Shortages

Anyone notice any conspicuous shortages while shopping?

For the most part I haven't, until today. Went to Costco and they had no paper towels at all, though Shoprite had plenty.


Didn’t notice any shortages but went to Costco on 22 last week and it was already insane. Today you couldn’t even get in the parking lot. I wonder if it’s a lot of instacart shoppers? 

Went down the road to LIDL (where I intended to go anyway) and it was not crowded and I got everything I wanted. 


When I tried to order holiday gifts from LL Bean, quite a few items were out of stock, with replenishment dates past Christmas. 


Happened to go to Costco for first time in a long time yesterday.  Seemed very busy.  We didn't notice shortages though we didn't buy much either.  The shelves seemed well stocked.


I no longer shop at Costco. Lidl is just perfect for me. Stocked with everything. These big box stores are actually being used by more convenience stores to buy up stuff, then they resell it. 
I am noticing shortages in Home Depot  though 


Cat food has been in short supply for over a year. 


Having heard about supply chain-driven shortages and delayed shipping, my ex and I decided to try to get all holiday shopping for the kiddlies done by Thanksgiving. We might not have it all done by Thursday but the bulk of it will be done.I think it will ease the stress come mid-December.  Ironically, nothing that we ordered, from Amazon and other retailers, seems to have been delayed at all. Books, electronics, home goods, etc. (We try to avoid Amazon whenever possible. We bought a bunch of books from STRAND, Home goods from BB&B.)


Cars- new and even used. 


Went grocery shopping at Essex Green ShopRite yesterday. On my list of ~40 items, they were out of lentils and the kind of almond butter I like (house brand), although they had other brands.


Redfruit said:

Cars- new and even used. 

Don't buy a used car now, especially if it's from the tri-state area. May look perfectly fine, but after Ida, I saw dozens of cars on flatbeds roll past my street looking perfectly fine. 


For me, grocery shopping is producing the biggest challenge since the empty shelves are never the same. One week paper products are abundant, then when they are on my list: nothing!  Yesterday the stock and selection of my usual pasta sauce was minimal at both of my usual grocers...although other brands were there in abundance. It just seems so random. 

I have switched most of my other non-grocery shopping online because too often when I go somewhere looking for a specific item I cannot find it. Next week I plan to shop locally for gifts in the Village. Hopefully, that should be easier since I have no specifics in mind.



i might not have a choice but to buy a used car soon.....and Ida worries me.  I am holding off as long as I can.  They also say car prices should go down next year.  But, my car is so bad, i can really only drive local now (avoiding highways)  Its 17 years old so I don't want to put money into it.....the plan is to run it into the ground and then just junk it or hope I get maybe $500 from a junk car place


KarenMarlowe said:

Don't buy a used car now, especially if it's from the tri-state area. May look perfectly fine, but after Ida, I saw dozens of cars on flatbeds roll past my street looking perfectly fine. 

I have a Sandy car - one which was sold off as an insurance right-off as the dealership got flooded during Sandy. It was brand new, with the plastic still on the seats, we bought it for half its selling price, and it has run fine for 8 years. One insurance company refused to insure it, and we had to change the battery one time. I wouldn’t recommend everyone go out and search for Ida cars to buy, but we took a gamble and so far it’s paid off.


ml1 said:

Cat food has been in short supply for over a year. 

The big mystery is that Hill's Science Diet, a huge company, has been the one company that has been out of most wet food for months. The vets seem to be getting their Prescription Diet but the rest is always listed as out of stock. Other companies, which may contain more by products are managing.

I suspect it has something to do with the rising price of meat and poultry but it is strange that their company has just stopped all wet cat food.


ridski said:

KarenMarlowe said:

Don't buy a used car now, especially if it's from the tri-state area. May look perfectly fine, but after Ida, I saw dozens of cars on flatbeds roll past my street looking perfectly fine. 

I have a Sandy car - one which was sold off as an insurance right-off as the dealership got flooded during Sandy. It was brand new, with the plastic still on the seats, we bought it for half its selling price, and it has run fine for 8 years. One insurance company refused to insure it, and we had to change the battery one time. I wouldn’t recommend everyone go out and search for Ida cars to buy, but we took a gamble and so far it’s paid off.

