what is cheap right now but will become expensive in the near future?
By - protehule
Cork, vanilla and many fish. The sources for them are not being properly maintained and are shrinking.
Vanilla has already more than doubled in price since 2015. There was a hurricane or something that wiped out most of the crop in Madagascar, which is where the vast majority of vanilla comes from.
About a decade ago I bought a 16oz bottle of fancypants vanilla bean "crush" (aka vanilla paste, basically a syrup form of vanilla extract) for a little over $20. Nowadays that same amount would run you at least $60.
Alcohol-based extract is generally cheaper than paste, but still way more expensive than it was as little as 6 years ago.
I read about vanilla prices a while ago. The money farmers made wasn’t very competitive so a lot of them shifted to growing other crops, during this time there was such a huge shortage that the price went through the roof. That same bottle of pure vanilla extract from Costco that was 6.99 in 2011 is 30.99 in Fall/Winter of 2020. I feel like the biggest nerd paying attention to vanilla prices of all things, but I bake a lot of cakes for friends and family members so it’s interesting to watch it change. The most recent price I saw was last week for 15.99, same 16 oz bottle.
If you're anywhere near a Williams-Sonoma outlet store I'd recommend trying to find vanilla there.
Williams-Sonoma only carries Neilsen-Massey vanilla, which is arguably the fanciest brand of vanilla available in the US, but their outlet stores will often offer it at a deep discount. Vanilla has an absurdly long shelf life, so it's not bad/out of date either.
I was able to get a 4oz bottle of vanilla paste from a WS outlet for like $12-$14, in contrast to its more typical price of about $24 per bottle.
I can’t say enough about Nielsen-Massey Tahitian vanilla. I bought a variety pack a while back that had Tahitian, Madagascar, and Mexican vanilla in it. Oh my god, the Tahitian vanilla is to die for. It’s an entirely different, and more complex flavor that Madagascar vanilla. I believe Tahitian vanilla is best used in something that is served cold.
So it’s revenge vanilla
My mom buys vanilla extract from costco. 400ml bottle used to be $15 now its $40. My wife got her a 1.5L bottle where shes from (St. Vincent ) for $1.50 cause its not expensive there.
I always buy vanilla from Mexico when I’m there. What I get for $10 would cost me $100 in the US.
Best place to buy vanilla extract is in Mexican grocery stores... Mexican vanilla is THE best!
I second this! I went to my friends super mercado and got twice the amount of vanilla for half the price of Tones.
And the flavor is top notch!! I thought vanilla was just vanilla until I tried Mexican vanilla. It's amazing
Vanilla is native to Mexico too! There's another plant too that gets called "Mexican vanilla" but is an entirely different thing also native to Mexico, but it's illegal in the US. It's also apparently complex and delicious and a shame to miss out on here
For anyone like me who was curious as to why it’s illegal in the USA, [here’s an article I just found](https://abcnews.go.com/Health/Healthday/story?id=6157423&page=1).
FDA is going to be shocked when they find out about all the legal stuff that will thin your blood being sold in the US.
Many mass producers of wine have shifted to synthetic corks or twist offs. The stigma of twist offs is already few years gone unless you're drinking something with a bit more age to it.
When done correctly cork is often more environmentally sustainable than alternative stoppers for wine actually. Farmed properly they're renewable, carbon-negative, provide habitat for endangered species, and don't use a lot of the toxic chemicals involved in plastic or metal production.
But the big growing use of cork these days is flooring, furniture items, and other objects much larger than wine stoppers anyways
Really cork isn't as good for wine as the other options, however cork as flooring, message boards, and such hasn't fallen by the wayside. Sadly even if all wine went corkless cork is used in many ways.
From memory cork is actually supposed to be a really useful material. I saw somewhere say that it can be harvested without destroying the trees and if it was managed a bit better would be a really good sustainable material. It's also great replacement for heaps of other materials but isn't widely used because companies would rather save a few extra cents on a less sustainable resource
I think cork is like the bark for a cork tree and it fully regrows every 10 years.
You are correct. Cork production isn't harmful for the tree, and these trees are protected by law at least in Portugal, if not in the entire EU. Basically if you have one of these trees in your backyard you can't cut it or take it down. Option is to get a legal authorisation and often for a tree to get taken down, more than one must be planted.
