Pandemic supply chain in your area

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Speaking of the supply chain, I was at the grocery store tonight and was surprised to see that the shelves for baby formula were almost completely bare. Again. I though we were over that shortage.
 

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Just Blame Putin, seems to be the catchcry for every problem. Here in Australia some one was telling me the price of house insurance rising is also due to Putin. And transport costs which were rising faster the year before he invaded are due to the grain shortage in the ukraine. I guess its because of australias grain fed horse drawn cart infrastructure. 😂
 
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Speaking of the supply chain, I was at the grocery store tonight and was surprised to see that the shelves for baby formula were almost completely bare. Again. I though we were over that shortage.
Biden's working on it. He's got this. Any minute now you'll see. He's working on fixing it. Just gotta be patient.

Have ya seen the price of toilet paper lately? Plenty of that on the shelves, partly because people find using $1 bills less expensive.
 

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One wonders if manufactures took notice of their products that were hoarded during the pandemic and decided they could price them sky's the limit. 🤨
I think that's a big driver of the problem. I'm seeing far too many things in the grocery store whose price has doubled, even though inflation is supposedly only around 8%. That's price gouging by any other name.
 

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Fuel to produce the stuff and transport it doubled. Of course the prices jumped tremendously.

Now the thing I noticed was Fritos went from 11oz to 9.5 but the price was the same....but that has gone way up too. $5.49 for a 9.5 oz bag of Fritos? Nope, I get the store brand kind that is 12oz for a buc 99. ;)
 

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I just wait until they have a 2 for 1 sale. Not very often, but I can do without Fritos until they do. Or at least my waistline can.

I tend to buy store brands when they have them. Lately I noticed a lot them just disappeared.
 
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Talk to a manager and find out what day the truck arrives. A few hours later the shelves should be stocked.

My local store had Doritos 2/$4. Yup a $5.59 bag of Doritos was $2. No limit either. I bought extras.
 

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Best sales by me are 2/$5. But yeah, my MO these days is to stock up on anything I know I use when they have it on sale. And I often check Amazon just in case they have the same items for less than my local grocery (the non-perishable stuff anyway).

The trucks by me usually arrive on Thursday. The new sales start on Friday.

My local grocery store isn't that great for selection. There's a few better ones within walking distance.
 

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I think that's a big driver of the problem. I'm seeing far too many things in the grocery store whose price has doubled, even though inflation is supposedly only around 8%. That's price gouging by any other name.

I've noticed the same at the local Ace hardware store. I've also seen old, dusty stock with its price covered over and marked up. NOT COOL! :mad:
 

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I can still get boneless chicken breasts, or thighs for $2.99 a pound. Eggs however are $3.49 to $5.49 a dozen!

Yesterday I spoke with a friend who was livid that he had gone to two different BJ's wholesale houses and neither had any canned cat food.
 

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I can still get boneless chicken breasts, or thighs for $2.99 a pound. Eggs however are $3.49 to $5.49 a dozen!

Yesterday I spoke with a friend who was livid that he had gone to two different BJ's wholesale houses and neither had any canned cat food.

Yep! We've been having the same experience with canned cat food. We prefer to purchase it by the case, which has been hit or miss for months. We've also been experiencing, what I'm guessing is, some quality control issues. Our cats have never been finicky when it came to wet food. Recently, just the opposite. I stopped buying it about a month ago.
 

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Speaking of the supply chain, I was at the grocery store tonight and was surprised to see that the shelves for baby formula were almost completely bare. Again. I though we were over that shortage.

You probably missed it when I posted the first time... but after row/wade got overturned, be prepared for some critical formula shortages as births increase. As we have seen from c-19, it does not take much supply/demand imbalance to wreak havoc.
 

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I think that's a big driver of the problem. I'm seeing far too many things in the grocery store whose price has doubled, even though inflation is supposedly only around 8%. That's price gouging by any other name.

Or could it be that a LOT of food is produced/harvested/etc by immigrant workers, of which we are short ~2M. And the rest is simple supply/demand pricing adjustments due to this?

Or (space) aliens, could be aliens...
 

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I've noticed the same at the local Ace hardware store. I've also seen old, dusty stock with its price covered over and marked up. NOT COOL! :mad:

And you are surprised? I bet the employees that work there want a COLA increase. Where do you think that money comes from?

Well, damn, am I the only one here that owns/runs a business?
 

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Certainly an appropriate time to be reminded that humans have previously faced this kind of hardship, and worse. Much worse. I need to remember that complaining helps some people. The best part of this thread is reading reports of member's encounters with supply issues.
 

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Certainly an appropriate time to be reminded that humans have previously faced this kind of hardship, and worse. Much worse. I need to remember that complaining helps some people. The best part of this thread is reading reports of member's encounters with supply issues.
Well, I remember stories from my grandparents about the Great Depression and WWII. That makes what we're going through now seem like a picnic. The important thing to remember here is those on the margins are typically affected a lot more by inflation. So far for us the higher prices are more a source of complaint but we haven't had to cut down on essentials (yet). If this continues a few more years that might not be the case. Our household income is only about 20% above the official poverty line. What's saving us is the house has been paid for since 2003. A lot of others are spending half their net pay just for the roof over their heads.
 
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