How did the insurance company know the car's provenance? 


The_Soulful_Mr_T said:

How did the insurance company know the car's provenance? 

probably had the letter F on the title. I also bought a sandy flood truck. No comprehensive coverage from insurance company. I just sold it last year after a taxi ran a stoplight and hit the front bumper off. The only thing I had to replace was the catalytic converter. 


Both my kids drink Yes! tomato soup. The ones in the little red sipping cups. They’ve been absolutely impossible to find for months. Every other flavor is well-stocked, but no tomato. There are so many weird little things like that. I couldn’t reliably find Gala apples for a few months but now there are plenty. Pokémon cards were basically nonexistent but that seems to be fixed.  

I basically only notice when it’s something the kids want. If it’s for me I’ll just eat a Fuji and buy some yu-gi-oh cards. 


uh oh! cream cheese shortage in NYC. bagel shops scrambling.

link


ridski said:

KarenMarlowe said:

Don't buy a used car now, especially if it's from the tri-state area. May look perfectly fine, but after Ida, I saw dozens of cars on flatbeds roll past my street looking perfectly fine. 

I have a Sandy car - one which was sold off as an insurance right-off as the dealership got flooded during Sandy. It was brand new, with the plastic still on the seats, we bought it for half its selling price, and it has run fine for 8 years. One insurance company refused to insure it, and we had to change the battery one time. I wouldn’t recommend everyone go out and search for Ida cars to buy, but we took a gamble and so far it’s paid off.

did the manufacturer honor the warranty?


cream cheese was in pretty short supply at ShopRite today


Make your own from full cream milk? (Just a query. Used do it for fun  before I became casein  sensitive )


DanDietrich said:

did the manufacturer honor the warranty?

Warranty?


joanne said:

Make your own from full cream milk? (Just a query. Used do it for fun  before I became casein  sensitive )

funny, I was just looking at cream cheese recipes the other day. I managed to find a container at the store though.


drummerboy said:

funny, I was just looking at cream cheese recipes the other day. I managed to find a container at the store though.

Saw this on the news the other day.  Seems like an odd thing for there to be a shortage of.

Produced domestically. Cows aren’t on strike. Trucking?


There’s a worldwide shortage of wooden pallets, and of ‘AdBlue’ fuel additive for trucks and other vehicles. 

jimmurphy said:

Saw this on the news the other day.  Seems like an odd thing for there to be a shortage of.

Produced domestically. Cows aren’t on strike. Trucking?


Stop & Shop didn't have any Philly Cream Cheese.


I was at Vauxhall Target for the first time in ages. What’s with all of the shipping containers/trailers in the lot? Full? Empty? No staff to unload them, maybe? Lots of empty shelves, but they seemed to have all of the basics. 


Target is renovating...mostly making the health and beauty aid section look more upscale.  i think they have a partnership with some uppity company.  they are other wise updating painting/lighting, etc


"A cream cheese shortage has been sending bagel shops and bakeries scrambling for supplies, and it’s due in part to a cyberattack on the biggest U.S. cheese manufacturer.

Schreiber Foods in Wisconsin, a top maker of cream cheese, closed for days in October after hackers compromised plants and distribution centers. The company is big enough that the lost production shook U.S. markets. (Read the full story here.)"

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"Cream cheese happens to be particularly vulnerable to the supply chain issues. Some manufacturers have had problems getting starch, a thickening agent, as well as packaging like plastic film and cardboard boxes, according to Andrew Novakovic, an agricultural economist at Cornell University.

Cream cheese is a fresh product, meaning that keeping a large inventory on hand isn’t plausible. On top of the widespread labor shortage across industries, finding truck drivers is hitting the dairy industry particularly hard because of the extra license needed to pick up milk from farms."

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2021-12-10/supply-chain-latest-cream-cheese-is-the-latest-casualty-of-cyberattacks


In SC, I'm finding an almost total shortage of tonic water, especially in the 2L bottles. Any available in NJ?


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