MCS 297 – Supply Chain Survival

COVID-19 Coronavirus Supply Chain Survival
COVID-19 Coronavirus Supply Chain Survival
COVID-19 Coronavirus Supply Chain Survival

For the first time in our lives, many of us confronted something we had never expected to see:

Completely empty store shelves.

Yes, for years we’ve all joked about stores selling out of bread, milk, and even batteries before snow storms.

But this is different.

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, everybody is coping with a shortage of some kind.

And it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

There is, however, something you can do to help you get through these product shortages.

In fact, there are FIVE things you can and should be doing.

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Buck Greene sits in for Jeff Anderson to share 5 tips for getting through supply chain breaks and product shortages… all while providing for your family and yourself.

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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:

  • How to interpret critical “news clues” for tips to what items you should be buying before you can’t get them anymore!
  • A sure-fire strategy for managing your stockpile so you can “ride out” product shortages.
  • How to avoid a critical “OpSec” mistake when using apps like “Nextdoor” to network with neighbors!
  • The one mental change you’ve GOT to make if you’re going to survive this pandemic at an emotional level.
  • Why and how to develop your “virtual crystal ball” for supply planning.

This pandemic has changed all our lives forever… but we ARE going to get through it.

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MCS 296 – Pandemic Prepping Update #6

Pandemic Prepping Update #6: Taking Control
Pandemic Prepping Update #6: Taking Control
Pandemic Prepping Update #6: Taking Control

Are you sick and tired of the pandemic yet?

It has certainly upended all our lives.

The fact is, though, while it’s easy to fall into negativity…

…There comes a time when you have to dig deep and take back control.

In other words, no matter how bad things get…

…YOU are the one with the power to change them.

You cannot afford to give in to the “victim mindset.”

And NONE of us is immune to that danger!

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Jeff Anderson explains what we’ve learned so far from the pandemic, what we can all do to start taking back control of our lives, and why he has a personal confession of his own that relates to the past year.

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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:

  • Steps you can take during the pandemic to regain your sense of control over your life.
  • Why a “good deed” for your neighbors or a total stranger could help YOU get through the pandemic.
  • Why being a survivalist or “prepper” puts you in a unique position to be able to help people.
  • Why Jeff himself has been going through a remarkably difficult time in the last year… and how it affected him until he “got his mind right.”
  • How YOU can change your attitude in order to overcome the challenges that we all face now.

No emergency lasts forever… but being prepared is a lifestyle.

Learn how to approach your own life, and triumph over every challenge, in this week’s episode.

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Pandemic Scams: How To Avoid Getting Ripped Off

COVID-19 Pandemic Coronavirus Sales Scams: Avoid Getting Ripped Off

The lockdowns and quarantines of the COVID-19 pandemic have forced many people to get what they need by mail order.

Some of them ordered from Amazon (and are still ordering from Amazon, even after the retail giant started prioritizing “essentials” and delaying deliveries of non-household goods, groceries, and pet supplies by as much as a month).

Others went to outlets like eBay, Etsy, and even Facebook ads in order to buy everything from toilet paper and face masks to “antimicrobial” door-opening and button-pushing widgets.

The problem is, in a lot of cases, people got ripped off by sellers taking advantage of increased demand for online goods (especially goods related to the pandemic).

If you are going to get what you need while avoiding scams and “too-good-to-be-true” bargains, you need to keep a few basic guidelines in mind.

3 Tips For Avoiding Pandemic Sales Scams

COVID-19 Pandemic Coronavirus Sales Scams: Avoid Getting Ripped Off
COVID-19 Pandemic Coronavirus Sales Scams: Avoid Getting Ripped Off

First and foremost, beware of ANY sale for an item that is in high demand, and understand that if somebody is claiming to have goods that nobody else can keep in stock, you need to be extra-careful.

(Right now that includes things like hand sanitizer and certain face masks.)

Whatever is the “hot property” of the moment could become the target of people looking to cash in (by taking your money and not delivering anything).

However, beyond that general point, follow these three rules:

Always Check The Vendor’s Ratings And Sales History (If Possible)

One of my employees bought a ton of stuff on eBay to get around the Amazon restrictions.

He realized too late that one of the sellers he’d bought from had hundreds of negative ratings, because the seller wasn’t bothering to fill orders (and maybe even couldn’t because of lockdowns).

(If he had checked the ratings, he would have known not to spend money with that particular seller.)

If you’re using a site that makes use of ratings (like eBay, Amazon, or Etsy), always check them to make sure they don’t have a high percentage of negative strikes against them.

Don’t just trust a seller you’ve used before, either, because things can change (especially during a global pandemic).

Always look at the most recent information to see if the seller has a good reputation – and when ordering from websites online, do a simple search for their name to make sure you don’t find all kinds of posts complaining about getting ripped off.

Beware Licensed Products And Photoshopped Product Images

Intellectual property is a touchy thing.

You can’t just slap a licensed logo on a product and sell it to other people, because there are licenses involved.

