Living in a somewhat dysfunctional three-level house, we decided to put up a second tree to better spread holiday cheer. I live in an area that grows a lot of Christmas trees so they are not hard to find. After getting the first tree at a farm with hay rides and hot chocolate on Black Friday, we hit the Boy Scout market at the side of the road and got a 6' tree for $30. Like, peanut butter and jelly and autos and petrol, Christmas trees and Christmas tree stands are perfect complements. We don't have a second stand so I went to the market ... and struck out. Walmart, Lowes, Harris Teeter and a local building supply are all out. Walmart says that they have run out twice. Twice!
Due to the shortage, I can only conclude that Christmas tree stands are priced too low. And some advice, make sure that you can buy both complements before buying one of them (e.g., don't buy a car unless you have resolved your fears about Peak Oil).
Our second tree is leaning against the garage right now and my facebook friends are helping me find a stand.
Finally, any clues why the local business firms were not ready for the demand for stands? It's not like if you stock too many they will rot or depreciate.