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I think supply pipeline and shipping are the biggest challenges. We've been seeing cases where ships are sitting at port for months waiting for a chance to unload. I've got pre-orders for some Chief products that were supposed to ship on August 24. Chief sent out an email on the 24th that the ship had been in port for several weeks waiting for a slot to unload and were hoping it might be able to unload by end of month.

I'd assume Gazelle is in a similar position. They manage to get a small shipment of materials and have 50 tents to sell, which sell out instantly, and then have to wait until the next time a shipment can get in.
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So is it a supply chain issue (materials), or a workforce issue (employed workers)? The port backlog problems just are not going to resolve themselves until mid 2023 at the soonest per industry insiders. It is just in the air about our economic health, both wall street or business concerns on future Covid problems. Trying to run a business with such uncertainty must be very frustrating. Shipping costs are being bid up almost 5x over just 2 years ago, making final price (MSRP) difficult. So if your really pondering a particular purchase, now might be the time to lock in a order/price or get in the line.
 

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I think supply pipeline and shipping are the biggest challenges. We've been seeing cases where ships are sitting at port for months waiting for a chance to unload. I've got pre-orders for some Chief products that were supposed to ship on August 24. Chief sent out an email on the 24th that the ship had been in port for several weeks waiting for a slot to unload and were hoping it might be able to unload by end of month.

I'd assume Gazelle is in a similar position. They manage to get a small shipment of materials and have 50 tents to sell, which sell out instantly, and then have to wait until the next time a shipment can get in.
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So is it a supply chain issue (materials), or a workforce issue (employed workers)? The port backlog problems just are not going to resolve themselves until mid 2023 at the soonest per industry insiders. It is just in the air about our economic health, both wall street or business concerns on future Covid problems. Trying to run a business with such uncertainty must be very frustrating. Shipping costs are being bid up almost 5x over just 2 years ago, making final price (MSRP) difficult. So if your really pondering a particular purchase, now might be the time to lock in a order/price or get in the line.
I would imagine it's a combination of all of it. Perfect storm, as it were. We know there are shipping problems, raw supply problems, labor problems, and more, all adding up. It will take a good while for things to settle into whatever the new norm is going to be.
 
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Which wouldn't change even if they were manufactured in the states because there is still a global shortage of the raw materials production. Hence why prices for things like lumber and aluminum are skyrocketing right now.
Because the US has no trees? Did we lose the formula for cutting lumber? Weaving fabrics? Bullshit excuses, we have the ability we lack the desire because all anyone cares about in the US is how to make more profit.
As the economists and people in the industry note, it's a combination of a labor shortage sure to a pandemic paired with a massive spike in demand from people with months of cabin fever leading to a massive increase in demand. And we kind of need trees, you know, to breathe, so they can't just go leveling every tree to catch up with the demand.
 

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Because the US has no trees? Did we lose the formula for cutting lumber? Weaving fabrics? Bullshit excuses, we have the ability we lack the desire because all anyone cares about in the US is how to make more profit.
You do realize that Gazelle is manufactured in the Outback and imported to the US?
 

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I spoke with the Gazelle folks at Expo West last weekend. When I asked about availability on the T3X she said they were not in stock, there were some orange T4s I recall her saying, When I asked when they would be available she just shrugged and said best to just sign up for notifications and order right away when in stock. This is the first time I had seen the tents in person and I really liked them actually so now I am thinking...

As a general theme everyone I spoke to was describing material cost increases and supply chain log jams. The other item they talked about was how much time and legal expense they were dealing with keeping patent infringing Asian knockoffs out of the market on platforms like Amazon, Ebay, etc. I don't speak for anyone but myself, but I always make sure to buy the original and support the designer of the product even if it costs more.
 
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They've had T4s pop up a couple times now. Actually managed to snag one last week that should be here today. They've also introduced a T4+ overland edition, which as right now still shows available on the site.
 

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I also just got an email moments ago that says they have 80 T4s in the green color available now.
 

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I just snagged a T4 Overland Edition. There are ~100 available. It looks like their production issues might be starting to ease up. The frequency of these inventory drops seems to be increasing.

Kris
 
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I spoke with the Gazelle folks at Expo West last weekend. When I asked about availability on the T3X she said they were not in stock, there were some orange T4s I recall her saying, When I asked when they would be available she just shrugged and said best to just sign up for notifications and order right away when in stock. This is the first time I had seen the tents in person and I really liked them actually so now I am thinking...

As a general theme everyone I spoke to was describing material cost increases and supply chain log jams. The other item they talked about was how much time and legal expense they were dealing with keeping patent infringing Asian knockoffs out of the market on platforms like Amazon, Ebay, etc. I don't speak for anyone but myself, but I always make sure to buy the original and support the designer of the product even if it costs more.
If they made them here they would have stock, be selling them instead of shrugging shoulders and would not hand China the intellectual property to cop their designs. But hey, what do I know:smirk:
 
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If they made them here they would have stock, be selling them instead of shrugging shoulders and would not hand China the intellectual property to cop their designs. But hey, what do I know:smirk:
I understand the desire to support the home team and strive to do that as often as possible. Sadly the supply chain issue is impacting everyone-the guys at Springbar seem to be having the same issues and every camper manufacturer I spoke with seemed to have 12-18 month lead time on any camper that was ordered today. Makes me wish I have retired 5 years ago and geared up then!
 

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For anyone searching, Looks like Gazelle has the T3X and the T4’s available as well. I just ordered a T3X myself.