How COVID-19 broke the supply chain for appliances : The Indicator from Planet Money For months now, there's been a shortage of refrigerators and freezers across the U.S. Shoppers can't find appliances to buy and stores can't find enough appliances to sell. Alina Selyukh joins The Indicator to explain why.
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The Great Fridge Freeze-Out

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The Great Fridge Freeze-Out

The Great Fridge Freeze-Out

The Great Fridge Freeze-Out

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Shopper at Lowe's home-improvement store in May 2020 in Farmingdale, New York.
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The pandemic upended the supply chain for all the things you'd expect people to hoard during a health emergency lockdown: Toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, canned goods and baking products. And then there were the things you might not expect, like refrigerators, freezers and all sorts of other in-home appliances.

The supply chain for those kinds of goods was so badly broken that, six months into the pandemic, it's still hard to get your hands on a refrigerator or a dishwasher.

Alina Selyukh from NPR's Business Desk joined The Indicator to talk about changes in spending habits, supply chain complications and Labor Day sales.

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