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(Marketwatch)   Sen. Ed Markey calls on Jeff Bezos to explain how Amazon is protecting consumers as you order another $60 bottle of rubbing alcohol   (marketwatch.com) divider line
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2020-03-05 7:17:17 PM  
With respect to shortages in general, I think one thing this crisis is going to prove is how bad an idea "just in time" manufacturing is.

It's like running airplanes 100% full - good economics when things run smoothly, but one hiccup and it all goes to hell.
 
2020-03-05 8:38:33 PM  
That Amazon shelf looks suspiciously like the one at my local Dollar General does even without a looming pandemic.
 
2020-03-05 10:01:04 PM  
Hell if rubbing alcohol is $60 you might as well just make your scotch dual use.
 
2020-03-05 10:12:03 PM  
Well they do make it pretty easy for anyone with inventory to start selling $59 bottles of rubbing alcohol. And so on.
 
2020-03-05 10:47:38 PM  

OccamsWhiskers: Well they do make it pretty easy for anyone with inventory to start selling $59 bottles of rubbing alcohol. And so on.


Or just wash their hands with soap and water
 
2020-03-05 10:55:31 PM  

Bowen: OccamsWhiskers: Well they do make it pretty easy for anyone with inventory to start selling $59 bottles of rubbing alcohol. And so on.

Or just wash their hands with soap and water


Where does that leave hippies?
 
2020-03-05 11:02:34 PM  
Why is free market supply and demand an issue I don't get it
 
2020-03-06 1:44:06 AM  

SamFlagg: Hell if rubbing alcohol is $60 you might as well just make your scotch dual use.


Bought a bottle of isopropyl alcohol yesterday (for printed circuit boards, not sanitizer). 8 oz for under $3. These must be the most extreme cases the press can dig up.
 
2020-03-06 5:43:47 AM  

jjorsett: SamFlagg: Hell if rubbing alcohol is $60 you might as well just make your scotch dual use.

Bought a bottle of isopropyl alcohol yesterday (for printed circuit boards, not sanitizer). 8 oz for under $3. These must be the most extreme cases the press can dig up.


Majority of people haven't realized the difference between anti-bacterial  only vs anti-bacterial and anti-viral is where it falls around the 60% alcohol level. Amazon carries the wipes used for injection which are usually around 75% and are still available. They will work in a pinch.

About a year ago we picked up a box of 12 bottles of Clorox Hand Sanitizer which is 70% alcohol and is reported the only one to deal with Norwalk. We still have 5 bottles left. The customs guy was quite perplexed why we bought so many but it was actually because you can't buy it in Canada
 
2020-03-06 8:41:01 AM  
Why don't you just go to you local store and buy it then?
 
2020-03-06 10:04:39 AM  

morg: Bowen:
Or just wash their hands with soap and water
Where does that leave hippies?


Probably immune to all sorts of viruses in the first place.

/pets cat, makes a sandwich, shares with cat
 
2020-03-06 10:06:48 AM  

Oliver Twisted: Why don't you just go to you local store and buy it then?


You mean like leave the house?  That's a little much, don't you think?
 
2020-03-06 12:03:50 PM  
1) Shortages where you can't buy an item at any price due to hoarding.
2) Price "gouging"

Pick one.
 
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