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Old 06-24-2020, 12:46 PM
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Went to buy decking material yesterday at Home Depot.....out of stock. Estimated delivery 2 weeks - 3 months. Checked at Lowes.....out of stock, could not give estimated delivery date.

Both stores have LOTS of empty shelves.

Went to Bass Pro over the weekend to buy 4 things, none of them in stock. Shelves are shockingly bare, asked one of the workers if they are going out of business? He said they haven't received any sizeable inventory in the past 2 months.

I do purchasing at work and a couple of the companies I buy from said 2-3 weeks to ship after receipt of order, EVEN IF THEY HAVE IT IN STOCK!

Businesses must be going gangbusters trying to keep up with orders. Anyone else notice the same lack of inventory?
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Oh ya its that way with many stores
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I am a member on numerous construction pages on FB. Many areas have the same complaints as you. Decking and Trim seems to be the major issues. Some areas are flat out of 2 x 4s.

Don't know the truth but, one of the members asked at a HD and was told stock was going to their top stores.
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I ran in West Marine in Columbia South Carolina yesterday to pick up some boat hook tips. The shelves were bare. While I was there UPS was picking up packages shipping out directly to customers. Guy working the counter said that their warehouses are so out of stock that they are filling online orders from their retail stores.
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I ordered an avet 30 exw/2lh on may 1st. Still don't know when I will get it. Tried to order a barracuda tackle cast net. Website said 2-4 weeks so I didn't bother placing the order.
I also work in purchasing, I am buying raw chemicals, things were a little sketchy back in March but lately things have been back to normal.

I worked straight through this whole thing, hard for me to keep a perspective that not everyone else did. Really sucks too because I do absolutely nothing but work all year. June - August is my fishing/beach time. Really wish I had stocked up on some things early on.
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What did you expect Lol

Stuff happens when you shut the country down for months and don't get imports
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Same here with Decking! I got Deck boards just in time to redo My Small Deck. Went back 2 weeks later and all H.D. and Lowes had were some 16 footers!!
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Yup... Out here in SD I put up a fence with 2x4 wire, I learned if a rabbit wants, it can get through it! Anyway, went to Menards to get some chicken wire to put around the bottom. They have two rack sections with rolls of light wire fencing, bare. Asked an associate where they moved it to. We're out, any wire fencing you ask about is gone! Went to Tractor Supply, none. Finally went to Runnings, associate said we've been out for weeks, but I think I saw a roll outside. I went out with him, the roll was at least a year old, but it worked fine. He said that most of their products were not considered 'critical items' and trucks weren't coming in at all like normal...
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I've been pontificating over this for a few weeks. Everybody is out of stock. Across multiple industries. I'll give you this advisements if you see something you might need BUY IT!!!

My boat shop was belly aching saying this was going to happen. He was right! I loaded up right then and there on my paint job coming this summer. I took the last cans!!
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Man I was just in Jcpennys today at lunch and the levis were almost non existent and the shelves were
a mess! It seemed there were almost no employees either. I'm aware alot of these stores are closing but
not this one...yet
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A great time for price appreciation...talks of a 2nd round of stimulus with the addition of stretched unemployment creates a perfect scenario. Hello $7/gal milk!
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Pretty simple....start manufacturing here again...if this ain't a wake up call...nothing is....roaring 20's...only 100 years ago...have we become so complacent and jaded...mills and buildings..many still there...not condos or apartments....
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Originally Posted by Lprizman View Post
Pretty simple....start manufacturing here again...if this ain't a wake up call...nothing is....roaring 20's...only 100 years ago...have we become so complacent and jaded...mills and buildings..many still there...not condos or apartments....
You nailed it.
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I went three places looking for xlarge condoms. None to be found.
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Try going to a gun store...I went to 2 yesterday just to observe...

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This one is hard to understand.

Went to Lowe's yesterday to buy a regular 3 prong 15 amp electrical plug. They did not have a single three pronged plug in the store!

Over 15 bins for plugs, all empty.

Went down the street to Home Depot, they were fully stocked with a large assortment of the plugs.
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I own a lumber yard. Donít expect PT decking until at least September. Holes in SKUs everywhere. Been in multiple fights with home owners because they see wood in my yard but I wonít sell it to them. We are primarily contractor based and Iíve done a good job keeping my customers working on their projects. Understand itís more important to me to make sure my guys are still going and working and not looking for stuff elsewhere than to help some guy who needs 8 deck boards to finish his deck that he bought most of the lumber at a big box store. If I sell that product to him even if itís 3 times as much. Once he walks out that door I will never see him again. It doesnít Benefit me. Iíve also had contractors who buy from competitors act like they will give me a shot if I give them my wood. Look bud. Sorry I am a better buyer and have better relationships with the mills than your main store does but I am taking care of the guys that take care of me during normal times. Come back to me during normal times and weíll build a relationship then the next time a shortage comes around Iím here to help. I have made exceptions for DIYers that have frequented me in the past because I reward loyalty.

I guess my point is the next time you need something from a box store realize that if you spend a buck or two more to meet the mom and pops in your community it might pay off some day.
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Last week I had a conversation with My contact at my local lumber yard who delivers all my wood/doors/ trim on the homes I build. He is extremely short on pressure treated. Door and window orders he is telling the sales force to give 3+ week lead time instead of the normal week. Local company but does 9 figures in sales a year with multiple locations around Philly.

At 4 different HomeDepots in the last week and their tool crib drill bit/screw bits selection was 1/2 missing on all stores. A ton of the drills and cordless items slots were empty. If you need it but it now.
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I own a lumber yard. Donít expect PT decking until at least September. Holes in SKUs everywhere. Been in multiple fights with home owners because they see wood in my yard but I wonít sell it to them. We are primarily contractor based and Iíve done a good job keeping my customers working on their projects. Understand itís more important to me to make sure my guys are still going and working and not looking for stuff elsewhere than to help some guy who needs 8 deck boards to finish his deck that he bought most of the lumber at a big box store. If I sell that product to him even if itís 3 times as much. Once he walks out that door I will never see him again. It doesnít Benefit me. Iíve also had contractors who buy from competitors act like they will give me a shot if I give them my wood. Look bud. Sorry I am a better buyer and have better relationships with the mills than your main store does but I am taking care of the guys that take care of me during normal times. Come back to me during normal times and weíll build a relationship then the next time a shortage comes around Iím here to help. I have made exceptions for DIYers that have frequented me in the past because I reward loyalty.

I guess my point is the next time you need something from a box store realize that if you spend a buck or two more to meet the mom and pops in your community it might pay off some day.
That is completely understandable and completely justified IMO. Hope your business thrives in the future.
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I went three places looking for xlarge condoms. None to be found.
I had the same problem with xxl's. But that's nothing new.

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