Huge Kirschwasser deflation

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Submitted by gzz on May 12, 2022 - 7:56pm

I buy about 2 750ml bottles of Schlader brand Kirschwasser a year. They’ve always been $60. Now they are $42 at multiple retailers. It’s possible I just got lucky catching a big sale or there was a bumper crop of cherries in the Black Forest.

St Germain also is cheaper than when I first started buying it around 2015.

The weak euro and strong dollar are factors as well.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on May 12, 2022 - 9:00pm.

Mocktail suggestion.

I used to drink a lot of micheladas, but when I quit the booze, I moved to flavored seltzer and tomato juice. Very cheap cocktail indeed. I drink them all the time. Hydrating and kind of like a micheladas a little.

Submitted by sdrealtor on May 12, 2022 - 11:35pm.

Couldnt even imagine ingesting something that sickly sweet. Must be for the Meomi crowd. In real news, the inflation of wine has been insane. Grand Cru Burgundy is basically unobtainable for mortals. Trades in the thousands. First and Super second growth Bordeaux has long been high. Top tier Napa Cab inflation is nuts with the top dogs cresting $1000. What was $50 a decade ago zoomed past $100 long ago and most high quality bottles are now $200 - 500. Dont even get me started on Bourbon. A bottle I bought 5 years ago for $300 is now $5000+. The inflation there supercedes SD housing inflation. Anything that is deflating can be mass produced by industrial means and may not be fit for human consumption

The only thing cherry I have use for are Luxardos for my Old Fashioneds

Submitted by Coronita on May 13, 2022 - 5:38am.

Dude ... Have you seen the price of baby formula lately, assuming you can find some?????

I don't envy anyone how had an infant right now.

..Abbott's Lab is basically shut down....

Contamination and supply chain issue.

Submitted by The-Shoveler on May 13, 2022 - 7:34am.

Seeing less stuff on store shelves these days.
Not sure if just planned or real shortages.

The Age of scarcity.

But I think we are luckier on the west coast so far.

Good time for a remake of Mad Max LOL.

Submitted by gzz on May 13, 2022 - 8:17am.

I have a baby but we have a 20lb surplus of mother’s milk in the freezer.

We looked into selling or donating it, goes as much as $5 an oz. The admin and handling work is too much.

We wanted to donate the cord, but the cord bank couldn’t take it because our trip to Cabo disqualified us based on some rare disease in Mexico.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on May 13, 2022 - 8:26am.

I saw a tiny Ziploc bag of arugula at farmers market for $7.00. by weight, I think weed is now officially cheaper than organic arugula.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on May 13, 2022 - 8:32am.

gzz wrote:
I have a baby but we have a 20lb surplus of mother’s milk in the freezer.

We looked into selling or donating it, goes as much as $5 an oz. The admin and handling work is too much.

We wanted to donate the cord, but the cord bank couldn’t take it because our trip to Cabo disqualified us based on some rare disease in Mexico.

I think bodybuilders at gyms buy the stuff. I always felt rich when I had a freezer full of breast milk. I'd be like, baby we are loaded!!! Ultimately every last drop was consumed. By tiny humans. I only tried a few drops.

A 20 lb surplus is so milkily beautiful

Submitted by scaredyclassic on May 13, 2022 - 8:33am.

Coronita wrote:
Dude ... Have you seen the price of baby formula lately, assuming you can find some?????

I don't envy anyone how had an infant right now.

..Abbott's Lab is basically shut down....

Contamination and supply chain issue.

E bikes, breasts and oatmeal are the way forward

Submitted by Coronita on May 13, 2022 - 9:05am.

gzz wrote:
I have a baby but we have a 20lb surplus of mother’s milk in the freezer.

We looked into selling or donating it, goes as much as $5 an oz. The admin and handling work is too much.

We wanted to donate the cord, but the cord bank couldn’t take it because our trip to Cabo disqualified us based on some rare disease in Mexico.

You should bank the cord blood for your own kid. I did.

CBR

Submitted by Coronita on May 13, 2022 - 9:07am.

The-Shoveler wrote:
Seeing less stuff on store shelves these days.
Not sure if just planned or real shortages.

The Age of scarcity.

