13 Products That Almost Always Have Waitlists
Gone are the days of being stuck in waitlist purgatory. We've rounded up the most in-demand products...and what you can buy instead.
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Waitlisted no more!
We’ve all been there: You find the perfect product, get ready to check out, and are faced with the three ugliest words known to shoppers: Out. Of. Stock. Don’t worry—you have options. We’ve rounded up 13 of the most wanted, most in-demand products out there, as well as some great stand-ins for them in case they are indeed sold out when you try to buy them. Trust us: You’ll be clicking “Buy Now” in no time. Looking for some gift-giving inspiration and can’t find what you want on this list? Check out the ultimate gift guide for everyone in your life.
The Backpack by Away
The Backpack by Away, which launched in August 2018, immediately became a must-have for travelers. With three compartments, an outer beverage pouch, and a sleek, minimal look, it’s no wonder that the backpack is constantly restocked and—unfortunately—sells out fast. It’s so popular, in fact, that it amassed a 9,000-person waitlist earlier this year. Can’t get your hands on the backpack or just hoping to spend a little less money? There are some great carry-on bags with 5-star reviews on Amazon out there, but our pick for the perfect backpack is the Pacsafe Metrosafe LS350 15L, which costs around $100 less. With a roomy interior, comfortable shoulder straps, and great anti-theft features, you won’t be disappointed.
PerUs Wine Club
PerUs, the members-only wine club with a waitlist, is as exclusive as it gets. Targeted to an elite group of people and offering up super limited wines, this is the club for advanced wine drinkers. If you can forgo the private, unique wine factor and are open to a wider range of wines at a lower budget, another great at-home wine delivery option is Winc. After taking a quick test to determine your flavor profile, Winc will send four bottles straight to your door every month.
Outdoor Voices H2OV Swimwear
It’s true: Outdoor Voices had a 10,000-person waitlist for its H2OV collection. Super sporty, UPF 50+, and cute, it’s no wonder the affordable swimwear collection had a major following. But if you’re looking for a new swimsuit and a great deal right now, look no further than ZAFUL. One of Amazon’s best-selling swimsuits, the on-trend ZAFUL Women’s Wide Straps Padded Bandeau Bikini Set is bright, available, and—best of all—under $20. Not your style? These are the best swimsuits for every body type.
Everlane ReNew Puffy Puff Coat
Water-resistant. Warm. Sustainably made. What more could you want in a winter coat? That’s why the stylish Everlane ReNew Puffy Puff Coat has racked up a waitlist of 38,000 people. And while you could get this exact coat for 50 percent off for a super limited time during Everlane’s “Choose What You Pay” sale, most sizes are currently sold out again. But fear not—you won’t be going coat-less this winter. Enter: the Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket. The waterproof, windproof, roomy coat with pockets for days has 4,000 5-Star reviews on Amazon and a price tag you can’t get mad at.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
Yes, it’s true. The Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask from K-beauty brand Glow Recipe—which touts the ability to create smooth and bright skin overnight—really is as good as they say. It also had a 5,000-person waitlist and is constantly on high demand. If you’re not looking to shell out $45 for a mask, may we suggest the Mediheal N.M.F Intensive Hydrating Sheet Mask, which you can get for around $10. It’s easy to use, super hydrating, and is one of the 10 best K-beauty products of 2019. You’ll also want to try this 10-step Korean beauty routine for the best skin of your life.
Cariuma IBI Low Rose Knit Sneaker
Cariuma, the eco-friendly brand with a 5,000-person waitlist, has done it again. The brand launched another highly coveted product—this time, the sustainable IBI sneaker—that sold out quick. Dying to get your hands on a similar option? From Matt & Nat to Allbirds, there are a number of sustainable sneaker brands out there right now. One of our favorites for ethical fashion? A pair of Veja Women’s V-10 Lace Up Sneakers.
Mejuri Travel Case
When fine jewelry company Mejuri first unveiled their Travel Case, the product was sold out by pre-order and a 5,000-person waitlist had grown by the time it came out in July 2018. The case’s great quality and organization features are undoubtedly necessary for ease of travel. But if you’re open to the idea of a travel jewelry organizer not made with real leather or suede, then the compact, double-layer Jaciu Jewelry Box might just be for you. Now that you’ve got your jewelry covered, here are 50 packing tips you’ll want to memorize before your next trip.
Megababe Rosy Pits
Perhaps you’ve been using the same deodorant since high school and you’re not aware of the popularity of natural deodorants. Well, let us fill you in: There are 13,000 people dying to get their hands on one aluminum-free deodorant. That’s right, Megababe’s Rosy Pits Daily Deodorant is constantly selling out because it gets the job done. But if a millennial pink, rosy deodorant is not your cup of tea, Kopari’s Coconut Deodorant is also alcohol-free, paraben-free, and moisturizes skin while blocking sweat.
Since October 2018, more than 100,000 people have been looking to get their hands on Dyson’s Airwrap hair styler. The multi-purpose tool claims to curl, straighten, smooth, and add volume to hair. And despite the $500-plus price tag, fans are obsessed. With just a feature or two less, the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush will dry, smooth, and pump up your hair for around $50. Happy with the blowdryer you’ve got? These 17 hairdryer hacks will still change your life.
Brooklinen Linen Sheets
More than $200 for a set of sheets?! If you’ve ever slept on ’em, you’d understand why Brooklinen’s popular linen sheets have amassed a 5,000-person waitlist and have five-star reviews for days. If you’re looking for similar sheets—organic linen, lightweight, and comfortable—then you should also consider Len Linum’s Linen Sheets, which have rave reviews on Amazon. But first, read these 9 things to know before you buy new bed sheets.
Newly launched underwear brand Parade had a 70,000-person waitlist before it was even really in the public eye. Between the brand’s promise of sustainable materials and commitment to Planned Parenthood (more than $12,000 was donated before the launch, and the company currently donates 1 percent of sales to the organization), it comes as no surprise that its underwear is such a hit. You can’t go wrong with Parade’s $9 undies, but if you’re looking for another brand to support, you should definitely consider Pact. The eco-friendly brand has a clothing-donation program that makes it easy for consumers to pay it forward. Why stop here? Shop these other amazing sites that support women’s causes.
M. Gemi Alpi Shearling Bootie
When Italian brand M. Gemi introduced its new shearling winter boots last season, they sold out immediately and customers were eager to join the 3,500-person waitlist. And while the water-resistant, stylish shearling booties are back for 2019, the fan favorites are selling out again. Interested in a similar look that can stand up to winter weather? Dr. Martens Luana Combat Boots are a classic alternative that can be dressed up or down. No matter what you choose, make sure your favorite shoes last season after season. Here are 11 genius tips to make all your shoes last longer.
Senreve Maestra Bag
If even celebrities are waitlisted for a product, you know it’s got to be good. Senreve’s classic leather Maestra bag comes in 37 different colors, is convertible (you can wear it as a satchel, crossbody, or backpack), and is a best seller for the brand. If you’re looking for the luxe look for less than the Maestra’s $895 price tag, the ZAC Zac Posen Eartha Iconic Convertible Core Backpack is the bag for you. Worn as a backpack or crossbody, Zac Posen’s sleek backpack is made from genuine leather and is roomy enough for your most important possessions. By the way, here’s what your favorite handbag says about your personality.