I recently went shopping for a set of bed sheets and was surprised at how scarce they were in my old favorite haunts.
I went to Tuesday Morning, Ross and TJ Maxx and all they had were very basic sheet sets and not many of them at that.
I noticed that there were microfiber sheet sets at these stores. Not sure I want those. I need to research them to see what
that fiber consists of.
I like microfiber cleaning cloths and floor mops, but not sure about sheets.
This is only one item that I have really noticed that has fallen behind, compared to what once was there, and I think there
are probably a lot more if I just paid attention.
If things continue as they are now, we are going to find out just how much we were overindulgent and pampered in the past.
I really don't think that buying bedsheets is over indulging. You sort of need sheets. Are there fewer beds?
Yet it is an example of a wider situation. You've touched on something there I think.
Tires. You need tires for your car. Perhaps owning a car is overindulgent. Perhaps not. Either way the number of cars hasn't decreased significantly have they?
Can't buy tires like you used to. They have to be ordered. New ones that is. I've noticed a growing business in used tires these days. Have you? hmmm
How about jewelry? Gold jewelry. Now there is a little indulgence if ever you labeled it, yet there is little or no GOLD jewelry to be found anywhere. I'm talking about 10k or 14k gold, not gold filled (gold pressed over a base element like silver). There hasn't been any for over a year now. I checked first at my local Walmart, then Penny's and finally at a moderately priced jewelry store then a high priced jewelry store. No gold. Oh yes, I was told over and over that I could pick what I wanted out of a catalog and order it, but they just didn't stock the stuff. They gave me several reasons, none of which were satisfying. The odd thing is that the bullion price of gold has changed very little in the past year. I know. I buy the stuff. I watch the market. No significant change. So where is the gold?
How is gold the same as bed sheets or tires?
The story is the same everywhere and the story I'm hearing is that it's too expensive for retailers to stock stuff. Well, if retailers aren't going to stock inventory then it seems logical to assume that folks aren't going to buy whatever it is they aren't selling. So the stores close.
But is it really too expensive to stock inventory or is this a retail reaction to something else? Taxes perhaps. Healthcare taxes. City taxes. Federal taxes. Are retailers being taxed out of existence or is this a symptom of something else? After all when was the last time a retail clerk was informed about anything except how to operate the cash register? My guess is they don't know either, so the explanation that its too expensive to stock inventory can't be true. They're not lying, they just don't know I think.
Do you? Does anyone here? What's going on? And at what point are there going to be shortages of other things? Things like food? Gas?
How about a water shortage? Some kind of power glitch hit Tampa last weekend and the public water filtration system went down. The official explanation was that a squirrel chewed through some insulation somewhere and the resultant zap killed power for the whole weekend. A squirrel? Really? It takes all weekend to fix a wire? For whatever reason it did take all weekend. No potable water for three days. Nice.
And of course you all know there is a shortage of ammunition. All kinds, all types. Gone. We do know where some of it's going. Grandma is buying a lot of it. Grandpa too. Are they really that scared or are they buying it for another reason?
The gun ranges are supposed to be buying a lot, but folks who like to buy a box or two and go shooting for an hour aren't doing it any more because they fear they won't be able to replace what they've got when they shoot it up. A local gun range has already gone out of business because nobody went there any more. But to listen to the evening news you'd think everybody in America is packing heat and getting ready for a civil war. But they aren't. The NRA is actually complaining that people aren't carrying iron around.
It seems to me that people are hoarding ammunition and buying guns for some reason other than to shoot up the neighbors. They're buying it for investment because when the money is gone and the gold is gone ammo and guns can be exchanged for other things.
Like sheets, and food and other stuff.....
America is becoming a third world country. What's going on folks?
it's just me, hollering from the choir loft...
Edited by rjp34652, 25 February 2013 - 11:36 PM.