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People cashing in on Coronavirus

40 replies

awesmum · 15/03/2020 10:31

Just seen this on FB

I'm not panic buying toilet roll, dry pasta or paracetamol.... I'm making sure my immune system is at its best so I can fight off anything that comes my way!
Want to know what I'm using to help me do that?

This is by someone is in an MLM.

I am so cross that they're peddling this.

OP posts:

MasakaBuzz · 15/03/2020 11:22

It’s the pictures of empty shelves and the “Have no fear Avon is here” that offended me. It was designed to get orders by frightening people.


SouthWestmom · 15/03/2020 11:26

Well up to you what you take offence at mask but as she's pointing out the obvious and offering a solution which probably earns her £1 at best I think you were wrong to insult her.


ReceptacleForTheRespectable · 15/03/2020 11:27

@MasakaBuzz What on earth is wrong with that Avon ad?

They're selling an essential product (soap) for a fair price. There's no suggestion that they have stockpiled in order to profit - this is their normal business, and what they normally sell. And the statement in the post that handwashing is effective against the virus is accurate, and in line with government advice. They're not encouraging other people to stockpile either.

What exactly is the problem with it? Are we against anyone selling soap now, even if that's how they normally earn their living?


ChrissieKeller61 · 15/03/2020 11:28

@MasaskBuzz I can’t lie I have considered upping them by a quid as danger money and to fund the holiday I’ll need to recover from 12 hour days for the next few months


MasakaBuzz · 15/03/2020 11:28


I think we need to disagree on this one. Had she been advertising soap for sale, I would have thought “chancer” and wandered on my way. I think the post was calculated to scare people, and was wrong,


ReceptacleForTheRespectable · 15/03/2020 11:33

There are posts in my local comunity FB group from local shops and businesses saying, "dont worry if Morrisons has sold out, we have soap/loo roll/pasta in at the moment". Or, "If youre self isolating, we'll deliver a takeaway and leave it on your doorstep". It's not wrong to do that, and the Avon post was no different.

People want soap, and if the supermarkets have sold out they are going to want to order it elsewhere. Avon sells soap and has stock, and wants to advertise that fact to the people who need soap.


Duchessofblandings · 15/03/2020 11:33


“To be honest even the food producers are doing it. Usually offers everywhere in Tesco on canned stuff. Not so much now! “

Agree. Local Sainsbury's has an end of aisle display, might as well be labelled Coronavirus stockpiling.
5 kg bags of pasta, 18 pack loo rolls, hand wash, 12 tin trays of tomatoes, 12 tin trays of chickpeas (you’ll definitely need the loo roll after all of those chickpeas ...)
So, they’re advising not to panic buy whilst facilitating and positively promoting it.


MasakaBuzz · 15/03/2020 11:37

@ChrissieKeller61- would it be rude of me to suggest anyone who looks after small children is clinically insane.

I am a retired teacher. I had to retire on health grounds. I have completely **cked joints. However I am aware that being under the critical age I will morally have to volunteer to supervise some of the older kids. I am not looking forward to it. However I am only doing the older ones. I am not that altruistic......!!!


Reginabambina · 15/03/2020 11:37

I put up a loo roll in fb for sale last night. Asking price £9 billion. PM is you’re interested. No time wasters plz. Only while stocks last!


MasakaBuzz · 15/03/2020 11:40


You are missing the point. Advertising that you have certain products available is not the issue. The issue is the pictures of empty shelves and trying to stir up fear. It is unkind and unnecessary.


Northernlass99 · 15/03/2020 11:41

Locally tanning salon posted on FB to say UV light kills viruses therefore we should all go for tans ffs.


ChrissieKeller61 · 15/03/2020 15:35

@MasakaBuzz I’m not set up or registered for under 5’s.
This is where I think I will face backlash from local childminders because until all bets are off they are limited by numbers of babies they already have in their care. I’ve got no under 5’s so can pack them to the rafters. And my profit margin will be higher.
They won’t like that.


buttermilkwaffles · 15/03/2020 16:04

A couple in Vancouver were buying all the hand sanitiser from several Costco stores (70,000 dollars worth) and selling it on Amazon for 4 times the price.


AwdBovril · 15/03/2020 18:42

DH spotted this earlier & we were discussing the scumminess of such people. I'm glad ebay, Amazon etc are stopping their accounts. I hope they are ostracized by all their friends too. Scum.


Jamieson90 · 15/03/2020 18:50

IMO people selling things at marked up prices during a world wide emergency should be locked up for treason. It takes a certain level of selfishness and scumbaggery to profiter at a time like this.

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