This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog.
Yes, these shortages are really happening, and now the mainstream media is warning us to brace ourselves because they are going to get even worse. After the article that I posted yesterday, emails came pouring in from people all around the country. There were a few that didn’t want to believe that things are as bad as I was saying, but there were lots of other emails that confirmed that conditions are at least as bad as I described. In fact, there was one extremely alarming email from someone that works in the supermarket industry that I hope to share with all of you in the coming days once I get permission to do so.
For most of us, we have lived our entire lives without ever having to be concerned about shortages. In fact, just a few years ago it would have seemed crazy to suggest that we were on the verge of widespread shortages here in the United States.
But now here we are, and we are being told that the shortages are going to continue to intensify. In fact, the Washington Post is telling us that the global chip shortage is showing signs of “worsening”…
The global semiconductor shortage that has paralyzed automakers for nearly a year shows signs of worsening, as new coronavirus infections halt chip assembly lines in Southeast Asia, forcing more car companies and electronics manufacturers to suspend production.
A wave of delta-variant cases in Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines is causing production delays at factories that cut and package semiconductors, creating new bottlenecks on top of those caused by soaring demand for chips.
That is really bad news because the chip shortage is affecting thousands of other industries.
For example, global vehicle production is way down due to the chip crisis, and this has resulted in a growing shortage of new vehicles on dealer lots all over the nation…
The chip famine is starving the global auto industry and putting car buyers on a strict diet. So far this year, seven million cars that were supposed to be produced haven’t been, according to IHS Markit data. Auto companies are shutting down production lines for weeks at a time and furloughing employees as a result of the chip shortage. Toyota has slashed its production 40% in September.
All this is hitting consumers. Car dealers’ lots across the U.S. are sparse. The inventory of new cars in the U.S. is only about 30% of pre-pandemic levels, and buyers snap up used cars as soon as they find them.
Of course we aren’t facing a shortage of everything.
There are certain products that are still quite plentiful.
And there are some areas that are being affected a lot more than others.
So what you are seeing in your neck of the woods may differ from what other people are experiencing.
But there are some shortages that are definitely being felt all over the country.
When the COVID pandemic first started to sweep across the U.S. last year, it sparked a huge run on toilet paper, and now it is starting to happen again…
Costco Wholesale is having trouble fulfilling toilet paper orders.
The membership-only warehouse retail chain is issuing a warning to customers that have purchased the common household item online, saying they may face delays in receiving their orders.
Unfortunately, this could potentially be just the beginning.
According to one expert that was interviewed by Fox Business, there will soon be another “massive shortage” of toilet paper…
The U.S. will experience another “massive shortage” of toilet paper soon as supply chains continue to suffer due to pandemic-related issues, one retail expert warned.
“Product shortages as bad as they were in the beginning of COVID are coming back,” Burt Flickinger said on FOX Business’ “Mornings with Maria.”
Did you ever imagine that we would be talking about such a thing in late 2021?
A lot of optimists out there had assumed that the economy would be “booming” by now.
But instead, the machinery of our economy has gotten gummed up really badly. At this point, there is even a growing shortage of alcoholic beverages…
The Pennsylvania state board in charge of consumer liquor sales announced last week that it was limiting customers to two bottles of certain alcoholic beverages per day. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board said the purchase limit on select items — including Hennessy Cognac, Buffalo Trace bourbon and Patrón tequila — will be in place for the “foreseeable future.”
Liquor store customers in North Carolina are encountering “out of stock” signs instead of their favorite spirits, local TV station WTVD reported, amid an ongoing supply shortage there, too.
Of course, so many of these problems could be solved if we simply had enough workers.
As I discussed the other day, we are in the midst of the worst labor shortage that we have ever experienced. All over the nation critical labor shortages are crippling the ability of organizations to get things done, and now Joe Biden’s new mandates threaten to make things a lot worse.
If you can believe it, even NPR is running stories about how Biden’s mandates are going to cause gigantic headaches for employers…
“I can’t afford to lose anyone,” says Ted LeNeave, CEO of Accura HealthCare, which operates 34 nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota. Because of staffing shortages, they’ve had to limit admissions, turning down patients coming from hospitals.
With about 1,000 of his employees — 38% of his workforce — unvaccinated, LeNeave is calling on the federal government to provide a testing option for health care workers.
Sadly, if Biden does not change his approach, that one company alone will have to let about a thousand workers go…
“I just don’t see how I can lay off a thousand people,” says LeNeave. “I’d have no one to take care of the patients, and there’s nowhere to send the patients.”
