Why There are Now So Many Shortages (It's Not COVID)

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  • m4nGo


    Klukkustund síðan

    I've had a more enjoyable time with a coked up 7/11 can't stfu for more than 12h straight, than this was interesting.

  • Seth Bledsoe

    Seth Bledsoe

    Klukkustund síðan

    Video title: it's not covid.
    Video content: it was covid
    All of the issues we're dealing with now are 100% because of covid. Don't click bait people into thinking you have some idea that it wasn't.

  • generic comment

    generic comment

    Klukkustund síðan

    When the govt is paying potential workers to not work, you get a worker shortage. Goods and services then don't get processed. Covid and the idiotic govt reaction is what is causing the shortages.

  • K H

    K H

    Klukkustund síðan

    Go to a local Toyota dealer and their the only ones without new vehicles. Not sure if you're statement is correct bud.

  • Jake Jackson

    Jake Jackson

    5 klukkustundum síðan

    Why are we still buying from China we the USA can make products are self so why were buying when we can just make it

  • Jennifer Bradford

    Jennifer Bradford

    7 klukkustundum síðan

    Very informative. The sing-song narration is unbearable.

  • Miguel Castaneda

    Miguel Castaneda

    10 klukkustundum síðan

    its called capatalists cashing in
    many of these industries already used protective gear ..now their saying its new ...look at those cheap gloves you once bought at Harbor freight six bucks and change now nineteen.. capatalists

  • Cypher


    10 klukkustundum síðan

    Isn't this the same way the Vietnam War was started? Shipping industry corruption.

  • Guilherme Mendes

    Guilherme Mendes

    11 klukkustundum síðan

    so... its a buy on toyota stock?

  • Steven Robertson

    Steven Robertson

    15 klukkustundum síðan

    I think you kind of totally missed the influence of Dr William Edwards Deming on Japan's Manufacturing processes. His ideas, implemented by the Japanese after WWII, transitioned Japan from being a manufacturer of junk products, to being a leader in the production of high-quality products in the world market.

  • Joeikrunk


    15 klukkustundum síðan

    Covid did not cause the shortages the lockdowns implemented by our lovely government caused the shortages there was no need for a lockdown of none whatsoever there were around the same amount of deaths in 2020 as there were in 2019 and there were even I think it was 100,000 or so more deaths in 2018 and there wasn't a pandemic going on in 2018 this whole covid-19 bullshit is one big scam to roll out the new world order. Conspiracy theorists don't look so crazy now do they?? Everything those tin foil hat wearing people were saying is now coming true

  • Joeikrunk


    15 klukkustundum síðan

    There's so many shortages because of 2020 and the lockdown messed up all of the supply chains

  • btw Abducted

    btw Abducted

    16 klukkustundum síðan


  • primera calidad

    primera calidad

    19 klukkustundum síðan

    Everything is made with planned obsolescence. Which is a waste of labor and raw materials. All so some corporate fucking bean counters, that really
    don't do fuck all,
    can earn all the money

  • riko suave

    riko suave

    20 klukkustundum síðan

    The problem is the Americans like to overspend most of the time we Americans like to have that extra hold of maybe never use it making easy to throw away things they are spoiled how is possible that in New York City when you going into Manhattan and you want to buy a orange you have to buy in a plastic container although the orange already got a container so we are fool by rich people on TV and news and places like that showing to us that that's the right way to do why you have to buy something with your name on it and pay more when you can buy the same item without the name and Payless how important is to you to buy something that you actually you don't need it the influence of the media's TV radio newspapers to keep up with the people and buying items they they don't need it most of them just ending somewhere that nobody ever use maybe because some people make a lot of money and others they don't make that much making things hard for everybody China is become rich due to United States buying stuff that they don't need it they never going to need it do you need it a tea with bubbles it's not important in your life think about it what is more important to you will you train a regular tea or you actually need bubbles in your tea

