TikTok hack causes nationwide PVC pipe shortage

by | Jan 24, 2023

A frame from a TikTok video that has gone viral for its use of PVC piping to make a water bottle adapterA usually low-selling line of plastic piping is now facing a shortage across the country thanks to a TikTok trend going viral.

The trend comes from Australian TikTok user, Maddy Ryan after she created a video showing a bit of 100×65 millimetre PVC level inert taper can be used to fit a wider one-litre drink bottle into the cup holders of her car.

The polyvinyl chloride piping is usually used for drainage, but this new hack has the smaller end of the pipe sit in the car’s cup holder while the bottle sits in the larger end, keeping the bottle in place while on the go.

The hack now has over 3.5 million views with more videos of Australians and Kiwis doing the same, causing a significant increase in demand for the piping throughout the country.
Chris Peak, Chief Merchandise Officer of Mitre 10 NZ told Stuff it was a usually low-selling product, “however sales have indeed spiked in January and some stores are temporarily out of stock.”

The good news for those wanting to try the hack is that the product is locally manufactured, so suppliers can quickly produce more. Those who have been trying the hack have also been spray-painting the piping different colours to match their desired aesthetic, and Mr Peak said Mitre 10 was investigating what other colours the piping could be produced in to give customers the option of colour-coordinating their car interiors.

Bunnings National Plumbing Buyer, Wayne Martin also said their stores had experienced a significant increase in demand for the product.

“Currently, we have limited stock available with additional product due to arrive in stores nationally in the coming weeks. Customers keen to give the hack a go themselves can speak to the team at their local store for stock availability,” he said.


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