Food Rationing

United States
April 23, 2008 9:34pm CST
Alarmed by rocketing global prices for staple foods, people have started buying items in bulk. In response, retailers have imposed limits on items like rice and flour. Wal-Mart and Sam's club announced a four bag limit for rice to prevent supplies from running short. Have you encountered any restrictions in your area?
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@GreenMoo (11837)
24 Apr 08
No one can deny the increase in prices for these products is concerning, but has anyone considered that by rationing access to these products Wal-Mart & Sam's Club are actually taking advantage of a cunning bit of marketing? By rationing it, they are making the product more desirable. People want what they can't have! The resultant media hype will ensure that lots of people will rush out to buy their maximum, even though they don't normally use that much rice. Hey presto! Extra sales!
• United States
24 Apr 08
It's sort of like when the local weather channel forecasts snow that never happens. It creates a false demand. I always thought they were in cahoots with the local grocers. I'd go to the store the day after the snow was supposed to hit, but didn't and the shelves would be bare because everyone would panic. I think you could have a very good point about it being in big part a lot of marketing hype. Coming from a farming background, I can tell you there is no reason for us to have a shortage on wheat in the country. We grow enough to feed our own country - but it's getting better prices now by exporting it to other countries. So we export the good stuff and we import poor quality products made with the low grade crap that China uses in what they send to us. One thing the high fuel prices may be good for is that it will no longer be less expensive to import that stuff and we'll go back to manufacturer more here in our own country using products that we can control the quality.
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@cortney09 (1346)
• United States
24 Apr 08
I haven't heard about that. I haven't encountered it either. I guess that's because I don;t buy those types of stuff in bulk. I rarely buy stuff in bulk.
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• United States
25 Apr 08
Not that I know of, but I do shop at Walmart so I am sure I will soon. I have to say it makes me feel very nervous. Food rationing invokes very negative emotions in general I think.
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@ladym33 (10990)
• United States
24 Apr 08
It's funny I asked the exact same question in a different topic area earlier today. I went to Walmart and Cosco and Sams Club in my area today and I did not see any such shortage. But I live in the suburbs, so possibly the problem has not reached us yet.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
24 Apr 08
We have not seen any of the restrictions here. So far, I think it is only California. It will be everywhere soon, as countries are refusing to import things to us. They said the Japanese said it was because of the weak US dollar. It is getting scary, as we have become so dependent on other countries.
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• United States
24 Apr 08
No have not bought any of these items yet. I saw it today on the news and was shocked. I will have to buy the limit and have my daughter buy the next one. There is a way around that so they had better watch out. I can only imagine what more we have to suffer through..
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• United States
24 Apr 08
No. That scares me a little. It makes me feel like I need to panic. I am a huge fan of keeping a lot of food on hand and I feel like my supplys are low right now. If there is a shortage I want my supplys up where I feel like they should be. Where are you from? Is this happening all over?
• United States
24 Apr 08
I am in Southwest Missouri. I haven't seen any signs posted about this at any of the retailers here yet. I've just been reading about it in the news and it's been all over our local news channels. I read another article that said a majority of the purchases were restaurant owners who were worried about the impact of higher food prices on their bottom line, so they were the majority of those rushing out to buy in bulk. That makes me feel a little better. Kind of a double-edged sword. Prices go up with demand goes up - by rushing out to stock pile they in turn are going to drive the prices up for us.
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• United States
26 Apr 08
I went to Costco the next day and there was a bunch of people stocking up on rice. It was a bit scary. I got 2 bags but that is what we always get and I felt like I was not getting enough. I didnt think it would panic me to see people like this and it got me a bit. I guess that just tells me I am not prepaired enough.