The sheer inability to keep this present world afloat on the dwindling supply of cheap energy signifies a dramatic shift in lifestyles for the majority of mankind soon to come. Primarily for Americans and other developed nations, everything is going to get very, very expensive, so much so that they will be ‘forced’ to do without.
In time, many items will simply disappear and no longer be available. It is very likely that some items will literally disappear overnight too, because they will no longer be manufactured and distributed suddenly. Their sudden disappearance will trigger panic buying for replacements and remaining inventory, and this in turn, will contribute to the overall problem of supply and demand in an oil-depleted world.