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2020-10-21 5:14:27 PM  
I see.  Since it's cans, that would explain why I can get some varieties easier in plastic bottles.
 
2020-10-21 5:16:42 PM  
Tea is cheap right now. A gallon of iced tea costs less than a quarter to make. Just sayin'.
 
2020-10-21 5:18:23 PM  
After missing the delivery date twice, my kegerator order seems to have cancelled itself.
 
2020-10-21 5:23:33 PM  
Just In Time manufacturing.
 
2020-10-21 5:38:26 PM  
KitchenAid fridge we ordered the first week of August was delivered last week, by maskless dipshiats from HD. Left all the doors and windows open for an hour on a windy, 40° day, and wiped everything down.

Wasn't going to refuse it after waiting that long.
 
2020-10-21 5:58:21 PM  
thanks, Donnie
 
2020-10-21 6:06:07 PM  

Schlubbe: KitchenAid fridge we ordered the first week of August was delivered last week, by maskless dipshiats from HD. Left all the doors and windows open for an hour on a windy, 40° day, and wiped everything down.

Wasn't going to refuse it after waiting that long.


Why did you let them in?
 
2020-10-21 6:23:45 PM  

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: thanks, Donnie


You misspelled "millions of stupid Americans who feel the rules don't apply to them"
 
2020-10-21 6:31:18 PM  
NPR's The Indicator did a story on disruptions in the Fridge market.

One of my co workers is going through the pain of dealing with a failed fridge and not being able to readily source a replacement.
 
2020-10-21 6:40:41 PM  
I had no problem buying a new washing machine (at Lowe's) a couple weeks ago. I think it was already in stock. (shrug)

I mean, First World Problem and all, but I did feel kinda lucky to get one. The other "disruptions" and shortages (other than the farked up toilet paper one) haven't affected me, as far as I know.

I guess that could always change. My car (Honda) is getting fixed right now. Hopefully it will proceed without undue delay.
 
2020-10-21 6:52:35 PM  

natazha: After missing the delivery date twice, my kegerator order seems to have cancelled itself.


While it is hard to get a chest freezer, it is not as specialized and you can probably still get one. They are pretty easy to convert into kegerators. All m home brew friends have made rather nice ones.
 
2020-10-21 8:02:07 PM  

FormlessOne: Tea is cheap right now. A gallon of iced tea costs less than a quarter to make. Just sayin'.


If you can find it.  The tea section in every grocery store I tried in two states was empty from March to September.  On the off chance I found plain black tea to make iced tea I bought two boxes.  That happened once.  Even Celestial Seasonings store had limited stock.

Over 70% of the tea in the US is imported from China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Argentina, India and Sri Lanka they are impacted by the same supply chain issues discussed in the story.
 
2020-10-21 8:15:53 PM  
Bicycles have been completely impossible since spring. May remain screwed well into next year. Parts are out, too.

Never been happier to know how to wrench my own bikes - store turnarounds are in the 2-3 week range at a lot of places if you need service/repair, and that's if you can get any needed parts. Sold 3 bikes and a bunch of old parts out of my garage this summer/autumn, all at really good prices. Downside is I'm having to wait months for the new top-end mountain bike I want to buy. There's just no supply - it infuriates stores AND customers.
 
2020-10-21 9:04:39 PM  
It took months to get our new kitchen appliances. We ordered them as a set, 4 months later we got them. They were almost all our second picks as the first just wasn't available no matter the price. Birdbaths... you'd think those are everywhere. yeah not so much like 1 to 2 plastic type models at local stores. Halloween craft stuff at the local craft stores... empty shelves. Like going out of business empty, I haven't seen shelves that empty in craft stores unless they were clearing out for bankruptcy in my life.  List goes on.

The supply chain may take couple years to repair at this rate... and it won't be at the same price it was when it died.
 
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2020-10-21 10:18:09 PM  
"When Slomique Hawrylo's Kenmore fridge broke down in mid-August, she realized this is especially true during a pandemic. At first, Sears quoted her two-and-a-half weeks to deliver a replacement"

I'm more surprised there was a sears to order it from.
 
2020-10-21 10:26:54 PM  
Wow. Replaced my washing machine about a month ago easy peasy. I bought a desk but it has yet to arrive. Ikea had signs up, "desks are the new toilet paper" it was hilarious.

