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#300239 - 10/18/21 05:23 PM Re: Any shortages where you are? [Re: TeacherRO]
Doug_Ritter Offline


Registered: 01/28/01
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Went to Walgreens near us today. Halloween decoration shelves almost empty. Empty spots throughout the store in most catgories. Almost all the impulse buys shelves as you go though the checkout were empty.
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#300243 - 10/20/21 06:19 PM Re: Any shortages where you are? [Re: TeacherRO]
teacher Offline
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Registered: 12/14/05
Posts: 988
I think part of whay we are seeing is a staffing shortage - not enough people to move stock to the floor.

#300255 - 10/23/21 02:40 AM Re: Any shortages where you are? [Re: TeacherRO]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 3228
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Nothing big, in terms of shortages that matter to me right now. I can get all the grocery and food and fuel I need, on demand. That doesn't include my ample garden loot. TP is available too, so far. So basically, no empty shelves.

I do see a lot of businesses posting warnings that they can't get stock on many, many items, and may not be able to stock them for a year. So, there may parts etc. that I can't get due to the giant shipping snafu.

Also, the spot price of propane has jumped 300%. Hmmm.

#300256 - 10/23/21 03:07 AM Re: Any shortages where you are? [Re: TeacherRO]
chaosmagnet Online   content
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3828
Loc: USA
A few years ago, I bought Mrs. Magnet a new car. Our favored local dealer had hundreds of new cars on the lot and a large number of used cars.

Today, they had less than a dozen new cars on the lot and just a handful of used cars.

#300257 - 10/23/21 03:43 AM Re: Any shortages where you are? [Re: TeacherRO]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 3228
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Yes, cars are on the list of shortages. If they can't get semiconductors, they can't complete the build.

We wouldn't mind an upgrade for my DW's vehicle, now 10 years old and still reliable, but it's a lousy time to buy. Negotiate? Fugetaboutit.

#300260 - 10/24/21 06:53 AM Re: Any shortages where you are? [Re: TeacherRO]
adam2 Offline

Registered: 05/23/08
Posts: 478
Loc: Somerset UK
Propane remains in very short supply here in the UK. It is much less used than in the USA.

Most UK homes are heated by natural gas, with oil being popular in rural areas without natural gas.
Long wait for heating oil deliveries, stocks are reported as being ample at depots, shortage of delivery drivers.
Coal is very little used these days, but is readily available.

For those who DO use propane, the shortage is a cause for concern.

There are a number of shortages of everyday goods in supermarkets, but no general shortages.
For example, locally no tinned beef stew was available. That however is not a FOOD shortage. Fresh beef available, though the choice is restricted. Other tinned meat products available, but again the choice is restricted.

#300268 - 10/26/21 11:17 AM Re: Any shortages where you are? [Re: TeacherRO]
M_a_x Offline

Registered: 08/16/02
Posts: 1204
Loc: Germany
It seems like we have to brace ourselves for an upcoming shortage of coocoo clocks from the Black Forest region. They lack clockworks, cast iron weights, paint and ironically wood for building them. They also seem to lack cartons for shipping.
I am confident that I will survive this shortage.
If it isn´t broken, it doesn´t have enough features yet.

#300269 - 10/26/21 02:39 PM Re: Any shortages where you are? [Re: TeacherRO]
pforeman Offline

Registered: 04/23/08
Posts: 238
Loc: Iowa
Over the weekend I worked at a "gun show" for a friend of mine and ran his table of gear for a little bit. He's in a related field so the promoters really like his little shop there - it's all medical gear and first aid stuff.

During my short stint at the opening on Friday (5PM to 9PM) I moved over four hundred bucks worth of equipment and supplies. I didn't get back on Saturday/Sunday, the traditional 'big' days but I understand my friend did really well at the show overall.

As for shortages - all sorts of gauze, dressings, pouches and bags in which pre-built kits are sold are all in very short supply and each month his costs are going up and availability of materials is going down.

The customers I interacted with included the buy a few things type who were adding or re-supplying kits they already have. However, the big thing to me were the folks buying completed "medic" bags and full kits of materials or getting a lot more than a couple of bandages for the car sort of thing. They were stocking up big time and were also telling me they really liked getting this stuff as they were having problems getting some if it locally. My take away is to stock up on basic medical gear, supplies and OTC medical while you still can.

#300270 - 10/26/21 04:13 PM Re: Any shortages where you are? [Re: pforeman]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7705
Loc: southern Cal
Ideally, you will already have a robust inventory of first aid supplies, regardless of supply chain issues. no time outs are available when you are dealing with severe bleeding, blocked airways, etc.
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#300281 - 10/29/21 04:28 AM Re: Any shortages where you are? [Re: hikermor]
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Loc: TX
Currently in Houston - no single servings of SPAM, no automobiles (new or used) at big car dealers, and no frozen turkeys.
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