Englis name is a bit silly: "cork oak", but if you search for "sobreiro" you will see the barks cuts. Because they can be taken every 9 to 10 years (less than a decade) last digit of the year is painted on the tree.
> Englis name is a bit silly: "cork oak"
It looks a lot like English oak. From what I can see the faginea oak of Portugal doesn't look very oak-like, so if you're from Portugal you're probably more used to the odd one out being considered the staple oak tree.
As a fan of vanilla and knowledgeable of cork that hurts
My headcannon is that you've never heard of fish before.
I've lived behind a desk my entire life
I see you, Casey
What is this... feesh?
They're like a less gay Kanye West
Do you like fish sticks?
Companies are lobbying hard to fight right to repair legislation that would make it so you can't actually fix your own devices or have a repair shop do it for you. It's already pretty bad with companies like Apple, Tesla, and John Deere. They design stellar products but if ***anything*** goes wrong with them you're almost always going to be told to buy a new one (apple) or to ship your heavy ass piece of machinery both ways for days to weeks to have it repaired when you should otherwise be able to do it yourself.
Farmers are moving back to ancient tractors since they can fix them themselves and get parts for a reasonable price, or they're using bootleg Polish JD software to bypass the DRM in their tractors so they can actually fix these things in a timely matter. Sometimes having a $100 sensor break in your tractor can cost you upwards of $5000 with shipping, rigging, and labour. Not to mention a potentially lost harvest if it takes too long to fix.
My sisters boyfriend is a main dealer agricultural mechanic for Fendt. He was called out by a farmer to a combine that would start, run for a second then cut out, which was strange because it worked fine the day before and they’d done a lot of work the previous day.
He jumped up into the combine and plugged in the diagnostics machine, a code came up that just said call office. So he phoned Fendt UK who told him that the Farmer had missed his payment on the combine so it had been shut down by head office. So his combine in the NE of Scotland had been remotely disabled by Fendt in Germany because he hadn’t paid up.
How to draw the ire of a current customer, eliminate him as a future customer, and eliminate anyone his voice can reach in the pub as a future customer in one easy step!
Also ensures that he won't be able to make that payment, late or no, because his crop yield will be hugely impacted by missing that dry day when his machine should have worked but didn't.
After watching Clarksons Farm and just watching the sheer agony Farmers go through on a yearly basis. (maybe to an extent the show is a little dramaticised)
My hatred for what John Deere does makes my head explodes. Farmers literally dont have the time to wait for a rep to come and fix their tractor. They always need their stuff working to not only have them provide for themselves but to be a serving backbone for society. I didnt realise so much food I buy is so reliant on farmers.
To all the farmers out there, I appreciate you and keep on doing good for the world.
That's why farmers keep mantainig tractors from the 60' to 80'.
They're beasts and their pieces are still made and easily buyable.
On the other side they pollute air and drink gasoline as one might wonder
I read an article sometime back that a man with a small parts shop had his business increase several times over when this stuff started to happen. He's making money hand over fist by selling old parts for old equipment.
My boyfriend works at a (once) small company that repairs everything you throw at them. Their customerbase is 90% farmers with old tractor things, or newer tractors where they are asked to replace the software and various bits and bobs that make it harder to fix yourself. Their bills
are skyhigh, but the bills from the official manufacturers are up in space so it's worth it
It makes me so mad that lobbying is allowed and that people can't repair their own things. We have Deere products where I work and we tried to use a part from our old bobcat skidsteer on the Deere and it wouldn't work without some kind of adapter that we had to get from Deere.
It's kinda a global scale issue right now. Poor people just can't afford ecological stuff.
My dad always mentioned that he'd buy electric heating system for the house, electric car, solar panels, etc. if they were actually affordable in a lifetime. Now he's stuck using 20+ years furnace that runs on wood and and burnable trash, 20+ year car, some old-ass tractor, and actually he got subsidies for the solar panels, so that's nice.
Yeah I've got a 60ish year old oil furnace that heats my house in winter. I would LOVE to have something more green (and I do have a supplemental pellet stove which stretches the oil) but I simply can't afford a whole new system, it'd be tens of thousands.
Lots of products are like this now. Tremendous opportunity for any honest group of people to come in and corner just about any market.
-I didnt realise so much food I buy is so reliant on farmers.
I grew up on a farm so this comment kind of blows my mind. Did you grow up in the city? Or perhaps that so much of the process was automated now?
