Multi finish plaster is in a massive short supply and plasterers throughout the UK are battling with each other to get enough multi finish plaster to keep their customers happy and to provide for their families.
The multi finish plaster shortage was down to British Gypsum closing their production lines when they followed Covid-19 government guidelines. The knock-on effect has been massive for plasterers not only because multi finish plaster production was stopped but also because with the whole country and most people decided it was a great time to do some DIY. So naturally, multi finish plaster was going to be in demand.
The few who could get hold of multi finish plaster were not using it to plaster with. They were trying to sell it for a considerable profit and what makes it worse is that not only were these people profiteering. There were now gangs of people turning up to the likes of Wickes and B&Q buying every bag of multi finish plaster available in a bid to make some fast and easy money at the expense of plasterers.
This profiteering has rubbed a lot of plasterers throughout the UK up the wrong way. However, plasterers are now starting to fight back giving the profiteers of multi finish plaster a lot of grief and abuse and I dread to think what has happened to those who have been caught by a few angry plasterers.
However, What can be done to stop this Multi finish plaster profiteering?
As I write this I am sitting here thinking that I have no idea how to regulate this and how to stop the general public from buying plaster and more so those that are profiteering from it.
Should multi finish plaster be only sold to plasterers and builders?
If it could be achieved, I think the knock-on effects could be that plumbers say that the public cannot buy copper pipe and the electricians can be the only people that cable.
Having a trade card has been suggested but then I have trade cards for motor factors and I am not a motor mechanic. So even then that wont solve this problem.
How would you think this should be done?
I think the reality is that this multi finish plaster shortage and profiteering has only occurred once (I think) in my lifetime and so maybe it will be just a one-time thing. Maybe all this panic is over something that won’t ever happen again.
The easiest way to stop this profiteering is to not buy multi finish plaster from the people that are profiteering from it. The one advantage plasterers have with multi finish plaster is that it goes out of date. We all just need to hang in there and wait then this plaster will be worthless, and that alone should have a big impact on these profiteers profits.
There has been a petition circling to stop try and combat this profiteering of multi finish plaster and so please click and sign this and maybe just maybe someone will come up with an idea to protect plasterers livelihoods in the future.
Please if you have any opinions or comments on this the please comment below and if there is anyway that we can all stand to gether to get something to stop this happening again I am more than happy to help along the way.
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