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Christmas Shortage Warnings 08:10 - Sep 4 with 8333 viewswkj

I see that a few brands are making these claims - yet I can't help but feel it is merely a ploy to drum up sales and stimulate spending. Am I being overly cynical?

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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:07 - Sep 4 with 3327 viewsgtsb1966

I can never understand why people go way over the top at Xmas. You see them come out of the supermarket with twenty pints of milk and ten loaves of bread etc. The shops are only shut for a day. I buy what I need for a normal week and not things for the sake of it.
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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:07 - Sep 4 with 3322 viewsFunge

Could well be, to be honest; I can understand it, a lot of the High St shops will be out on their arse at the moment.
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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:13 - Sep 4 with 3293 viewshoppy

As long as I still get the full quota of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, that’s ok… or are the shortages going to strip any of those?

Actually, thinking about it, if it means going without anything this Christmas, could make do without Uncle Colin. He just sits in the corner being grumpy anyway.
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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:15 - Sep 4 with 3284 viewsSteve_M

No, about one third of consumer spending in this country is in the last quarter of each year. Given there are already noticeable gaps in supermarket shelves due to problems in getting goods delivered then it’s reasonable to assume that things could get difficult logistically for this Christmas.

GTSB is also correct that spending is over the top but that won’t change much anytime soon. I worked Christmas Eve in Tesco one year - bloody hell, that was fun.

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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:17 - Sep 4 with 3264 viewshoppy

Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:15 - Sep 4 by Steve_M

No, about one third of consumer spending in this country is in the last quarter of each year. Given there are already noticeable gaps in supermarket shelves due to problems in getting goods delivered then it’s reasonable to assume that things could get difficult logistically for this Christmas.

GTSB is also correct that spending is over the top but that won’t change much anytime soon. I worked Christmas Eve in Tesco one year - bloody hell, that was fun.


Did they supply the white beard?

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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:18 - Sep 4 with 3257 viewsStochesStotasBlewe

Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:13 - Sep 4 by hoppy

As long as I still get the full quota of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, that’s ok… or are the shortages going to strip any of those?

Actually, thinking about it, if it means going without anything this Christmas, could make do without Uncle Colin. He just sits in the corner being grumpy anyway.
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Christmas Eve is going to be 2 hours shorter than usual, but an extra hour will be added on to the 28th and 29th so nothing to worry about.

We have no village green, or a shop. It's very, very quiet. I can walk to the pub.

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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:21 - Sep 4 with 3244 viewshoppy

Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:18 - Sep 4 by StochesStotasBlewe

Christmas Eve is going to be 2 hours shorter than usual, but an extra hour will be added on to the 28th and 29th so nothing to worry about.


That’s frustrating. 2 hours shorter on the one day I usually do any Christmas shopping… oh well, Debenhams vouchers it might have to be…

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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:21 - Sep 4 with 3251 viewsFreddies_Ears

Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:15 - Sep 4 by Steve_M

No, about one third of consumer spending in this country is in the last quarter of each year. Given there are already noticeable gaps in supermarket shelves due to problems in getting goods delivered then it’s reasonable to assume that things could get difficult logistically for this Christmas.

GTSB is also correct that spending is over the top but that won’t change much anytime soon. I worked Christmas Eve in Tesco one year - bloody hell, that was fun.


I remember my student days of nightshifts at a Sainsbury's. Luckily, I knew my way around the wines & spirits, which has very hard work but also good fun.
What I never understood, though, was why the store sold twice as much dog food as usual during Christmas week... (my dog never, ever ate dog food at Christmas - turkey, gravy, sausages, sausage rolls, ham.... But no sprouts. Do not ever feed your dog sprouts.
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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:28 - Sep 4 with 3203 viewsgtsb1966

Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:21 - Sep 4 by Freddies_Ears

I remember my student days of nightshifts at a Sainsbury's. Luckily, I knew my way around the wines & spirits, which has very hard work but also good fun.
What I never understood, though, was why the store sold twice as much dog food as usual during Christmas week... (my dog never, ever ate dog food at Christmas - turkey, gravy, sausages, sausage rolls, ham.... But no sprouts. Do not ever feed your dog sprouts.


