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Weird things that are "out of stock"

Discussion in 'Personal' started by coffeekid, Apr 8, 2020.

  1. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    I just spent a few hours online, trying to buy art supplies. My usual shop (Jackson's Art Supplies) is out of stock of all my usual things - certain paint brands, certain colours, canvas, art panels etc. It's all a bit mad. Been looking for other suppliers but it's the same everywhere. Looks like people are turning to art to pass the time, which usually I'd be totally happy about, but I'm running out of Cadmium Orange which seems to be the art equivalent of toilet roll right now.
    Yes, I know, first world problems, but...
  2. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    I wonder if people have been buying up art supplies to give their children something to do? My grandchildren seem to have lot more art and craft supplies than hitherto.
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  3. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    Quite expensive art supplies though - I mean there are "hobby" art supplies, and there are professional ones. I wouldn't waste that money on my ten year old, much as I like to see her making art!
  4. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    Supply chain won't be functioning either.

    I've tried many online shops to try and get some easter eggs sent to my (young adult!) children We separated while I was still going into school regularly, and expecting that to continue, so we ended up locking down in different households.

    There are easter eggs available, but no choice, and 4x the normal price, at least

    We don't normally have Easter gifts as such, just a bit of chocolate. This year I've sent the a strange random assortment of bits and pieces, because the chocolate is so unreasonable.
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  5. eleanorms

    eleanorms Occasional commenter

    I went to a fabric shop the week before the lockdown to get material for my daughter's art project, knowing it was something she could get on with if stuck at home. The owner said she had never had such as busy week, people were coming in to stock up on patchwork and dressmaking materials.
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  6. red_observer

    red_observer Star commenter

    Jeremy Corbyn?
  7. rachel_g41

    rachel_g41 Established commenter

    I bought wool for crocheting. One thing went out of stock after I placed the order and they apologised for a delay in processing because they were overwhelmed by orders. Quarantine isn't all Netflix :)
  8. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

  9. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    You're kidding about Easter Eggs - every supermarket is full of them.
  10. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Supermarkets are full of them and already have a great many on reduced price offers.
    Even M&S has theirs on 3 for 2.
  11. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Star commenter

    I ordered a jigsaw from the shop in Grasmere but after a couple of days I got a refund with no explanation. Their website just says that orders may be slower than normal. Might give them a call to see what's going on.
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  12. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Neccessity is the mother of invention, @coffeekid. An opportunity maybe to experiment with a different type of paint or to see whether Brewers, who supply paint to decorators in any colour you like could mix you up a Cadmium Orange paint, which our Cookery forum colleagues can advise how to reduce to the thickness and consistency of an oil paint.

    Maybe you could put Joni Mitchell's Blue album on to get inspired by a different colour such as Little Green? Donvan's Colours could open up an entirely different paint box. Simply Red and Deep Purple might also spark a mood to reduce your reliance on Cadmium Orange.
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  13. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    I have been ordering jigsaw puzzles from Amazon for my Mum. I wouldn't usually send her dinosaurs but lots are out of stock.
  14. Over_the_hill

    Over_the_hill Star commenter

    In my local supermarket today there was plenty of toilet roll but not one packet of hair dye. The shelf was totally empty.
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  15. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I noticed yesterday the toilet roll section is back to normal.

    My wife had to sit outside yesterday as they would only let one person from each household in.

    So next week we're doing separate trolleys and separate lists.
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  16. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    The hair dye shortage is understandable, I suppose.
  17. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Yes - people are desperate to drink anything these days
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  18. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Tesco have also introduced a series of arrows to guide you round the store - nobody was taking any notice of this mind you.

    Also I forgot to play my usual game of "Who's bought the Daily Express" - anyone that does I immediately vomit into their trolley.
  19. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

  20. Grandsire

    Grandsire Star commenter

    I got creative yesterday and sent a friend a photo of what I'd made. They were astonished that I had all the materials at home already. Strange, but then again this friend has never been allowed into my spare bedroom. (Hell, I can barely get in there myself!)

    Apparently, some people do it the wrong way round: they decide what they'd like to make and only then go out and buy all the stuff...
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