Tuesday, July 28, 2020

A Report From Idaho

Rural Revolution went shopping and noticed it, too. There are big gaps in what's available. Her commenters follow up with observations from other locations. The supply chain is deeply stressed. I am still seeing it here as well.

What are you seeing in July? Mention your state and a nearby city if you feel comfortable doing so.


BC said...
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Fred said...

Sarasota, not much missing other than Clorox branded cleaning wipes (plenty of generics available) and ammunition is most calibers. Over supplied - Northerners who haven't gone home for the summer and wayyy to many not of retirement age who've arrived since April. Saw a Biden bumper sticker today - on a Range Rover with Tennessee tags. Certainly a man of the people .

BC said...

I'm in southern MN.

Still a bit short on TP and paper towels.

No sales on soda in cans, but bottles are discounted.

Nothing else seems particularly short here, but when people were freaking out about meat shortages we didn't have any shortage here. We make that stuff locally. Hormel is less than an hour away.

July 28, 2020 at 6:13 PM

Gorges Smythe said...

West Virginia - Chinamart has the essentials (usually), but workers say they're only getting about 3/4's of what they order.

libertyman said...

Nothing too remarkable in short supply at my local Market Basket, here in southern New Hampshire. Except I wanted a bag of McIntosh apples, and none was to be found. Not much of a hardship. Meat is in good supply. I go to Market Basket during old people's hours at 6AM, not many people there.

Bought a large package of paper towels today at Costco, they had large packages of toilet paper on hand as well. Limit- one giant package of each per customer, please.

I haven't shopped for ammunition, I,in fact, sold some 5.7x28 as I have enough on hand left. I am low, I guess, on 9mm but not enough to worry about, plus I think I have a whole bunch of primed brass for that caliber. A few months ago it wasn't worth reloading 9mm, that has changed.

drjim said...

70 miles North of Denver in Colorado -

Things seem to be readily available, per my wife. Meat is abundant, and so is fresh produce from the farm stands that are everywhere this time of year. If we were into canning and food preservation (we should be, but aren't) I would comment on the supply of jars, lids, and rings.

We were short on flour, yeast, and a few other things when this started, but that all seems OK now. I have enough flour, yeast, sugar, salt, pepper and other condiments to last us quite a while, now!

Haven't needed to shop for ammo since the tragic boating accident last year, so I haven't looked.

Ed Bonderenka said...

Just west of Detroit. No great shortages, but some shelves seem oddly bare of stuff I wasn't looking for.
Except the bulk refill of Lemon Ajax dish soap the wife asks for. Regular size is there.


Southern NH too (hey libertyman, give me a shout!). Market basket full up, as was the Shaws too last time I went about a week ago.

Beans said...

Gainesville, FL. Still missing rubbing alcohol in the 32 oz size but 16 oz is available, so yay, no more buying Everclear at $20 bucks a fifth.

Some toilet paper is missing, and paper towels are on and off.

Other than that, normalicy has returned. Even the deli counter is restocked with meats (there WAS a deli meat shortage, due to the 2-3 processing centers for deli meats in the US being shut down for like 8 weeks.)

Sam's has 50lb bags of regular long-grained rice for $18.50ish. There's meat in the counters, wine, water, most of all the ordinary items.

The only thing I could think the reason the referenced article's location is so devastated is maybe local restaurants are opening rapidly and thus there's a short depletion factor due to them all buying at the same time. And there's the summer camps, the resorts, the zen-fru-fru resorts that are now all open and provide food.

And, weirdly, there was never any shortages in produce, in sodas or beer, in wine, ever. Nor snack chips. Very weird. Almost conspiratorially weird.

Slowly things are returning to normal. Not the 'new normal' and I'll punch the next person who says that to me in the snout. Normal-normal.

And people are resisting going the 'correct' direction in the aisles. And people are wearing masks, just... not correctly wearing masks, and getting really grumpy about it.

LSP said...

All pretty much in supply in N Cent Texas.

Will said...

Generally, you won't see empty shelves, such as in that photo. A well managed store won't waste space like that. In some cases, the product you see is PAYING for shelve space. The only time I would expect to see an empty shelve is in the bread area. It's normal for the on-hand bread to be sold out or nearly so, and bread products are bulky, so very obvious when missing.

For the most part, people only notice missing products if they are looking for that specific item. Look closely, and you might see more of a product taking up space, or even products that weren't carried before.

I was in East TX recently for a couple months, and quickly encountered a chocolate product that disappeared, never to be seen again. That shelve spot got filled with other stuff. Chocolate products seem to be a problem.