I agree with the dog and sprouts thing. Having said that me and sprouts are a lethal combination too. Talking of food, as a kid I always remember my mum would buy celery and a box of dates every year and every year the whole lot went in the bin as nobody ate them. Could never understand why she bought them.
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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:34 - Sep 4 with 3178 viewsStochesStotasBlewe

Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:21 - Sep 4 by hoppy

That’s frustrating. 2 hours shorter on the one day I usually do any Christmas shopping… oh well, Debenhams vouchers it might have to be…


It is Gods will.
On the eighth day he created Debenhams.
He is most upset that it has closed down.
However, a nice Waterstones book token or some premium bonds will make a wonderful gift for your nearest and dearest.
Turnips shaped like a thingy for Christmas dinner and a day of prayer and contemplation on Boxing Day.
What’s not to like.

We have no village green, or a shop. It's very, very quiet. I can walk to the pub.

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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:38 - Sep 4 with 3158 viewsEastTownBlue

Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:07 - Sep 4 by gtsb1966

I can never understand why people go way over the top at Xmas. You see them come out of the supermarket with twenty pints of milk and ten loaves of bread etc. The shops are only shut for a day. I buy what I need for a normal week and not things for the sake of it.


A bit like the panic buying of last year, you wonder how much food is thrown away each Christmas.
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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:44 - Sep 4 with 3134 viewsStochesStotasBlewe

Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:28 - Sep 4 by gtsb1966

I agree with the dog and sprouts thing. Having said that me and sprouts are a lethal combination too. Talking of food, as a kid I always remember my mum would buy celery and a box of dates every year and every year the whole lot went in the bin as nobody ate them. Could never understand why she bought them.


Along with the dates, Frys Turkish Delight usually ended up at the back of the cupboard before being binned months later only to reappear in the Christmas shopping the following year.

We have no village green, or a shop. It's very, very quiet. I can walk to the pub.

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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:52 - Sep 4 with 3106 viewsBanksterDebtSlave

Less stuff and less gluttony...Brexit 52% doing it for the planet, when will the 48'ers finally realise that leave was the only possible 'progressive choice!

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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 10:26 - Sep 4 with 2986 viewswkj

Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:07 - Sep 4 by gtsb1966

I can never understand why people go way over the top at Xmas. You see them come out of the supermarket with twenty pints of milk and ten loaves of bread etc. The shops are only shut for a day. I buy what I need for a normal week and not things for the sake of it.


I don't know if going over the top at Christmas is really the issue, its that we've slowly been going over the top every other day thus pushing Christmas consumption up and up

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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 18:32 - Sep 4 with 2718 viewsLord_Lucan

We have stuff we ordered from China last October that still haven’t left yet.

I’m at a trade fair this week and today I have been speaking to a big wig mate in the toy industry, he reckons half of their stuff won’t come in until January

Plus freight has gone up four fold plus - so expect to pay more.

It’s a bloodbath out there.

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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 18:39 - Sep 4 with 2690 viewsMattinLondon

Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:07 - Sep 4 by gtsb1966

I can never understand why people go way over the top at Xmas. You see them come out of the supermarket with twenty pints of milk and ten loaves of bread etc. The shops are only shut for a day. I buy what I need for a normal week and not things for the sake of it.


Possibly because some people have friends and family over at that time of year.
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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 18:32 - Sep 4 by Lord_Lucan

We have stuff we ordered from China last October that still haven’t left yet.

I’m at a trade fair this week and today I have been speaking to a big wig mate in the toy industry, he reckons half of their stuff won’t come in until January

Plus freight has gone up four fold plus - so expect to pay more.

It’s a bloodbath out there.


