These Products Are Still Hard to Find Because of the Pandemic

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In Short Supply

As if life during a global pandemic isn't frustrating enough, product shortages continue to plague retailers. While shelves have been restocked with toilet paper and hand sanitizer, other items seem to disappear in an instant, frustrating would-be buyers. Popcart, a comparison shopping web-browser extension for Google Chrome, analyzed which products have been most elusive for its users. Here's what they're still struggling to get their hands on. 

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TP-Link Wi-Fi Extender

Internet Routers and Mesh Networks

Most popular: TP-Link Wi-Fi Extender, Google Nest WiFi Mesh Router
No shocker here. The pandemic has forced many of us to work and learn remotely, and we've figured out the hard way that our home Wi-Fi networks just aren't up to the task of handling multiple simultaneous video calls. That's led to a surge in sales for all manner of routers, boosters, and Wi-Fi extenders.

Related: The Best Mesh Router Systems and Wi-Fi Extenders for Better Internet at Home

Fitbit Versa 2
Apple AirPods Pro

Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Most popular: Apple AirPods Pro, Sony WH-1000XM4
The only thing more painful than taking five Zoom calls every day is forcing your family to listen to them — or, even worse, listening to a kindergartener's virtual music class while you try to talk to your team about sales numbers. Noise-canceling headphones are selling like hotcakes as everyone tries to carve out a little piece of solitude amid their chaotic new home lives.

Related: 13 Perfectly Good Wireless Earbuds Way Cheaper Than AirPods

Blink Outdoor Camera
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
PlayStation 5 Console
Goli Apple Cider Vinegar Gummy Vitamins


Most popular: Goli Apple Cider Vinegar Gummy Vitamins, Nature Made Vitamin D3
Health is at the forefront of everyone's mind, which has led to a bump in vitamin sales. Apple cider vinegar supposedly helps support the immune system, and low vitamin D levels have been tied to more-serious cases of COVID-19. (For the record, Dr. Anthony Fauci is skeptical of any so-called immune boosters, but he does recommend vitamin D supplements for anyone with a deficiency.)

Related: 23 Health Products and Services That Cost Less at Costco

Hampton Bay Propane Patio Heater
Home Depot

Patio Heaters

Most popular: Hampton Bay 48,000-BTU Stainless Steel Patio Heater, Hampton Bay 38,200-BTU Bronze Heat-Focusing Patio Heater
Public health experts have emphasized that it's far safer to gather outdoors, but — with apologies to "Game of Thrones" — winter is coming. Strong sales of patio heaters show that everyone is trying to prolong the fun, especially before the reality of socially distanced holidays sets in.

Related: Patio Heaters and Fire Pits for Staying Toasty Outside

Instant Pot Duo 60
iRobot Roomba 675
HP OfficeJet 3830


Most popular: HP OfficeJet 3830, Brother HL-L2300D
Unfortunately, your kid's latest math worksheet won't print itself, and neither will those work forms that you need. Wireless printers have been in and out of stock for months, with back-to-school season pushing another surge in sales.

iHealth No-Touch Forehead Thermometer