But I think we are luckier on the west coast so far.

Good time for a remake of Mad Max LOL.

The scarcity issue again I think has a lot to do with a heavy dependence of a global economy + supply chain issues due to lockdowns abroad + war abroad.

Now that wages are going up and we have inflation here, it's making more and more sense to move some of the work back here in the US.

In the long run, it's a good thing imho.

Submitted by Coronita on May 13, 2022 - 9:46am.

Also, please note the 2022 minimum wage law for software engineers in CA...

https://buck.com/california-increases-20...

Quote:

2022 rate increase
Each year, California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) adjusts both the minimum hourly pay rate and the salary level for the following year based on the California Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. On October 18, the DIR announced(Opens in new tab) that the compensation threshold for the computer employee exemption from state overtime pay requirements will rise 5.3% next year, mirroring the increase in the CPI. Effective January 1, 2022, the minimum compensation rates for the exemption will be: an hourly rate of $50.00, a minimum monthly salary of $8,679.16, and a minimum annual salary of $104,149.81.

Submitted by an on May 13, 2022 - 9:51am.

$104k, AWESOME!

Submitted by Coronita on May 13, 2022 - 10:11am.

Basically, the way the law works is that...
If you want to classify a software engineer as "exempt" (non hourly worker), you must pay him/her/they $104.2k or higher, otherwise they must be classified as an hourly worker eligible for overtime pay.

Submitted by flyer on May 13, 2022 - 10:21am.

Really hope the baby formula issue is solved soon. Our daughter's baby is due soon, but, like gzz, they have it covered, but for those who need it, the situation is heartbreaking. It does seem like most everything in life, from necessities to luxuries, is in high demand.

We recently had my wife's art collection appraised again, and it's off the charts, especially if it were auctioned. There are many collectors who are obsessed with owning certain pieces, and are willing to pay almost anything to acquire them.

Kind of sad we live in a world of such extraordinary extremes.

Submitted by The-Shoveler on May 13, 2022 - 10:29am.

Coronita wrote:
Basically, the way the law works is that...
If you want to classify a software engineer as "exempt" (non hourly worker), you must pay him/her/they $104.2k or higher, otherwise they must be classified as an hourly worker eligible for overtime pay.

Wow! thanks for the break down on how that works.

Submitted by an on May 13, 2022 - 10:32am.

The-Shoveler wrote:
Coronita wrote:
Basically, the way the law works is that...
If you want to classify a software engineer as "exempt" (non hourly worker), you must pay him/her/they $104.2k or higher, otherwise they must be classified as an hourly worker eligible for overtime pay.

Wow! thanks for the break down on how that works.


You can thank the developers in the gaming industry for this law.

Submitted by Coronita on May 13, 2022 - 10:38am.

The-Shoveler wrote:
Coronita wrote:
Basically, the way the law works is that...
If you want to classify a software engineer as "exempt" (non hourly worker), you must pay him/her/they $104.2k or higher, otherwise they must be classified as an hourly worker eligible for overtime pay.

Wow! thanks for the break down on how that works.

Yes, that's one of many reasons why software engineers do better specifically in CA than other techies. These minimum wage laws for exempt software professionals only apply to software professionals and dont really apply to other engineers.

https://www.dir.ca.gov/oprl/ComputerSoft...

That's many times you'll see a good software engineer with a B.S. degree making more than a PHD biologist.

Submitted by svelte on May 13, 2022 - 10:47am.

scaredyclassic wrote:
Coronita wrote:
Dude ... Have you seen the price of baby formula lately, assuming you can find some?????

I don't envy anyone how had an infant right now.

..Abbott's Lab is basically shut down....

Contamination and supply chain issue.

E bikes, breasts and oatmeal are the way forward

lol! Well at least breasts anyway!

Submitted by gzz on May 13, 2022 - 2:50pm.

Flu I did look into this. The cost of private cord banking is huge, and the probability of benefit very low.

No cases of leukemia etc in either of our extended families.

The benefit would typically not be to the donor but to a close relative.

Submitted by gzz on May 13, 2022 - 4:36pm.

Update:

I went to Total Wine in Mission Valley. WOW! It just opened a couple months ago, and is about 4 times bigger than the Roaecrans Bevmo.

