This has certainly been a very tough year
so far for many people. The weather
has not been cooperating across the country. Snow and
cold in the West, blizzards in the East & the Midwest,
frosts in the South and a very bad winter in the
Northeast, all have combined to make an unusually unpleasant
winter experience for most of the country. But
as you know, the weather
is not the only problem....
Perfect Storm Of Disaster
Combine the bad weather with the slow
the stock market
and the continuing housing market meltdown and you get a
"Perfect Storm" of disaster for many swimming pool and spa
manufacturers, stores and dealers across the nation. Many pool
builders and spa dealers are reporting their new pool & spa sales down by
up to 90% so far this year.
As one industry expert said last week, "This is the worst
our industry has ever seen, and probably will ever see in
our lifetimes. This will not be a recoverable situation for
many pool & spa companies across the country".
the pool and spa related publicly traded companies have seen their
stock values plummet. Although the
strong companies will, of course survive, many of the smaller
mom-and-pop type local pool and spa companies will have a very, very
difficult 2010. Since new pool and spa sales are very closely tied
to personal loans and the second mortgage market, there will most
likely be no
large increase in new installation sales until Obama, the Federal Reserve, Congress
and the banking industry figure out a way to loosen up credit once
Some Bright Spots - New Pool & Spa Prices Are Way Down
But their are some bright
sides to this gloomy outlook though. If
you can afford
it, and are thinking about buying a new pool or spa, THIS IS
DEFINITELY THE TIME TO BUY! You will never see deals like this
again. Many of the swimming pool builders and spa dealers are
offering tremendous deals, bargains and incentives in order to fill
their installation schedules and keep their employees busy.
If you have some money saved up, or
you do have access to the very low interest rates being offered by
some banks, you could save thousands of dollars by purchasing your
pool or spa now, while the market is still down. Although Poolandspa.com does not sell
pools or spas, our site is a great resource for you to do your
research before purchasing.
To start your research, check our
these popular areas of our site to begin your planning:
Tub Spa Buyer's Guide & Manufacturer's Links
º Planning to Buy a Hot Tub Spa?
How do they build a spa ?
Hot Tub Spa Pictures
Swimming Pool &
Swim Spa Buyers Guide & Manufacturer's
º Planning to Buy a Pool ?
º How do they build an Inground pool ?
Cool Swimming Pool Pictures
If you need a local pool builder or
spa dealer, visit our
Locator Search Engine
to find qualified companies in your area.
To get the unbiased opinions of
others, you may want to check out our
Pool and Spa
Message Board Forums to see what other consumers have to say
about their pools or spas - or their experiences buying the.
Any of course we suggest visiting the
web sites of many of our sponsors, which you will see along the left
hand side-bar on many of the web pages on our site.
Some More Bright Spots - Online Sales and Replacement Part
Sales Are Way Up
As many local pool & spa stores are forced to close their
doors, many pool & spa owners are flocking to the Internet
to purchase their supplies. Poolandspa.com, along most
other online retailers, are reporting sales increases from
30%-50% over the same period last year. The fact the
so many local pool & spa stores have gone out of business is
a large contributing factor for people to
opt to purchase online rather than drive all around town
looking for a bricks-and-mortar store that is still in
This is the fourth recession our company
has lived through and we can tell you that every time,
replacement part sales go through the roof as well.
Instead of just buying a new pump, filter or heater, many
consumers are purchasing the replacement parts needed and
simply fixing what they have. It's amazing how handy
"Dad" can be when he wants too - and it ends up being quite
a savings in money!
our online store right now for super bargains
out our Pool & Spa Parts
Department for replacement parts
More Bright Spots - We Have Slashed Our Prices Too!
Due to a new order fulfillment system, increased sales
volume, and the addition of a few more warehouses across the
country, all of our Poolandspa.com prices have been
tremendously slashed - most are a full 50% off retail. At Poolandspa.com we have all the
chemicals, parts and accessories you will need to get that pool or
spa in shape for this year's summer season. And to help with
people's tighter budgets, we have reduced many of our prices to near