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TodCreasey16 Apr 2020 8:34 a.m. PST

I am one of the fortunate ones who is still working from home so while there is still money coming in I am going to support my local small business and the small gaming businesses I want to keep afloat.

Basically when I have some extra money some goes to these companies as they are losing business due to there being no shows this year.

The lead pile may grow but I would hate to see these businesses fail.

Planning a Gripping Beast purchase, and already purchased from my local shop, Little Big Man, Victrix and A&A.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2020 8:57 a.m. PST

The local shops here were the first to go.

And does it count as buying hobby-related stuff if I keep paying money, but nothing actually arrives?

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2020 8:58 a.m. PST

I'm getting ready to place multiple orders as well. I'm also trying to help out some of my local eateries, but the money only goes so far. I'm working from work.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Apr 2020 9:24 a.m. PST

We're doing take out every other night to help local eateries stay afloat.

Pretty much everything else is closed. But I know we'll spend the rest of the year after lock down shopping local as much as possible.

Unfortunately several permanent closings have already happened, many more to follow I hate to say.

Must Contain Minis16 Apr 2020 11:05 a.m. PST

I made an online order here in Canada and was happy it arrived. The business is shipping one day a week now.

Personal logo McKinstry Supporting Member of TMP Fezian16 Apr 2020 11:21 a.m. PST

Several of us have arranged to give our local FLGS what we would have spent and they put it on account. When things unstick, we have those funds available to spend and the FLGS in the interim has some cash flow.

Our little town has one restaurant doing carry out and we make an effort to use them as much as possible.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2020 11:51 a.m. PST

The local eatery I have tried hardest to support stiffed me twice in the first four purchases--short-changed me once, and gave me less food than I ordered the next time. No doubt I will go there again, but they're taking some of the fun out of it.

von Schwartz16 Apr 2020 1:39 p.m. PST

It appears that the peasantry here is getting restless what with the protests against some of the more onerous regulations.

Rich Bliss Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2020 1:39 p.m. PST

That's what I'm doing as well

FusilierDan16 Apr 2020 4:35 p.m. PST

While I'm not throwing my money around I am spending on things I need. I still get lunch out but not twice a day as before more for safety reasons than anything else. I have ordered some hobby things and will get more as needed but these I had been getting under control before this mess started and I see no reason to change.

My FLGS is closed so there's no chance to go there and I'm sure the guy an hour away is closed as well. When they do open I'll go and buy some stuff needed or not just because.

Syrinx016 Apr 2020 4:40 p.m. PST

We are supporting the local restaurants we normally eat at but others we like are just too far away to get take out. My local brewery and liquor store deliver so no change in our spending habits there (other than a few extra fees).

Ordering food via instacart is taking some getting used to. I need to plan out my meals further in advance and I can't adjust on the fly while shopping. It works though.

I purchased quite a lot of hobby supplies in February which along with last years Kick starters are keeping me entertained. Other than a GW and Hobby Lobby store there are no local hobby shops near me.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2020 1:25 a.m. PST

I've done my share in the last month spreading money across the globe.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Apr 2020 6:00 a.m. PST

4.5 months without buying minis. Last night I bolstered the sales of two small hobby retailers.

One was selling through Amazon, so they get their cut. Then again, I probably would have never known I item I have been wanting was available from a small retailer 2,000 miles away without someone providing that connecting service.

The hardest part will be disinfecting the boxes and leaving them for two week quarantine in the shed … ;)

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2020 7:08 a.m. PST

Thank Heaven I made it to Cold Wars before they closed the country. If all I did in Lockdown was paint what I bought there, I'd probably be looking at finishing up by the end of the month. Given what I already had here unpainted, I'm good through May and probably June.

Of course, that may not be long enough.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2020 12:38 p.m. PST

I am definitely going to buy some stuff I otherwise would have had to say "no" to. The math is different now. Everything is different now.

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2020 7:38 p.m. PST

Etotheipi check on how long the virus can last on cardboard, 24 hours. And the longest is on countertops or metal surfaces, 3-4 days.

I am a Safety Advisor for my company and we have to follow CDC sanitizing guidance for all positive diagnoses.

You should be okay if you wait one day and then wash the minis, most of us do that as prep for painting anyway.

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