When the Cupboard is Bare


America’s latest buzzword is the I-word: Infrastructure.

Of course, too many leaders, legislators and laypersons, alike, fail to think big; to look beyond the roads, bridges, utility poles, sewers etc; and more to the point, fail to factor America’s current supply chain woes into such discussions.

To take the artsy, charitable, euphemistic road, let’s refer to these minimalists as “traditionalists”; not that they’d think big about even maintaining a minimalist tradition, either.

Anyway we look at this, untold decades have passed sans proper upkeep and upgrades to the mechanisms that move commodities from point A to point B.

And, once we factor in pandemic panic buying… well… I’m sure most of us are all too familiar with the end result phenomenon of store shelves / fixtures that… that…

Uh… let’s just say that if you’re in the market to buy dust bunnies, there’s NO shortage of ’em.

Such was the case, yesterday…

ISO a couple loaves of bread, my original intent had been to do a quick in ’n’ out at my local supermarket. That’s when the mere sight of picked over shelves instantly morphed me into a panic buyer.

I mean, those last 2 jars of my fave peanut butter were mine; ditto that re the last 7 cans of tomato sauce, 1 can of coffee and 5 packages of breakfast biscuits (which, btw, had been out-of-stock for 6 long weeks). Hell, I even upped my bread purchase from 2 to 6 loaves (my intent to freeze the surplus).

At that juncture some comfort food was in order and, as you may have already guessed, I wound up snagging the 1 last box of doughnuts.

Bottom line, instead of spending under $10 I wound up forking out over $80.

It was on the drive home, that I got to thinking; what if, in some instances, the cause of the empty store fixtures is not, exclusively, supply chain related?

Now, here’s where the issues, not unlike the actual undelivered products, can start to pile up.

  • Labor shortages due to an evolving workforce; one that’s disgruntled with back breaking, gut busting, low paying, laborious drudgery.
  • Unscrupulous CEOs squirreling away surpluses within their warehouses; thereby fabricating the very “shortages” which trigger all too real panic buying.
  • In the short term, these head honcho’s will manage to exploit shoppers ISO viable alternatives; coerce us into settling for less popular brands / substandard products.
  • In the long run, these conman-managers will get to greedily witness the primo merchandise flying off the shelves when they DO eventually get around to the restocking.
  • And, sans any doubt, only doing so AFTER they’ve reprogrammed the check-out barcode scanners to assess values which far exceed each item’s MSRP.

Yep, there’s never any shortage when it comes down to inflation / price gouging.




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Fortune Cookie Blog (bootstraps)


The well heeled counsel the poor, “Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps.”
Easier said than done. Average Janes and Joes get kicked in the butt by a
no-win class war; slog thru a battlefield strewn with ubiquitous price gouging,
that no non-living wage, bereft of benefits underemployment can keep up
with; get booted again by the rich-folks-only tax breaks / too big to fail status.






Off in the Land of Milk and Honey

Avarice Adulterated Altruism


My local supermarket chain’s owners, at present, are extending a helping hand to their customers, who are having a tough time making ends meet. At the checkout lanes, their cashiers will be asking people to donate one gallon of milk. Even better, is the owners’ dollar for dollar match… to the tune of $20,000.

While such altruism is always admirable, why is it that this very same store’s prices… nearly item for item… typically range 50 cents to $1 higher when compared to their competition?

Why would anyone… even the wealthy folk…. not be feeling the same as poor little old me? Why would we not all be fleeing out of town, to patronize the more reasonably priced stores? I know I am!

True, such a glaring price disparity might be easier to buy into if… IF… it involved ONLY their gourmet product line… i.e., the type of food / libations that their more affluent customers typically toss into their shopping carts. However… this business’ godforsaken price gouging runs both store wide and yearlong.

The truly altruistic store owner would own up to the fact that poverty is a year round prospect and that fair pricing would go much further towards, ultimately, eliminating this problem.

When any business makes its fortune at the expense of the less fortunate, this is akin to…

Milking the poor people dry.