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Tips For Holiday Shoppers

Tis the season! The holidays are approaching us fast which means it’s time to prepare ourselves for some holiday shopping. As we try to gather the best gifts for our loved ones amidst the pandemic and all of its uncertainties, here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping this year.

Shipping Delays

We’ve all heard about the global supply chain disruptions by now as we are about 18 months into the pandemic. If you haven’t already, it has been highly advised for shoppers to consider their shopping as early as possible to avoid the heightened congestion during the holiday season. “The USPS implemented service changes last month as part of a cost-cutting initiative that could slow down 30% of all first class mail. Products that were formerly transported by planes are instead being moved by trucks, specifically affecting mail and packages that are traveling further distances.” With issues in the supply chain from sourcing, production, delivery, and everything in between, it sounds like shopping in advance might be the best option to beat the busy peak season. The USPS advises that in order for your holiday packages to arrive by December 25, “packages need to be shipped by Dec. 15 for ground service, Dec. 17 for first-class mail service, Dec. 18 for priority mail service and Dec. 23 for priority mail express service”.

Counterfeit Merchandise

As ecommerce purchases increase during the time of year, please be aware of counterfeit items! Another concern that is raised from supply chain issues is the shortage of many products, and how it could lead to more counterfeit items in the marketplace. Spotting fake merchandise is hard when you are shopping online. It is important to make sure you are purchasing products directly from trademark holders or official retailers to guarantee your product is authentic. Purchasing counterfeit means you will be receiving a lower quality product. Though knock-off products may not seem too big of a deal, low quality items can pose a threat to consumers. You would be dealing with untested merchandise that may contain toxins harmful for your health. Trade in counterfeit and pirated goods also “ threatens America’s innovative economy, the competitiveness of businesses, and, in some cases, national security”.

We at Spirit CHB Inc wish you a joyful holiday season, and hope these tips can help you during your holiday shopping. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out at or call 714-738-1196



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