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TEOTSAWKI

TEOTSAWKI

Postby MikeG » Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:42 pm

Since Jim has this thing for acronyms, I have a new one TEOTSAWKI. The end of the Surplus as WE know it.

It used to be you could order just about anything, at anytime from a military surplus catalog. That is coming to an end. There has been a push in the past to limit or eliminate you and I getting military surplus. In the not so distant past 1 million M1 Garand rifles and Carbines were headed for the shores of America from South Korea. While they made it to the shores of the U.S. the final rubber stamp to allow them into the states was met with a giant DENIED stamp. Secondly the amount of surplus that is out there has simply dried up. Those seemlingly endless warehoused of boots, pistol belts, clothing and gear simply isn't out there in the quantites it was even 10 years ago.

As little as five years ago you could pick up lots of 3pr of boots for as little as $10.00 and pants for $5.00. Miltary surplus pants are nearing or exceeding the cost of a new pair of Wranglers®. Many items were at give away prices. Of course the weakening US dollar has driven up prices, but it hasn't caused the surplus to dry up. The items and quantities I would find at an Army Navy store simply aren't there anymore.

If we look at Current political situations it's not surprising why this is occuring. The 2008 record breaking gun sales were over 12 million and 2009 shattered that with 14 million sold. If we look conservatively at the number of new militias that have formed it would be somewhere betweeen 200-400 new units. If each of those groups had 10 members and some are as large at 100+ you're looking at upwards of 20,000+ people looking for probably military surplus. Many of these groups see much larger numbers. 20,000 people all buying combat boots dries up the surplus supply quickly. Add to this the 5/10 program, an idea that each militiaman should have enough gear to supply and arm 5-10 citizens. While many simply have rifles and ammo set aside, many create a complete combat load and that includes clothing and shoes. This starts to put a huge dent into the surplus that is available.

Another trend is the amount of people who are preparing. As we have seen in articles on our own blog, 50 million people are thinking along the same lines as you? How far do you think that warehouse of socks, pants and gear goes if only 5 million of them want it? The growing number of people awakening is growing at faster and faster pace as each day goes on and it's putting a strain on what is out there.

My gosh I hate to sound like another financial or social commentator who warns of emminent doom from something but the days of cheap and readily available surplus is not in the quantities it so grandly was years ago. While there still are large quantities out there, more and more a big deal is made out of a stockpile found somewhere. Importers, wholesalers, and jobbers alike are seeing less and less become available.

If your group is looking for cheap gear to outfit it's members or simply wanting to have some items for trade the time to get it is now. These items won't be around forever and its price is only going up.
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Re: TEOTSAWKI

Postby jpf1030 » Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:03 am

Howdy All,
Mike is the man for info for how to avoid becoming a victim of TEOTSAWKI!!! When he gets back, if he and we have time, possibly we can try to put together an order and locate those milsurp items you may need. So here is ample advance warning to give you time to let us know. Send an email to Starr of items you would like so we can get it compiled in an organized fashion. You have until Jan. 23rd to get your interest items list sent in. If you question what you need, simply post a reply to this thread and Mike will reply to you if he is not feeling to grouchy and grumpy having to work so hard :lol: over in ND!!!...jpf
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