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Have you noticed shortages?

By Patrick follow Patrick   2021 Mar 19, 10:06pm 5,755 views   375 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share      


https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/things-are-out-control-there-shortage-everything-and-prices-are-soaring-what-happens-next?source=patrick.net

From a reader:


I've commented to a few others about my perceptions, exactly the same as in the article above.

This is a major reason I suspect that your "Wuhan" virus is my "Ft Detrick" virus -- that the US bioweapons people created it and released it overseas to make it look like it came from there, to cover the criminal failure and looting of our one-percenters, who have wrecked our economy with their policies of peasant labor in across the Rio Grande, skilled labor deported overseas, create a financialization economy to replace our once-unrivaled manufacturing economy, no taxes or penalties for hi-tech, banks, wall street etc.


I was interested in getting a phone with good privacy, the Librem, but they can't say when it will be available because they can't get parts.

My laptop is dying too, and I looked into the Dell XPS 13, but guess what? Six week lead time because of supply chain issues, and they won't even commit to six weeks.

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336   RC2006   ignore (2)   2022 Jan 25, 7:49pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

EBGuy says
US warns that chip shortage could shut down factories
Companies that use semiconductors are down to less than five days of inventory — a sharp drop from 40 days in 2019, according to a department survey of 150 companies. The chips used in the production of automobiles and medical devices are especially scarce.
We're starting to cannibalize old assemblies for chips that are no longer available. Not a good sign...


Its really is getting bad, but this is what happens when you outsource everything to slavers to save a few bucks. Outsourcing to China has been hiding true inflation.
337   HeadSet   ignore (2)   2022 Jan 26, 7:37am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

RC2006 says
US warns that chip shortage could shut down factories

Remember how Trump wanted to bring back chip production to the US?
338   B.A.C.A.H.   ignore (1)   2022 Jan 26, 8:12am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

I've noticed a shortage of customer service.

It's all small stuff so far.

Here is an example: for the first time ever, after decades, I did not receive a "courtesy call" from the service advisor to tell me my car would be ready for pickup.

I had to call the shop to inquire.
339   zzyzzx   ignore (1)   2022 Jan 26, 9:44am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

B.A.C.A.H. says
I had to call the shop to inquire.


That's normal and has been the case my entire adult life.
340   B.A.C.A.H.   ignore (1)   2022 Jan 26, 6:59pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

zzyzzx says
That's normal and has been the case my entire adult life.

Yes, I know.

I don't think of myself as an Entitled Princess, nor was I complaining that I didn't get such a phone call. It's just a first time that I didn't receive such a call after using the local Toyota (and Honda and Subaru) dealers for so many services for two decades. Just an observation. Here's another one, again, small sh*t but it may portend of macro economic trends: fewer and fewer tellers at the banks. Yes, I know, automation and cost reduction and all that. Also, less service.
341   HeadSet   ignore (2)   2022 Jan 27, 6:43am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

B.A.C.A.H. says
Yes, I know, automation and cost reduction and all that. Also, less service.

Has anyone been to a sit down restaurant where you order from a tablet mounted to the table, and an R2D2 robot brings the food, or something similar?
342   Patrick   ignore (0)   2022 Jan 29, 3:50am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

No, but I don't think I'd like that.
343   WookieMan   ignore (6)   2022 Jan 29, 5:58am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

HeadSet says
Has anyone been to a sit down restaurant where you order from a tablet mounted to the table, and an R2D2 robot brings the food, or something similar?

No robot delivering the food. Dealt with plenty of restaurants with the QR codes and ordering on the phone though. Love hate relationship with that process. If a server is busy and takes my order, but doesn't put it in, I'm waiting and pissed. Using the phone you at least know someone got the order either bartender or cook and the potential weak link, server, is taken out of the equation if the place has people running drinks/food to tables and not taking orders.

Geezers are the problem with this system being widely implemented in a meaningful way that would work for 95% of customers. As an introvert I'll do just about anything to not have to deal with a random human. Mind you I'm super social with people I know and trust, but I just can't stand random interactions. It's like nails on a chalkboard sometimes. Like a gas station cashier trying to shoot the shit with you who is clearly a moron, but you have to be polite. It's awkward as fuck. Golfing it is super annoying when the starter/ranger tries to be your buddy at the nicer courses. Or they're complete ass holes telling you to keep pace of play when the fucks in front of you suck at golf.
344   zzyzzx   ignore (1)   2022 Jan 31, 6:53am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

Honda Civic with outrageous dealer markup:

345   Karloff   ignore (0)   2022 Jan 31, 6:58am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

Hard to read the itemized pricing. Is it the "MVA" line that looks to be $10900?
346   RC2006   ignore (2)   2022 Jan 31, 7:12am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

45k honda civic maybe should go into clown world thread. Devaluing dollar acceleration.
348   Misc   ignore (2)   2022 Feb 12, 4:04pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

From what I've heard they are having a heck of a time getting soybeans shipped to China.
349   Booger   ignore (8)   2022 Feb 12, 7:30pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

Karloff says
Hard to read the itemized pricing. Is it the "MVA" line that looks to be $10900?