Discovered bottled tea that was "semi-sweet", about half the sugar of the normal sweet tea. Became hard to find. The full sweet and fake sweet stuff got thin on the shelve, and the mid-grade basically disappeared. I was looking in multiple supermarkets and gas n go stores. Tried watering down the sweet stuff, but switched to keeping a water battle with it, and just alternating between the two bottles.

Brad_in_IL said...

Lake County IL - in the 'Burbs north of Chicago - everything is pretty much back in stock at most grocery stores, but prices are up. I still have plenty of Everclear and aloe gel for making hand sanitizer. What's left could be made into limoncello. Ammo - one local store was selling 9mm, limit to 1 box of 50. They were also selling .45acp, loose, packed in clear plastic restaurant-style take out containers. I'm sure they broke open cases of 1,000, split it up, marked it up, etc. My source tells me people were buying it almost as fast as it was being set out.
Nitzahon / Libertyman - greetings from a former Mass-hole ... used to live just south of Nashua.

Ritchie said...

South of Denver CO. Hydrogen peroxide is on the shelves but no isopropyl alcohol. Rocky Mountain Reagents appears to have it from 1 gallon up, in numerous grades. I have not been shopping for ammo because I Own The Factory, but components have been hoovered. Want buckshot? You're down to black powder round ball moulds, and those are on 30 day order time.

Pachydermis2 said...

Wisconsin is perhaps the best situated state in the Union for riding out covid associated shortages. When it comes right down to it you need beer and toilet paper. We make plenty of both.

Now, I do have to grumble that the selection of beer is trending to IPAs with cutesy names, but we must be tolerant in such matters. With rare exceptions all beers, like all dogs, are essentially good.

Regards the TP it's all the same.


MagisterGreen said...

People's Republic of Maryland, near DC. Cleaning supplies can be still be hard to find, especially clorox wipes and the like. But bleach is back and most places have TP/towels again. There was a meat shortage for a time but that seems to be passing. Need to go to Costco to see how they are, but most of the normal supermarkets are kind of back to normal.

riverrider said...

western va. here. tp finally back in stock but with lots of weird names. meat in stock but still limited, high lean ground beef still thin, ribeye steaks non-existent for months now. bleach wipes still out, some pet foods out, canned beans still out. national brand sausage/bacon/brats etc still out. bread and water were mighty thin this week such that i had to ask if a snow storm was coming. ammo gone, guns still around. local folks not wearing or seldom wearing masks, visitors from Yankeedom all masked up and scurrying around like rats. notice folks are driving like its the end of the world, leos have made themselves scarce. i get the angry glare b/c i don't wear the mask of the beast. everybody is fed the heck up with our lord northam. the state is seething with revolutionary fervor. who will make the call? Patrick henry did, april 21, 1775. april's an awful long time. sic semper tyrannis.

Ruth said...

Upstate NY here. I work on the sales floor (and occasionally in the receiving dept) for a Home Depot here.

The cleaning supplies aisle still looks no better than it did the end of March. We've gotten in the occasional case of the high demand products, and they're sold out within hours. We have managed to keep paper towels and TP on the shelves fairly reliably for the last month, but its not in the usual brands.

Our pressure treated lumber supply is FINALLY picking back up, but we still aren't back to normal stocking by any stretch. Push mowers are only available in a few models. Garden hoses and sprinklers are still almost non-existent. Manual yard tools (shovels, post hole diggers, etc) are still in short supply. Forget about tomato cages. We've had weed barrier in stock for a week or two now, but not in the normal selection. Hardscapes (pavers, wall block) are short but not empty. If I hear one more customer bitch about the lack of bird seed I might scream.

Appliances are still massively short stocked, and anything we get in is sold right back out. And much of the store is in the same boat.

At the grocery stores meats are looking ok, but prices are way high, and the selection isn't quite what it used to be. Prepackaged freezer foods are still way short and empty shelved. Paper goods are looking better, but still in brands not normally seen and with purchase limits. Dried cereals no longer have purchase limits, but the selection isn't back to normal either. Still can't get yeast reliably. Flour selection LOOKS good, till you look closer and realize thats not the normal lines of stock. We've still got weird holes all over the stores.


Hiya Brad!

Yesterday I was accosted in mandatory-mask Nashua by a Karen who was vicious. I also said some nasty things back.

Later on I ran into someone at the supermarket and, in the course of the conversation, I mentioned the above incident. They said I should have started out with the statistics...

I then said, paraphrase, "You cannot argue with someone who is emotionally convinced they are right and morally superior". They paused, then nodded.

Rick C said...

Dallas. TP has gone in short supply again; I was in Target a couple of weeks ago and there was an entire aisle that was nearly empty. Other places have more, but still have empty slots in the display.

Other specific items are missing: for example, the closest Walmart almost has plenty of Gatorade, but they're entirely out of a couple of specific flavors.

