Why do Pool Tables have such a long lead-time?
The current supply situation with pool tables is unique. Never before has there been such demand with such long lead times. This is not going to improve anytime soon.
Since lockdown began, people have never spent as much time indoors. We have been working from home and often not leaving our homes for weeks on end. This has resulted in people spending time and money on home improvements. In particular, people have been looking for fun things to do at home. Therefore, we have seen a massive demand for many products we sell, such as table tennis tables and pool tables. People in the main have been unable to go on holiday, resulting in spare money to spend on home improvements and leisure activities. All this has resulted in huge demand and large order books at the pool table factories.
The pool factories are doing their very best to fulfil demand. However, even working to full capacity, they simply can't keep up, meaning table orders can now take anywhere between 6 to 12 months. Social distancing has changed how the production line can work. This also restricts the factories from being able to employ lots more staff. As well as the massive order books, they are also struggling with the supply of materials. In the main, the factories rely on wood, metal, and slates arriving from all over the world. This has become much more difficult and much more expensive to guarantee and has resulted in delays of many components.
The above has meant long delays in getting pool tables and many price rises over the last six months.
Do not worry, though. We work very closely with the manufacturers and have several factors in our favour. Firstly, we place large stock orders of the most popular models and have hundreds and hundreds of tables currently in the production queue waiting to be made. As soon as these become available, they are listed on this product page. It would be wise to waste no time ordering as they do not remain for sale for long. The second thing we have in our favour is that we are located within a short driving distance to all the leading manufacturers. This allows us to collect tables as they come off the production line resulting in faster delivery times. We are also given the first refusal of any cancelled orders as we can collect them the same day.
If you are happy to wait for your table, we try to be as honest and as realistic as possible with our advertised lead times. If you are looking for a table quickly, then keep an eye on this section.