Prices are quite good, but the selection and general organization was amazing.

There was a huge 12 ft by 6 ft shelf area just with Irish whiskey for example.

Given the large inexplicable price drop I got 4 bottles of Schladerer Kirsch. They also had a cheaper one for $25 that was inferior but would be fine for cocktails or cooking.

They had a beautiful pear eau de vie from Alsace with a full pear floating in it, ship in a bottle style.

https://www.totalwine.com/spirits/brandy...

They attach the bottle to a pear tree and it grows inside.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/a-...

The pear brandy is interesting, it tastes almost like plain vodka at first but leaves an intense and natural pear aftertaste.

Submitted by gzz on May 13, 2022 - 4:53pm.

Flyer, congratulations on the art. Even if you don’t ever intend to sell, it still feels like winning a game when they appreciate.

There are some art submarkets that are weak. Antique furniture is in a deep and long depression, many items down 90% from the peak.

Older European paintings, from before about 1800, also are not doing too well, outside of the very top of that market, e.g. Da Vinci’s Jesus painting. (IMO it is genuine)

I enjoy coin collecting but worry sometimes that the old white guy demographic is going to evaporate and not be replaced by new collectors. That has already happened with stamps and baseball cards to a large extent. They aren’t dead but far less popular than in the past.

To both keep my collecting focused and protect it from price declines, I generally won’t pay more than 100% over melt value for silver coins and 25% over for gold, and don’t buy non-precious metal coins at all. Indeed the boundary between coin collecting and precious metal investment is a little blurred, since some of my favorite items were acquired at roughly melt value, like a whole roll of very cool William Tell silver 5 swiss francs.

Submitted by sdrealtor on May 13, 2022 - 6:09pm.

gzz wrote:
Update:

I went to Total Wine in Mission Valley. WOW! It just opened a couple months ago, and is about 4 times bigger than the Roaecrans Bevmo.

Prices are quite good, but the selection and general organization was amazing.

There was a huge 12 ft by 6 ft shelf area just with Irish whiskey for example.

Given the large inexplicable price drop I got 4 bottles of Schladerer Kirsch. They also had a cheaper one for $25 that was inferior but would be fine for cocktails or cooking.

They had a beautiful pear eau de vie from Alsace with a full pear floating in it, ship in a bottle style.

https://www.totalwine.com/spirits/brandy...

They attach the bottle to a pear tree and it grows inside.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/a-...

The pear brandy is interesting, it tastes almost like plain vodka at first but leaves an intense and natural pear aftertaste.

Congratulations on finding a real store. BevMo is a joke. They have lousy stock and overcharge for it. Total Wine is the real deal of a store for beer, wine and spirits. The people that work there actually know about what they are selling. They are opening one in Encinitas soon and I sometimes think about picking up a part time job there for fun so I can talk about wine and teach people about it. Thats much more fun for me than real estate. Id do it for free

Some day you may discover how amazing some of things can be. Literally works of art not the novelty sweet stuff you are drinking now. It would change your world

Submitted by Coronita on May 13, 2022 - 7:38pm.

gzz wrote:
Flu I did look into this. The cost of private cord banking is huge, and the probability of benefit very low.

No cases of leukemia etc in either of our extended families.

The benefit would typically not be to the donor but to a close relative.

How much was it for you? CBR lifetime cord banking was $1000 for us...but that was a long time ago.
That wasn't that much given what it could be used for in the future (stem cell)

Submitted by gzz on May 14, 2022 - 8:06am.

I would have done it for 1k for sure. At the hospital a kit was handed to us that had a lifetime cost of $9400, and I ultimately went with the scholarly recommendation not to do a private bank.

This is the second time I’ve seen US medical authorities treat salubrious upscale parts of Mexico like a leper colony on the Ganges. Before my study abroad in Mexico, they gave me malaria drugs. That’s prudent for a trip to Veracruz, but I was in a wealthy town in the mountains, climate somewhat akin to Julian or Flagstaff, far from any risk of malaria.

Submitted by flyer on May 14, 2022 - 8:35am.

gzz wrote:
Flyer, congratulations on the art. Even if you don’t ever intend to sell, it still feels like winning a game when they appreciate.