Walmart's prices on, for example, hamburg are elevated (I paid $4.50 for a pound of 80% this morning), but Kroger is crazy--$7+ a pound for the same thing, and they're frequently out of 80% and 85%, only stocking 75% or 93%+.

Aesop said...


You can find most of what you want, but shelves are thin, and some things are gone.
(27 flavors of Coke? Nope. Regular and Diet. First-world problem but it's symptomatic. Milk from 2 dairies, not 7. Random brands disappear and reappear, week to week.)
Hand sanitizer and TP have finally returned to shelves, but they're oddball brands, and short quantities.

Still, better than empty shelves.

OTOH, the only PPE we're getting in the hospital is from Chicomia, or worse, and the isolation gowns are actually souvenir-quality colored plastic rain poncho/sauna suits.

Yes, really.

Nothing like suiting up for an hour or two in COVID isolation, and coming out 4 pounds lighter and dripping wringing wet, from head to toe.
World-class health care, right there.

Rick C said...

"27 flavors of Coke? Nope."

This reminds me--the convenience store I usually go to is almost out of diet Mountain Dew (plenty of the common Pepsi products, though). I mentioned that to the manager this morning and she said local Pepsi bottler has been quarantined a couple of times, and the last shipment they got was a pallet with whatever it happened to have on it, and not their regular order.

Old NFO said...

Shelves aren't empty in north Texas, but 'odd' shortages. Sodas are limited as to various diet drinks, nothing Clorox on the shelves. Meat/produce seems to be normal, fruits/veggies are back to normal.

B said...

Northwest Indiana here:

Meat is plentiful, but beef is cheaper than chicken now. Lots of pork products. All told pricing for meat is 20-40% higher than 6 months ago.

Lots of vegetables, bread is kinda spotty. Never out, but some brands and styles in short supply.

All the paper products you could want, same with dairy. Some canned goods are not available or only off brands. Oddly, Kraft Mac and cheeze with normal noodles is unavailable, only stuff with a movie link with weird noodles.

Booze and wine are plentiful, also most standard sodas. rice is hard to come by in bulk. Flour is short, and mostly "off" brands. But you can get all the cornmeal you want. Jiffy mixes are spotty. Breakfast cereal is available, but not all kinds. Sugar is hit and miss.

Ammo here is nonexistent, unless you want something non mainstream. primers and powder are hard to come by. Pistols and AR/AK rifles and pump shotguns are a myth....or are stratospheric in price.

Cleaning supplies can be hit or miss. Laundry soap same-same.

no real shortages, grocery wise, but not stocked at the level of 6 months ago all around.

HMS Defiant said...

Metroparkcentralis here. Most things are back in stock except our brands of flour we use to make bread and oddly, kitchen cleaning supplies. Food is no problem but as others have noted, it's about 40% more expensive than before the flu.

Tom Lindsay said...

Kennesaw, north of Atlanta: Pasta, rice, and dry beans are spotty. TP and towels are back but not all brands. Soft drinks are spotty. Cleaning products are iffy, too, but I can find them online, so I don't get them at the store much.

Ammo . . . well, that's another story. I am all out of competition 9mm. With the USPSA state championships coming in 2 months, I'm starting to worry.

Sardaukar said...

Western Montana here. Frankly only regarding some cleaning supplies in some grocery stores (mostly family owned) are we seeing empty shelves. Hardly any in big chains or Costco.
Oh, and .45 ACP ammo. 9mm is a bit spotty. No problem getting 5.56, 7.62 nato, 7.62x39 or .30-06.

Sardaukar said...

Sorry, I ment to say hardly any cleaning shortages in big chains or Costco in western Montana. Time for coffee!

Terrapod said...

SW Michigan is behaving very strangely insofar as local supermarkets. All 3 local market chains in my town are owned/supplied by the same overarching vendor, that being Spartan Nash. They took over the Martins chain right about when COVID hit.

There are huge holes in pretty much every category outside of dental and laundry.

Bread stocks are spotty and some brands are missing.
Flour and baking needs have pretty much vanished and are stocked infrequently.

Pickles that were common before are no longer sold and no date when they will return.

Off brand TP and tissues most of the time, main brands of paper towels, TP and tissues appear occasionally and vanish in a day or two.

Milk and other dairy seems to be suffering from shifting supply times and are not always in stock as they were before.

Overall I am getting the same feeling of my time living in Argentina and other countries where shortages occurred every time there were price controls or other government meddling.

Trucking seems to be pretty much up to speed, so it has to be the production end that is going wonky. This has to get back to where it was before or we are in for a very long slow decline in quality of service and standard of living.

Unknown said...

Few garden hoses, VERY few soaker hoses available in SLC.