Oct 14, 2020
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About this Deal
COVID-19 shortages affect everything from sewing machines to patio heaters. People are spending more time focusing on home projects and hobbies. Many items that would enhance these activities remain difficult to find or are unusually expensive as retailers boost prices on items remaining in stock. Some have been scarce since COVID-19 hit in the spring and still haven't become more readily available. Others, like patio heaters, are facing seasonal shortages as people try to extend their ability to socialize outside in cooler weather.
Experts predict the pandemic will continue to impact global commerce in the future. Here are some things that are still hard to get.
1. Bicycles - A surge in demand for socially distant, outdoor activities has caused massive disruptions in the bicycle industry.
2. Sewing Machines
3. Exercise Equipment
4. Patio Heaters & Outdoor Heat Lamps
5. Pressure Treated Wood
6. Laptops - Laptop orders increased in the spring as many employees began working from home. Supply has yet to catch up, however, in part because of recently imposed tariffs. The world's three biggest computer companies — Lenovo, HP and Dell — have announced a shortage of nearly 5 million laptops.
8 Surprising hot sellers include:
3. Bread Machines
4. Computer Accessories
5. Fitness Equipment
6. Inflatable Pools
7. Jigsaw Puzzles
8. Nail Care
Source: AARP (in short supply) and AARP (hot sellers)