Pandemic leads to appliance shortage

The impact of COVID-19 on the device business is increased demand and decreased supply.

DUNMORE, PA. – Dunmore Appliance’s Nick Gillette has been in the business for 33 years and says there has never been a year like 2020.

The impact of COVID-19 on the device business is increased demand and decreased supply.

“The main thing they are looking for is fridges and freezers and we have very limited quantities. We ordered freezers back in March and we just got some, it was 20 and they were gone in two days” said Gillette.

Jack Henzes from Clarks Summit grabbed the last freezer.

“I did not think that the pandemic would hit the device world as if it had hit other areas,” said Henzes.

James Burden drove 45 minutes from Wayne County to use one of four remaining dishwashers after hearing about his daughter in New York struggling to find a refrigerator.

“They would have had to wait until December for a refrigerator if they hadn’t put an item in stock,” said Burden.

Dunmore Appliance says so and the big stores are in the same boat. Factory downtime and parts that are not available from overseas have resulted in a shortage of large kitchen appliances.

The Dunmore Appliance showroom is now more of a warehouse as there are no new products on display.

“In the 33 years we’ve been in business, business has never looked like this. We always had all of the displays out here, not one box in this entire store, it would be full of new gadgets to choose from.” said Gilette.

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