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I usually by an item when I have started/opened the previously bought one so always having a new one in stock, present concern was partly alleviated last evening by finding twin 7g packs of yeast; not ideal as I normally buy the 100g tub which is seemingly like gold dust at the moment. Have also taken to wearing a face mask - £7.70 for 10 (well actually turned out to be 11) from a Amazon seller and washable given with most shops opening on Monday shopping and walking through what was a deserted town  is going to be no doubt going to be busy, Might invest in one from the local bus company which has the pattern of their seat fabric on it,  which could actually become a collectable item in years to come, and all proceeds are going to NHS Charities.

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13 hours ago, Sir TophamHatt said:

After Asda had put their dishwasher cleaner up to £1.90 (it was £1.60), 

 

I bought the wife a pack of Tea Towels !!!!

 

Brit15

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1 hour ago, Butler Henderson said:

I usually by an item when I have started/opened the previously bought one so always having a new one in stock, present concern was partly alleviated last evening by finding twin 7g packs of yeast; not ideal as I normally buy the 100g tub which is seemingly like gold dust at the moment.

We cook our own bread but we like Sourdough bread and the plus is no yeast required, just keep the starter in the fridge and take some each time you need to make a loaf, topping it up as you go, we usually cook 3 or 4 loafs a week, lovely stuff.

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54 minutes ago, APOLLO said:

 

I bought the wife a pack of Tea Towels !!!!

 

Brit15

Well....sorry to see you go.....been nice knowing you :lol:

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6 hours ago, Joseph_Pestell said:

Local builders tell me that plaster is the new loo roll.

 

Somehow I don't see it making an adequate substitute.

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2 hours ago, APOLLO said:

 

I bought the wife a pack of Tea Towels !!!!

 

Brit15

 

Has the court date been set?

 

Mike.

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2 hours ago, Butler Henderson said:

I usually by an item when I have started/opened the previously bought one so always having a new one in stock ...

 

So I guess that if the second wave of Covid-19 coincides with exacerbated supply problems, Brexit and a hard winter, you'll be scratching ...

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Excess toilet paper? An idea about what to do with it from Pete Loader, Chair of the Geological Society's Education Committee:

 

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Let the panic buying of camping equipment commence.

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Yes its ridiculous .

 

Theres been 4 or 5 days of 30 or so daily new cases in a cluster of suburbs in Melbourne, and so 1000km away my local supermarkets run out of toilet paper...

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I just wish we could get back to normal supplies of the common brands of flour (last week my local Tesco had loads of white flour, mostly in large packages, but supplies of the brands/variants I like (not usually available at Tesco) still seem to be very patchy. Usually I use Dove's wholemeal for my main sourdoughs, and their wholemeal rye for my rye sourdoughs. A couple of weeks ago Sainsburys had Doves wholemeal, but I'd got an unopened packet.  Now, none of either (and no wholemeal rye at all, although I did get some wholemeal khorasan which helps eke out the rye for breakfast).

 

On the scale of things, a minor problem, but it suggests that it will be a long time until supplies get back to normal. Hope everyone who has to self-isolate will have adequate supplies.

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6 hours ago, zarniwhoop said:

I just wish we could get back to normal supplies of the common brands of flour (last week my local Tesco had loads of white flour, mostly in large packages, but supplies of the brands/variants I like (not usually available at Tesco) still seem to be very patchy. Usually I use Dove's wholemeal for my main sourdoughs, and their wholemeal rye for my rye sourdoughs. A couple of weeks ago Sainsburys had Doves wholemeal, but I'd got an unopened packet.  Now, none of either (and no wholemeal rye at all, although I did get some wholemeal khorasan which helps eke out the rye for breakfast).

 

On the scale of things, a minor problem, but it suggests that it will be a long time until supplies get back to normal. Hope everyone who has to self-isolate will have adequate supplies.

We have been ordering ours direct from Marriages, no issues at all apart from them being in 16kg sacks, but then even they don’t last very long at the rate we eat sourdough.

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10 hours ago, zarniwhoop said:

suggests that it will be a long time until supplies get back to normal.

 

AIUI it's not the flour that's in short supply, but the equipment for bagging it in retail-sized bags.  Hence people are having comparatively little difficulty sourcing direct from mils in 16kg bags (I've done it myself), but once the 0.5-1.5kg bags are gone from the supermarket shelves they take a while to get re-stocked - and then rapidly get snapped up again when they do reappear.

 

That said, the flour shelves in my local Morrisons were groaning with own-brand plain and self raising all last week, so maybe that's one retailer who's got their act together.  The Sainsbury's I frequent has had reliable if not bountiful supplies of various types of bread flours e.g. Allinsons Country Grain and Carr's wholemeal.  So, like with many other items which are in sporadic supply at the moment (Sainsbury's organic peanut butter, I'm looking at you) one solution is not to be quite so picky about which product you buy (Morrisons 100% peanuts peanut butter proving to be a very acceptable alternative).

 

More of a problem, at least for those of us who like to make our own bread but who CBA with sourdough, is the disappearance of dried yeast.  The Sainsbury's I go to sometimes has the boxes of 7g sachets but I prefer to get 100g packets and measure out the quantity I need myself (plus the sachets are appalling VFM cf the 100g packets - Allinsons sachets are three times the £/kg compared to their 100g tins!)  Fortunately I have found a local deli that will sell me dried yeast (cheaper than the supermarkets, in fact), as well as a place that does it mail order at not too eye-popping a price if the worst comes to the worst.

