Panic buying: Will the UK start panic buying again? ‘Behaviour will face backlash’ | UK | News (Reports)

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He added: “As such, retail remains a safe space for consumers, even under future lockdowns.”

Although the images circulating on social media are a stark reminder of the early days of lockdown, a behavioural expert believes people will be less inclined to panic-buy as the UK enters the next stage of lockdown.

Stephanie Watson, Senior Consultant at Behave and behavioural science expert, told Express.co.uk: “There will inevitably be an element of panic-buying again as images of emptying supermarket shelves start to circulate social media.

“People will again fall victim to social proof – which is when we see other people panic-buy and feel like we should do it too.

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