Now it's freezers and fridges that are seeing a surge in buying demand.
Fridges along with other appliances are seeing booming business in Florida,and elsewhere, as more people look for more solutions when storing food for a long period of time or getting a new upgrade from what they've got now.
Some families are looking at getting a second freezer and starting to buy more meats and other frozen goods in bulk when possibly. It can't be a bad idea considering what we just went through this year with the supply of some goods drying up for days or weeks.
Retail analysts are urging people to keep calm in the coming weeks ahead, not to panic, and to try preparing and stocking up whenever you can.
It wouldn't be the best time for your fridge or oven to break right now with the growing appliance shortage around the U.S., but production is already ramping up to try and meet that demand.
"I have never experienced a year where there were shortages like we've seen this year,... We have freezers that are on backorder since the end of March that have still not come in." - S. Tau, owner of AHC Appliances on Long Island,
From fridges to microwaves, freezers, and ovens, the demand for kitchen appliances earlier this year quickly exceeded the supply chain and that might not get back to normal until next year for some that have backorders.
Home Depot has seen their sales surge by more than 20 percent as millions of families have sought to upgrade their homes while being forced to stay inside for extended periods of time due to COVID-19. Some stores right now are reporting at least 2 month wait times if you want a new fridge or a dryer.
Repair shops and retailers are continuing to struggle right now to meet that demand for so many. They are still weeks behind and with social distancing rules in place their production is also still limited by a significant amount and that is further preventing the market from being able to solve the problem. It is expected that the shortage could easily last until the 2nd quarter of next year.