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    PUBLIC DEFENDER By Brian Livingston This year’s global supply-chain crunch is making numerous electronic items go in and out of stock at retailers, an
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      When the term “supply chain issues” was completely unknown during the early lockdowns from the Pandemic, we called these sorts of bots and the people who used them “hoarders” and their practices were termed “gouging”. Remember trying to obtain toilet paper?

      Hard to see how legislation in the United States will slow down bots based offshore.

      The idea of waiting until just after Christmas to buy gifts (if anything’s left by then) is a good suggestion. It won’t work for the most in-demand items, though.

      -- rc primak

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        rc primak: “Hard to see how legislation in the United States will slow down bots based offshore.

        Indeed. This can be dealt only through truly working international cooperation. Between the USA, Canada, the UK, the EU and Japan, for a start. And not just for helping people with their Christmas shopping.

        For all I know, there might be something like that already in place and functioning, but what this might be, how and how well it might work are mysteries to me. Perhaps someone here can shed some light into this darkness?

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      Indeed. This can be dealt only through truly working international cooperation. Between the USA, Canada, the UK, the EU and Japan, for a start. And not just for helping people with their Christmas shopping.

      So much spam comes from the USA, it is said.  If the USA and other North Atlantic nations did something EFFECTIVE about spam and other internet abuse, then the remainder, from Russia, Baltic states, India, Indonesia, Malaysia might stand as a bit more exposed.

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