From computer chips and lumber to cars and even gas, the supply shortage continues to affect Americans. Many believe the answer is simple, just stop buying things.
The Washington Post is the latest media outlet pushing the idea that “spoiled” Americans need to lower their expectations instead of ranting about the supply chain issues.
Opinion: Don’t rant about short-staffed stores and supply chain woes. Try to lower expectations. https://t.co/3CLpV5HXbG
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 19, 2021
The author says this is should be a wakeup call, “”American consumers, their expectations pampered and catered to for decades, are not accustomed to inconvenience. Time for some new, more realistic expectations.”
ABC meteorologist, Ginger Zee, also agrees that the best way to deal with the supply shortage is to limit our purchases.
Likely unpopular opinion regarding the supply chain discussion … What can shoppers do? Reduce consumption. Our obsession with multiple gifts (especially for kids) is beyond what’s necessary. So many opportunities here to have bigger discussions. Support local, shop small & less.
— Ginger Zee (@Ginger_Zee) October 19, 2021
Tony Katz says this is the wrong mentality.
I’m a believer in shopping local…anything we can do that can lower dependence on China I’m in favor of. Notice I didn’t say ‘buy less.’ I said ‘change where you’re buying from…’
But it’s very wrong to think that reducing consumption is the answer to the supply issues. That’s an elitist, defeatist idea. It’s a dangerous take. It tells Americans to suffer in silence. I couldn’t be more opposed to it.
So instead of lowering expectations for supply shortages, we’ll just continue to have low expectations for the Biden administration.
Shop local, not less.