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Dr. North is warning re: Diamond "Strike Anywhere" Match shortage. Has anyone experienced this yet ? Everytime I go to the grocery store, there are abundant supplies on the shelf, just whispering "hoard me, big boy".
Is this going to be a test case for Dr. North, to stimulate the first true "you were too late" scenario ? There is another one, actually, Lehman's says well hand-pumps order running 9 months behind now.
(Don't get me wrong, I respect Dr. North, he's saving lives. I'm just wondering what's the tactical situation here).
-- Runway Cat (email@example.com), December 08, 1998
I thought that was an interesting post on North's site also...and I wondered...is this how it begins? a run on matches? will that create the preconditions for a run on charcoal? and then a run on barbeques? and then winter clothes next spring? followed by a run on potting soil and eventually a run on the banks? Is that "self-fulfilling prophesy" being manipulated?
-- pshannon (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 08, 1998.
The run is on for dehydrated and freeze-dried food packages and plans. Haven't you heard?
An anecdote: In late summer, the wife and I went to Home Depot to get a spare propane tank for the gas grill. After searching unsuccessfully, we asked a clerk, who commented that someone had just bought 37 tanks.
-- Elbow Grease (Elbow_Grease@AutoShop.com), December 08, 1998.
37 tanks? Must have thrown one humdinger of a BBQ :)
BTW, Gary also had a follow-up post - something about the company asking him to pull the link or some info he had posted about them. Wasn't he also making a distinction between strike anywhere type matches and matches that you need to strike on a box?
-- Rob Michaels (email@example.com), December 08, 1998.
I wonder if Gary has stock in the company? Maybe he's making his last fast buck before AHBL. There's matches in every store I go to.
-- bardou (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 08, 1998.
From what I read of Gary North's posts re the matches, it seemed like a snooty harried phone receptionist lit into him for advertising the # and rubbed a little sulphur-provocation onto him. He's after a bit of revenge and tattling on her job performance. He wants ppl to have the matches and is "sticking" it to the company.
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-- Leska (email@example.com), December 08, 1998.
Any company that turns down a buck would be one that I wouldn't invest in. I'd like to see what Diamond Matches next move is.
-- bardou (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 09, 1998.
There's a good Documentary about match-making that's worth seeing. I think it's called 'Fiddler on the Roof'.
-- Craig (email@example.com), December 09, 1998.
"Dr. North is warning re: Diamond "Strike Anywhere" Match shortage"
Has he tried to go look further than his local store? Maybe that one store ran out and didn't re-order on time. Plenty of Diamond Matches here.
-- Chris (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 09, 1998.
I called Diamond Match Company and the receptionist treated me very nicely. She asked whether I had an account with them. When I said no she responded that they weren't taking orders from individuals right now, but to call back on Friday, December 11. They might have a system in place by then to handle the orders.
-- Walt Longyear (email@example.com), December 09, 1998.