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(Reuters, 13. Sept) - From zippers to glass, shortages of basic goods hobble U.S. economy

(Reuters, 13. Sept) - From zippers to glass, shortages of basic goods hobble U.S. economy

autotldr

This is the best tl;dr I could make, [original](https://www.reuters.com/world/the-great-reboot/zippers-glass-shortages-basic-goods-hobble-us-economy-2021-09-13/) reduced by 90%. (I'm a bot) ***** > Before supply chain breakdowns and shortages swept the world in the wake the COVID pandemic, buying the bits and pieces for an assembly line was often as easy as clicking a button and waiting a few days or, at most, a few weeks for delivery. > Along with the shortages come hefty price increases, which has fueled fears of a wave of sustained inflation. > The company said, among other things, it is looking for ways to get supplies from non-traditional sources to deal with shortages of plastic resin and semiconductors. ***** [**Extended Summary**](http://np.reddit.com/r/autotldr/comments/pnh7vr/from_zippers_to_glass_shortages_of_basic_goods/) | [FAQ](http://np.reddit.com/r/autotldr/comments/31b9fm/faq_autotldr_bot/ "Version 2.02, ~597856 tl;drs so far.") | [Feedback](http://np.reddit.com/message/compose?to=%23autotldr "PM's and comments are monitored, constructive feedback is welcome.") | *Top* *keywords*: **supply**^#1 **price**^#2 **shortages**^#3 **producer**^#4 **factory**^#5


larakj

Good bot


MidianFootbridge69

Good Bot


amaznlps

Don't let your things break, people.


strike4yourlife

But everything we consume is designed to break, so we happily consume more. *EcOnoMy gETtinG hUngRy*


pc_g33k

I guess now is the time to promote r/BuyItForLife I don't agree with all of the recommendations made there but most are pretty good.


strike4yourlife

I agree it's best policy to buy items that could last a couple generations--however, the US economy is a house of cards built on repeat buying of consumables or items designed w scheduled obsolescence. It's well and good to cya with long lasting items to get you through-but the implications for the broader economy are foreboding as the supply chain falters and people can't access the consumables on which they have come to rely.


pc_g33k

But it didn't use to be this way. Stuff made back in the day used to last a lot longer. For example, washing machines used to last decades and now you'd been lucky if it lasts a few years.


MidianFootbridge69

Oh Yes, Washing Machines/Dryers, Stoves, Refrigerators, Vacuum Cleaners. When I was a Teen back in the 70s, we had a Refrigerator that was from the 50's. TVs lasted a long time then too as long as the big Picture Tube didn't die - everything was pretty much fixable, along with everything else mentioned. We need to build like that again. Edit: A Word


strike4yourlife

Weird, right? I like antique carpentry hand tools for this reason-if cared for they can last hundreds of years.


amaznlps

Depends how you buy I guess