100 Days of Writing – Day Sixty-Nine

It would seem the world has changed in so many ways as a result of the pandemic. Stores being in short supply of what used to be readily available is something I’ve noticed here of late.

I needed to purchase a battery charger for my camera’s battery today and I thought it would be a simple task. I went to the usual outlet that specializes in electronics and wasn’t able to find their display of cameras and equipment. They were nowhere to be found. I finally asked one of the salespersons and he said that he didn’t think they had any of what I was looking for, but told me where I could find it if they did have it. No luck…I couldn’t even find a camera, much less a charger for my battery.

There was another nearby store that usually had a ready supply of cameras and related items. So I went there next and once again, I couldn’t find a section with any cameras, much less a battery charger. When I asked a salesperson if they had any in stock, he said no. I asked him what the deal was with the shortage and he said they are back-ordered many times over and that my best bet was to find one online and order it that way.

Has the pandemic and the resulting fallout truly had this far-reaching effect? Are the purchases of the future going to all be done online? Of recent bigger-priced items I’ve purchased, all that’s been done online. And so, following the salesperson’s lead, I guess I’m going to have to get my battery charger in that manner as well.

My, how times have changed.

David Lee

Published by David Lee Moser

I am a sixty year old semi-retired elementary science teacher.

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