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Christmas Shoppers Buy Gifts Early to Beat Shipping Delays and Price Increases

Shipping disruptions and the threat of shortages mean some consumers finished shopping before the holiday season even began.

Shoppers At Great Lakes Crossing Mall As Holiday Sales Expected To Grow
Photographer: Emily Elconin/Bloomberg

The most wonderful time of year started in September for Lori Pinkley. 

The 58-year-old from Cocoa, Florida, doesn’t usually shop early for Christmas gifts. But with news about a supply chain crisis looming, Pinkley was worried about delays. So at a time of year when many are just getting back into the swing of things after summer vacation, she felt the need to ask her four grandchildren for their Christmas lists.