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I hear a lot of comments regarding the crazy price jumps in materials, and shortages of items.

Seems to be affecting a lot of the trades. Building materials, lumber, wire, romex, PVC conduit, etc.

How about it in your areas guys??


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It is ridiculous. I paid a dollar a foot for a THWN well wire triplex. It is the heavy insulated wire and not a mass market item but that was just nuts. Sch40 PVC 1.25" well pipe was over a buck a foot too, at a commercial supplier. I didn't shop much because I was out of water.
I saw white wood 2x4s at around $7 each bragging about a sale.
If you can't pass this cost on, it is going to kill a lot of smaller shops just when they are starting to come back. Then there is labor. Competing with a $15 an hour unemployment check is tough if you are looking for low end people because that translates closer to $20-25 an hour if you have to actually leave the house. It costs money to work. Sitting on the couch is all gravy.


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One crazy item....3" Sch 40 PVC $50.25 per 10' stick.

4" is "unavailable"

And BTW, a few "Help Wanted" street signs are $20-$22 per hr. (Major distribution type)


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I see Help Wanted Signs EVERYWHERE


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One major warehouse (furniture primarily) operation was at $12-$14/hr. and close by are two package delivery giants at $16-$22/hr.

Where do you think the few people that were actually looking for jobs went?

Throughout this industrial/office park are many decent job openings, and there is a new Amazon 'last mile' facility rising from the dirt with a August/September open date. (More jobs) This is Amazon #4 in town. Add a new 550k SF two occupant warehouse/distribution operation for another place looking for help.


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Off topic, but a weeks Car Rental at MCO Airport in Orlando is 3 times what I paid in 2019.


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Bill:

Can you say "hurts"??

Play on words!


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I was attached to Avis for a while buying a couple cars. The rental business is nuts right now. This may be an OT area discussion tho


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