British Columbia’s heat wave has pushed the price of air conditioning units to a premium.
Before the heat set in on Friday, only about 40% of the province had AC in their homes. Cue a weekend of record-breaking temperatures, and that number has no doubt skyrocketed.
Stores across Vancouver have been ransacked by roasting residents.
Canadian Tire’s stock of AC units has been depleted; those still available at The Home Depot won’t ship for over a week. Good luck finding a fan at Walmart.
With the heat wave expected to stick around until at least Wednesday, overheated buyers have taken their search to Facebook Marketplace.
And sellers are willing to meet the demand — for a cool price.
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One ingenious “air conditioning alternative” claims to cool a 350-foot room better than a 12,000 BTU air conditioner, and only costs $100. Plus, it comes with a free lemonade.