  • Brent Gillham

    Brent Gillham

    21 klukkustund síðan

    There's a war on truck drivers, and that made a shortage of them. For approaching a century, trucks have hauled freight in the supply chain.
    There's a certain kind of person that wants to drive a truck: someone who wants to be left alone and not deal with a boss. However, technology got more and more involved in trucking, and surveillance of truck drivers drove many of these people out of trucking. A trucking shortage was then created.
    The devices designed to make trucking safer have since become less concerned with the big picture of safety, and more concerned with marketing their own need. Today you have dangerous truckers largely because safe truckers have been driven out of the industry by the devices. The devices are used not only to prevent accidents, but actually mostly to nitpick drivers even on behaviors that are highly unlikely to cause an accident. Many times truckers do these things to get out of tight situations, other times they do them because they're a realistic part of trucking and enforcing against them makes about as much sense as outlawing farting. The result is that the devices find more danger in the behavior of the remaining green truckers (job turnover is greater, and more truckers are going to be inexperienced), and this makes the devices look more useful statistically. Follow the money.

  • sandy bonfiglio

    sandy bonfiglio

    23 klukkustundum síðan

    We gave China to much control over our manufacturing

  • sandy bonfiglio

    sandy bonfiglio

    23 klukkustundum síðan

    Yet they are building houses while everyone are on lockdown???

  • sandy bonfiglio

    sandy bonfiglio

    23 klukkustundum síðan

    Basic LLC they are cutting their own throats, and let’s not forget the containers that went into the ocean during this time!Something like 100 went into the ocean?

  • Mike Coen

    Mike Coen

    23 klukkustundum síðan

    Who puts ketchup on a burrito?!? This is why there is a shortage.

  • Angela Teague

    Angela Teague

    23 klukkustundum síðan

    It’s even worse now and I’m sick of it. I’m so tired of trying to order what I want and everything is out.

    • Sabrina BillJoe

      Sabrina BillJoe

      17 klukkustundum síðan

      Poor you. Most of the planet is starving. Get over yourself, seriously.

  • Mike Dragun

    Mike Dragun

    Degi Síðan síðan

    @5:40 my city!

  • Benjamin Gaudette

    Benjamin Gaudette

    Degi Síðan síðan

    So they need workers I bet there's a s*** ton of homeless people that would just love a job in California

  • benbog2


    Degi Síðan síðan

    It seems that every factor that you point to ultimately has a Covid Source?? aka market slowdown caused by C-19

  • Denny Roman

    Denny Roman

    Degi Síðan síðan

    The common fighter finallly follow because iraq notablely blink without a skillful magazine. lumpy, trashy business

  • crimony


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Shortages occur because prices don't rise. If the price of Lysol disinfectant spray was permitted to rise to $20, then there would be cans available on the shelf during the pandemic. Because the major stores sell Lysol for $7, it sells out, and there is a noticable shortage. Not only that, a person who really needs a can of Lysol can't get it at any price when merchants aren't allowed to check hoarding by increasing prices.

  • Alan Ultra

    Alan Ultra

    Degi Síðan síðan

    And Americans today have to spend more and more of their income stockpiling food, water, fuel, medical supplies, guns and ammunition. This has made the US extremely inefficient. And the system is going to break if that doesn’t change.

  • Georgs Paju

    Georgs Paju

    Degi Síðan síðan

    The pandemic will never go away. Strap yourself in for the ride of your life. Brave New World

  • shovelmastaflash


    Degi Síðan síðan

    >It's not covid
    Followed by a 20 minute video about how it was covid.

  • TB1439


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Mehh... American problems. Not having it here in EU.

  • Fernando C.da Cruz

    Fernando C.da Cruz

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Pode argumentar o que quiser, mas globalismo é uma coisa burra e vai continuar sendo, depender de um produto que vem do outro lado do mundo, de países escrotos como a China, de portos, de canais que vivem com problemas, isso não pode ser inteligente.

  • Ryan Taylor

    Ryan Taylor

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Hence the Star Wars character Boba Fret.

  • Wally Prichard

    Wally Prichard

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Covid by itself is relatively harmless and is not responsible for any shortages. It is the mandatory lockdowns that is responsible, one group controlling another group.

  • john doe

    john doe

    Degi Síðan síðan

    I got a CDL-A in 2006, stopped driving in 2014. I'm not willing to work for the wages offered now. No thanks. I'm out.

