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Deals found at Walmart, Best Buy despite shortages

Lots of Christmas trees are open and Christmas carols are blaring on the radio, but harassed supply chains and higher prices can make this holiday season less cheerful as shoppers struggle to find certain gifts .

More than 6 in 10 holiday shoppers say they have found items marked “out of stock” while searching for gifts, according to a pre-Thanksgiving survey by consulting firm Deloitte. Fifty-four percent said they noticed higher prices.

“There is a triple whammy for consumers this buying season: higher prices, limited quantities and empty store shelves from previous sales that have since ended,” said Edgar Dworsky, a consumer advocate. , who blamed shipping delays and inflation for the challenges. “There are always shortages of toys or tech items of the year, but all of these factors are making things worse this year. “

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