We’ve grown accustomed to dealing with supply chain issues, such as shortages, in the pandemic era. Irina Wilhauk ShutterstockThere are no exceptions to this rule when it comes to Christmas trees.
This means that, unlike most years, when the best deals are found in the days leading up to Christmas, this year’s best deals will be found in the days leading up to Christmas.If you want to buy an artificial Christmas tree this year, you’ll need to act quickly (unless you can wait until after Christmas).
In fact, according to Consumer Reports, Rudi Leuschner, an associate professor of supply chain management at Rutgers Business School, you should order your artificial tree as soon as possible and expect to wait.
Many major retailers, such as Ace Hardware and Target, may have trees available a week or so after Halloween, according to Consumer Reports.If you don’t want to wait, grab a tree as soon as you see one.
However, it may be more cost effective to purchase your tree sooner rather than later.CR claims that
If you’re looking for an artificial Christmas tree, online retailers such as Balsam Hill and Treetopia report that their inventories are well-stocked, but supplies will dwindle as the season progresses.So, if you want to put the gifts under an artificial tree this year, the time to start shopping is now.
Prepare for sticker shock when you find the perfect tree.According to Jami Warner, executive director of the American Christmas Tree Association, a trade group for the artificial tree industry, artificial Christmas tree prices in some areas could be up to 26% higher than last year.
According to Brian Chee, director of portfolio business at Christmas tree retailer Treetopia, higher shipping costs will result in 15% higher prices at his store.He, like Leuschner, advises consumers to buy early because prices will most likely be lower.
If all of this has made you feel down, here’s some holiday cheer: buying a real tree this Christmas will save you a lot of money.
The majority of real Christmas trees sold to Americans are grown in the United States.Sthereby making them immune to current supply chain problemsVenky Shankar, director of research at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School’s Center for Retailing Studies, tells CR
Real Christmas trees are significantly less expensive than artificial Christmas trees, and their prices are unlikely to rise by more than 5%.
Artificial trees, on the other hand, are generally less expensive in the long run because they can be reused year after year.
Check out 9 Ways to Cut the Cost of a Christmas Tree for more ways to save on your holiday flora.
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