Games may not be available this holiday season – CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) – Christmas is still two months away, but parents may be on a bumpy ride this holiday season.

Toy experts and retailers say many of the things kids would like to see under the tree are likely to be in short supply. Shipping issues caused by the pandemic are to blame.

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Charlene DeLoach of The Toy Insider says companies have chosen to maximize space on slow-moving and expensive shipping containers.

“Game manufacturers have had to prioritize smaller games over larger ones to get more on store shelves, so make sure you buy the big ones first,” DeLoach said.

DeLoach says larger LEGO and play sets are shipping for a short time, and people should grab them now. Shipping costs have increased dramatically.

Deran Muckjian, owner of “Catch a Falling Star” in Winchester, says game manufacturers have been paying anywhere from $3,000 to $4,000 per container. Now they pay as much as $25,000 to $30,000 per container.

These prices are passed on to consumers.

“I’ve been in the gaming business for 40 years,” Mokjian says. “I’ve never seen a cost increase like in one year.”

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Muckjian says only a fraction of his orders will be fulfilled, and no one is guessing what will be on store shelves in December. So, shop now.

“I think peak shopping will be during mid-November to the end of November. December? Who knows?” Muckjian said.

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DeLoach agrees. She says if you see something on your kid’s list now, get it.

“Pokemon cards are still hot. Squishmallows are still hot. Anything retro. Anything nostalgic for the ’80s and ’90s,” she said.

And if these items are not in stock?

DeLoach advises “Plan for Alternatives.” “Ask your kids to make wish lists. Ask them to make alternate lists. They might ask for the red truck, well, would the blue truck do?”

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For Muckjian, he is determined to keep everyone’s spirits bright. “We are going to make sure we have as much land as possible at any given time, and so we are making sure that we don’t disappoint your children,” Mokjian said.

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