Tue Jun 08, 2021 6:32 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Tue Jun 08, 2021 6:32 pm linkquote
Last summer it was a bit of a trick getting canning lids....my mom has canned since forever, and also shared her production of tomatoes, jam and salsa with us, so I was quite involved in trying to procure a supply, thankfully with good success.

This year, I've been concerned as well, as the usual sources have "three to a customer" signs and empty shelves, at least for the lids.... fingers crossed for when the harvesting season kicks in.

When transporting two of my scooters from storage a couple of weeks back, I looked at the trailer tires while checking inflation and saw some serious sidewall cracking I hadn't noticed before. Checked the tire age and yeah, it's high time to replace them. Unfortunately, my usual source is out, unless I buy an entire wheel. (Kind of a pattern here...I can buy a glass canning jar with lid and ring, but no lid only...). My auto shop checked on tires and they were over $100. EACH. The last time I'd checked price they were around $65. I'd assumed a COVID-related supply issue, but the store claims there's a rubber shortage. Suddenly I see a connection with canning lids....there's a ring of rubber around the edge. There may be other issues, but I'm assuming there's a problem procuring some component of the product.

So, I either panic and do every thing possible to get what I want, at an exorbitant price, or wait until the supply eventually stabilizes. I've got a couple of months before I need the trailer, and the same for lids. It's kind of a weird feeling....used to hear about lines at markets elsewhere, but this has been the land of plenty, even excess. We've got some "getting used to" to do it seems.

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210308-rubber-the-wonder-material-we-are-running-out-of
Car and Driver seems a bit more circumspect.....
https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a36312124/tire-shortage-possible/
Tue Jun 08, 2021 7:46 pm

Sergeant at Arms
Weird 80's Vespas & Cool Vintage Lambrettas
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Tue Jun 08, 2021 7:46 pm linkquote
Target, Wally, Michael’s, the DIY and u-line all have lids ready to rock last I checked

(I too can it up like a mad man)

Just got tires for the missus car. No mention of short. About what I expected for what was bought.

Depending on tire size, 80ish is about rate amigo.
Wed Jun 09, 2021 5:34 am

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Wed Jun 09, 2021 5:34 am linkquote
Until recently I worked for one of the larger US electronics manufacturers in the automotive industry. Courtesy of covid there was a time last year where we couldn’t get anything out of China on a timely basis, including product from our own plants. The bug was so bad in some areas that the big name courier services couldn’t get drivers for their trucks. Then once it did make it to the port there was nobody to load it.

This year its been microchips, different semiconductors, even some gauges and specialized types of wire.

Get used to it, it’ll be a while before this all gets sorted out. Meanwhile some nice people seem to be gouging for the fun of it, profiting from this mess and blaming covid. We actually starting manufacturing some hard to get items ourselves because the suppliers were raising prices and restricting the flow of materials “due to material shortages cause by covid”... we had no problems finding the materials, just problems finding suppliers who weren’t playing games to make money from this situation.

Its so nice to have just retired and left that crap behind.
Wed Jun 09, 2021 6:30 am

Ossessionato
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Wed Jun 09, 2021 6:30 am linkquote
Dave,

When my Grandmother passed away, she had kept hundreds of glass Mason canning jars from years ago when they were on the farm in Cleveland North Dakota.

In her mind, she never got off the farm. The small backyard in South Minneapolis was all garden.

Bob Copeland
Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:10 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
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Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:10 am linkquote
greasy125 wrote:
Target, Wally, Michael’s, the DIY and u-line all have lids ready to rock last I checked
Thanks...those are off my usual shopping circuit, but makes a great excuse for a cross-town scooter ride this noon....

It's weird with the tires in a way, my store has plenty of other sizes on the rack....

Edit: Crap. Target, like everywhere else just has complete sets. Don't have the heart to buy a lid with a jar I have no use for....but then again it's a pretty important component.
Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:01 am

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Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:01 am linkquote
Looks like Amazon may have what you need. Miguel
Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:03 am

Ossessionato
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Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:03 am linkquote
Fledermaus, is this what you are looking for?

Amazon Link 1

or these type of rings

Amazon Link 2

Lot of sellers of both types. Hope that helps!
Miguel

Last edited by Miguel on Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:05 am; edited 1 time in total
Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:05 am

Petty Tyrant
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Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:05 am linkquote
Looks like Miguel's post broke the forum. I'm investigating why that message is blank.
Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:06 am

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Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:06 am linkquote
jess wrote:
Looks like Miguel's post broke the forum. I'm investigating why that message is blank.
Comes up perfectly in preview after I edited the post and moved things around. Sorry!!
Miguel
Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:07 am

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Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:07 am linkquote
Miguel wrote:
Comes up perfectly in preview. Sorry!!
Miguel
Not your fault. I've taken the liberty of changing the URL tags slightly. It's showing up now. Not sure what went wrong.
Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:09 am

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Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:09 am linkquote
Miguel wrote:
Comes up perfectly in preview after I edited the post and moved things around. Sorry!!
Miguel
Looks like its working now but the links are shortened rather than showing the entire URL it shows a shortcut hyperlink.
Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:15 am

Petty Tyrant
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Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:15 am linkquote
Miguel wrote:
Looks like its working now but the links are shortened rather than showing the entire URL it shows a shortcut hyperlink.
I enclosed them with "Amazon Link 1" and "Amazon Link 2" labels, trying to remedy whatever was causing the post to show up blank.

The actual link that gets delivered to the browser when someone clicks on it is quite a bit shorter -- that's the standard behavior for all amazon links at MV.
Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:42 am

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Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:42 am linkquote
jess wrote:
I enclosed them with "Amazon Link 1" and "Amazon Link 2" labels, trying to remedy whatever was causing the post to show up blank.

The actual link that gets delivered to the browser when someone clicks on it is quite a bit shorter -- that's the standard behavior for all amazon links at MV.
How'd you enclose them in "Amazon links"
Miguel
Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:00 am

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Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:00 am linkquote
Miguel wrote:
How'd you enclose them in "Amazon links"
It was a manual process. I just changed the URL tags to this form:
[url=http://somethingorother]Amazon Link 1[/url]
There's nothing special about the term "Amazon Link 1" -- just what I chose in a hurry.

You shouldn't have to do that, so again, not your fault. But one of the Amazon links apparently has some unexpected information in it that made the forum choke. Still not sure why.
Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:06 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:06 am linkquote
Miguel wrote:
Fledermaus, is this what you are looking for?

Amazon Link 1


That'll do. Thanks!

Seems like there might be some issue with generic vs. brand name lids, but at the moment, beggars can't be choosers. Besides, just picked a ton of strawberries and my ambitious mother is likely to want to can strawberry preserves. Shame if a shortage got in the way.

Funny, just heard the manager of our local Ace Hardware in the next aisle having a rant about corporate profits and shortages of basic essentials, particularly lids. Didn't want to interrupt but was tempted to tell him he was sounding like a damned socialist, lol.
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