Avoid "out of stock" holiday shopping & late shipments

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How to holiday shop in 2022

October 7th, 2021

How to avoid "out of stock" holiday shopping

Why is inventory running out everywhere?

The Problem: Brands are getting inventory months after they planned and are running out earlier than predicted. This holiday season you will see out of stock inventory earlier than you expected. Gravel has been experiencing a wave of increased sales as well as late inventory arrivals...it's painful.

Why is it happening? Materials, labor, and shipping are all affected globally...inventory issues will compound as the holidays get closer. In turn, lots of products this holiday season will run out quickly.

Shipping Carriers like USPS, UPS, etc are about to get a lot of pressure and packages ordered in November are going to have all sorts of delays.

How to holiday shop in 2021?

Do your holiday shopping now.

I'm not trying to convince you to buy our stuff...I'm saying whatever you want to buy, get it now. Many brands will start offering deals early November and are doing their best to get ready for holiday shopping.

Even handmade stuff, i.e. stuff on Etsy, will be hard to order because of limited materials coupled with increased material costs. (i.e. wood price hikes etc)

If you order now you'll also miss the slowed shipping with shipping carriers. It's the worst when you are expecting something...and it arrives late...

My friend's wife just finished her holiday shopping and that's what really inspired me to write this article. Deals are great, most likely you've seen some brands start to offer early discount deals. Take advantage of those. Deals aside, if you want to avoid shopping for your gifts at bloated prices on Facebook Marketplace....set a goal to get your shopping done soon!

Written by Chris Livingston (Updated 10/21/2021)

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