Market Vehicle Adjustment. Yeah that's dealer add on and only a moron pays it.
351   ForcedTQ   ignore (0)   2022 Feb 23, 5:56am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

Misc says
From what I've heard they are having a heck of a time getting soybeans shipped to China.


Heard the same, and add walnuts, almonds, etc ag crops that used to take a trip across the pacific when the cargo ships would return to asia. Apparently the ships make it back quicker without a return load in order to pick up more shit to bring over here and dump. They’re making more money to have one way trade.
352   ForcedTQ   ignore (0)   2022 Feb 23, 6:00am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

Karloff says
Hard to read the itemized pricing. Is it the "MVA" line that looks to be $10900?


That’s correct. That civic is for sale in Montclair CA, if you look at the sticker. My sister confirmed that all new cars (of the ones she is looking at as she is trying to find a replacement for hers) she has found in the LA are have a $10,000 to $16,000 MVA on them regardless of brand/model. And people are still buying them, it’s absolutely clown world out there.
353   HunterTits   ignore (6)   2022 Feb 23, 9:02am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

Distilled water.
354   zzyzzx   ignore (1)   2022 Mar 1, 7:39am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

Electricity:
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/02/08/national-grid-pays-households-ration-power-use/?source=patrick.net

Demand for electricity is set to soar in coming decades as millions of people ditch their petrol and diesel cars for electric models and swap gas-fired boilers for electric heat pumps or hydrogen made from renewable electricity, as part of the Government’s push to cut carbon emissions.

This will happen at the same time as coal and gas-fired power stations make way for more and more wind and solar power, which are intermittent, requiring greater management of the grid to make sure demand always matches supply to prevent possible blackouts.
356   Tenpoundbass   ignore (15)   2022 Mar 1, 8:12am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

So Mazda sent my daughter a $5000 incentive to turn in her CX30 lease early. If anything it should have been a key swap affair, her keys for the new ones.
The payments should have stayed the same. We called up the salesman that I have leased all 10 of my Mazda's from over the years. After going over the available stock and crunching the numbers, the best he could do, was $365 a month. She's paying $187 now.

So I told Andrew as we were walking out empty handed...

You know when She(my daughter) was a baby, She never learned to talk. We took her to every specialist we could find, they couldn't figure out what was wrong with her either.
It broke our hearts that our baby girl was going to grow up a mute, and never say a word. Then one day when she was about seven, my daughter made her some toast and she looked at it and said... 'HEY this toast is BURNT!" The wife looked at it and said ah, you're right let me make you anoth... Oh my god you talked, overcame with Joy the wife was screaming ecstatically doing backflips and summersaults of joy. Finally she looked at our daughter and said. 'Why did you wait so long to say your first word?' to which she replied.

"Until Now Everything was OK!"

He laughed and said that was good, then caught the subtle intent of my joke.
I said as I walked out the door. Fix this by time her lease is up, or we'll start looking at other brands.
357   BoomAndBustCycle   ignore (2)   2022 Mar 1, 9:33am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

This is why I bought Tesla stock. Dealers are screwing themselves out of existence long term. Tesla’s way of selling cars is the future … no haggle or markups and we deliver it to your door is making everyone buy one. I see neighbors who never would have considered a Tesla a few years ago with them in their driveways.

People will remember the dealer that marked up their vehicle $10k. Supply and demand be damned. I know they hiked prices this year… but the correlation to the trade in value you get for your existing car is similar atleast. But I like the transparent price hike vs dealer bullshit add ons.
358   rocketjoe79   ignore (1)   2022 Mar 1, 10:17am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

WookieMan says
This doesn't help... lol. Sorry Lambo buyers. https://www.autonews.com/retail/burnt-out-ship-carrying-4000-vws-porsches-audis-bentleys-and-lamborghinis-sinks-rough-seas?source=patrick.net


Rumor is the fire was caused by a car battery cook-off. Several johnny-come-lately battery carmakers have had severe issues with this problem. (Chevy Volt, anyone?) This never happened to Tesla, though there were a few fires after crashes in the early days.