Oh that's it, i'm off to panic buy stuffing mix.

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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 18:49 - Sep 4 with 2660 viewsjaykay

dont worry the labour shortage is being rectifyed


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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 18:50 - Sep 4 with 2659 viewsronnyd

Christmas Shortage Warnings on 10:26 - Sep 4 by wkj

I don't know if going over the top at Christmas is really the issue, its that we've slowly been going over the top every other day thus pushing Christmas consumption up and up


This. I think that we, as a first world nation, have now been used to having loads of stuff available, all the year round, that we don't really need and can do without. Being born in WW2 makes me more aware of it i suppose.
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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 18:51 - Sep 4 with 2658 viewsBanksterDebtSlave

Christmas Shortage Warnings on 18:32 - Sep 4 by Lord_Lucan

We have stuff we ordered from China last October that still haven’t left yet.

I’m at a trade fair this week and today I have been speaking to a big wig mate in the toy industry, he reckons half of their stuff won’t come in until January

Plus freight has gone up four fold plus - so expect to pay more.

It’s a bloodbath out there.


What toys should we be hoarding in order to profiteer at Christmas Alan?

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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 18:54 - Sep 4 with 2649 viewsJ2BLUE

Christmas Shortage Warnings on 18:50 - Sep 4 by ronnyd

This. I think that we, as a first world nation, have now been used to having loads of stuff available, all the year round, that we don't really need and can do without. Being born in WW2 makes me more aware of it i suppose.


Are you suggesting we don't really need a Halloween themed version of the bakewell tart?

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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:28 - Sep 4 by gtsb1966

I agree with the dog and sprouts thing. Having said that me and sprouts are a lethal combination too. Talking of food, as a kid I always remember my mum would buy celery and a box of dates every year and every year the whole lot went in the bin as nobody ate them. Could never understand why she bought them.


Box of dates with that plastic stick thing?

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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 20:48 - Sep 4 with 2498 viewsLord_Lucan

Christmas Shortage Warnings on 18:51 - Sep 4 by BanksterDebtSlave

What toys should we be hoarding in order to profiteer at Christmas Alan?


Dunno Stevey.

I’ll report back. I suppose Buzz Lightyear is always in demand.

I remember buying one early when RKD was a nipper and then you couldn’t get one for love nor money.

He then put it in the bath and Buzz drowned.

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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 22:00 - Sep 4 with 2443 viewsITFC_Forever

Christmas Shortage Warnings on 09:15 - Sep 4 by Steve_M

No, about one third of consumer spending in this country is in the last quarter of each year. Given there are already noticeable gaps in supermarket shelves due to problems in getting goods delivered then it’s reasonable to assume that things could get difficult logistically for this Christmas.

GTSB is also correct that spending is over the top but that won’t change much anytime soon. I worked Christmas Eve in Tesco one year - bloody hell, that was fun.


For 15 years when I worked for the fizzy drink company, we used to go into the supermarkets to help fill the soft drinks aisles to help keep the product available on shelves.

Always used to get busy from 19th onwards…. By the time 23rd came along it was absolute chaos.
But 24th was usually fairly quiet after an initial busy burst first thing for the fresh stuff. By midday it was not much different to a normal working day, barring the last minute items people had forgotten, the big shop had been done.

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Christmas Shortage Warnings on 22:15 - Sep 4 with 2409 viewsJ2BLUE

Christmas Shortage Warnings on 22:00 - Sep 4 by ITFC_Forever

For 15 years when I worked for the fizzy drink company, we used to go into the supermarkets to help fill the soft drinks aisles to help keep the product available on shelves.

Always used to get busy from 19th onwards…. By the time 23rd came along it was absolute chaos.
But 24th was usually fairly quiet after an initial busy burst first thing for the fresh stuff. By midday it was not much different to a normal working day, barring the last minute items people had forgotten, the big shop had been done.


That was my experience of Christmas Eve as well.

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