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I very much suspect that there will be a long-term reduction in availability of specialist consumer items of all descriptions, accompanied by a permanent contraction of the retail market. Online retailers (particularly, but not exclusively Amazon) have essentially solved the problem of accurately supplying  very small quantities at greatly increased prices, dropping the price to offload market over-supply and increasing the price again as the market will bear. 

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1 hour ago, ejstubbs said:

 

 

More of a problem, at least for those of us who like to make our own bread but who CBA with sourdough

That’s an odd reaction, we always used to make ordinary bread until we went on a sourdough course and realised it was so much easier to make than yeasted bread.......and tasted better :D

 

 

 

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Obviously benefitted today from the increased custom the Co-Op has had; earlier in the week I went in a picked up 2 pints of milk and two pack of fish cakes knowing their mobile app had 25p off milk and 50p off the fishcakes which have a £1 off if you pay two as well. At till realised I had forgot to activate the offers but paying 90p for the milk was cushioned by using the credit on my Co-Op card. So to use the offers up went back into and at the self service scanned them, knocked off the credit on the card and made sure the discounts were showing, press to pay by card (using a floor wipe first to clean the screen) and it responded with "cancelling transactions". The store manager came over and fiddled in the secret menu without success so he told me "just take your shopping" :D

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17 hours ago, Paul.Uni said:

That is from March.

The story is correct, I accidentally gave the wrong link (see melmerby's post for the right one).

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On 13/06/2020 at 10:49, APOLLO said:

 

I bought the wife a pack of Tea Towels !!!!

 

Brit15

When I bought mine an 18v cordless drill and a Bachmann Jinty for her birthday a few years ago it didn't go down too well,

She bought me a Spa Weekend and a trip with her friends to see the pyramids a week later.

DOH!

HER BIRTHDAY IS A WEEK BEFORE MINE!

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Went to Sainsbury’s on Saturday morning, for ... the first time in a long time. Rather a lifeless and dispiriting experience. No queue to get in. Stock levels were adequate but low, occasional gaps on the shelves and little choice. Deli closed, obviously for some time. Checkouts about 50% staffed, with a maze of Perspex screens. Cafe and crèche closed. 

 

Nagging little messages on the tannoy about “only buy what you need”. Very limited stocks of crusty bread.,

 

Petrol station open, car wash closed. Key cutting and barber concession cabins in the carpark, both closed. 

 

I don’t much care for shopping at the best of times and that sort of thing won’t be attracting me back.....

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5 hours ago, rockershovel said:

Went to Sainsbury’s on Saturday morning, for ... the first time in a long time. Rather a lifeless and dispiriting experience. No queue to get in. Stock levels were adequate but low, occasional gaps on the shelves and little choice. Deli closed, obviously for some time. Checkouts about 50% staffed, with a maze of Perspex screens. Cafe and crèche closed. 

 

Nagging little messages on the tannoy about “only buy what you need”. Very limited stocks of crusty bread.,

 

Petrol station open, car wash closed. Key cutting and barber concession cabins in the carpark, both closed. 

 

I don’t much care for shopping at the best of times and that sort of thing won’t be attracting me back.....

I've been using Sainsburys throughout the recent period more so than Aldi and apart from the very early period where vultures replaced the other humans it's been fine.

 

I am shopping for two families at present as I also do my 'in laws' for them as they have had to shield, their shopping is more traditional than ours and I rarely find there are main products I cannot source at either of the two main shops.  There is a big Tesco nearby too, it has way more stock than our Sainsburys but as i don't need to make the slightly longer journey I stick local.

 

There can be queues at times to get in but most of the time there isn't an issue, however, another Sainsburys just outside the city centre (Manchester) is still suffering from massive queues that snake outside of it even now - went on Saturday hoping to find a replacement for a plate I broke and didn't even bother going into the car park.   Primark is another shop nearby where the queues are ridiculous, not that I am a member of the Primarky, I just saw the pics on the local Facebook page.  Had to go to Halfords on Saturday, chose Click & Collect, good choice, you get priority over the browsers in the queue outside.

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I've been lucky, not only being able to drive when i wanted/needed to (I'm a plumber),

but also I have most of the major supermarkets within a 2 mile radius of my home.

So, I quite often drive into the carpark, notice the excessive queue, turn round and leave.

That has made it easier to get most of what we needed, pretty much when we needed it,

and never even thought about panic buying, or stocking up.

I also was buying some essentials for a few vulnerable friends (club members), and luckily

was able to get most of their stuff too.

B&Q was entertaining, but being a TradePoint cardholder meant a bit of priority service,

like being allowed in through the exit, instead of having to queue up outside!

Things seem to be getting back to normal (ish), but slowly.

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I’d tend to agree that the initial madness was past, but “back to normal”? I beg to differ. We seem to be running on half a tank, with enough supplies available but choice much reduced, along with opening hours. I’m glad I don’t live in a town centre where the delivery services don’t operate, come to that I’m glad I’ve now retired from working away from home with 12 hr shifts plus weekday housekeeping to cope with. 

 

 

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