  • B C

    B C

    Degi Síðan síðan

    This badging production is wrong, the American car manufacturers were using the push model for their production but they weren't just building one badge model at a time . At the fort street plant they were building Cadillacs oldsmobile and Buick at one plant just like Ford and chrysler would build different badges at the same plant

  • Jeff Lassle

    Jeff Lassle

    2 dögum síðan

    Obviously the authors and producers of this video don't understand the cause and effect of the disruption of the world supply chain began with the Trump trade wars and exasperated by the pandemic. Lumber prices soared because of Trump's antidumping duties on the country of Canada. The two biggest advantages of international trade is that it keeps peace amongst nations and it checks inflation. Trump's policies put into effect a series of events that put in disarray the entire world's supply chain. American farmers were locked out of exports to Asia via the trade wars and these shipping lanes then went to other areas of need in the market. When China did accept shipments of agriculture goods, there were no room available to China and other countries went for their agriculture supply to countries like Brazil. Bottom line, Trump is the cause and made worse by the pandemic.

  • Meow Zah

    Meow Zah

    2 dögum síðan

    My importer told us his container prices just tripled. And in order to get anything out of Vietnam you have to bring containers in first. This was last week he said this.

  • Elsewhere Prince

    Elsewhere Prince

    2 dögum síðan

    “Realizing what is truly excess.” There is great wisdom in these words.

  • Ron Perkins

    Ron Perkins

    2 dögum síðan

    A good video, but you missed one very important fact that totally opened the door in the US to foreign auto makers. During the double-digit inflationary period of Jimmy Carter’s Administration, gasoline prices soared and motorists were DEMANDING more fuel efficient vehicles. But Detroit just kept cranking out huge gas guzzlers, which opened the door wide for Japan & Europe to step in & give buyers what they had been wanting. It was only then that Detroit listened.



    2 dögum síðan

    biden would rather see americans all die than to lock it down again and give out stimulus

  • THarrison004


    2 dögum síðan

    This is why each Country should make their own Products,we shouldn't have to depend on other Countries for our supplies,especially Medical and Food.

  • Patrick Durham

    Patrick Durham

    2 dögum síðan

    How many channels do you have on YouTube? I'm starting to think you and Simon Whistler own this fucker.

  • tom reid

    tom reid

    2 dögum síðan

    Corrupt politicians caused this mess. This is not hard to research. Its a part of the great reset.

  • Bob Owens

    Bob Owens

    2 dögum síðan

    Covid-19 didn't cause shit.democrat lock down and closure policy did.thats what led to the break in the supply chain.on top of that biden is the only president in history to cause a labor shortage at the same time we have record level unemployment from extending unemployment benefits.this is all intentionally driven by far left policy decisions.they are intentionally trying to expose any kinks in free market capitalism so they have grounds for pushing for more socialist policy.not to mention biden is soft as cotton with China and let's them roll right over this country.china is just a symptom of bad trade policy decisions.

  • BackSeatJunkie


    2 dögum síðan

    It sounds like WORKERS are a valuable component to the existence of EVERYTHING. Maybe employers should schedule workers to work and actually pay them as if the worker matters.

  • Donde Merlin

    Donde Merlin

    2 dögum síðan

    So.....sounds like another episode of businessmen induced worldwide debacles.
    Usually, it is war.

  • Jay T

    Jay T

    2 dögum síðan

    The titanic didn’t have any structural flaws there is no proof of that. Still great video 👌

  • nude.cat.ellie


    3 dögum síðan

    Yeah, it is COVID lockdowns that caused it. Less employment and less business=less to buy/sell/trade. It’s not a hard concept.

  • Senior Housing Analyst

    Senior Housing Analyst

    3 dögum síðan

    *Orlando, FL Housing Prices Crater 27% As Subprime Mortgage Implosion Accelerates*

  • Censorshipkills Music

    Censorshipkills Music

    3 dögum síðan


  • Life is a Beach

    Life is a Beach

    3 dögum síðan

    They said COVID was going to end human race, but is actually killing the US economy with inflation by printing money and the population is larger than ever.
    It is not COVID, is fear of Covid, and crypto currency, and inflation is the perfect storm.
    China has the biggest crypto farms in the world using every video card they can find.
    Video cards need to be made in the US, but people call in sick a lot and the US is not a cheap labor camp like China. (One of the reason social media is banned in China) Taiwan also makes GPUs so China is keeping an eye on Taiwan.

