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Page Turner

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  1. Page Turner

    TP on Ebay

    ...the people who do it are calling it "retail arbitrage". "Sites like Amazon and eBay have given rise to a growing industry of independent sellers who snatch up discounted or hard-to-find items in stores to post online and sell around the world. These sellers call it retail arbitrage, a 21st-century career that has adults buying up everything from limited-run cereals to Fingerling Monkeys, a once hot toy. The bargain hunters look for anything they can sell at a sharp markup. In recent weeks, they found perhaps their biggest opportunity: a pandemic." https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/14/technology/coronavirus-purell-wipes-amazon-sellers.html
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    TP on Ebay

    ...e-bay and amazon both took down all the ads for masks and hand sanitizer a couple of days ago. I think someone figured out they hadn't targeted TP yet, and mostly they're just joking around. The hand santizer and mask ads were not jokes.
  3. ...two days ago we hit a high temp of 80*. Today (thank god) there's a classic colder winter storm moving through that's supposed to dump 4-5 feet of March snow up in the Sierra. I need to finish pruning the mandarin orange tree.
  4. ...you can freeze stick butter and it lasts a very long time in that state. Thaws out fine. Butter goes rancid if you keep it too long in the fridge, and it tastes "off".
  5. ....from today's NY Times: "On March 1, the day after the first coronavirus death in the United States was announced, brothers Matt and Noah Colvin set out in a silver S.U.V. to pick up some hand sanitizer. Driving around Chattanooga, Tenn., they hit a Dollar Tree, then a Walmart, a Staples and a Home Depot. At each store, they cleaned out the shelves. Over the next three days, Noah Colvin took a 1,300-mile road trip across Tennessee and into Kentucky, filling a U-Haul truck with thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer and thousands of packs of antibacterial wipes, mostly from “little hole-in-the-wall dollar stores in the backwoods,” his brother said. “The major metro areas were cleaned out.” Matt Colvin stayed home near Chattanooga, preparing for pallets of even more wipes and sanitizer he had ordered, and starting to list them on Amazon. Mr. Colvin said he had posted 300 bottles of hand sanitizer and immediately sold them all for between $8 and $70 each, multiples higher than what he had bought them for. To him, “it was crazy money.” To many others, it was profiteering from a pandemic. The next day, Amazon pulled his items and thousands of other listings for sanitizer, wipes and face masks. The company suspended some of the sellers behind the listings and warned many others that if they kept running up prices, they’d lose their accounts. EBay soon followed with even stricter measures, prohibiting any U.S. sales of masks or sanitizer. Now, while millions of people across the country search in vain for hand sanitizer to protect themselves from the spread of the coronavirus, Mr. Colvin is sitting on 17,700 bottles of the stuff with little idea where to sell them." ...........................................
  6. “convalescent serum” In the absence of vaccines or antiviral drugs, researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore say the key to slowing and treating the coronavirus might be hidden in the blood of those who’ve already recovered from the disease. The method of using “convalescent serum” — essentially harvesting virus-fighting antibodies from the blood of previously infected patients — dates back more than a century, but has not been used widely in the United States in decades. During the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, scientists reported that transfusions of blood products obtained from survivors led to a 50 percent drop in deaths among severely ill patients. A similar strategy was used to treat and slow the spread of polio and measles outbreaks decades ago, but the technique fell out of favor in the 1950...
  7. ...I went out to buy fish emulsion and camellia fertilizer, The Home Depot garden section was filled with wonderful fresh plants, and there was no limit on fish emulsion. Likewise the Green Acres plant nursery had plenty of fertilizer, but it did look like they failed to restock the camellia section for their plants so far this year. Which means I guess they'll skip a year, because they usually order them when they're in flower, and easier to sell. If the Sunday farmers market gets cancelled because of crowd size, there are gonna be some long faces around here.
  8. ...I have a crappe tonne of personality. I ooze personality from every pore (except for a few that are clogged right now.)
  9. Cher Postpones Sacramento Concert ...............................................................................this shit just got real.
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