I'm not surprised the limited crew of a freighter didn't know what to do and lost the ship. We used to carry sonobuoys with Lithium Batteries on P-3s to hunt subs. The solution for cookoff was to put on your special Kevlar Gloves, open the main cabin door, and toss the damn thing into the sea. Fuckers would burn right through the side of the aircraft.
359   HeadSet   ignore (2)   2022 Mar 1, 2:05pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

rocketjoe79 says
We used to carry sonobuoys with Lithium Batteries on P-3s to hunt subs.

Ever based out of Azores?
360   Bd6r   ignore (1)   2022 Mar 1, 2:17pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

Ammo prices going right up. I stocked on another 1000 rounds and it is up 20-30% relative to a week ago.
361   Misc   ignore (2)   2022 Mar 2, 4:17am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

Bd6r says
Ammo prices going right up. I stocked on another 1000 rounds and it is up 20-30% relative to a week ago.


Guess the Russians found a use for the ammo they were exporting to the States before Joe's import restriction.
362   Bd6r   ignore (1)   2022 Mar 2, 8:58am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

Misc says
Guess the Russians found a use for the ammo they were exporting to the States before Joe's import restriction.

It is my understanding that a lot of "Russian" ammo was exported to US from Kazakhstan and other former USSR countries. Just like vodka.
363   Patrick   ignore (0)   2022 Mar 5, 10:03pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

Bd6r says
Ammo prices going right up. I stocked on another 1000 rounds and it is up 20-30% relative to a week ago.


You could sell again for a nice profit.

Let's see, 20% per week is 1.2 ^ 52 = 13,104 times your investment in one year.
364   Bd6r   ignore (1)   2022 Mar 6, 5:38am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

Patrick says
You could sell again for a nice profit.

I prefer safety and peace of mind in having plenty ammo at home and we have taken to target shooting at farm as well.
I wonder if ammo companies stocks are good buys these days. I've made it like bandit with my Exxon stock since war started.
365   FJB   ignore (8)   2022 Mar 6, 12:50pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

I was going to head to my local range today but they are advertising $1.31/115g 9mm.

Guess I'll stay home and work on taxes instead.

I'm not digging into my stash.
366   RC2006   ignore (2)   2022 Mar 6, 1:33pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

I don't get the prices you guys are posting.


367   RWSGFY   ignore (6)   2022 Mar 6, 3:13pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

FJB says
I was going to head to my local range today but they are advertising $1.31/115g 9mm.

Guess I'll stay home and work on taxes instead.

I'm not digging into my stash.


Buying anmo at the range was never a good idea even before Obama times.
368   FJB   ignore (8)   2022 Mar 6, 4:09pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

yeah, true... Hard to find anywhere else when I look here in CA.
369   AmericanKulak   ignore (1)   2022 Mar 6, 5:28pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

Heard today at Convenience Store --- Indian owner was complaining his son is now paying $20k for a container from India and can't make a profit selling gimgaws to Etsy/Flea Market sellers. Two years ago it was $4000 for a container. Now it's $20k but not door to door, it's Port to Port only.
370   NuttBoxer   ignore (3)   2022 Mar 8, 8:51pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

My wife was looking for MAC makeup products at the store today, store was mostly out. She was told eye-liner has been out for months, apparently the products come from France, so their all sitting in shipping containers off the coast.
371   zzyzzx   ignore (1)   2022 Mar 11, 9:32am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

NuttBoxer says
the products come from France, so their all sitting in shipping containers off the coast.


Why would French goods be waiting off the coast of California?
372   NuttBoxer   ignore (3)   2022 Mar 11, 10:34am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

zzyzzx says
Why would French goods be waiting off the coast of California?


They didn't specify which coast.
373   Onvacation   ignore (7)   2022 Mar 11, 12:08pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

Patrick says
You could sell again for a nice profit.

Or you could donate it to Ukraine.
374   zzyzzx   ignore (1)   2022 May 11, 10:11am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

NEWS FLASH. Administration Spokesperson says: Baby Formula Shortage will be alleviated by having more men breast feeding.
375   Eric Holder   ignore (2)   2022 May 11, 12:24pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote          

AmericanKulak says

Heard today at Convenience Store --- Indian owner was complaining his son is now paying $20k for a container from India and can't make a profit selling gimgaws to Etsy/Flea Market sellers. Two years ago it was $4000 for a container. Now it's $20k but not door to door, it's Port to Port only.


It must be the direction, because the price of shipping a car from US to Europe went up only 50% - from $800 to $1200. They fit 3 cars per container, so $3600 per container RIGHT NOW.

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