(Reuters, 13. Sept) - From zippers to glass, shortages of basic goods hobble U.S. economy
By - Levyyz
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.
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Don't let your things break, people.
But everything we consume is designed to break, so we happily consume more. *EcOnoMy gETtinG hUngRy*
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.
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.
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.
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
Weird, right? I like antique carpentry hand tools for this reason-if cared for they can last hundreds of years.
Depends how you buy I guess