Back in March, it felt like everyone was stocking up on lots of food. Frozen foods, which could ostensibly help save us from having to go outside to feed ourselves for a while, were a particularly popular choice. While this panic buying led to all sorts of shortages at the time, supplies have rebounded to the point that there’s arguably too much meat on sale.
Now, there’s been something of an unexpected shortage of a different kind that may not be resolved quite as easily: we’re running out of refrigerators. As NPR reports, 2020 has inspired an unexpected shortage of major appliances like microwaves, refrigerators, freezers, and even dishwashers.
As with other 2020 shortages, the story of appliances is a now-familiar tale of unexpected shifts to both supply and demand. Between pandemic-induced production complications