Welcome to the first issue of the Sword Buyers Digest for 2022!
In these very "interesting times" 2022 is shaping up to be a very eventful and equally "interesting" year - with many of the various forces impacting the sword industry coming to a head in varied and unpredictable ways..
On the bad side, there is rampant, runaway inflation, rolling lockdowns, severe supply chain issues and lower demand due to both a population and an economy deeply fatigued by the seemingly endless COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing, rather bungled and bumbling worldwide response to it..
On the positive side, most of the shipments that were supposed to have arrived in November LAST year have finally run the gauntlet to land in stock in the latter half of THIS month - and for the first time since the Pandemic started when demand for EVERYTHING online skyrocketed and no-one could keep ANYTHING in stock, now most sword sellers have a wide variety to choose from..
Of course, nothing is very simple or easy about it - with the economy the way it is the restocks seem to be a bit of a case of 'too little too late' - and as we predicted several months ago we have gone from a famine to a feast.. Though now it seems that with no more stimulus checks on the horizon and with so much uncertainly about the future, the industry might face a possible glut..
It is definitely a frustrating and surreal 'ride' - but despite the turbulent and unpredictable waters, the industry is doing its best to try and batten down the hatches, stay afloat and plot the best course possible. And no matter which way it goes, we will be there reporting from the crows nest so you can try to make sense of it all..