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SOLAR SCRIBBLES: Supply and Demand

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As we inch closer to April’s total solar eclipse, Chief Meteorologist Eric Snitil will share stories from his experience tracking the “Great American Eclipse” of 2017. These first-hand experiences will hopefully add some texture & insight as to what you can expect during this once-in-a-lifetime event right in our own backyard.

This is a part of my life I’m not proud of. It was a week before the 2017 solar eclipse. I pulled up into the parking lot of a shopping center in Prattville, Alabama while I waited to meet an individual with whom I had been speaking to on the phone for several days. Her name was Anna, her entrepreneurial spirit leading us to this meeting. The terms were simple. She had product, I had cash. In less than two minutes, Anna handed over two pairs of eclipse glasses. I handed her $100.

By this point, the run on eclipse glasses had already become a runaway wildfire. Enterprising individuals were able to find many more people like me desperate to find genuine glasses to see the upcoming show. My shame comes from my penchant for procrastination. But I learned an important lesson that day, one that remains top of mind as April’s eclipse date inches closer- DON’T WAIT.

And so goes a valuable lesson in economics. Supply and demand was alive and well in 2017. Make no mistake, it hasn’t gone anywhere in 2024. You can pick up glasses from a myriad of locations locally and online for just a few bucks apiece in some cases. Make sure what you buy are certified with international standards.

https://science.nasa.gov/eclipses/future-eclipses/eclipse-2024/safety/

Heck, News 8 plans on giving them away in the weeks ahead. Will you be at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Rochester? Wave me down, I’ll have a bunch. The point is, don’t let the fact the eclipse is still more than a month away stop you from making a wise business decision. Get what you need and get it out of the way. As April approaches, the run on glasses will pick up momentum. You’ll start seeing vendors selling out. Certain individuals will purchase glasses in bulk with the sole intention of relying on that reality, set to resell them for a significant markup. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and you too might find yourself justifying a $100 expenditure as a “sound” business decision.

In a worst-case scenario, there are homemade options that can allow you to safely “see” the eclipse in the event you can’t get your hands on glasses. In the weeks ahead, we’ll have a few hands-on videos on DIW options. Or just go get them now. Up to you.

​ As we inch closer to April’s total solar eclipse, Chief Meteorologist Eric Snitil will share stories from his experience tracking the “Great American Eclipse” of 2017. These first-hand experiences will hopefully add some texture & insight as to what you can expect during this once-in-a-lifetime event right in our own backyard.

This is a part of my life I’m not proud of. It was a week before the 2017 solar eclipse. I pulled up into the parking lot of a shopping center in Prattville, Alabama while I waited to meet an individual with whom I had been speaking to on the phone for several days. Her name was Anna, her entrepreneurial spirit leading us to this meeting. The terms were simple. She had product, I had cash. In less than two minutes, Anna handed over two pairs of eclipse glasses. I handed her $100.

By this point, the run on eclipse glasses had already become a runaway wildfire. Enterprising individuals were able to find many more people like me desperate to find genuine glasses to see the upcoming show. My shame comes from my penchant for procrastination. But I learned an important lesson that day, one that remains top of mind as April’s eclipse date inches closer- DON’T WAIT.

And so goes a valuable lesson in economics. Supply and demand was alive and well in 2017. Make no mistake, it hasn’t gone anywhere in 2024. You can pick up glasses from a myriad of locations locally and online for just a few bucks apiece in some cases. Make sure what you buy are certified with international standards.

https://science.nasa.gov/eclipses/future-eclipses/eclipse-2024/safety/

Heck, News 8 plans on giving them away in the weeks ahead. Will you be at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Rochester? Wave me down, I’ll have a bunch. The point is, don’t let the fact the eclipse is still more than a month away stop you from making a wise business decision. Get what you need and get it out of the way. As April approaches, the run on glasses will pick up momentum. You’ll start seeing vendors selling out. Certain individuals will purchase glasses in bulk with the sole intention of relying on that reality, set to resell them for a significant markup. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and you too might find yourself justifying a $100 expenditure as a “sound” business decision.

In a worst-case scenario, there are homemade options that can allow you to safely “see” the eclipse in the event you can’t get your hands on glasses. In the weeks ahead, we’ll have a few hands-on videos on DIW options. Or just go get them now. Up to you. Read More Eclipse LocalRochesterFirst  

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