I doubt very highly that when folks were slipping over the side as the Titanic went under some of them turned to their fellow sufferers and said “Damn, I think we packed too many lifejackets.”
Folks with better readership numbers than me sometimes post about ‘too many’ and usually wind up espousing a variation of this nugget: “If you cant run with it in your two hands, you don’t own it.” The idea being that by being too ‘heavy’ with items you trade mobility and, to a degree, freedom by being ‘chained to your stuff’. And if you ever need to get outta Dodge in a hurry, youre probably going to have to leave a large portion of your stuff behind.
My experience has been that this sort of thinking usually comes from people who can’t afford more than one or two of anything because they’re just a ‘working man’ and those ‘fancy’ things are for ‘yuppies’ and ‘big business’ is secretly controlling everything and… and… and…..
I tend to go deep on acquisitions of things. (‘Go overboard’ would probably be the term my wife would use.) I always purchase items with the question “If tomorrow these were unavailable would this amount be enough for me to get by with?” Now, in all likelihood, tomorrow I will still be able to buy toilet paper and tube socks…so do I really need several hundred of each on hand taking up space in my house? Well, not if I’m 100% sure that tomorrow I’ll be able to get more of them. (It is worth noting that my ability to get more is not necessarily based on external factors like the end of the world, it can be also based on internal factors..like me suddenly not having the resources to buy more. Its a two way street…the limiting factor can be them, or the limiting factor can be me.) But often it makes sense to buy a large (or huge) quantity of something because even if the availability remains unchanged, the pricing or other factors can change. Lemme give an example. Right now HK91 magazines are between $5 and $15 each depending on where you go. They are still available, but the prices have climbed from their all-time low of ninety-seven cents. I wound up buying about 600 of them several years back. Literally a lifetime supply. Although I can still purchase them, I could never get them as cheaply….so going deep paid off.
Another example: years ago I was ordering Mountain House products for folks and getting them at dealer cost. I took that opportunity stack the shelves with MH for my own stash. Mountain House then dropped a lot of their small-time dealers and focused on a mysterious and heavily-denied .gov contract…when they went back to working with small-time dealers again the prices had gone up. But, because I had stocked up heavily and early I was able to pretty much just wash my hands of MH and move on with with my food storage.
This isnt to say that there isn’t a point where such a thing as ‘too much’ exists. If what you’re spending all your money to acquire is diverting resources from an equally deserving project then perhaps you have ‘too much’ for now. This is most often seen with folks that are relatively new to preparedness….they go real heavy, real fast into food or guns/ammo at the expense of the other. You get guys with five years of food and no guns, or guys with a safe full of AR’s and nothing to eat. Even then, it isn’t really a case of ‘too much’ as it is a case of ‘too fast’.
What about the argument that if you can’t carry it with you in a run then you don’t own it? Hey, I can’t pick up my house and run with it so I suppose, by that logic, I shouldn’t own a house. Or a sofa. Or a hot tub. Sure, if there comes a time that we have to run for our lives we’re probably going to have to leave some things behind. But theres probably just as much an equal chance that we’ll be able to stay put. And while I can pick up my house and hide it at a secondary location, I can very easily load up my Hardigg containers with freeze drieds, magazines, clothes, packs, boots and batteries and store them offsite at a friends place or in the rafters of a building somewhere.
I suppose there is a point where you can have ‘too much’ of something. I couldn’t see myself buying a hundred years worth of something when I’ve probably only got about 40 years left in me. While 50 cases of MRE’s might be nice, 5000 might be too much…for me. Your mileage may vary of course.
But if youre going to try and determine what is ‘too much’ (or ‘too many’) your decision process should be based on sound contingency planning on not on the premise ‘since I cant afford x of those, anyone with x has too many’.