  • masonfreeparty


    3 dögum síðan


  • Jimmy Zoom

    Jimmy Zoom

    3 dögum síðan

    I thought I had trouble sleeping

  • Roy Rice

    Roy Rice

    3 dögum síðan

    The world worked hard to get to the point where it would shut itself down. Good going 👍👍👍!

  • KA Fleury

    KA Fleury

    3 dögum síðan

    Of course, nobody but maybe gates and sore hoss and other Megacorporate bozos expected the covid lockdowns to go on for more than a year.

  • jasonrocksvegas


    3 dögum síðan

    Massive change of production and manufacturing in the United States less dependency on China for everything. America needs a manufacturer boom like it was in 1900s . How do you beat cheap CHINA labor? Robotic manufacturing. Put prisoners to work besides license plates.

  • Kristine White

    Kristine White

    3 dögum síðan

    Shortages have not impacted me because 1.) I buy most things I want second hand 2.) I am patient for the things I want. 3.) I have few cyclical needs that have to be purchased new (basically just groceries). A simple life isn't as easy to disrupt as a frivolous one. Deflate your lifestyle and you'll quickly realize those things you thought you needed didn't make you happy.

  • Don Hammer

    Don Hammer

    3 dögum síðan

    "a perfect storm of circumstances". Yeah, too perfect... Just in time shipping is code for "We will supply what you want but, it's going to cost you twice as much"!



    3 dögum síðan

    This is china's fault

  • Ruben Gonzales

    Ruben Gonzales

    3 dögum síðan

    My job is starting to cheat there employees on there checks now more and more

  • GrandCentral


    3 dögum síðan

    "...this is why Samsung likely won't release a new Galaxy smartphone this year..."
    They've launched twenty-five Galaxy smartphones this year. But if you mean the Galaxy Note series, then sure.

  • Charles Gair

    Charles Gair

    3 dögum síðan

    No .Greedy People Said There Is All This Money Flowing Around ,STIMULUS, ENHANCED UNEMPLOYMENT ,TAX RETURNS .And The Greedy People Said Lets Get Some Of This Money While Its Out There .They Created A Shortage Of Everything So That They Can Raise The Orices On Every Thung I Believ Its Called GOUGEING .

  • Megladong


    3 dögum síðan

    Have you considered the fact that they have been giving away triple unemployment for the last 2 years straight..

  • MrShuntking


    4 dögum síðan

    Something not mentioned about Toyota. They are ruthless with their supply chain. Before a company is allowed to even become part of that supply chain. They send teams of Toyota employees to your company and literally time the production run of any given part to make sure you can meet their demand for parts. They also have huge monetary fines for companies that fail to meet shipping demands. To the point where companies will go outside of normal shipping channels and fly parts via charter jets. One company I know of paid over 40k to ship one truck load of parts by jet in an attempt to avoid shutting down a production line at Toyota. They are also super anal about even how a truck is loaded at suppliers down to how an individual box is placed on any given pallet. To get as much on a truck as possible.
    As a truck driver. Toyota is one of the best companies I've ever hauled for. There is ZERO waiting. If you window time says at any given supplier is from say 10am-1030am. You're truck is probably loaded and ready to leave at 1025am. If you're window time at the plant is from 11am-12pm you are guarantied 99.99% of the time already hitting the security gate well ahead of the noon departure time.
    And that is also where other companies fall short. With just on time supply chains. They could give 2 f's about the truckers. As long as the product is at the delivery point by the start of the window time. After that places like say Walmart could careless if that load sits waiting in the yard for 6 7 8 hours. And you always get the same excuses. Like we are short staffed today or we don't have enough doors. Something you NEVER hear when running automotive/Toyota loads.

  • Christopher Gibson1987

    Christopher Gibson1987

    4 dögum síðan

    It's cuz hoarders and preppers buy everything up so they can have it

  • PrettyAzzNeika


    4 dögum síðan

    Inwill take trump's mean tweets over biden's anti energy bullshit.

  • Lory Lozano

    Lory Lozano

    4 dögum síðan

    What just happened?

  • atranimecs


    4 dögum síðan

    its because the lifestyle of humanity as a whole is unsustainable, dont need watch the vid to know that.

  • Tom Arthur

    Tom Arthur

    4 dögum síðan

    I think you are missing the deliberate hand behind these shortages.

