I can’t afford to get all the stuff I need to fix the roof at one time, so I’m getting what I can, as I can. The other day, I stopped in at the local hardware store and got a couple pounds of inch-and-a-quarter roofing nails. They didn’t have the old-fashioned hot-dipped galvanized style. All they had were the mirror-finished electro-plated ones. They look like they’re so slick that you should be able to push them in with your thumb. With their non-functioning pretend “rings” up next to the head (where the shingles would be, NOT the wood) I suspect they’d pop back out just about as easily.
The bad thing was the price. Two pounds of them won’t quite fit in one hand, but would easily fit if I put both hands together. The price? $6! That’s three dollars a pound for junk nails that I can only HOPE will stay in place, and will probably start rusting if someone simply mentions the subject of humidity. It’s been a long time since I bought any roofing nails, because I think I paid about 50 cents a pound for them.
I got to thinking, and it COULD have been as long ago as 1995 since I did any major construction on the house. That means a six-fold increase in about 20 years. I suppose that wouldn’t be considered unreasonable by many, but my working income only doubled in that time, and my “retirement” income is the same now as my working income was back then.
I got to thinking and decided that the last time that I used roofing nails was to lay some roll roofing. I think I paid $15 a roll for it. It’s $90-95 a roll now. About the same increase as the nails! It’s hard to have an income from 20 years ago and have to pay modern jacked-up prices for everything. I used to just blame the international bankers for devaluing the money. Then I learned what Lowe’s and others pay for some of their products. Now I realize that it’s the greed of both the bankers AND the retailers that causes the problem. I don’t blame the mom and pop stores like I went to, they often have to pay jobbers almost as much as retail, just to get the product. Hard times are comin’, folks, companies care nothing for their customers anymore and will squeeze the last penny from us (if the government leaves us any in the first place). © 2016