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20 Reasons Why All The People That Quit Prepping After September Are Dead Wrong

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

Millions of Americans were gearing up for some huge event to happen in September, but the world didn’t end and now many of them have given up entirely on prepping.  Of course the truth is that some absolutely earth-shattering events did take place last month, but because September did not play out exactly as some were anticipating, a lot of people feel very let down.  My contacts in the emergency food industry tell me that sales have dropped off dramatically, and yesterday I was told by someone that I trust that the same is true for those that sell precious metals.  But this should not be happening.  What we witnessed in August and September was just the warm up act, and all of the numbers are absolutely screaming at us that we are right on track for a major global crisis.  In this article I am going to focus on economic and financial issues, but there are so many other things going on around the planet right now that threaten to throw our world into turmoil.  Anyone that thinks that it is safe to “relax” now is simply not paying attention.  The following are 20 reasons why all the people that quit prepping after September are dead wrong…

#1 U.S. exports are down 11 percent for the year so far.  The only other times they have fallen this dramatically since the turn of the century were during the last two recessions.

#2 Since March, the amount of stuff being shipped by truck, rail and air inside the United States has been falling every single month on a year over year basis.  This is a clear indication that economic activity is really slowing down.

#3 Wholesale sales in the U.S. have fallen to the lowest level since the last recession.

#4 The inventory to sales ratio has risen to the highest level since the last recession.  This means that there is a whole lot of unsold inventory that is just sitting around out there and not selling.

#5 Industrial production declined for five months in a row during the first half of 2015.  That is something that has never happened outside of a recession.

#6 Wal-Mart is projecting that its earnings may fall by as much as 12 percentduring the next fiscal year.

#7 Don’t expect U.S. consumers to rush in and save the day.  According to brand new numbers from the Social Security Administration, 51 percent of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year.

#8 And remember, there are 102.6 million working age Americans that do not even have a job of any kind.

#9 According to Challenger Gray, layoffs at major firms have risen to the highest level that we have witnessed since 2009.

#10 The number of job openings in the United States declined by 5.3 percentduring the month of August.  That was a huge plunge for just one month.

#11 According to British banking giant HSBC, the world is already in a “dollar recession“.  Global trade has fallen 8.4 percent so far this year, and global GDP expressed in U.S. dollars is down 3.4 percent.

#12 In September, Chinese exports were down 3.7 percent compared to one year ago, and Chinese imports were down a staggering 20.4 percent compared to a year ago.

#13 During the month of August, we witnessed the 8th largest single day stock market crash in U.S. history on a point basis and the 10th largest single day stock market crash in U.S. history on a point basis.  It was the first time ever that the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined by more than 500 points on two consecutive trading days.

#14 On August 24th, we also witnessed the greatest intraday stock market point swing of all time.  From the high point of the day to the low point of the day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 1,089 points before recovering.

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16 comments to 20 Reasons Why All The People That Quit Prepping After September Are Dead Wrong

  • Rodster

    This is what happens when you AMP up a date on the calendar and nothing happens. When you cry wolf too many times, give out dates and life goes on, people get tired and lose focus but just like KWN there are many websites profiteering from doom.

  • Joel

    @Rodster – Well said, my man! Sooner or later the wolf will eat our asses whole. Until then, keep preparing spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. And keep gathering food, water, ammo, PMs. Lastly, get with like-minded individuals in the real world. Strength in numbers..

  • WillyT

    Quite frankly listening to all the doom and gloom some days is hard too listen to. You would think all the doom prophets know what their talking about over the last few years when they continuously throw out their predictions and the goal posts keep getting pushed ahead. Anyone who has been prepping for the last 5 or so years or longer should be all set and ready for anything at any time by now. How much can you actually prep since none of us really know exactly what to be be ready for? I agree with Rodster that people get tired and lose focus. No one knows what is actually going to happen and the biggest kicker of them all is WHEN? No one has been right about their dates thus far, so who do you believe and who’s advice do you take literally? Listen to all and follow no one!! The criminals are still in charge. They could still be in charge for many years more years to come.

  • C.i.

    What A Load Of Rubbish.

    Worldwide Indeed.

    Australia Is Part Of The World.

    Joke This Man.


  • Tbear

    What a load of S hem I T ah.

  • Gerald

    An asteroid WILL hit earth someday as well.Do we hunker down until then.I would rather live life while I can. Prepare a little,but live a lot.

