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    To get us out of the coming depression, the goobermint will have to find another war to start....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Machine View Post
    I'm going to make a toilet paper splitter"

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    Go to 1:27, classic
    This is the first thing I thought of when all the TP trouble started.

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    No matter how badly things are, there are things people will not only do without but perhaps increase use of for comfort.

    sugar, soda pop, beer, booze, smokes, pot, porn, coffee, tv/internet

    Look at the WW2 red cross packages, dry / high calorie non perishable snacks, chocolate, coffee powder, smokes,



    Stocks are at huge discounts now if you expect the company to make it through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarbideBob View Post
    So #1 hoping for auctions means somebody took a beating, maybe good for you but bad for the other guy. This is profit off of misery.
    #2 much the same as #1.

    My feelings exactly. In some ways this thread and other televised or internet discussions about "opportunities" during a time when many individuals and small businesses are being crushed by these lockdowns reminds me a bit of the dog tag sorting scheme in Saving Private Ryan. The attitude of the men became more and more frivolous until the medic stepped in and reminds them that the comrades of those dead men are watching them.

    How TF do posters think a forcibly unemployed worker or owner of a forcibly closed business will view such posts? Kind of like dividing up the man's effects while he's still alive and conscious.

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    My boss and I have had this discussion already.

    We're a small electronics stamping firm and we have a very talented secondary assembly operation that does some amazingly small stuff every day.

    We're putting together a list of ideas for the recovery, (when it comes). There may a few good ideas to be acted on, who knows.

    Anyone else who is looking past the crap, and focusing on opportunities?

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    I'm wondering what kind of opportunity will open up from work coming back from China. Which is sort of the misery of others, but not my neighbors. I may be wrong, but might there be a general interest in bringing industry back to the US? Or will things go right back to the way they were?

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    There's a developing problem right now with agencies that have to transport people for non-medical stuff. A lot of people work with people and part of their job is driving somewhere with them. Taking people on foodstamps without access to public transportation grocery shopping for instance.

    This situation has a potential to get ugly real fast. Last week I proposed to a well funded public agency I'm familiar with that they install steel/plexy sealed taxi barriers in several of their minivans. They could then transport for critical supplies, safely complete mental well checks and get back to some semblance of normalcy without risking anyone's health.

    The agency I proposed it to shot it down as too costly. I even offered to proto and install 4 new Caravans they have for $2000. They thought that was nuts. I thought it was extremely generous.

    Anyway, if any of you are in a position to develop and install coronavirus transport vehicle barriers you might try to find a market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamscal View Post
    Just things you think may be a good opportunity/sector/business moving forward. Or things that will be come more prevalent as a result of this.
    Become a Priest or Rabbi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LOTT View Post
    I'm wondering what kind of opportunity will open up from work coming back from China. Which is sort of the misery of others, but not my neighbors. I may be wrong, but might there be a general interest in bringing industry back to the US? Or will things go right back to the way they were?
    That's the 50 Billion dollar question. Do we or China come out of this in better shape.

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    On the optimistic side of things; stuff like this is happening...
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    Destin does awesome science videos and watching him home brewing a production line, mentioning setting up injection molding equipment, and doing everything else he's doing gave me a bit of hope.

    I think a Lot of communities could benefit from the "Assume No one's Coming" mentality.
    Maybe everyone can band together instead of coming apart...

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    Yeah,kinda like speaking ill of the not quite dead

    Some of the things mentioned will happen to varying degrees

    People who were on the edge will tip over

    Not fun to think of, but when it is over it will be what it is

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    Quote Originally Posted by digger doug View Post
    There's this leetle island I've had my eye on for awhile....
    Is it in the Aland Islands?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamscal View Post

    Further, many of the societal changes might be negative for a lot of people, but what are the business changes/trends that may result?
    I am thinking a lot of companies might be open to bringing their supply chain back state-side as they realize what global problems can do to their business. If they aren't looking to move things back wholly, then at least they may be open to a minority manufacturer domestically that can ramp up volume if/when needed... someone they always want to keep around and busy enough to make it worthwhile, so that if shit hits the fan, they have someone to call.

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    There are a couple opportunities I see enterprising companies have grabbed....

    The most noticeable are the Plexiglas shields between the customers and cashiers at quite a number of Seattle area stores. That's about a 3' x 3' x 3/16" piece with rounded over edges somehow fastened to the front edge of the counter. Whadda ya think, maybe $250+ installed?

    The other are the various markings and signs stuck to the floor indicating the correct social distancing spaces in waiting lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug View Post

    The other are the various markings and signs stuck to the floor indicating the correct social distancing spaces in waiting lines.
    I'm already prototyping a "Social Distancing Sign Positioning Device" to be used in the installation of the above signs.

    While standing in line at the Walmart Pharmacy I noted the 12"x 12" signs attached to the 12 x 12 floor tiles. It seems that my device will be extremely useful as the signs informing me to keep 6 feet away were installed at 3', 4' and 5' spacing. Not a single sign had 6 of the 12" tiles between them.....

    I was trying to come up with a catchy name for my device but it seems someone already used "Tape Measure"

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    One company that will take off after this is Enterprise rent a car. They OWN not lease every car in their fleet! Business is way down but they can just keep selling cars for cash. Most or all of their competitors lease their cars and have to keep paying leases on cars they don’t need.

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    Uber and Lyft cars with plexiglass barriers ought to be a hot item. They need to work and both them and their passengers need to be safe.

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    facemask.jpgIn Arkansas social distancing is an opportunity to make a fashion statement. When I wear this people get out of my proximity quickly. I'm looking for a fabric with little green spheres studded with orange spikes printed on it!

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    Is it in the Aland Islands?
    Åland Islands... (To type Å, put Num Lock on, then hold down Alt and type 0197 with the number keyboard on the right).

    Anyway, if any of you are in a position to develop and install coronavirus transport vehicle barriers you might try to find a market.
    Given that all forms of mass transit are going to be viewed as risky after this, I'd think used cars might be a growth industry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldwrench View Post
    Given that all forms of mass transit are going to be viewed as risky after this, I'd think used cars might be a growth industry.
    Those crazy Indians had it right.....
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