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2 hours ago, onlyme said:

Backlog plus massive demand I reckon -  all those working from home, multinational companies alone must be draining 100,000's from the supply chain. I spoke to small IT supplier, said just couldn't get any stock, all of it either going to the US or the likes of PC world with an MOQ of 1,000. Pretty much the same story for small chain hardware stores, supplying routed to large stores and they are being left with big holes on their shelves, subtly hidden by overloading with more stock from the back room onto the retail part but still very noticeable when you look.

Air parcel cost has rocketed 3-4x - so not the hold space to piggyback off so anything low value / non essential will go slow boat, but still means actual transportation capacity has been cut back by the loss of those passenger flights.

Same with white goods, according to my local electrical shop. He blamed it on an orders backlog from the factory closures in China during Lockdown. I didn't want to get conspiratorial with him, but he did add that he thinks the government is keeping it quiet to stop panic buying.

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12 minutes ago, Austin Allegro said:

Same with white goods, according to my local electrical shop. He blamed it on an orders backlog from the factory closures in China during Lockdown. I didn't want to get conspiratorial with him, but he did add that he thinks the government is keeping it quiet to stop panic buying.

Just been having the same conversation about white goods. £600 model earlier this year now £850 as friend looking for replacement.

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I bought a second hand bike and have been enjoying leisurely cycle rides. Other than that I’ve only bought food and other essential supplies.

My plan is to spend nothing until the restrictions end unless it’s an essential item. I’m not going in cafes/restaurants because I’m not giving my details and dislike mask wearing, signs, arrows on floor etc.

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7 hours ago, MrLibertyRedux said:

Meanwhile I have been toying with the idea of buying my first motorcycle.

Yes, these have become popular, as mentioned previously. Apparently dealers will bite your hand off for a good trade-in. Short supply. I wonder whether this will continue as winter approaches.

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5 hours ago, Van Lady said:

I bought a second hand bike and have been enjoying leisurely cycle rides. Other than that I’ve only bought food and other essential supplies.

My plan is to spend nothing until the restrictions end unless it’s an essential item. I’m not going in cafes/restaurants because I’m not giving my details and dislike mask wearing, signs, arrows on floor etc.

You need to find the right places.

I had a lovely dinner this evening. No need for masks, and there was a visitors book to sign if you were that way inclined.

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1 minute ago, Wight Flight said:

You need to find the right places.

I had a lovely dinner this evening. No need for masks, and there was a visitors book to sign if you were that way inclined.

I'm sure your signature will appear on Antiques Roadshow, as a collectible, in a few years.

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  • Hammond bass pedals - hopefully to convert into MIDI bass pedals (and emulate a Moog Taurus via a Raspberry Pi)
  • Arduino for use with pedals to encode the switches into MIDI signals (plus reed switches, magnets etc)
  • Tandy TRS80 Model 100 from 1983 (not quite working). Hoped it was an easy fix, but still having power supply problems

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1 minute ago, mooncat69 said:
  • Hammond bass pedals - hopefully to convert into MIDI bass pedals (and emulate a Moog Taurus via a Raspberry Pi)
  • Arduino for use with pedals to encode the switches into MIDI signals (plus reed switches, magnets etc)
  • Tandy TRS80 Model 100 from 1983 (not quite working). Hoped it was an easy fix, but still having power supply problems

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Good project. Do you have musical feet?

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9 hours ago, MrPin said:


My sister bought a guitar. These have become popular in the shutdown. I have been looking for a guitar, but there seems to be a shortage. Many people have bought scooters, as the government told us to keep away from public transport. Has anyone here made a substantial purchase?

A saxophone. 

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8 hours ago, Dogtania said:

Don't own but for a long time pined after a good chesterfield.  Iirc when I looked a few years ago for a British made one it came to around 4k.

I used to hear people talk about buying sofas at work from the likes I think of DFS where they may spend 2.5k.... To me always seemed like a lot more run for your money if you could spend a bit more.  

My sister still has bits of furniture  that are over 40 years old.  Probably look a bit weathered but solid and I thought the weathered look sometimes adds value in some strange way if ever goes to auction.

When it comes to actual solid drawers dressers that kind of thing I was also led to believe you can pick up good quality for next to nothing nowdays as the market and fashion has changed (lighter colours, minamilst and increase of people living in rabbit hutches).  I'm sure the top end stuff destined for yatches and mansions of super rich still commands top end prices though.

You need to find a good, local handmade furniture place. There's a bloke near Northallerton, Bob Ellis, retired woodwork teacher. Will make you anything you want at a decent price. Only trouble is he takes fucking ages. We waited nearly two months for some drawers, but they're absolutely top notch. We've had loads off him. 

2 minutes ago, MrPin said:

Good one. I already have one due to a tax rebate some while back.

You say good, I've had it nearly 3 months and  just starting to get a decent tune out of it. I can do a decent rendition of Yankee Doodle. 

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2 minutes ago, Roger_Mellie said:

You say good, I've had it nearly 3 months and  just starting to get a decent tune out of it. I can do a decent rendition of Yankee Doodle. 

That's about right. Try "Dixie" next.

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