  • Rancher

    To us balance IS THE SOLUTION. A fool ignores History as it always repeats itself. A fool ignores Mother Nature and her wrath upon the Earth. A fool ignores how Evil men and women in power can and will become. There is also more to be concerned about and on the other hand some things will rub us out regardless of what precautions we take.
    We elect not to ever get wrapped up in dates and time…period. Just always keep a wary eye. Few things will hit the world at large. Rather it will probably be regional and then could well have a ripple effect. So the event effe3cts upon us depends much on how close one is to the epicenter of it. Most locations the reads here live in are a poor choice if they really expect to endure a long term crisis event.
    For us we do not like to prepare for one event and focus too much on just that. Like a 1/2 inch open end wrench only fits a 1/2 inch nut. Those people are nuts 😉 Rather prepping for most anything perhaps should be more open minded and more than likely more flexible to adjust and overcome most crisis events. Our prepping is more like a crescent wrench which adjusts to all nuts whether SAE or Metric. We even have dead end plans for the non-preppers with stripped threads who might come along 😉
    One of my roll away tool boxes out here says Do Not Ask To Borrow MY Tools As I Make My Living With Them….. Same for our prepping supplies. Do not ask or expect to partake in them in a crisis as we depend on them to keep us living.
    Our prepping is so much like life insurance. Real life insurance provides for life not death. Ours is an investment into continuing life when the chips are down for all the others all around us. Then the best part is when we finally grow too old to really need it all… we can just sell it all off, take the millions and go live out the remaining few years in a low stress location we researched very very well.
    So for us we seek to team up with the few who actually think it all through, determine to have an in the moment plan, long tern plan and final plan. Then doing it.
    Having done that we now fully enjoy life, fishing, playing poker, watching the fire burn on in the living room on cold evenings and just living a calm life. We are done prepping and yes there is an end to it so do no0t be fooled. You set the end and do not let others tell you where it is. Sure there in maintenance but so is there maintenance on our rigs and even our bodies. Go figure.
    So why choose to either not prep at all and ignore it to just live life hoping nothing happens….or prep and live life in fear and never ending worry? I like to choose the best parts of all choices and create the ultimate choice which combines only the best parts.
    Anyway we just thought we might share this as it might help.. or not. For us we do not sweat the news rather we observe for trends and then go back to living. We cannot change what will happen so we do not worry there. We just look at our stacks of stuff and know we and the others with us have a much better chance than those who do nothing. No offense meant to those who do less and we admire those who do more. We pity those who do…nothing.

    • Ed_B

      “Do not ask or expect to partake in them in a crisis as we depend on them to keep us living.”

      Exactly. On the other hand, those who turn up with preps in the hands and a desire to help in their hearts will be welcomed. Those with empty hands and bellies? Not so much.

  • Howard Roark


    You won’t escape the biologic when it’s deployed…

  • Loquito

    I also agree with everybody here. Listen all and follow none. This doom porn is hype up a lot. I even get stuck in the hype sometime but just step back and see the game being play by the elites. The system is fall apart bit by bit, which give us the time and warning signs to get prepare before the actual event. It’s happening in other places around the world and our time(US) is on it way.

    • Ed_B

      When things fall apart, it is likely to go the same way that Hemingway went bankrupt… slowly for a while and then VERY suddenly.

      But this question of “when?” is a superfluous distraction, IMO. It really does not matter “when” if one is reasonably well prepared. If one plans to sit on their @$$ until the very last minute and only then prepare, then sure, it matters. Anyone here planning to do that? Time the collapse? LOL! That’s simply not possible. One either prepares for a SHTF time or one does not. Yes, it really IS just as simple as that.

      • Loquito

        Correct! Timing the moment it happen, is simply a distraction. When you reads the signs, you can see the system is fragile. So how fragile do want to be?

  • Rancher

    My posting expressed my views, my families views and those who have teamed up with us. It is not me, me ,me rather us 😉 I could have signed it as from many but did not. By the way HR do you have a bio safe area set up to support life in a positive pressure filtered environment while it passes overhead? If not you will certainly die as you stated 😉

    Waiting to see if something is happening only allows the price of what you will need to rise and the availability diminish. In fact if… that something which might happen happens in your region you will have no chance to play catch up. We know it takes courage to face the uncertain future. Much more courage than making fun of it that is a fact. Doing that needs to be done to weather it…. separates the men from the boys. Like I said if nothing happens during the period of time we are all concerned about we can liquidate for a massive profit and move on. Sure beats the stock market 😉

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