Buy them while you can.
What do canned mushrooms, Racor filters and lithium batteries all have in common? They are things that we have either had difficulty finding or have been prohibitively expensive.
We have often heard the advice that when you come across something that you need or like (boat spares, a favorite food product, etc.), buy it. This, we have found, is good advice. In these particular examples, canned mushrooms have been available but we have often found them to be crazy expensive up and down the island chain. As for the other two items, they are just plain difficult to find. The little Racor filters, which sit in line before each of our boat’s two Yamaha engines, are extremely rare. Large Racor filters? You can get them everywhere. These little guys? Not so much. The lithium batteries, which we use in our Spot tracker, are equally hard to acquire. So, even though we don’t really need any of these things right this minute, we didn’t hesitate to snap them up when we came across them here in Sint Maarten. I know this will save us headaches and $$$ in the future.
Note: When it comes to food, unless you are sure of the brand, I’d suggest purchasing a sample first before stocking up on a large quantity. We’ve heard of many people being disappointed after buying a dozen cans of a particular food product only to find out that it didn’t quite taste as they had expected.