"We Can Barely Keep Up" - Prepper Panic-Buying Begins As WWIII Fears Grip America

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

As is often the case, most people wait until the last minute to prepare for the worst.

As reported by CBS Detroit, one Army Surplus store owner reports that preparedness equipment is flying off the shelves:

“We’ve been very busy. Unusually busy, I’d say,” Orr told WWJ’s Sandra McNeill. “It’s definitely an increase, just in selling all the normal prepper stuff, end of the world stuff. A lot of water prep stuff, food, MREs — the military meals.”


And there’s been a substantial increase in the sale of a particular item they don’t sell much of — a so-called radiation antidote called potassium iodide.



“It actually stops your thyroid from absorbing any radiation. So, it fills your thyroid with iodine, which it normally does anyways,” said Orr.



Another popular request: gas masks. But most people looking for those will be out of luck.


“Gas masks are a big thing too, but we only sell them as novelty,” said Orr.

Ed Thomas, a spokesperson for TopTierGearUSA.com, which distributes high-end protective equipment for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical emergencies, says that their web site has seen a 1200% spike in orders in the last week.

We’re barely keeping up with the inflow of orders and our staff is working double shifts just to get everything shipped. People are concerned with North Korea, World War III and what President Trump might do.


I’ve never seen it at these levels.


Everything… Anti radiation pills, gas masks, body suits and respiratory filters… people are trying to get their hands on these critical supplies in case this really happens.


Our biggest concern is that our manufacturers won’t be able to keep up with demand.

And it’s not just preparedness supplies. As Zero Hedge reports, bunker sales in California have skyrocket:

While a global nuclear confrontation is generally viewed as a bad thing, for Ron Hubbard, President of Atlas Survival Shelters in Los Angeles, it has resulted in an economic windfall.  Here’s more from The Sacramento Bee:

“It’s crazy, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Ron Hubbard, president of Atlas Survival Shelters, told Fox11.
 “It’s all over the country. I sold shelters today in North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, California.”

As we’ve reported previously, the situation has gotten so serious that the island nation of Guam, recently threatened for annihilation by North Korea, has issued a nuclear emergency guide warning residents to not look at the flash or fireball following a nuclear detonation.

President Trump announced Friday that the U.S. military is “locked and loaded,” ready to respond to North Korean aggression.

With panic buying taking hold, it’s only a matter of time before prices for items like gas masks anti-radiation pills go through the roof. Following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, panicked U.S. West coast residents pushed prices for a single package to $200 on auction sites. Under normal circumstances, a package of the FDA approved pills sells for about $15.

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Fritz's picture

"See what happens when you legalize marijuana"
Says the guy who has obviously never used it.

GardenWeasel's picture

No doubt the content has deteriorated over the years.  Way more fear-mongering and inane political crap and a lot less useful financial reporting.  Of course, given the totally manipulated state of the markets nowadays I guess the financial stuff is mostly irrelevant. Still,  ZH has become rather tabloid.


Déjà view's picture

Pushing readers buttons...high on ZH list...

Changed much since 2009...seems like National Enquirer...

Looking for riveting market event news...to no avail...Mr. Market R.I.P. not coming back soon...

Next generation will deal with volitility...current generation refuses to deal with...

Pay me now or pay me later...pay we will...

Crazy Or Not's picture

Any recommendations (beyond the zh links) for insightful reads, post the awakening baptism...

CoonT's picture

Seconded! It almost makes me wonder who's running this joint now?


Tyler, is that you out there? .......Finkle.....Einhorn?

JimBobJenkins's picture

Well ZH and Drudge are on the pulse of something bigger. It's going to go down what, when and where are the ?'s.

Bill of Rights's picture

The fuck you Care the mans entitled to his Opinion tuff shit If ya don't Like it... and he happens To be correct!!

Cloud9.5's picture

No thanks, I been a fan of doomer porn since I read Alas Babylon when it was first published.

BOPOH's picture

ZH is a cheap yellow tabloid and king of advertisement spam, brings its zionist owner huge profit.

Cloud9.5's picture

I have learned more from the comments section than I have learned from the articles.  This is a forum where the fringe gathers.  The fringe is where things happen first, then it migrates to the core.  I am sure some people got out of Pompeii before the eruption because they listened to some street lunatic and felt the earth shake under their feet. Had I been able to make the manager of the family trust pay attention to the comments section during the housing crisis, the trust would not have lost $800,000 when AIG blew up.


Listen, weigh the evidence and make your choices.

StephenHopkins's picture

That's what they said in Venezuela

HRClinton's picture

The reason seems obvious: Online porn and Doom porn are better than bad sex with a demanding, whiny, overweight biatch/woman of many years. 

Most American women fit that bill, sorry to say.

