After an update on canned sardines and tomatoes, I will address razor blades and chocolate. I know the title sounds like the name of a 1980s punk rock band, but please bear with me.
I went shopping today at the little country grocery store as well as the nearest Walgreens. I noted that the imported sardines were still on the shelf for the same price as last week, but now had a small sign stating “$1.39 as advertised!” above the row of 4.5 oz cans. Apparently, the run on sardines hadn’t gone unnoticed by store staff and they decided to do some additional promotion of their Bumble-Bee imports from Poland. The shelves were well-stocked.
However, I also saw on the next shelf a significant number of imported cans of herring in tomato sauce from Germany –6 oz for $1.39. Like I stated previously in my post on the economics of sardines, I don’t believe it’s possible for the Germans to still catch, can, and sell fish to Americans cheaper than we can do it here –especially given the Dollar-Euro exchange rate.
There are different versions of a list of the Top 100 Things to Disappear First in a Panic/Emergency/SHTF, but chocolate for some reason is usually #77. Although I agree with the inclusion of many of the things on that list, chocolate becomes much harder to find than bullets. Ask any soldier who has served in any of the sh’tholes around the globe over the past century and they can confirm this is often the case. Furthermore, ask a female from any walk of life from anywhere on the planet to look over that same list and rate her top 20 items in rank of importance, and you can bet chocolate will be on it.
Likewise, whether it’s for soldiers’ faces or females’ legs, another wonder product of modern industry (which has also jumped in price over the last five years) are razor blades. The clean male face has been the hallmark of a professional soldier from the time of the Roman legionary who marched around the Mediterranean to the 21st Century specialist who steps off a helicopter in Iraq a few months from now as part of Operation New Dawn.