The disconnect between people and where their food comes from has really grown. Fewer people work in agriculture these days. I didn't grow up on a farm, but I've had the benefit of getting into FFA and pursuing an ag based major in college, which is the only reason I'm not as ignorant as most people where I'm from.
It isn't just farms/food. It's everything IMO. I'm a truck driver and lots of people look at me like I have a dick growing out of my forehead when I say I hauled X/Y/Z. "I didnt know that came on a truck" like what did you think it came from lol
Not the OP but I'll answer too as I kind of understand.
Growing up nowhere near a farm, the only time farmers ever really crossed my mind was when I used to see boxes of carrots, potatos, onions, etc at the store. It never really crossed my mind growing up and well in to my teens that farmed produce is used in practically everything, even stuff like microwave meals. Basically unless it was a raw vegetable or fruit or something of that sort, it doesn't cross my mind that the stuff used to make it probably came from a farm.
I would say for me that it wasn't so much that I didn't associate farming/farmers with the food I ate, but rather that I didn't realise what went into farming.
Watching Clarkson's Farm was such an eye opener. To me, seeds go in ground, nature takes its course, food comes out. Sure weather can affect it and sometimes a harvest is better or worse than others, but in general that was my understanding of it.
I never realised how much pressure farmers were under. Get the seeds in the ground in the right time, make sure they have enough water, not too much water, then harvest when they are dry enough, but not too dry and so on. That's to say nothing of the technical aspects to farming, even down to the tramlines. I can totally respect farmers needing to fix their shit here and now and not wait weeks (or even hours) for someone to come fix something mechanical
Spring 2019 we had a sensor go out on the 220 tractor we use to plant. It was a half hour fix, but it was computer garbage we couldn't fix ourselves. It took them three days to come out and replace it. In that time it started raining, and we couldn't get back in the field for another two and a half weeks. Because we planted late, the harvest was late, and the corn was too wet. It got too cold to dry the corn in the bin properly, and 15,000 bushels spoiled. Rotten corn won't feed through the unloaded auger, so we had to scoop and eventually vac out the bin. A time loss of hundreds of hours and monetary loss in the thousands all because of a computer sensor that erroneously thought the tractor was overheating. And this isn't a big corporate farm that can eat such a loss.
Owning as we think of it now anyway. They will still sell you the product at full price and you will own it in the sense that if it goes wrong, its your responsibility to fix, but there will be barriers to you fixing it, loaning it, selling it, modifying it and generally using it.
It's a hybrid between ownership and leasing where you get the shit end of each of the models.
Are you aware of the EU's "right to repair"? It's a rebellion against this sort of wasteful, money-gouging planned obsolescence, and giving the consumers the right to have repairable, rather than only replaceable, machines and devices. It's part of an overall drive away from these practices and towards sustainability. I'm wholeheartedly in favour.
Biden just issued a right-to-repair executive order. Hopefully things can start getting better.
Software as well. I don’t want a subscription at $50 a year for a program that I used to buy for $40 and update when I felt like it. (Looking at you, Quicken….)
Sometimes when I eat fish I think about how it could be a scarce delicacy in the future that only rich people will get to enjoy.
Sea fish, yes. Shrimp and such too. But mussels and oysters are pretty ok. There are ways to raise trout, carp or tilapia in ways that don't destroy whole ecosystems. In small amounts, no huge farms of course, and we'll have to stop feeding fish to fish. Emptying the seas to make fish food is crazy.
It is relatively easy to setup and maintain an aquaponics system to supply both fish and vegetables at home.
Back home people kept trout in the turbine pond. To use the little mountain streams for electricity you have to build a reservoir anyways. Just sucks when the net before the turbine breaks or the pond overflows from way too much rain. Then you have minced trout going downstream.
History major here: it already is, at least partly. Best example is salmon. Back in the 18th century, there are examples of house-people “rioting” because they were sick of eating salmon at least 4 times a week. Now you’d have to be pretty rich to eat salmon nearly everyday, here in Europe.
In the 1600-1700s, lobster was considered food for the extremely poor and prisoners.
IIRC prisoners were fed them ground up *with* the shell included, so you can't blame them for the negative reception.
[Lab grown fish is going on sale this year.](https://reddit.com/r/wheresthebeef/comments/mnle8l/in_our_case_it_should_be_rwheresthesalmon_some/)
There are companies working on just about every kind of seafood.
