from Silver Doctors:
Don’t think American grocery stores can turn Venezuelan? Pretty soon we won’t even have to think about it…
(by Half Dollar) Do I really need to say, “it’s getting bad out there”?
Here’s an interesting random YouTube video on food shortages that popped up in my “recommended” feed:
TRUTH LIVES on at https://sgtreport.tv/
That video was recorded just a few days ago, and to think, while I never lived in Georgia, I have lived most of my life (so far) in North Carolina, so I do know a thing or two about the US South, and let me tell you that the soil down there is pretty darn fertile, so to be watching some random people on YouTube talking about food shortages in Atlanta?
And before one casts this off as simply one great big giant coincidence in that the major, very large regional farmers’ market of way more than just produce actually happens to be closing down or going out of business or something, let me remind people of what happens when businesses close down and go out of business: The stuff for sale in there doesn’t skyrocket in price, but rather, it goes on fire sale!
Furthermore, if a farmer could sell a case of apples over a bag of apples, he or she would, and it’s not just me shouting, “food shortages”, but lots of people all over the country are shouting the very same thing.
Regardless, talking about the ongoing, worsening food shortages in Georgia is not the purpose of this article because after writing about a school district running out of food in Alabama last week, it’s pretty clear that the worsening food shortages are nationwide.
The purpose of this article is to hopefully show just how fast prices are moving up.
Now, I was conducting some field research in one of my favorite observational wildlands a few days ago.
You see, I’ve been thinking a lot about tomatoes lately, not only because we’ve been eating our homegrown tomatoes all Summer and into Fall, freezing the tomatoes, making salsas and sauces with them, and Wifey even made some homemade tomato jelly, or tomato jam, or tomato whatever-the-heck-it’s-called, but also because I’m starting to think about getting into canning next year.
That said, I’ve been in the market for some really nice, fancy pasta sauce lately, because not only have I been doing some research on canning tomatoes in general, but I have also been looking to add a few more jars to the larder.
Specifically, my eyes were on the $0.88 jar of Great Value Tomato Basil Garlic Pasta Sauce from Walmart, and honestly, I couldn’t believe the price I was seeing in front of my eyes on one of my multiple 24″ computer monitors, because not only was it a glass jar of pasta sauce, and not only were there 24 ounces of sauce in one jar, a jar of sauce which will surely last a long enough time before somebody eats it, might I add, even if that time is well past the expiration date, which is already over two years out into the future, but Walmart was willing to ship the heavy and fragile precious food to my house, for free!
How in the heck is that even possible at that price?
And I thought to myself, “this sounds too good to be true”!
So I bought 20 jars:
And immediately notice the problem: Walmart has yet to deliver 10 of the jars I ordered.
Remember how I’ve been writing about how Walmart has problems with literally every single order I place lately?
Yeah, well, I’m really hoping I get those other jars of pasta sauce and that Walmart doesn’t just outright cancel the order on me, again.
Because in the real world, for physical sauce, that $0.88 price doesn’t exist anymore:
You have to pay over 45% more for the pasta sauce, from just a few days ago!
Also notice that Walmart can no longer “stock” the shelves in the traditional way by hand-placing each jar onto the shelf, but instead, the employees now apparently just throw the cases of non-perishables onto the shelves, box and all!
Granted, it is easier to take them off of Walmart’s shelf case-by-case, as opposed to jar-by-jar, so I guess that’s a good change, and if tossing the cases onto the shelves can help make Walmart workers more efficient, well that’s all fine and dandy too, but none of this means any less breakage of glass when the 450-Pound Mario Andretti Variants of the Walmart Zombies are making a swerving b-line for the pasta sauce on isle 7 on their 1000 pound electric go-carts, so there’s that too.
To recap, online, with free shipping to my house, I just paid $17.60 for 20 glass jars of pasta sauce, weighing in at a pound-and-a-half of sauce, per jar, but if you want to go spend the time and energy going to Walmart yourself, you’ll be paying $1.28 per jar.
And not only that, but just days later, no Great Value brand pasta sauce of any kind is offered online at the $0.88 price, and this has been the case for a couple of days now: