Americans Want Everything Right Now

Shoppers carry bags of purchased merchandise at the King of Prussia Mall, in King of Prussia, Penn., December 8, 2018. (Mark Makela/Reuters)
We are buying stuff in part because we haven’t dared to meet each other in real life. It’s time to get out there.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W ell, it happened to me. I went searching for a toy that I thought I would get my son for Christmas, and the website that sold it put the ominously unspecific “Shipping in December” tag underneath the purchase button. Of course I did what any red-blooded American dad would do and ordered more ammunition (finally back in stock!) to prepare for the supply-chain apocalypse this holiday season. You’ll have this Godzilla figurine when you pry it from my cold dead hands.

The funniest thing about the supply-chain crisis is that it is not, as it has been billed, an “everything shortage.”

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