panic buying

German translation: Panikkäufe / Hamsterkäufe

English term or phrase:panic buying
German translation:Panikkäufe / Hamsterkäufe
Entered by: Steffen Walter

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14:54 Apr 13, 2020
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COVID-19 - Social Sciences - Journalism
Additional field(s): Medical (general), Slang, Journalism
English term or phrase: panic buying
Definition from Cambridge Dictionary:
A situation in which many people suddenly buy as much food, fuel, etc. as they can because they are worried about something bad that may happen.

Example sentence(s):
  • This panic buying in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus is due to the brain's survival mode overriding any rational decision making, according to human behavior expert Dr. Ali Fenwick. Insider
  • If other people are panic buying, the best strategy for us is to do the same because, if not, we are left with nothing. Khmer Times
  • The measures, which included two-item caps on certain products and allocated shopping times for the elderly, were imposed in reaction to panic buying and stockpiling, which resulted in empty shelves. ITV News
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Überstürzter Kauf von Waren des täglichen Bedarfs auf Vorrat aus Angst vor Verknappung
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5 +6Panikkauf
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Definition from Duden:
Überstürzter Kauf von Waren des täglichen Bedarfs auf Vorrat aus Angst vor Verknappung

Example sentence(s):
  • Auch der Bundesverband des pharmazeutischen Großhandels erklärte währenddessen, dass Atemschutzmasken nur noch in Kleinst- oder Restmengen verfügbar seien. Die Menschen tätigten Panikkäufe - nicht nur in Hessen. - Frankfurter Neue Presse  
  • In den Bundesländern zeigen die Politiker jetzt auf das Versagen der Mediziner und umgekehrt. Dabei hat tatsächlich fast niemand die Panikkäufe der Bürger vorhergesehen. Angesichts der Wucht, die echte und falsche Nachrichten heute in sozialen Medien entfalten, ist das ein fatales Versäumnis. - Süddeutsche Zeitung  
  • „Eine Kundin hat einen regelrechten Panikkauf getätigt und für 400 Euro Konserven eingekauft“, berichtete Kappe. - Hannoversche Allgemeine  

Statt "Panikkauf" (oder dem häufiger verwendeten Plural "Panikkäufe") gibt es auch noch das Synonym "Hamsterkäufe" (näher an dem im Zitat von ITV News genannten englischen "stockpiling").
Steffen Walter
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Votes in favor of/against selecting this as the best translation of the term asked
Yes  Gudrun Wolfrath
2 hrs

Yes  Dagmar Gamper
11 hrs

Yes  Bettina Röhricht: Agree. Also agree that "Panikkäufe" is more common.
16 hrs

Yes  Harald Moelzer (medical-translator)
19 hrs

Yes  Ulrich Eberhardt: Ja, Panikkäufe
20 hrs

Yes  Birgit Spalt: Genau, mir kommt eher Hamsterkäufe als geläufiger vor, aber auf jeden Fall korrekt.
21 hrs
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