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.

The Great Fridge Freeze-Out

The Great Fridge Freeze-Out

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Shopper at Lowe&#039;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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