We’ve barely put up Halloween decorations, but is it time for you to start buying your Christmas gifts? Long story short: yes. No one’s really been able to predict the twists and turns that have come with the pandemic, but there are some things that we can be sure of.
Expect shipping delays
That much you can count on. It’s been a theme of the COVID era. Almost anything bought online has taken its sweet time to arrive, and up to a certain extent, it’s understandable. However, if you’re faced with a 2-month waiting time, you’re pushing your luck big time.
So, if you’re buying from overseas, start making plans from now. If not the shopping per se, then identify the places and items you want to buy, and get ready to make your move.
One way to make sure you beat deadly delivery deadlines is to shop local. Most shops have got online variations of their stores, and will offer delivery or store pick-up. You can also check Malta Virtual Mall, which is what the name suggests – an online mall that will guide you to the local online store you require.
Although you might not need to shop quite as early, the moment you spot something you’re sure of, you’re probably better off getting it now. Stock quantities in Malta aren’t always the highest, and there’s no guarantee the item you need will be replenished on time.
Black Friday could last longer
Black Friday creep is already real, where the discounts start a day or so before. This year we can expect it to last even longer, for a variety of reasons. The first is, of course, to boost sales due to COVID, as frequency of online shopping has increased, but total expenditure not as much. The second is to increase the spread of customers to stores, whether online or physical.
Is it too early to start Christmas shopping now, or will you wait for the Black Friday deals? Let us know in the comments section!