Biden’s mandates should start going into effect around the end of the year, and that could represent a real turning point for the economy.
We are moving into such troubled times, but most people desperately want to believe that better times are just around the corner.
Through good times and bad, the U.S. economy has always been highly resilient, and most of us would like to assume that it will continue to be highly resilient.
But the truth is that things are starting to break down on a very basic level, and the outlook as we head toward the end of the year is not good at all.
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Your correct that some things are still easy to get while other things are getting hard to find. I actually had to ORDER plain old corn meal and they finally found what I wanted 4 states away. yes some was available locally but it WAS very limited.
Many other things (sundries) are starting to show signs as well
It says a lot that the powers that should not be, can’t outright apply raw totalitarian force but need resort to dirty sabotage and siege warfare.
Never in history has a nation blockaded itself tho. However far as America’s social civil war goes, the California blockade is an escalation.
And it was told in the Days of Old .There will be Seven years of GOOD luck and Seven years of BAD luck.Store up grains in your loft.This I have done.Let the cards fall where they fall
this is a great period in time for wheat chaf separation.
never have I ever seen so many excuse making lame asses pile onto a universal pity party.
I can’t find your purchase order .. we’re short handed … covid.
we’re e experiencing a scarcity…. covid
I stumped my toe on a rock…. covid.
At this same juncture….those who worked diligently to find a workaround should be praised for their efforts.
As an IT professional, I see laptops, phones and computer parts everywhere and low prices….yet the car industry is having issues with semi conductors…
Wake up people, there is no shortage of electronics…they are slowing car production down in preparation of moving everyone in to the blue hives…pretty soon it will be clear the Hunger Games and Soylent Green will be being played out….
Now as a Christian I will say, this world and all it contains is temporary and will burn up one day, so where are you placing your heart and your hope and trust, if it is in man, you will be surely and sorely let down….for their is only One Hope and that is the Lord Jesus Christ…for hope is the things not seen.
Read on if you dare…
What we are seeing is the rise and revival of the Roman empire as spoken of in the word of God….its only going to grow worse for the world must have one leader come on the scene….
Now for those who care to take a deep dive in the spiritual and Divine world of the Lord God Almighty….I would point you to the book below.
AW Pink – The Antichrist
For those who know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, let this be a comfort to you knowing your Lord is standing at the door…
For those who do not know Christ as Lord and Savior…know this, He is Lord of all and it is only if you have a saving faith by His blood and have been born again that you will be in glory. Otherwise you will perish and be cast in the lake of fire for eternal punishment.
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower and the righteous run into it and are safe
11- A rich man’s wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own imagination.
12- Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, But humility [goes] before honor.
I’ve spent a lot of time here over the years, learned a lot, shared some. Thanks Mac
To any newbies, I suggest reading the oldest articles. Lots of good resources here, the older the better.
Have several plans, include only family that share your values in all the plans that they can play a roll in.
Include neighbors as you judge appropriate.
We live in dangerous times. Be careful. Keep your mouth shut, and don’t attract undue attention. Spread out and hide supplies. Always have an alternate plan. And an escape plan and another plan. Plus, just three more plans.
When they come for you, may they only find a running electric blanket, meaning they don’t have a clue when you split.
@plan twice, yes!!!! Every prepper I know are making changes in their lives to get ready. Changing jobs, purchasing bug out locations, moving, etc. Everyone is making multiple emergency plans. This year is an absolute crap show and it is just a warm up for what’s coming.
The propaganda machine (MSM, politicians, public education, etc.) use our language to trigger & manipulate the populace. People, like me, that prep are referred to as hoarders. The prudent act of PREPARING for potential hardship due to natural disasters or politically driven problems is NOT hoarding – it’s using your head for something other than a hat rack. Stupid and/or evil people are running our nation – is there any other explanation for the epic failures & chaos. Think about it – then prep.
@Cranedigger, I completely agree! I heard people say our problem is people hoarding and it’s the preppers. I do not hesitate to tell them it’s all the unprepared people who are now buying in bulk that are the problem. My prepping over years has not strained the supply chain. In fact, most preppers buy long term food designed for long term unstability, I don’t think the sheep are doing that-they’re just running to the local store and clearing them out. They are the problem, not us.
The problem is that no one has any idea what to do about it or why it even happened in the first place.
At least no one on the upper levels of world command and control which is the only place it can be addressed.
No one lives in the present since the present is ever changing and no one recognizes the change until after it has occurred, it’s like trying to drive a car by looking in the rear view mirror and guessing where you are and where you’re going by looking at where you’ve been.
Things may become uncomfortable in the near future, prepare for it.