Wonder what I could get for my old fridge? says the cheap bastard me. The thoughtful bastard says, Well, maybe someone in need needs it and you should just donate it.

/I do not have an old fridge.
 
2020-10-21 10:35:43 PM  
I ordered a hottub in April, it gets delivered next week.  I was supposed be our "not" vacation. We are getting my wife a washer and dryer. We bought it last week, the furniture store said she hoped we would get it by the end of the year.

Both I don't pay for till it gets delivered, but I got 36 months 0% on the washer and dryer, but that clock started when we ordered it.
 
2020-10-21 10:51:51 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Just In Time manufacturing.


Yep.  It's amazing and SUPER efficient!
... Unless it rains in Burma over the weekend.
... Or freight train in Shanghai hits penny on the track.
...Or if Doug in Kentucky sneezes to the left or the instead of the right on a Tuesday.
Otherwise, it's great*

*Some restrictions apply
 
2020-10-21 11:26:51 PM  
Big-ticket but basic household items are hard to get? Wow, we really are turning into a shyyt-hole country.
 
2020-10-21 11:27:57 PM  

Olliewog: FormlessOne: Tea is cheap right now. A gallon of iced tea costs less than a quarter to make. Just sayin'.

If you can find it.  The tea section in every grocery store I tried in two states was empty from March to September.  On the off chance I found plain black tea to make iced tea I bought two boxes.  That happened once.  Even Celestial Seasonings store had limited stock.

Over 70% of the tea in the US is imported from China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Argentina, India and Sri Lanka they are impacted by the same supply chain issues discussed in the story.


Buy tea from a real tea store.  I like Upton Teas.
 
2020-10-22 12:54:30 AM  

tobcc: We are getting my wife a washer and dryer.


That's nice of you to purchase the equipment she needs to make her job easier.
 
2020-10-22 1:42:12 AM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: I had no problem buying a new washing machine (at Lowe's) a couple weeks ago. I think it was already in stock. (shrug)

I mean, First World Problem and all, but I did feel kinda lucky to get one. The other "disruptions" and shortages (other than the farked up toilet paper one) haven't affected me, as far as I know.

I guess that could always change. My car (Honda) is getting fixed right now. Hopefully it will proceed without undue delay.


My dryer broke the other day and I found a local shop that had the part I needed. I didn't know there were supply chain problems for this stuff. Now I'm thinking I'm lucky not to be using a clothesline for the foreseeable future.
 
2020-10-22 2:18:01 AM  

Olliewog: FormlessOne: Tea is cheap right now. A gallon of iced tea costs less than a quarter to make. Just sayin'.

If you can find it.  The tea section in every grocery store I tried in two states was empty from March to September.  On the off chance I found plain black tea to make iced tea I bought two boxes.  That happened once.  Even Celestial Seasonings store had limited stock.

Over 70% of the tea in the US is imported from China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Argentina, India and Sri Lanka they are impacted by the same supply chain issues discussed in the story.


Huh. I've had none of those difficulties. Of course, I'm in the Puget Sound area, so it's practically tea central here.
 
2020-10-22 3:34:15 AM  
Where is all the lime White Claw???
 
2020-10-22 9:57:34 AM  
Saw this coming the minute 'lockdown' was mentioned... factories don't produce much with no workers..  really surprised that others didn't...  keep 3 months of non-perishables on hand, and about the same with frozen food.. done that for years..  Sams still has one per customer regs on TP & PT..  doing lots of appliance repairs.. with a refrigerator, unless the compressor is burnt up or someone used an icepick for defrost assistance, it,s repairable.... parts are usually accessible for most appliances.
 
2020-10-22 10:55:55 AM  
I went to a big local outdoor sporting goods store yesterday for some lead shot.  The owner told me business was slow, he has absolutely huge demands for a lot of things, but can't get any inventory of those items.  I then asked for some 22 shells, and the shelf was complete empty, except for some pigeon loads.  so, now I need to start hunting pigeons.
 
2020-10-22 1:10:08 PM  
Went to HD to buy a dishwasher on Sept 3. We went through seven models that matched the features I wanted. only one showed any on the way. She said "there's 17...in the country." Ordered it and it was delivered exactly a month later.
 
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