- Companies across the country are scrambling to meet rising demand for jigsaw puzzles. One game maker has seen U.S. puzzle sales soar 370% year over year in the past two weeks.
- The surge in demand is comparable to demand during the Great Depression, according to one puzzle historian.
Gamemaker Ravensburger has seen U.S. puzzle sales soar 370% year over year in the past two weeks, according to the company’s North America CEO Filip Francke.
Francke said the company hasn’t seen anything like this before in its 136-year history. In 2019, the company sold a total of 21 million puzzles globally, and recorded an average rate of seven puzzles a minute sold in North America. Factoring in the recent surge, the company is averaging closer to 20 puzzles sold per minute in North America for 2020.
Ravensburger sold 21 million puzzles globally in 2019.