In Cyberpunk 2077 there's billboards advertising burgers with 50% "real meat" and I'm assuming it's a ground blend of real and lab meat. That whole game was a world I never want to see
Bananas. At least, the kind of bananas we're used to now, the cavendish banana. The fusarium fungus is slowly spreading through the world's cavendish banana plantations, killing all of the plants. https://qz.com/1691363/fusarium-fungus-could-wipe-out-the-worlds-favorite-banana-again/
I bet some guy just read this and is now attempting to plant his own cavendish bananas, so he can sell them to rich people in the future
well this already happened to the last banana strain, so we should be fine
I read somewhere recently that they may have found a cure https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.downtoearth.org.in/video/agriculture/amp/indian-scientists-find-a-cure-for-dreaded-panama-disease-73296
THEY BETTER HAVE!
How much does one banana cost, Michael, $10?
There will be a period of time where that joke doesnt work because bananas will be 10$, then it will work again because it's a gross underestimate.
Chocolate or coffee
Explanation: due to warmer and drier conditions and fungal diseases, and rising demand
BUT, they arent going to go fully extinct, they MAY be a bit more expensive, but thats it.
NOT THE COFFEE!!!
You will be dead before that happens
Either that or I'll be dead *when* that happens.
Reveal your source at once
Here's a decent video about the problem:
Relatively speaking, privacy
"NordVPN: Because our servers are more trustworthy than their servers."
you forgot the "according to us"
Actually, it's according to PWC, in 2020.
But who knows if something has changed since.
there's a massive shady company that's going around buying VPN companies, and I think NordVPN is one they've grabbed in the recent past. Independent and truly transparent VPNs are getting fewer by the day. I think Mullvad and ProtonVPN are two of the "good" ones these days. I've been using TorGuard for years but have no clue what is the current position.
Get a VPN so the NSA only has to [room 641a](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Room_641A) one set of servers instead of looking for the people who want to hide stuff.
Why make life harder for the NSA, VPN!!
> On August 15, 2007, the case was heard by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and was dismissed on December 29, 2011, based on a retroactive grant of immunity by Congress for telecommunications companies that cooperated with the government
The People: WTF you cant spy on us illegally we are going to sue you!
Government: *closes door and hears paper shuffling outside*
The People: What the hell are you doing in there? We want answers!
Government: Oh Hey look we just found this law laying around we need to enact real quick.
The People: Wait wtf are you doing?
Government: Nothing... Ok lets see here oh yeah see this law right here we just enacted it actually says we CAN do that legally...now...
The People: Ah ok fair enough, carry on.
Look I gotta be honest I just use a VPN for torrenting.
A lot of VPN ads now have started to actually just use Netflix as their example of why to use them
It’s a real trip to hear YouTubers that have nothing to tech do their sponsored segments on using a VPN with Netflix before launching into their usual asmr, cooking, etc. I know Netflix hasn’t shown interest on region-locking yet but they’re the exception in the streaming game.
It’s in no way illegal to use a VPN to unblock Netflix but it is technically against TOS. I’m just worried that if down the line Netflix cracks down then tons of YouTubers will have to backpeddle on recommending a product for the specific purpose they touted.
"That place doesn't look all that top s-- WHY THE FUCK DOESN'T THE DOOR HAVE A HANDLE?! WHAT?!"
They obviously access it via the ceiling.
some weird silly food. Remember when avocado was cheap? remember when coffee was cheap?
In Australia avocado prices are at a historic low right now because of an unusually good harvest. Bound to go back up though.
In NZ a couple of years ago prices were so high that avocado theft became a thing (I like to think of it as avocado rustling): https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/113567133/nzs-avocado-underbelly-why-thieves-are-targeting-kiwi-growers
how cheap were avocados?
A couple of years ago, before the Avocado Toast fad, I bought a pack of 4 for around 1.5$, now we sell them for between .70$ to 1$ a piece
Where I live, avocados didn't exist until about 10-15 years ago. I remember Doritos came out with a novelty "guacamole" flavor, and is literally never heard of it.
I'll be honest, I first heard about Guacamole from Austin Powers. The scene where Austin goes off on "The Mole".
Sealed Nintendo games
Games in general really.
