STOCK THE CLOSINGS 2*
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Last article we talked about how retail blows my ass and you can no longer count on a store to fulfill its mission which is to stock crap for you to buy. I’m not sure why anyone bothers to be in business if their business is to be out of the item you want. How often do you go into Wally and they are, once again, out of generic bags of rice. If you are in the one Wal-Mart in the entire North American continent that doesn’t have a Mexican immigrant population, perhaps they are actually in stock. For the rest of us, always out. And, you did catch on that rice went up in price again, yes? With oil prices going down. That puzzle is answered by pick your choice. Wally is price gouging again, or the start of food shortages again, perhaps? Anyway, rolling shortages seem to be a regular occurrence which you should be used to ( I call resource depletion and JIT breakdown warning bell, but please feel free to be optimistic ). And, so is your limited choice of bargains. You literally are limited to one store for each of so many things. If that store goes out of business, there goes your one and only bargain. It might not be a huge deal to lose one deal, but when category after category is no longer affordable, and you lose another one, that is one more must have item that increases your cost of living.
I’ve regaled you with my travails over finding a decent pair of shoes. For the longest time, even the cheap and crappy shoes lasted you three or more years. Now, it is a matter of months. That makes it mighty hard to stockpile a decent amount of footwear for the future ( loss of employment, then wholesale business failures, THEN the Apocalypse. There is a long stretch you’ll need to be stockpiled with the basics ). I tried replacing my five years worn after finding used military type boots to no avail. Everything was overpriced and short lived. I tried cowboy boots with the same problem. Now I’m back to hiking boots. They are the only remaining cheap boot I can get close to a year out of. I’ve had $50 a month boots, $10 a month boots, $7 a month boots. I’ve finally found $3 a month boots. But the only place they sell them is K-Mart. And I need enough for years to come. So I’ve been buying one or two pairs a month ( they only have one in my size at any one time. Two is an occasional fluke ). I can only hope I can stockpile enough before this K-Mart closes down.
I told you before about the InterWeb Special on the make-your-own laundry soap. A great idea because it is cheap. A better idea because it is compact for storage. I’ve been buying the hell out of that Borax powder, Arm & Hammer laundry powder and bar soap you shred. Not because they don’t sell them outside of Wally but because I can’t get them as cheap elsewhere. If I’m going for an eventual goal of hundreds of gallons ( in condensed powder form, made into those gallons ) because it will be all my soap, hand and body and dish and laundry, I want those gallons at fifty cents each rather than a buck or more each. So I’m buying the ingredients now while I can, cheaply. These are what I mean about stocking for the eventual closings. You have to anticipate the end of regular items, not just post-apocalypse items like food and ammo. Other things are needed for prior and post collapse. Not everything as in the Alpha Strategy, but the most important items you can’t do without. Like footwear and sanitation. Anticipate the closings, not just the collapse.
NO CHARGE EXTRA BONUS UPDATE
I swear I’m not exaggerating, but the very next day that I wrote the above my K-Mart hiking boots started ripping apart at the top of the foot. They went from a $3 a month boot ( the longevity from my last pair-same brand- I had bought about two years ago from K-Fart ) to a $17 a month boot. So now I must go back to the $7 a month boot, the cowboy boot from Sportsman’s Guide. The gist of the article remains unchanged. I must now stockpile from Sportsman’s as they are the only boot I can buy that cheap ( without spending $300 a pair. That might be better economics but I can’t invest that without a money back guarantee, and even then I am leery because how can I ever afford back-up and multiple pairs? ), rather than from K-Mart.
But here is my point to the update. ALWAYS and forevermore, assume K-Mart quality is now just as shoddy and crappy as Wal-Mart. Before, the K-Mart junk was junk but at least lasted twice as long as the way too short lasting Wal-Mart junk ( which I can personally attest to from multiple items ). Now, they have consciously and maliciously downgraded their quality. Hump them very much. You won’t get my business anymore you cretin boxer stains.
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