The COVID pandemic has made so many things in short supply this year, and every month brings a new shortage, from Lysol wipes to chicken breasts to bicycles.
The newest? Backyard pools.
Meghan and Nick Newton are dreaming of a new garden pool for their stay this summer with their young children. “We want a big one, a nice big one,” they said.
But during this pandemic, finding a pool is just as difficult as finding an affordable bike. Any type of pool, even a small one, is hard to find at Walmart or Target.
Aaron Johnson said, “They’re all sold out, yes.”
Johnson just wanted a $ 100 inflatable pool. But he says the prices on eBay were insane.
“They charge $ 1,300 to $ 1,600 on eBay,” he said. “That’s ridiculous. A pool isn’t a necessity, but it’s still a price cut.”
Growing demand paired with factory shutdowns
It’s a double-edged sword for pool operations. They’re seeing some of their best sales in years, but at the same time need to tell customers that the pool they want may not be there for several weeks or months.
Pool shop general manager Johnie Price says many of their popular above-ground pools are now on order.
“It was tough,” he said. “Many factories across the country have been closed for two or three months. As demand has increased and no product arrives, this has resulted in significant delays.”
Another option: check the manufacturer websites. Aaron Johnson ordered an inflatable pool direct from Intex.
But they are also sold out. “Everyone stays home, so everyone wants a pool,” he said.
Just like with the bike shortage, you may have to pay more than you budgeted for at the time.
Or search for local used pools on the Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist. Just make sure they are really local and you can see the pool in person so you don’t get scammed and waste your money.
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