Black Friday Sales Are Heating Up as Shoppers Battle Shortages

Sharee B.

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Black Friday, which is historically known as one of the busiest shopping days of the season, is gearing up to be one to set the record books. As the cost of inflation nears its highest prices in over three decades, would-be shoppers are searching ahead of time for ways to ensure stocking stuffers and gifts make their way under the tree this year.

With fluctuating gas prices, pre-pandemic air travel numbers, and extended holiday vacations, many stores are scrambling to keep up with demands.

Traditionally slated to begin the Friday after Thanksgiving, retailers are pushing out deals way ahead of schedule, as early birds take advantage of bargains before the real shopping frenzy begins.

Walmart has deals on everything from laptops and cell phones to children's toys.

  • Visio 5.1 Home theatre soundbar with BlueTooth for $148.00
  • Squishmallow kids slippers for $9.50
  • Gateway Notebook 11.6 " touchscreen 2-in-1 laptop for $149.00

Amazon has rolled out thousands of online deals including :

  • Wild Orchid Scented Yankee Candle Tumbler for $19.99
  • Queen Sized Melani Luxury Hotel Sheets for $32.97
  • Yeedi K600 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner for $79.99

Several other retail giants are following suit to get bargains to shoppers early before items are in limited supply such as :

  • Target
  • Home Depot
  • Apple Stores
  • Best Buy
  • Dunhams Sports
  • JC Penney's
  • Game Stop

“The story of the last 16 months is a growing container imbalance,” said Harvard Business School professor Willy Shih. “What you see is a messy buildup of containers in places where they’re not supposed to be.”

Shipping shortages are expected to last throughout the next year as containers are having a difficult time reaching ports that supply most of the world's manufactured goods.

Until then, consumers will once again ready themselves to stock up where they can, take advantage of the latest deals, and brace themselves for the year ahead.

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