Crazy Or Not's picture

The 4 basic states of awareness are:
Angry Resentment (The Critic)
Dispassionate Apathy (The Depressed)
Calm Acceptance (The chilled/The Blind)
Ambition....those who understand and actually want to do something about it.

Criticsm sells papers. Ambition gets on with the fix.

BarkingCat's picture

You missed the insufferable cynic

waspwench's picture

But what about the demanding, whiny, overweight, grumpy guys who've mislaid their testosterone?

Most American guys fit that bill, sorry to say.

veeger's picture

  did slavo/snyder hold a gun to your head and make you click on this article  ???

wet_nurse's picture

When does silver start flying off the shelf?

ReturnOfDaMac's picture

Never, but SLV is available 24/7 ...

Cloud9.5's picture

The coin shop I frequent in Largo only had three tubes of eagles last weekend.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

Had a friend who found out he had cancer and went on a beanie weenie diet..

It actually worked for some time

shovelhead's picture

Premade Beenie Weenie?

Wonders never cease. We always did it the old fashioned way in my house as a kid.

Monday night in the summer to use up the left over hot dogs from the weekend BBQ. That's what you got with Depression Era raised parents.

kbohip's picture

I guess I'm screwed.  All I bought this week was the Godzilla dvd collection.

Ignatius's picture

As long as you're in the center of Los Angeles you should be OK.

Watching Godzilla will set the correct tone.

runswithscissors's picture

R.I.P. Haruo Nakajima you were truly the best Godzilla!

NoWayJose's picture

Then you will know how to fight the mutant creatures after the nukes!

DEMIZEN's picture

thats ok. just wrap yourself in a double layer of tinfoil and make sure you drink plenty of water.

order66's picture

Wrong. More paid wingnut paranoia that has come to plague zerohedge.

Ignatius's picture

America's favorite pastime, paranoia.

We have, after all, been at war for some 225 of our 240 year history.

HRClinton's picture

Which is why we've looked at airline tickets to places outside the EMP zone in N. Am.

The methods vary for before and after an EMP, but the point is to avoid living in the 1800s for several years.

Winston Churchill's picture

Plan on forever.There is no longer the return on energy invested to rebuild anything,only just

enough to keep it badly maintained.In anycase no=one will sell the equipment required to the USA at that point.

BarkingCat's picture

Don't worry the Germans are stupid.

They will sell anything to anyone.

Your Masters will help to rebuild its puppet too.

matermaker's picture

fucking idiots.     don't get fish, learn to fish.

HelluvaEngineer's picture

If you're going to panic, panic early.

dirty fingernails's picture

If they are just starting now they're gonna be hard pressed to do anything even half-assed

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coast1's picture

I agree...I did all of this in 2008, 25 year food, iodine, ammo, I have a water source, out of the city, even thought about building an underground situation, but changed my mind..If it gets worse than what I have prepared already, then fuck it, not going to live my life in fear and prepping.. I have tools and know how to fix things, trying to keep my physical, mental and spiritual up to par, which are things we should all be doing whether there is chaos or not right?  Anyway, really good post bollocks, and was funny also.

wakeupsheeps's picture

Superstorm Sandy (Hurricane) showed me all I needed to know about prepping.  I live on the Jersey Shore and saw first hand the unprepared nature of my neighbors, loss of power and cell service.  Limited gas and grocery.  People panicked after 12 hours.  I went and got weapons, food, filtration, medicine, camping equipment, clothing.  Ready to bug in or bug out, for a month or two.

Praetorian Guard's picture

A month or two? Not even close to having enough if the shit hits the fan at full bore... You would need to have YEARS of food and water.

Billy the Poet's picture

Your children will live another fifty years. Your grandchildren will live another hundred and fifty years. You need to stock up enough food, water, light bulbs, denture cream, gazebos and furniture polish to last for at least a millennium or you're wasting your time.

Cloud9.5's picture

If you have two months’ worth of food and supplies, that will keep you out of the vortex for sixty days.  Based on the metric of three days without water and three weeks without food, things should start to thin out after the first month or two.  Set up a crew of family first and then a couple of likeminded neighbors and you have a better chance of riding it out.

BarkingCat's picture

I am in Seattle and all my neighbors are raging leftists.

Two families that were leaning right have move away.

If SHTF I offered shelter to a like minded friend that lives in an apartment near me. As far as the neighbors, they are on their own.

Wahooo's picture

I traded all my gold and ammo for fidget spinners. Can't wait for the apocalypse.

Bay of Pigs's picture

Try Wicked Lures. My buddy invented them and they work great for salmon, trout, steelhead, bass, wall eye, etc...

ThrowAwayYourTV's picture

[quote]Try Wicked Lures.[/quote]

link please.

Bay of Pigs's picture


Just fished Neah Bay, WA with him last weekend. Limited out on Kings and Coho and threw 60-80 fish back over the weekend.

Axenolith's picture

Manns jelly worm, motor oil colored...