6 Things You Won't Believe You Can't Buy Right Now
From a golf accessory to an old-school tool, these are the oddest items flying off shelves.
We all remember the mad panic to purchase toilet paper when the coronavirus pandemic first began to sweep through the United States in March. Local news programs and social media feeds were plastered with images of once fully stocked shelves suddenly barren and empty. While the hysteria proved to be a bit of an overreaction, it was certainly a sign of things to come—with various in-demand products selling out during the last several months in quarantine. Some items, like hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes, became expectedly elusive—but it's the more peculiar products that consumers are buying up with such vigor that are the most interesting of all.
With that, here are the six most unbelievable things that are nearly impossible to buy right now. And for other changes COVID-19 has caused in the retail space, check out 9 Things You Won't See at the Apple Store Ever Again.
It wasn't exactly a popular mode of club conveyance amongst the general golfing community pre-pandemic. But the three-wheeled handcart is all of a sudden nearly as hard to get as a tee time at Augusta, Georgia, The Wall Street Journal reports.
As golf courses have begun reopening, eager golfers need an alternative to carry their clubs due to policies forbidding the use of caddies or motorized golf carts. Thus explaining why these oft-considered antiquated pushcarts have sold out at retailers everywhere, leaving manufactures like Bag Boy—which has seen sales increase 400 percent from pervious years—unable to keep up with the utterly unexpected market demand.
That whole toilet paper hoarding situation we mentioned earlier? Well, that panic-buying behavior directly resulted in a huge increase of interest in another bathroom product: bidets.
"Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we're seeing record-breaking traffic and sales with no signs of slowing down," a spokesperson for bidet manufacturer BioBidet recently told Yahoo! Lifestyle. And Tushy, a bathroom company known for its attachable bidets, said that they are doing 10 times the sales they were doing prior to the toilet paper shortage scare.
Oddly enough, radios have seen a huge spike in sales during the pandemic, jumping 244 percent in March compared to the first four weeks of 2020, according to data from Criteo. While we can only speculate as to what's driving consumer demand so significantly, it's likely in some way related to the mindset of being prepared, and having a way to receive and communicate information in the event other means of doing so stop functioning on a mass scale. Turns out though, our TVs and phones work just find amid the coronavirus. And for other things you should have on hand right now, check out 15 Emergency Supplies You Should Have at Home While in Quarantine.
With most salons and barbershops shuttered, some people have bravely turned to their partners, roommates, and sometimes even themselves, for haircuts. And people anxious to get rid of their roots that have grown out since their last professional dye job have also been forced to take matters into their own hands. In fact, hair dye has been flying off the shelves at such an impressive rate. Business Insider reports that in the week ending Apr. 11, Nielsen data showed that hair dye sales increased a massive 92.9 percent compared to the same week the year prior. And for more on when you'll be able to get back to the hair salon, check out When Will It Be Safe to Get a Haircut? Experts Weigh In.
Whether they are taking it up as a new quarantine hobby, making homemade masks, or just mending their wardrobe while they have some extra time at home, people across the country are sewing like they've never quite sewn before. In fact, USA Today recently reported that consumers are nabbing up sewing machines at such a rate that finding one for less than $400 right now is almost impossible. And for more timeless activities seeing an upsurge, check out 10 Old-Fashioned Hobbies Making a Comeback in Quarantine.
We've all been looking for various sources of entertainment that aren't Tiger King and Love Is Blind. And what could be a better way to pass the time and challenge the mind than a good old-fashioned jigsaw puzzle? Apparently, that's what a lot of people thought, seeing as puzzle sales during the pandemic have been absolutely through the roof, NPR reports.
"Around the second week of March, we noticed sales at one of our largest retail customers … were up 300 percent over the same week the previous year," Carol Glazer, president of Massachusetts-puzzle maker Ceaco, told NPR's All Things Considered. Several other major puzzle manufactures told a similar story, so consider yourself lucky if you were able to get your hands on a few in recent months. And for other activities you can do even if lockdown orders where you live remain in effect, check out 19 Summer Hobbies You Can Still Do During Quarantine.