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I don't see how this COVID-19 is slowing down the economy.  Staying at home and running out of honey-do things I spent last night online shopping.  Before I knew I'd confirmed several different orders for fly tying materials totaling just over $150.  I need to get out before I spend all my fishing trip money.  😁

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Kevin, I was doing that anyway! Always seemed to be buying either tying supplies or lure making supplies. Unfortunately our entire economy isn't relying on such things to stay viable. 

I have been selling flies & lures for about 2 years and right now have a couple of small orders on hold because the folks who ordered them are either out of work, so no income, or have no access to fishing due to this virus. 

It's great for folks to have time to tie flies, or go fishing, but isn't paying the bills or feeding their families.

I retired this year, so looks like I made the right move. 

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Last time I was ready to have a workshop built on my property, I had my heart surgery and stopped the plans.

I started setting things up again early in January.  They were several months behind, due to multiple orders.  When they finally got to my house, the shut downs were starting.  I'm still, tentatively planning on it, but now we're wondering if we should halt ... in case I lose my income.

We're also expecting a call, any day, that the contractor suddenly has freed up his schedule (due to others cancelling their builds).

Certain industries are taking off ... others aren't fairing so well.

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my measly $23.87 spent at bears den for some cdc feathers is hardly enough to stimulate any economy 🙁

gonna wait for jstockards hook sale. ill substitute until then

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We haven't had anyone walk into our store in a week. My wife is getting nervous. While much of our stuff is in the non-essential catagory, some of what we do is essential to plumbers, electricians and builders. We sharpen industrial equipment for those folks. If we can't pay some of our bills, our vendors are just going to have to understand that.

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advertise you have toilet paper and watch them come in from all over 😀

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I own a Remodeling company and I have had multiple jobs get put on hold until

everyone can figure out if they will still have jobs when all is said and done.

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3 hours ago, tidewaterfly said:

Kevin, I was doing that anyway! Always seemed to be buying either tying supplies or lure making supplies. Unfortunately our entire economy isn't relying on such things to stay viable. 

I have been selling flies & lures for about 2 years and right now have a couple of small orders on hold because the folks who ordered them are either out of work, so no income, or have no access to fishing due to this virus. 

It's great for folks to have time to tie flies, or go fishing, but isn't paying the bills or feeding their families.

I retired this year, so looks like I made the right move. 

Although somewhat true, you have to take in to consideration now many others are like me.  Sitting at home, running out of things to do to occupy yourself.  Jumping on the computer and start "looking" at things you think you might need in the near future.  Then realizing you do need other things (didn't include Lowe's purchase for some new floodlight fixtures I've been needing to replace along with extra bulbs. ;)  ).  Ordered some shoes from Academy that were on sale last week.  And the list goes on, and on, and on,..................  

I do feel for those small businesses that rely totally on local support.  I know their plight.  Restaurants are surviving doing call in or online orders for take-out curbside service.  Hairdressers are among those who are out of luck.  I was contemplating another trip to the river for more crappie fishing but the bait shop I use is now closed.  Kind of odd for them as they are a gas station also.  Maybe just not enough business for them to stay open right now.  I could easily jig fish for them, but right now live minnows are the preferred bait.  Ran in to a couple of hardcore jig fishermen at the launch last week and I had triple what they did for the day ( I was using live bait).  I was going to tell them I was using jigs too, but didn't want to make them feel any worse than they already did. :D  

I'm pretty sure Amazon and all the big online retailers are going to show a significant increase in their online sales in the past few weeks and the trend will likely continue.  You can get toilet paper online from Sam's and Walmart a lot easier than going to the stores.  Takes about a week to get it but saves you a trip and aggravation of fighting the crowds and not finding exactly what you want.  

By the way, I retired last year.  So, fortunately for us I'm not in the same boat as many as far as loss of income.  

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Gun shops are selling out as are internet ammo sellers.

Fly shops are all but closed down.

Home repair centers are selling briskly.

Restaurants are hanging by a thread.

Perceived value I guess.

One thing for sure, don't go and break an arm on a bike ride.  Getting one fixed is proving difficult.......

 

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Yep lots of things are slowing down, I put ther bathroom remodel I'm in the middle of on hold, theres basically no way I can practice comfortable social distancing since my wife's a nurse and I don't want to spread it, gotta try top find a few tree removal jobs to keep a few guys making money.

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6 hours ago, flytire said:

advertise you have toilet paper and watch them come in from all over 😀

My apartment building sent out a notice that they are giving a roll of toilet paper to everyone who pays their rent on time.  Lol!   

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Im trying to spend locally but can't find any place open to take my money. I think what is happening to small business owners is a damn shame. Some will never come back meanwhile non-essential businesses with connections to our governor and senate president were somehow able to get waivers to stay open. Shameful and sad. Hang in there small businesses, I'm saving my money for you. 

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I'm getting booking cancellations all the way into the first week of May.... I figure that the remaining bookings I still have - just haven't gotten around to cancelling....

At least boat ramps in the Ten Thousand islands area (Chokoloskee, Everglades City, Port of the Islands) are still open.  If and when I can find time I will be doing a bit of exploring on my own if no charters are to be had.  At least that's my excuse when I get our local form of cabin fever... My garage is my shop and all of my fly tying, lure making, rodbuilding and reel repair stuff is there in the open with the door up.  Pretty tough some days to stick to work when it's above 80 degrees each day and you just know the fish are waiting... 

Seriously though, I can see how our leaders are torn between two objectives - clearing the health threat without totally destroying our economy in the process... Those two goals seem at odds with each other from this perspective... 

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They (government) are not trying to stop transmission, they are trying to SLOW transmission.  We are all going to be exposed, eventually.  The goal is to slow it so the hospitals can cope and not get overwhelmed. Also they're hoping this thing slows in summer like flu normally does. Since it is novel, and we are all naive to it, I personally doubt that will happen the first year.  Once it runs it's first course, it will become less deadly and we will have a vaccine. Unfortunately,  coronaviruses can be difficult to make a good vaccine for, at least in animals.  I think the medical establishment is trying to convey the seriousness of this without causing complete panic and chaos. Overall, they are doing a good job with that, but they have been under funding public health for years.

The economy has crashed,  we are just not feeling it completely, yet.  The real question is how long we can shut it down before all of the cushion is gone.  Ironically,  we are becoming socialist for a while under Trump.  The insurance and banking sectors are going to be gutted. Again.  

We all have a prediction.   That is mine.

The ER animal business is busy, so far.  Really busy.

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18 hours ago, KevinD62 said:

I don't see how this COVID-19 is slowing down the economy.  Staying at home and running out of honey-do things I spent last night online shopping.  Before I knew I'd confirmed several different orders for fly tying materials totaling just over $150.  I need to get out before I spend all my fishing trip money.  😁

It is certainly not doing any good for anyone involved in any way in the restaurant business.

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