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Shipping Issues, Chip Shortages Leave Holiday Gifts In Short Supply

Supply chain issues are leading to product shortages and higher prices across the U.S.
Posted at 9:53 AM, Dec 15, 2021

We've been waiting all year to come together this holiday season. But it may cost you a little more to get that special person the perfect holiday gift as supply chain issues are spiking prices.

If you're thinking of giving someone a new car this year, some dealerships say you may have to wait due to a shortage of microchips. 

Those chips are causing major delays for electronics, too.

When items like Sony's PlayStation 5 restock on websites, they're selling out in minutes due to the low supply and high demand. 

Sv Yesvanth, a security engineer in India, says it's difficult to get a PlayStation 5 without using a bot — an automated computer program that scans online stores for available consoles and alerts you.

To ease the stress of holiday shopping, some are turning to less expensive gift ideas — but the truth is, not even Santa Claus can help the supply chain that stole Christmas.