More than toilet paper in short supply.

We have been meaning to buy a computer monitor for my daughter who often works from home – her company laptop is tiny.  Decided to go today and discovered there’s been a run on monitors.  The young fellow at Best Buy said people have been coming in for a few days and cleaning them out – first going to Costco but giving up because the lines there were too insufferable.

best_buy_logoWe did find one at Staples – but the last one in our price range.  Another couple bought the last monitor that was $10 cheaper (and an ‘open box’ one too).  Desperation comes in many forms.

Clearly, so many people are having to work from home (and eat at home, since Sobey’s shelves have been cleaned out too) that a decent-sized monitor is a necessity.  How times have changed.  I wonder what other products (besides the obvious) are being snapped up?  No point trying to stock up on Viagra – the ‘health clinic’ we frequent has decided to close for a week.  Go figure!

Perhaps we should be thinking about buying shares in out-of-the-ordinary companies benefiting from the coronavirus panic?

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About Mal Spooner

Malvin Spooner is a veteran money manager, former CEO of award-winning investment fund management boutique he founded. He authored A Maverick Investor's Guidebook which blends his experience touring across the heartland in the United States with valuable investing tips and stories. He has been quoted and published for many years in business journals, newspapers and has been featured on many television programs over his career. An avid motorcycle enthusiast, and known across Canada as a part-time musician performing rock ‘n’ roll for charity, Mal is known for his candour and non-traditional (‘maverick’) thinking when discussing financial markets. His previous book published by Insomniac Press — Resources Rock: How to Invest in the Next Global Boom in Natural Resources which he authored with Pamela Clark — predicted the resources boom back in early 2004.
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