Don’t think American grocery stores can turn Venezuelan? Pretty soon we won’t even have to think about it…
(by Half Dollar) Do I really need to say, “it’s getting bad out there”?
Here’s an interesting random YouTube video on food shortages that popped up in my “recommended” feed:
That video was recorded just a few days ago, and to think, while I never lived in Georgia, I have lived most of my life (so far) in North Carolina, so I do know a thing or two about the US South, and let me tell you that the soil down there is pretty darn fertile, so to be watching some random people on YouTube talking about food shortages in Atlanta?
And before one casts this off as simply one great big giant coincidence in that the major, very large regional farmers’ market of way more than just produce actually happens to be closing down or going out of business or something, let me remind people of what happens when businesses close down and go out of business: The stuff for sale in there doesn’t skyrocket in price, but rather, it goes on fire sale!
Furthermore, if a farmer could sell a case of apples over a bag of apples, he or she would, and it’s not just me shouting, “food shortages”, but lots of people all over the country are shouting the very same thing.
Regardless, talking about the ongoing, worsening food shortages in Georgia is not the purpose of this article because after writing about a school district running out of food in Alabama last week, it’s pretty clear that the worsening food shortages are nationwide.
The purpose of this article is to hopefully show just how fast prices are moving up.
Now, I was conducting some field research in one of my favorite observational wildlands a few days ago.
You see, I’ve been thinking a lot about tomatoes lately, not only because we’ve been eating our homegrown tomatoes all Summer and into Fall, freezing the tomatoes, making salsas and sauces with them, and Wifey even made some homemade tomato jelly, or tomato jam, or tomato whatever-the-heck-it’s-called, but also because I’m starting to think about getting into canning next year.
That said, I’ve been in the market for some really nice, fancy pasta sauce lately, because not only have I been doing some research on canning tomatoes in general, but I have also been looking to add a few more jars to the larder.
Specifically, my eyes were on the $0.88 jar of Great Value Tomato Basil Garlic Pasta Sauce from Walmart, and honestly, I couldn’t believe the price I was seeing in front of my eyes on one of my multiple 24″ computer monitors, because not only was it a glass jar of pasta sauce, and not only were there 24 ounces of sauce in one jar, a jar of sauce which will surely last a long enough time before somebody eats it, might I add, even if that time is well past the expiration date, which is already over two years out into the future, but Walmart was willing to ship the heavy and fragile precious food to my house, for free!
How in the heck is that even possible at that price?
And I thought to myself, “this sounds too good to be true”!
So I bought 20 jars:
And immediately notice the problem: Walmart has yet to deliver 10 of the jars I ordered.
Remember how I’ve been writing about how Walmart has problems with literally every single order I place lately?
Yeah, well, I’m really hoping I get those other jars of pasta sauce and that Walmart doesn’t just outright cancel the order on me, again.
Because in the real world, for physical sauce, that $0.88 price doesn’t exist anymore:
You have to pay over 45% more for the pasta sauce, from just a few days ago!
Also notice that Walmart can no longer “stock” the shelves in the traditional way by hand-placing each jar onto the shelf, but instead, the employees now apparently just throw the cases of non-perishables onto the shelves, box and all!
Granted, it is easier to take them off of Walmart’s shelf case-by-case, as opposed to jar-by-jar, so I guess that’s a good change, and if tossing the cases onto the shelves can help make Walmart workers more efficient, well that’s all fine and dandy too, but none of this means any less breakage of glass when the 450-Pound Mario Andretti Variants of the Walmart Zombies are making a swerving b-line for the pasta sauce on isle 7 on their 1000 pound electric go-carts, so there’s that too.
To recap, online, with free shipping to my house, I just paid $17.60 for 20 glass jars of pasta sauce, weighing in at a pound-and-a-half of sauce, per jar, but if you want to go spend the time and energy going to Walmart yourself, you’ll be paying $1.28 per jar.
And not only that, but just days later, no Great Value brand pasta sauce of any kind is offered online at the $0.88 price, and this has been the case for a couple of days now:
And while I should have bought 100 jars instead of 20 when I first saw them, I’m seriously thinking about buying a hundred or so Hunt’s pasta sauce in the can because I don’t think there will be any cheaper pasta sauce going forward, and quite frankly, I see Walmart raising the price on their Great Value brand just because they can.
No pun intended.
For what we’ve allowed to happen to the US Dollar really is no joke.
Here’s the overall point: There is a major, massive disconnect right now with the way retailers are adapting to the US Dollar Hyperinflation/Crack-Up Boom, even though nobody but myself is calling it that just yet, and so retailers’ prices for things online and in the stores may be way more out-of-sync than even before, and not only is the entire pricing structure of food totally out-of-whack in America right now, but when the product is finally restocked on the shelves and the new prices are revealed, Holy Guacamole!
