A Most Visible Commodity

I immediately was drawn to what we guessed was a pile of sulfur ready for shipments to parts unknown.  Locals stated that this sulfur pile is always there.  It brings up the question of whether the sulfur people may be onto something.  A lovely color, but it’s not a glamorous business.  There is no particular magic to the business model: buy sulfur cheap in the interior somewhere, dump it in Vancouver until a ship comes in, and then sell it for a slightly higher price overseas!  A piece of cake – golden yellow devils food cake mix!

(Factoid: In March 2007, a ton of pure sulfur shipped from North Vancouver would have cost you less than $50 US.  In April 2008, it jumped to about $650 for the same volume — a 13-fold increase in just 13 months.)

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