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Learn How Shipping Delays Will Affect Your Holiday Shopping

With shipping delays at record highs, make sure you’re fully prepared this holiday season.

It’s a situation no one wants to be in: you order that last-minute Christmas gift thinking it will be here just in time. But the global supply chain has other plans, and suddenly, it’s looking like someone’s getting an I-O-U for Christmas. Shipping delays are always expected around the holidays because of high order volume, but we’re seeing record delays in 2021. How will global shipping delays affect your holiday shopping?

How can you avoid missing gifts this holiday season?

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Start Early

For starters, order gifts as far ahead as you can; especially if they’re particularly trendy or in-demand. If possible, shoot for curbside pickup options. It may not be as convenient as having a product delivered to your door, but it’s better than a gift arriving late.

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Budget, Budget, Budget

Plan on budgeting a little bit more to compensate for pandemic pricing (and a little bit more time for delivery). Along with shipping delays and labor shortages, we’ve seen an increase in inflation throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and consumers are feeling that pressure. The Consumer Price Index reports a general increase in prices of 5%, and that doesn’t look like it will be changing anytime soon.

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Do Your Research

Finally, be conscious of what you’re buying and where you’re buying it from. If you’re struggling to find a product, search local stores and consider alternatives. Questionable sites may offer hot products at prices that bring you lots of holiday cheer; be sure to do your research. Look at reviews of both the store and the product before you hit buy. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.