  • Sheldon Watt

    Sheldon Watt

    4 dögum síðan

    Planned reset

  • Brent Edward

    Brent Edward

    4 dögum síðan

    The narrator's voice sounds a bit like Edward Snowden.

  • OfficialGamingHD


    4 dögum síðan

    The short answer is MAKE electronics recyclable smh....

  • DanteDubjuice


    4 dögum síðan

    It’s not because of COVID:

    It’s because of the pandemic

  • Alex Jane AJ Burns

    Alex Jane AJ Burns

    4 dögum síðan

    You keep blaming covid for what government drunk on power actually did.



    5 dögum síðan

    More a Toyota commercial than anything else.

  • Fish_Feet 2468

    Fish_Feet 2468

    5 dögum síðan

    For I second I thought I somehow clicked on a new video about Toyota’s history

    • Steve S

      Steve S

      4 dögum síðan

      And an ad for Hover!

  • Ryan S

    Ryan S

    5 dögum síðan

    What a crazy version of reality! Do u believe? Or is it something else? U know it is. Sorry about the elite!

  • Scarakus


    5 dögum síðan

    Shill, California is the problem.

  • Kit Rose

    Kit Rose

    5 dögum síðan

    Still makes me chuckle a little when I see my name (Kit) used in everyday situations (Covid19 cleeing kit)

  • Robert Fiore

    Robert Fiore

    5 dögum síðan

    Translation. The complete obsession with short-term gains by already rich shareholders has led to the over implementation of jit Supply chains which has basically screwed us all. As usual we could thank the greedy rich people.

  • theo


    5 dögum síðan

    wow we are all screwed for a long time

  • talltanndn


    5 dögum síðan

    Its about control......and america is dependant on a communist country ....because of lack of regulation...and exploitation.....and the people let it happen......

  • Nicky Santoro

    Nicky Santoro

    5 dögum síðan

    Because the war?

  • Mini2nut


    5 dögum síðan

    Autonomous truck driving can’t come soon enough.

  • James Davis

    James Davis

    5 dögum síðan

    Excellent explanation

  • Michael Hedges

    Michael Hedges

    5 dögum síðan

    Hmmm. Sounds like the cause of everything is...

  • Rajesh Fernandes

    Rajesh Fernandes

    5 dögum síðan

    Some countries doing it purposely

  • Heyyouthereyou


    5 dögum síðan

    What covid has taught me is not to take what I own for granted. Especially my house, vehicles, furniture, my generator, and the too many bras and underpants I bought over the years lol.

  • Raffaello


    5 dögum síðan

    tapioca balls are relatively easy to make within the USA I'm sure

  • Mr Awesome

    Mr Awesome

    6 dögum síðan

    If there's one thing I learned from this pandemic, it's that the crisis was primarily caused by hysterical politicians.

  • Daisynose Studios

    Daisynose Studios

    6 dögum síðan

    Me, who went to Anchorage a week before this video came out and spent an arm and a leg on a tiny rental car: *it all makes sense now*

  • aussiesoapgirl


    6 dögum síðan

    Believe the opposite of the Wikipedia link.

  • aussiesoapgirl


    6 dögum síðan

    Once again you know the content is valid when you see the blue YT propaganda box.

  • A Tyrika

    A Tyrika

    6 dögum síðan

    Well produced!

  • amrcombs


    6 dögum síðan

    Love seeing my Iittle Alaskan home town in videos. Interesting video. Nicely done!

  • Ian Ricoy

    Ian Ricoy

    6 dögum síðan

    Damn capitalism can't even cope with just a little slow down.

  • Cancelled_Diaries


    6 dögum síðan

    Famine is coming, and all the "pre-conditions" are already triggered.

  • solracer66


    6 dögum síðan

    By the way, the assumption that had the Titanic not hit an iceberg on it's maiden voyage that some other calamity would have befallen it is not backed up by facts. It's sister ship RMS Olympic served for 24 years and earned the nickname "Old Reliable" in the process. If the Titanic had missed the iceberg it would likely had had a long life too.

  • Michelle Best

    Michelle Best

    6 dögum síðan

    Greed hold humanity hostage. People of business is holding humanity hostage.

  • Aiden's Face

    Aiden's Face

    7 dögum síðan

    I visited Alaska earlier this month.
    Ended up just renting a U-haul to get around.