shop from 7-10am, and they re-stock separately for them. It prevents the most vulnerable population from having to contact the general population, and also prevents the younger and more aggressive from snatching up everything because they can race back their faster to grab it.
Yes, I’ve heard our area might do the same. Not a bad idea at all.
I heard about that, whoever came up with that is a real good person.
Mad Mac wrote: ↑Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:32 amLibertarians would say that there is actually an argument to be made here for "price gouging". The knee jerk reaction is get a rope and hang'em. But hold on a New York minute.
The objective here is to prevent hoarding and get supplies to the people who need it while incentivizing manufacturers, distributors and retailers to make product available. Of course in a natural disaster when people need water, that's different. But even then a supplier can afford to give water to people without money if people with money pay up for it.
It's unrealistic to ask manufacturers to pay overtime, double overtime, triple overtime to keep producing around the clock without getting higher prices for the product. I mean the cost of most products is in providing time and place utility. Taking extra risk, working insane hours and delivering into the face of adversity deserves compensation from those who can afford it. Then it makes it possible for providers to use their discretion to help those less advantaged.
This came to me when gas stations on Galveston Island were accused of price gouging in the face of a hurricane. They took great risk to stay on the island and remain open. People only needed a few gallons to get off the island. The alternative would have been rationing. But I could be wrong. I often am.
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