There are some art submarkets that are weak. Antique furniture is in a deep and long depression, many items down 90% from the peak.

Older European paintings, from before about 1800, also are not doing too well, outside of the very top of that market, e.g. Da Vinci’s Jesus painting. (IMO it is genuine)

I enjoy coin collecting but worry sometimes that the old white guy demographic is going to evaporate and not be replaced by new collectors. That has already happened with stamps and baseball cards to a large extent. They aren’t dead but far less popular than in the past.

To both keep my collecting focused and protect it from price declines, I generally won’t pay more than 100% over melt value for silver coins and 25% over for gold, and don’t buy non-precious metal coins at all. Indeed the boundary between coin collecting and precious metal investment is a little blurred, since some of my favorite items were acquired at roughly melt value, like a whole roll of very cool William Tell silver 5 swiss francs.

Thanks, gzz. It's true that all collecting has pros and cons, and glad you've found the niches that work best for you.

My wife inherited most of the art collection, which has a fascinating multi-generational history with a story line that could become a novel. Her personal experience of discovering an Impressionist piece at a thrift shop in Paris when she was attending college there is a gem. All the best to you with your collections.

Submitted by Coronita on May 14, 2022 - 8:45am.

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Submitted by svelte on May 14, 2022 - 10:40am.

gzz wrote:
Update:

I went to Total Wine in Mission Valley. WOW! It just opened a couple months ago, and is about 4 times bigger than the Roaecrans Bevmo.

I fell in love with Total Wine on my business trips to east coast - would even pick the hotel closest to Total Wine!

I have patiently waited for their expansion into California...they hit Sacramento over 5 years ago, then Ontario....and now apparently SAN DIEGO! Very very happy and thanks for letting me know!

Excuse me while i go plan my trip...

Submitted by sdrealtor on May 14, 2022 - 10:51am.

svelte wrote:
gzz wrote:
Update:

I went to Total Wine in Mission Valley. WOW! It just opened a couple months ago, and is about 4 times bigger than the Roaecrans Bevmo.

I fell in love with Total Wine on my business trips to east coast - would even pick the hotel closest to Total Wine!

I have patiently waited for their expansion into California...they hit Sacramento over 5 years ago, then Ontario....and now apparently SAN DIEGO! Very very happy and thanks for letting me know!

Excuse me while i go plan my trip...

One is going in the Encinitas town center next to the target where Office Depot used to be. With the demographics up here I can’t believe it took them that long. Can’t wait , not that I need anymore but I could walk there

Submitted by sdrealtor on May 14, 2022 - 1:01pm.

flyer wrote:
gzz wrote:
Flyer, congratulations on the art. Even if you don’t ever intend to sell, it still feels like winning a game when they appreciate.

There are some art submarkets that are weak. Antique furniture is in a deep and long depression, many items down 90% from the peak.

Older European paintings, from before about 1800, also are not doing too well, outside of the very top of that market, e.g. Da Vinci’s Jesus painting. (IMO it is genuine)

I enjoy coin collecting but worry sometimes that the old white guy demographic is going to evaporate and not be replaced by new collectors. That has already happened with stamps and baseball cards to a large extent. They aren’t dead but far less popular than in the past.

To both keep my collecting focused and protect it from price declines, I generally won’t pay more than 100% over melt value for silver coins and 25% over for gold, and don’t buy non-precious metal coins at all. Indeed the boundary between coin collecting and precious metal investment is a little blurred, since some of my favorite items were acquired at roughly melt value, like a whole roll of very cool William Tell silver 5 swiss francs.

Thanks, gzz. It's true that all collecting has pros and cons, and glad you've found the niches that work best for you.

My wife inherited most of the art collection, which has a fascinating multi-generational history with a story line that could become a novel. Her personal experience of discovering an Impressionist piece at a thrift shop in Paris when she was attending college there is a gem. All the best to you with your collections.

Sports trading cards are insane also. Have never been hotter. Friend just sold a Jordan card for several thousand. Record sales on a daily basis being set by a kid i grew up. Golden Auctions

Submitted by gzz on May 14, 2022 - 10:02pm.

1976 African-American pop art painting goes for $15 million at auction

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/...

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