In other words, right now, just to eat, one really has to do his or her own intensive research and shop-around more than just wisely, as I’m not talking about a penny here and a penny there, but rather, gigantic price spikes on common staple foods that could quickly render food unaffordable for people who are unable to generate more income or tap into their increasingly worthless US dollar “savings” to offset the reality of the math because quite frankly, the vast majority of Americans don’t have any savings.
Said differently, I know my family eats “spaghetti dinner” on a regular basis, and I’m pretty sure hundreds of millions of other Americans regularly eat spaghetti dinner too, but the price of one of the key ingredients, pasta sauce, has literally just skyrocketed in price in only a matter of a few very short days in general, and October 14th specifically!
All of this matters, especially with the Great Value brand, because you’re basically at the lowest price point of the market, so when the price of the cheapest stuff goes up, that spells “big trouble” for family budgets across the nation.
And yes, I’m seriously considering buying 100 jars of Hunt’s tomato sauce in the can at a price of $0.94 because I really don’t see sub-$1 pasta sauce for much longer, at least not for 24 delicious ounces.
It’s not just Walmart, but it’s also Costco, and Kroger, and all of the other food/grocery stores, really, where the disconnects and discrepancies in pricing of any given item are really out of control.
But wait, there’s more!
That’s right folks, because I didn’t type the “hyperinflation & crack-up boom” in my title for no reason.
Specifically, it’s getting so bad right now, that with all of the software coders & developers with their super scripts and computer algorithms, with the comfy corporate office workers getting their sweet pay and posh benefits, with all of the artificial “intelligence” out there that’s supposedly going to change the world for the better, and with all of that other fancy stuff that makes modern life so “efficient”, well now, see if you can spot the problem:
Holy Guacamole, again!
What’s the bottom line?
If you think there are problems with keeping the shelves stocked in the stores now, or if you think that prices are going up at a rapid pace, just wait until our corrupt, evil “elected” “leaders” and public “servants” make their final push for the VacaLoca Mandate, because smart people who are willing and able are going to opt-out, hunker-down, and wait-it-out in a Don’t-Tread-On-Me kind of way.
But you know what they say about plans!
They say, “if you’re not planning on using that hyperinflating US dollar on something specific, then convert it into silver”:
Okay, I say that.
But others say “convert it into gold”:
Which is also a good thing to say.
Especially when prices are this suppressed:
For now, even though I’ve been more consistently right about silver & gold’s price action than anybody else on the entire planet since late-January, everybody is once again determined the bottom is in.
Everybody and their brother is convinced the bottom is in for platinum too:
So I guess I’ll say, “you can’t eat money, but you can spend money to eat”, which, in my opinion, is exactly what people are going to do in the face of food shortages and skyrocketing prices, and that’s especially true for the kind of people who need to eat.
Therefore, here’s a rhetorical question about real money in general, and not about that unbacked, debt-based fiat currency dependent on exponential, unsustainable growth specifically: If people value food more than money right now, while the getting is good and the store shelves are still somewhat stocked, then won’t many people be frantically converting even more of their hard-earned money savings into food?
That was not a rhetorical question but a trick question because everybody knows, or should know, the mad scramble for anything and everything edible from the stores of the United States has only just begun, and whether one likes it or not, everybody gets to play!
Indeed, only very slowly and only after the hyperinflationary socio-economic collapse will the grocery store shelves become somewhat stocked again, but at that point in time, the people will be so poor and the food will be so expensive that stocking-up on food reserves won’t even really be a thing anymore.
It’ll be a struggle, and not to downplay things, of course, for this will be Economic Misery and Financial Ruin for most Americans, and most will not be able to endure the pain.
There’s been some pain in palladium:
Especially if you’ve been victim of catalytic converter theft!
Speaking of pain:
Get ready for even more pain at the pump.
Naturally, if copper has anything to say about it, that would be, “get ready for more pain, everywhere”:
How fast will it be before we go from “transitory inflation” to “wage and price controls”?
Dog eat dog, baby.
Dog eat dog.
That sure was some stock market crash:
The problem isn’t so much of being able to get out, but rather, being able to do something real with that “money”, like, oh, I don’t know, say, eating?
Of course, “market” “participants” are right back to the fear levels of a teenager:
Or so the market riggers want said market participants to believe.
People think interest rates are rising:
As I have shown time and time again, the US Dollar has already hyperinflated:
Curiously, the vast majority of Otherwise Smart People are still clinging to hope, or clinging to their 401-K’s, or clinging to their Wall Street portfolios, or clinging to their “crypto” “currencies”, or clinging to their life insurance policies, or clinging to their US dollar debt-based paper financial “assets”, but sadly, or pathetically, or deservedly, or ironically, or whatever, those very same people are going to be absolutely obliterated.
Stock up on food now.
Before it’s too late.
And most definitely before it’s too violent.
Because it is about to get ugly out there.
Very, very ugly…