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Covid’s Impact on Christmas Shopping This Year

By: Alyssa Bosslett

“aljazeera.com”

Christmas shopping is a big tradition that many look forward to every year. Ten months ago, the 2020 Corona pandemic started causing people to wonder if Christmas would be celebrated this year in its normal fashion. The pandemic is now at its highest again, leaving parents and guardians in a panic to get gifts. The biggest struggle for many people this year is timing due to the time it takes to ship items. People from various countries are trying to beat the deadlines that come with online shopping. “Will my package come on time?” is the one question that lingers in their brains.

This year, people started their Christmas shopping earlier than expected. Since Black Friday was “canceled” in person this year, Amazon found another way to make more money. The company decided that their “Prime Day” which is usually held in July, would be held in October. The reasoning behind this for Amazon to make more money while helping people get Christmas presents earlier. The only problem about having “Prime Day” earlier and shopping online is that Amazon and other stores might run out of stock faster. Not to mention, a bunch of stores and companies were also closed on Thanksgiving this year, such as Target, Kohl’s, Walmart, Ulta, and Bed Bath & Beyond. 

Companies are adding fast shipping rates onto their websites to help parents get toys and gifts in time for their loved ones. Major retailers are also working with DoorDash, Uber, Lyft, and Roadie to help deliver presents earlier as well. It might be smart to order your gifts wrapped just in case they come late, and you do not have time to wrap them. Hopefully, with the help of these companies and faster shipping, kids will still have toys to wake up to on Christmas. 

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