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The Covid-19 Effect
ipmsusa2 posted a topic in General ModelingWe all know how this miserable virus is affecting all of our local and regional meetings/contests and especially the 2020 National Convention. But there is a trickledown effect on many levels, including job losses, reduction in income, loss of all income, etc. One of the most crucial impacts...obviously...is food and the ability or lack of same to buy it. In my own area, just an hour or two ago, I was driving on a street when I ended up passing a multiblock long line of cars, as well an 18 wheeler in a parking lot with many more cars parked around it. Reason? Distribution of free food for all comers. Total vehicles involved? About 215. Which raises a rather interesting question: How has the pandemic impacted your modelbuilding hobby financially? Are you buying fewer models or lower cost kits? Building what you have and not buying anything? What about references? Books? Magazines? CDs? E-books? Paint? Tools? Other supplies? There's all kinds of misinformation as well as flat, baldfaced lies out there, to the point that no one knows what to believe, but seeing a couple of hundred or so cars lined up for food definitely gets your attention.