If you see, say, a Facebook ad for a product with a popular television or movie logo/character on it, you should be suspicious of that ad.

Random no-name Facebook sellers can’t usually get licensing rights for stuff like that.

(It would be different if, for example, a Star Wars branded product was being offered by Disney online.)

Also, most of the companies that pull this kind of scam don’t bother to manufacture a physical product at all.

(They use Photoshop to add the image to the product photo, and you can usually tell.)

Don’t buy from an ad using a very obviously photo-manipulated product image, then, unless you have good reason to trust the seller.

Be Very Careful Of Social-Media-Only Advertisers

Finally, be careful when it comes to advertisers who are ONLY selling on social media.

Most legitimate businesses also have a website — and, more importantly, a way to contact customer service.

If the ad you’re looking at doesn’t have any link to an outside website (and no other means of contact), it is very likely a scam.

Now, none of this is to say that ads meeting some of these descriptions are ALWAYS fake.

There are plenty of legitimate businesses out there.

You’re not made of money, though… especially now, with all of us pushed to our limits by the pandemic and the economic strain of the shut-downs.

Don’t risk your money on people you don’t absolutely trust.

There are plenty of other people out there willing to sell you what you need AND give you good customer service.

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MCS 294 – The 5 Stages Of Pandemic Grief

covid-19 coronavirus wuhan flu chinese virus stages of grief
covid-19 coronavirus wuhan flu chinese virus stages of grief
The 5 Stages Of Pandemic Grief (Wuhan Coronavirus Chinese Flu)

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on our collective mental state.

This affect can be compared to something you may remember from school:

The 5 stages of grief.

Specifically, while the stages don’t run in any one order…

…A lot of us have experienced some or all of them.

But here’s the thing:

It matters which stage you are in, and when…

…Because if you don’t get to the last stage, you will NOT be prepared to survive and provide for your family during this pandemic.

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Buck Greene sits in for Jeff Anderson, explaining the “5 stages of pandemic grief” and why this matters to each one of us as prepared citizens.

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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:

  • Why our nation was in denial when the pandemic started… and why some people continue to behave as if “this is not happening.”
  • The unintended consequences and disturbing implications of bargaining away our civil rights!
  • Why anger is an understandable response to this disaster – and the specific threat to you and your family that this creates!
  • 5 different coping strategies for dealing with the depression caused by the pandemic and quarantine/lockdowns.
  • Why the final stage of “pandemic grief” leaves you better prepared to provide for yourself and your family.

These are difficult times, but we WILL get through them.

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MCS 293 – Pandemic Prepping Update #3

Pandemic Prepping Update Wuhan Coronavirus COVID-19 Masks
Pandemic Prepping Update Wuhan Coronavirus COVID-19 Masks
Pandemic Prepping Update Wuhan Coronavirus COVID-19: Mask Facts

COVID-19 continues to dominate our daily lives.

Something interesting happened recently, though.

The same authorities who, with the media, told us for weeks not to buy masks…

…suddenly changed their tune.

Now, they say we should all be covering our faces when in public.

In other words, they lied to us.

This hammers home a very important point we must all understand when we prepare to survive:

You have to think for yourself and make informed decisions!

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Buck Greene sits in for Jeff Anderson, explaining 5 points that you need to know when it comes to wearing masks to inhibit the spread of COVID-19.

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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:

  • The reason our government thought it was doing the right thing when it told us not to wear masks in the first place.
  • Why masks just make common sense – and why we all should have been wearing them from the beginning!
  • Why it matters that more and more people are jumping on the “mask bandwagon.”
  • What you should know about the mask shortages – and how to overcome them!
  • Why you don’t necessarily need an N95 mask… and multiple ways you can make your own face mask for the apocalypse.

These are difficult times, but we WILL get through them.

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MCS 292 – Pandemic Prepping Update #2

Pandemic Prepping Update Wuhan Coronavirus COVID-19
Pandemic Prepping Update Wuhan Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19, or the “Coronavirus,” continues to paralyze the world.

The thing is…

…It’s going to get worse before it gets better.

This global pandemic is teaching us a LOT.

And it’s up to us to remember these powerful lessons.

I’ve said before that people were not taking it seriously.

Well, it’s getting worse now.

Before we get through it, we’ll know, more than ever:

It’s the people around you who are the REAL threat.

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Jeff Anderson explains what’s going on with COVID-19 right now in the United States… and what you and your family should be doing to prepare and get through it.

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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:

  • Why the death toll we’ve seen so far is NOTHING compared to what Trump and Dr. Fauci are predicting.
  • Why the W.H.O. was wrong to minimize concerns over aerosol transmission.
  • The critical location that could become the next epicenter for the pandemic in YOUR town!
  • What you can do to protect yourself if you must go out to procure supplies.
  • Why both martial law and vigilante action are coming (and have already started)… and the HUGE OPSEC mistake many preppers are making right now.

These are difficult times, but we WILL get through them.

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