Lack of game preservation by companies in recent years (Nintendo just ignoring most of its backlog with the Switch, Sony getting a massive backlash for trying to pull the plug on the PS3 PSN store, which it seems like it won't be the last time they attempt this considering they still went ahead and did that for the PSP despite the backlash), emulation still being stuck in a legal gray area that makes it easy for the sites hosting older games to be taken down, and disks/carts being destroyed due to neglect by owners, are all going to make the used game market insanely expensive.
If you have a local retro game store in your area, *make sure to support them*. They're basically the only ones still making older games remotely affordable.
>emulation still being stuck in a legal gray area
Oh no, emulation with court precedent in the US is legal. You need to own the games you play on the emulator however otherwise that's piracy. Which is easier said then done, especially with older titles
but if a game is really quite old, does it not count as abandonware? maybe it's different game to game but I was able to get the original Zoo Tycoon on my computer as it counted as abandonware
edit: ok so abandonware isn't a thing, so I guess only find it if you don't mind pirating.
Copyright still applies. This is the reason collections of old games to be sold again as a nostalgia pack or something often leave out some popular games. Studios go under people die. Who owns the copyright is not always known and if the rightful owner catches you that's a hefty lawsuit.
Older games are going to need to be treated as important pieces of art & culture. Then there can be some legal options for forcing companies to either provide access or not pursue legal action against the available options for consuming these valuable pieces of history.
HEY, STOP STARING AT MY BOXES!
The next "healthy fad". Remember when aloé vera was in EVERYTHING? Pretty sure the health industry is brewing the next it thing right now.
And açai berry- it was huge like 15 years ago or something. It was in everything!
I remember as a kid- sun dried tomatoes were the everywhere thing. Eating at Subway was suddenly a la fancy
I’m seeing tumeric pop up in a lot of places.
The best part is unless you really know what you're looking for açai just tastes like blueberries and so a LOT of ""açai"" products were just blueberry
aloe vera is the shit for burns
I know, but when it was a fad like 7 years ago, they put in on EVERYTHING from fabric softener to yogurts. It was everywhere seriously. I'm not dishing on it.
Cocoa butter has been riding that wave for ten years.
Along with shea butter.
Also digestive troubles
Aloe Vera drinks are fucking delicious though.
And so refreshing
You know the ones with the little aloe vera pieces in them? MMM fucking delicacy mate
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As South African I am very concerned about food prices. The recent events of looting destroyed a lot of the storage and distribution facilities for food. Where I lived prices are still normal but there is rumours that in certain places the price of bread increased 200% this week alone.
My company just hired 15 South Africans desparate to get out of there, their sentiments were extremely anti SA, in the sense of crime, water shortages, etc. pp.
They've already started to go up a huge amount, but used cars
90s Japanese cars are outrageous now
Any Toyota truck. Ungodly
Edit: Couldn’t be happier my top voted post is bitching about the price of a Toyota truck.
Tweet at Toyota until they start showing us the hydrogen Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner!
I just traded in my '00 Tacoma, 200k miles, with literal holes in the frame from the rust, for more than I paid for it.
My God, the legends are true
My sweetie bought a 1998 Dodge Dakota in like 2012 for 1500. We beat the everloving shit out of it. Put 100k on it, it rusted out all over. Last inspection, the mechanic said "This might be the last successful inspection without a LOT of money."
Sold it for the same $1500, with full disclosure of the issues.
Just spent a little under 10k for an ‘08 Tundra with 200k and in need of some minor body work… and I feel like I got a steal considering the others I looked at.
Part of that right now is the chip shortage which has reduced supply on the new car market, which couldn’t keep up with pent up demand from COVID. It’s dominos and basic economics.
Once demand decreases or the chip shortage ends, prices will return to their previous points.
Was told this by my Toyota dealership. I have a 2018 RAV4 with only 12k on it. They hounded me to trade it in and I finally relented. I had paid cash for it, so I almost got as much as I originally paid for it. Insane.
I bought a used 2013 RAV4 in 2018 and have put mileage on it for 3 years since. It's literally worth more now than when I bought it 3 years ago....a little insane
Yeah, I was looking at ‘99 corvettes. You could get them with 20-30k miles for $15,000 a year ago, now they’re $25,000 with 30-40k miles
You’re fucking telling me! Even C4s are doing that now. A piece of crap C4 a year or two ago was going for less than 10 grand. Now they are going for 15-20. Like what the fuck?!
