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    If prices don't shoot up during disasters, consumers hoard. We rush to gas stations to top off our tanks. Stores run out of batteries because early customers stock up. Late arrivals get nothing.
    Pete (thinks this is the crux of the problem)

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    Show up early or have the supplies you need. Hurricanes don't sneak up on anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danisr1 View Post
    Show up early or have the supplies you need. Hurricanes don't sneak up on anyone.
    Let's say I did. I bought fifteen 24-bottle cases of water.

    The hurricane hits, and there's no water any more.

    I'm cool I've got 360 bottles of water. That's 60-90 days worth. Probably more than I need. Probably.

    My neighbor shows up offering $2.99 for a case of 24 waters (the price I paid). I am probably telling that guy to go fuck himself.

    I probably don't need that much. But maybe I do. At any rate, I'm not giving away a bottle of water for twelve and a half cents. Only an idiot would.

    I might part with the case for, say $50. Hell I might part with it for $20. But not for $3. And sure, maybe I donate some...but only if I'm CERTAIN I don't need it, and I'm not.

    And according to idiotic laws, $6 is gouging. So guess what? Go fuck yourself. I'm keeping my water.

    Pete (can't drink twelve cents)

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    I agree with you. From what I have seen and done is you end up giving it to people in need. In Irma I didn't lose power and ended up giving a friend 12 gallons of fuel for his generator.

    There are jerks that will gouge and that should be their right to do it. In my 40 years I have seen disasters bring out the good in people over the bad for the most part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danisr1 View Post
    I agree with you. From what I have seen and done is you end up giving it to people in need. In Irma I didn't lose power and ended up giving a friend 12 gallons of fuel for his generator.

    There are jerks that will gouge and that should be their right to do it. In my 40 years I have seen disasters bring out the good in people over the bad for the most part.
    What would you have done with the fuel if it was not a friend and just some random guy? What would you have done if it was someone you actually disliked?

    Pete (thinks friendships muddy the economics up a bit because of inherent partnership behavior)

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    I wasn't out there advertising that I had extra fuel, so if a random guy showed up at my door asking to spare some, I would have. If I don't like you, pound sand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plezercruz View Post
    Pete (thinks this is the crux of the problem)
    Price gouging laws create shortages and limit supply. The guy driving up 12 generators to make some money meant THERE WERE 12 MORE GENERATORS THAN WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE BEEN THERE! This allows those who can pay more to pay more and increases the supply for those who can't.

    Again, it's always the same. Every problem government tells you they will fix they actually make worse when they try to outsmart market forces.

    Steve (knows people care more about the feelz than reality)
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