Stores and shoppers across the UK are reporting a shortage of fans in the midst of unusually hot weather.
Customers have found fans to be out of stock in branches of major retailers including Tesco, Argos, Sainsbury’s and Wilko.
Some have used social media to vent about the difficulties they’ve faced buying a fan.
One London-based shopper said he had to go to seven different stores before he was able to buy one.
Steven Bridges, a magician and vlogger, says his mission started at “a big Sainsbury’s in south London”, but he found himself out of luck there, as well as subsequently at M&S, TK Maxx and Next, while Argos only had premium fans available.
“There was nothing up to £50, the top end of my fan budget.”
Mr Bridges left a further store disappointed before finally securing a fan he’d noticed in the window of a stationery shop.
He posted a photo on Twitter to mark the occasion.