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Variables MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS OF INTEREST POLL OF THE MONTH Travel Log


CPA MAGAZINE READERS ARE HABITUAL TRAVELLERS, according to our latest reader poll. More than half of you (57%) say you travel for pleasure about once or twice a year, and another 26% go away on holiday three or more times per year. The average trip length is one to two weeks for the majority of respondents (61%) and seven in 10 (69%) travel with family rather than with friends (17%) or alone (14%). Sadly, more than a quarter of you (26%) say the benefits (e.g., lower stress, fresh perspective, positive attitude) of a trip last less than a week aſter you return home. For tips on how to make those post-vacation pluses last longer, see last month’s feature article “Maximize Your Mellow.” —T


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SHORT STORIES


DEARTH STARS THIS WINTER, a shortage of cauliflower led to prices soaring to as much as $9 per head. The New York Times called the vegetable a “luxury” item in Canada. Here are a few other goods that have gone from ample to scarce. —Steve Brearton


COLOURED PENCILS


The adult colouring- book craze is blamed for “a global pencil shortage” in 2016 and forces producer Faber- Castell to add shifts to


meet demand. “People buy colouring books to fight stress and then end up fighting for coloured pencils,” says one Brazilian consumer


NINTENDO WII


Between the 2006 release of the Wii gaming console and 2008, there is a chronic shortage of the Nintendo product, prompting some


to post want ads with headers such as, “Looking to trade my SOUL for a Wii.” Nintendo of America says it is “passionately upset about the lack of product relative to demand”


DIAPERS


In 2013, speculators clear Japanese store shelves of Merries diapers and sell them in China at great markups. “I saw a young woman filling a cart with


[diapers]. She checked out ... four or five other people helped her carry the bags to the van, then they came right back in and started filling up a cart again,” noted a Japanese customer


LEGO


The success of The Lego Movie forces the Danish toy-block manufacturer to issue a warning in 2015 that kids expecting Lego for Christmas could be disappointed. “We’ve seen huge demand for Lego products in the first half of the year,” says a Lego spokesman, “[and] it has put a strain on our manufacturing facilities around the world”


AMMUNITION


The 2012 reelection of US President Barack Obama and fear of new gun legislation following the mass murder of 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Conn., lead to


higher ammunition prices — if ammo is even available. “The political turmoil is intensifying [the shortage],” said a gun-shop owner


TEQUILA


A rare frost in the Jalisco region of Mexico in 1998 kills off much of the agave crop, the main ingredient in tequila, and leaves Canadians with higher prices or empty liquor- store shelves. “We haven’t raised our price of drinks,” says a Winnipeg Mexican-restaurant owner in 2000. “But we cringe every time someone orders a shot of tequila”


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