Where have the long time posters with great experience gone?

Not that you all don't have great experience, but I've noticed that several long time shoppers with valuable knowledge about shopping and great stories are no longer posting. bgriffin, SteveSoCal, SoCalmama, LisaStLS... What happened? Come back, come back wherever you are!

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Don't forget Irene. I reached out to a few of them recently but have not heard back.

"There's so much trouble in this world; surrounded by miracles" - Citizen Cope
Oh yes, Irene. I think she retired...many times...from shopping, but I thought she might still come around and post now and then. Hope she's okay. She was a hoot.

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The more I learn about people...the more I like my dog..

Mark Twain
Another poster I sorely miss… Sybil2. Where you at, girl?!

Shopping the Greater Denver Area, Colorado Springs and in-between in Colorado. 31 year old male and willing to travel!
We are still here but can make far more money from other adventures…. I did a phone call survey today, ten minutes $100. I mystery shopped way back from when results used to be sent in on post cards. Times have changed. App shops are put there in multitude….. no paperwork. Paper towel one yesterday $15 plus $10 of free towels….the days of the mystery shop as we know it are gone.
Three of the five people you mention live in So Cal. So do I. The cost of living here is very high. I see a fraction of the number of shops I saw pre covid and for a really long time during covid there were virtually no shops available. Restaurants, bars and hotels were closed or barely open one week and closed the next. Steve and SoCalMama did a lot of the types of shops that did not exist during covid. Irene was no longer traveling to town to shop. I suspect they just found other ways to live during that time.
WOW!!!!!!

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Another poster I sorely miss… Sybil2. Where you at, girl?!

"There's so much trouble in this world; surrounded by miracles" - Citizen Cope
That is true. Restaurants shops went dry even prior COVID. COVID wiped down the rest. I am taking only shops (restaurants) that does not require long time to be inside. 15-29 minutes no more. I am doing some banks/tellers only that even less time consuming. Not a lot but still some $$. Plus apps. Doing them during lunch time or evenings and only in close by to me area, NOT LONG TRAVEL.

Shopping Eastern Pennsylvania and parts of NJ, since 2009


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I've largely been on a hiatus from shopping - life outside of this world has just gotten way too busy. I did my first two shops today since April, when I did about four.

Hard work builds character and homework is good for your soul.
some MSC disappeared as well..

Shopping Eastern Pennsylvania and parts of NJ, since 2009
I looked, and SteveSoCal last posted 11 months ago. Many of his shops involved international travel, and other high-end shops that disappeared. I hope he is alright.

SoCalmama posted as recently as 2 months ago. She got attacked in at least one thread, and when back and edited her posts to remove all of the words. I think she got fed up. I haven't looked for the others.

Shopping Southeast Pennsylvania, Delaware above the canal, and southwestern NJ since 2008
You are correct about SoCalmama. It's unfortunate for the rest of us who enjoyed her posts.

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The more I learn about people...the more I like my dog..

Mark Twain
The Covid has stopped a lot of things and closed a lot of people and places to rethink things.
I was thinking about SoCalMama and her "back in the day" experiences, as she called them. At least she had them. Some newer shoppers might not find such great experiences in the near or distant future...

The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man. ~ Unknown
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