Brace Yourselves! Panic Buying is Coming!

September 28, 2020

The return of stockpiling!

At the start of lockdown back in March 2020, the UK had to adapt to many new restrictions and rules due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

One unexpected problem that effected the British public was the outbreak of panic buying throughout supermarkets across the UK, wiping out shelves of toilet paper, pasta, and flour (BBC, 2020)!

However, as well as these supermarket essentials, there was another strong wave of demand that seemed to go unnoticed to most. According to Higgins, the demand for PCs, laptops and tablets also skyrocketed as the coronavirus pandemic forced thousands of people to work or study from home (2020).

Following the UK Governments most recent announcement for the new lockdown restrictions, and people looking to continue working from home for the foreseeable future, we have now started to see the return of panic buying in supermarkets and PC equipment (J. Partridge, 2020).

How will this affect me?

Due to the increase in demand for laptops and home computers, we have now started to notice a stock shortage from our key suppliers.

With this sudden demand for PCs and laptops, we have been informed that some stock has been delayed until the end of October and will have extremely limited availability.

This means that if you or your company need a brand-new laptop or computer, there could be a potential delay in obtaining these new products.

What should I do?

With all this in mind, now is good time to start thinking about whether you or your business may require a new computer or laptop.

As demand increases and stocks become limited, it is inevitable that the prices for new computers and laptops will increase as they previous did in March.

If you have been considering upgrading or purchasing a new laptop or computer, we would advise that now would be the best time to do this before all stock runs out globally.

We’re here to help!

If you are interested in looking to make any new computer or laptop purchase, we recommend contacting our Sales Team here at Reality Solutions ASAP to avoid missing out!

Our dedicated team will be more than happy to help you with any purchasing enquiries and answer any questions you may have about our products and services.

References:

  • BBC News. (2020) ‘Coronavirus: Supermarkets ask shoppers to be ‘considerate’ and stop stockpiling’. Available Online: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51883440 [accessed 28th September 2020]
  • A, Higgins (2020) ‘Lockdown leads to soaring demand for laptops’. Available Online: https://www.gadget-cover.com/blog/lockdown-leads-to-soaring-demand-for-laptops [accessed 28th September 2020]
  • J, Partridge. (2020). ‘Tesco limits sales of key items to stop Covid panic-buying’. Available Online: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/sep/25/tesco-sales-covid-rationing-toilet-roll-flour [accessed 28th September 2020]

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