I've got a 99' convertible with 27k and watching the Mint tracker go up has been interesting. Likewise the 2018 F150 I bought used is showing it worth 9k more than I paid for it.
I bought my 2012 car used 3 and 1/2 years ago for $18K. It's actually worth more now than it was then.
Here in Sweden cars used to be real cheap 10+ years ago, now a brand new car will set you back almost the price of a HOUSE.
Who the heck buys a car worth a home?
plot twist: he's just taking all your ideas to get rich in the future
Yep, OP is actually Jeff Bezos and is gonna buy all the fish in ocean and make it exclusive to buy through Amazon SeaPrime.
Real estate. It's not that it's cheap now -- but in future decades I bet it's going to be much more expensive relative to median income.
Land ownership has recently sort of crystallized where I live. Only the very rich can earn enough money to buy land. Everyone else inherits a family home or doesn't.
If you want to work hard and buy a home? You can't, but maybe your children or grandchildren will be able to if you have an OK job and save aggressively. I remember working it out as something like 80 person-years of savings at an upper-middle class job, if you have no kids,.
Climate change, and chocolate is super labor intensive, from what I've heard, a fair amount of chocolate comes from child labor.
Plus some countries are going to reclaim their chocolate production
Either Ghana or Senegal did this.
It should be expensive. It is so labour intensive that it's only cheap when they use slave labour. It really is one product which we simply must buy with a fair trade label unless we support slavery.
You’re absolutely right. The amount of slavery involved in chocolate production should be zero. Sadly, majority of common chocolate producers such as Nestle are responsible for a lot of slavery, including child slavery, on cocoa farms.
anything that comes from nature because the rate at how we harvest resources is faster than their recovery rate, they're definitely gonna be scarcer. Corporations probably never watched the lorax huh.
I don’t think Reddit understands the term “near future”
What? You’re not appreciating all these “water” and “Air” comments?
Gasoline. I know everyone complains about the cost but...where I live it’s around $2.80 a gallon right now. A 2-liter of soda (half a gallon) is about $1.80. A gallon of a non renewable fossil fuel is cheaper than the equivalent amount of fizzy sugar water.
*Cries in California*
I paid $4.49 a gallon to fill up today. I can’t remember gas ever being under $3 a gallon.
*Cries in Norway*
Petrol was around $7.7 a gallon several times this week.
Very ironic considering three of the top 4 exports of Norway are crude oil, petroleum gas, and refined petroleum. The other one is fish.
Oh boy, don't come to Europe. We have to pay $ 7.85 for a gallon. (€ 1.76 / liter)
In the UK it's north of $8 per gallon.
I remember paying a little over a dollar for gas when I was a teen in the late 90’s.
Man I feel old now.
Its not cheap now but meat is gunna get real expensive in the next 10yrs
I got a neighborhood that's lousy with squirrels.
I like where this is going...
"Locally soursed organic arbor game"
That's why I've been buying up as much raw beef as possible and hiding it under my mattress. Going to make a fortune in 2030, just wait
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Basic food items. With the drought hitting large chunks of the USA and other countries looks like it will be a bad harvest.
LM13700 operational transconductance amplifiers. They're very useful little chips for guitar pedals and synthesizers, forming the basis for many classic voltage-controlled filters and voltage controlled amplifiers (and by extension, compressors). However, Texas Instruments announced the end of life of the LM13700 earlier this year. A few months from now, when retailers and suppliers have made and sold out of their last order, LM13700s are going to become very hard to find (and the price will increase accordingly).
I can sorta understand why they did it - OTAs in general have few applications outside of synths and guitar pedals, and commercial synths and pedals mostly use surface-mount components these days (which have a smaller form factor and can be easily assembled by machines, but are hard to solder by hand), so there isn't much demand for a through-hole OTA anymore apart from DIY synth/pedal hobbyists. Maybe if we're lucky, Alfa will launch a clone like they've done for discontinued synth chips in the past.
From what I can tell, it's specifically the [DIP](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual_in-line_package) version (in the old-school "two rows of pins" chip package) that's been discontinued. (See [here](https://www.modwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=248897) and [here](https://lookmumnocomputer.discourse.group/t/lm13700-end-of-life/3579)). Presumably the surface-mount versions will still be available (which, I'm guessing, is what most manufacturers would be using nowadays?)
