The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

August 9, 2009

A Bit Too Slow to Beat the Heat

Filed under: weather — Brian Lutz @ 11:53 pm

Around this time a week ago, we were all broiling in the tail end of a record-breaking heat wave here in Washington that managed to sell out air conditioners everywhere, and in fact made just about everything with a temperature below eighty degrees disappear from store shelves in surprisingly rapid fashion.  People reported trying just about every place they could think of within thirty miles of here in search of fans and air conditioners, to no avail.  A week later, it looks like supplies have caught up:

As long as you aren’t picky about random off-brand stuff that you’d probably need to ship off to some random address in China to get any warranty service on, you should have no problem finding an air conditioner at this point.  Or a few dozen air conditioners, for that matter.

In fact there’s just one little problem with the whole thing:  As soon as the heat wave left, it was quickly replaced with unseasonably cool temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s (and even rain in the forecast for the next few days,) which isn’t exactly optimal weather for selling a couple of truckloads of air conditioners.  Oh well, with any luck (and barring any further heat waves that might show up over the remainder of the Summer) I might be able to grab one on closeout in October.

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1 Comment »

  1. I have to say, I find it kind of amazing that the stores didn’t anticipate this problem. No one who watches the weather reports (or has lived here more than a year) would expect the heat wave to last long enough to get that huge stock in and sell through it. I will say that, like the stores, I’d be a lot happier if the heat wave were still here. This sucks!

    Comment by Sean — August 10, 2009 @ 9:40 am


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