Probably a bit more of a PITA for hobbyists, though the possibility exists for someone to sell them fitted to DIP adaptors, albeit most likely at a higher price than before.
Good to know.
Honest answer, maybe honey, because of the death rate of bees.
Beekeeping isn't doing too poorly. Problems, but not apocalyptic. The bees that are most struggling are solitary bees, which are important pollinators. But they don't make honey so people don't care as much.
How can one propagate solitary bee population growth?
Grow native wildflowers on your property, non-native plants won't help.
Also make sure your local and state governments protect local ecosystems! Especially if they're land that has never been developed (like remnant prairie or old growth forest)
Also, keep a sunny patch of ground free of vegetation or only very lightly overgrown. The vast majority of solitary bees digs their burrows in the ground, preferably where the ground isn't covered too much.
This comment is way too low. People need to start fighting for the bees that are actually in danger.
They're making a comeback in some of the US beekeeping has become a great thing in Oklahoma/Texas areas.
really? thats great news
Also, all the hobby keepers are helping. Sure it's only 1 or 2 hives per person, but people keeping bees at home is helping things overall.
But then the giant murder hornets came
That's bad news
But it comes with a free frogurt!
The frogurt is also cursed
No, our pets are fine! There has been a serious misunderstanding. Honey-bees, our pets, somewhat domesticated agricultural helpers are fine! Solitary and state-building wild bees, that are not driven by humans between pollination gigs and have apropriate security measures (less pesticides during pollination) taken to protect their and their by-product's safety are the endangered group.
Wild pollinators make up the majority of over-all pollination.
The problem is made even more serious due to people in the spirit of 'saving the bees' adopted bee-keeping as a hobby, and have our pets settle into oecologic nieches that were a refuge for wild bees, solitary bees and other wild pollinators.
And yes, commercial bees are plagued by collony collaps and varia mites, but the biggest loss in pollinator-mass is in wild pollinators.
Stop spraying your yards people! The love clover. And plant some other flowers for them while you're at it.
I live in an area known for cheap land due to lack of economic opportunity. They ran fiber internet and covid sent the cityfolk in, and its a new game now
Upstate NY is getting like this too. People fleeing NYC by the thousands and Albany trying pretty hard to become Silicon Valley East.
Already is too expensive.
Wii or Wii U games. Nostalgia wave from GameCube is starting to pass and those prices are calming down, pretty sure it’s gonna happen with wii now
I think Wii consoles will probably always be fairly cheap, just because there were so many sold, but the rarer games will probably get expensive.
I think the Wii U will be the opposite, where the console will get very pricy, but the games wont, because most have moved over to the switch.
Chocolate. Cocoa trees need years to grow, 7 years before flourishing and giving first nuts. They need specifical heat and humidity throughout their growth.
Due to global warning and climate changes, current plantations will no longer producer any nuts, and the ideals spots will move to North (in North hemisphere) faster than trees grow.
This will lead to a lack of cocoa production within 50 years. Assuming Asia is still a growing market for chocolate, the supply will reduce while the demand rise hard.
I was interested in investing in cocoa, but I definitely don't have any funds for this. I'm 100% sure I'll regret it in my olds days
I have 4 of 10 month old chocolate trees in my back yard.
Dollars come at me haha
Coffee. Global warming is reducing favorable places for coffee to be grown
Probably some unknown crypto that is set to explode soon.
They already cost more than a penny, because of the copper.
Edit: yes, pennies are mostly zinc, not copper. Got it. Why do I get all the upvotes when I say something dumb?
I mean it costs the government more than a penny to make them. But they are mostly zinc. The pennies from before 1982 are mostly copper though.
Edit: my favorite thing about Reddit is when you say something popular enough, someone always shows up to tell you how wrong you are. :-D
I half agree, but if the world supply for freshwater became that competitive, there would also be a tech arms race for distilling salt water into a potable source.
It already exists. It’s called reverse osmosis.
Which exists, but is horribly energy-intensive and produces a pretty toxic brine that you need to pump back out to sea somewhere away from your intake.
Not necessarily. There are “closed circuit” ones that power much of the process itself via the reject flow of the brine turning a turbine.
The biggest challenge as you point out is the brine, but that’s something that I agree there *is* a technological opportunity around the byproduct.
Pump it into a hole the desert and harvest the salt after the water evaporates?
Bungalows in rust belt climate haven cities
In 10-20 years gonna be so expensive