Christmas? It's just September. Yes, but if you plan on Christmas shopping to buy consumer electronics, we and the representatives of the leading chains recommend that you hurry. Popular electronics like notebooks, but also white technology is insufficient and may not increase in December. There are several reasons for this issue and we will discuss them clearly in our article today.
Lack of chips = lack of electronics
The portal brought a report on the lack of selected types of electronics trend.sk, which also focused on the Czech sales market and also cited the website echo24.cz. The lack of individual products mainly concerns the range of laptops, smartphones, printers, but also, for example, white goods (in the form of washing machines).
"We do not expect these problems (transport and lack of goods) to be resolved by the end of the year, so we also recommend that customers start tackling Christmas shopping now." - Datart spokeswoman, Eva Kočicová
The main reason for this situation is insufficient air capacity a shipping from China and also ongoing "Semiconductor crisis", thus, the lack of necessary chips for products as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Traffic is also slowed by the fact that some factories in China, on which producers relied, have still not resumed operations.
Eva Kočicová, a spokeswoman for the Datart store network, also approached the behind-the-scenes shortage of products: “There are two reasons. The first is the insufficient capacity of shipping and air transport containers, the second is the lack of chips. Some goods have outages for half a year to a year - such as mobile phones, laptops, printers, monitors and so on. "
According to the spokesperson, customers need some types of appliances even a few months. They suffer mainly from popular models, which fall out of the offer the fastest, but the shortage also affected large appliances.
"It's there because some factories in China haven't resumed full operation after the pandemic," Kočicová explains. "We do not expect these issues to be resolved by the end of the year, so we also recommend that customers start tackling Christmas shopping now."
In addition, the price of transport paid by retailers is rising sharply. According to a spokeswoman for the Datart network, the price of transport has risen five to seven times. The question therefore remains how long it will be possible to keep prices at such a level without the end customer feeling it.
Alza also has a problem: with smartphones and white goods
"A typical example is the lack of semiconductors, which we find in almost everything today. In some segments of goods, such as cheaper laptops, but also large household appliances such as dishwashers, delivery times have been extended for a few months, or their availability is limited by manufacturers. ", Daniela Chovancová told Echo24, on behalf of the Alza network .
According to a spokeswoman for the Alza chain, on the contrary, the situation has improved in the portfolio graphics cards a computer components. He emphasizes that customers will wait longer for cell phones, especially for newer models for which there is an increased demand. In addition, the seller also saw an increase in sales prices themselves, which will be felt especially by the end customer.
"Laptops with a price tag of around 10 Czech crowns (368 € / 461 USD) appear only exceptionally, because manufacturers prefer machines with higher specifications in case of insufficient panels. According to our information, the end of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022 will not be much better, the availability will probably not improve until the second quarter of next year. Since January 2020, we have observed an average price increase of about 15 percent in this category, "said Chovancová.
It will use transport from EU warehouses and transport from China without tax
However, we still have a few months until Christmas. And it is precisely these few weeks that are ideal for transporting your orders from abroad. Despite the problems of local retailers and the lack of selected products, you can bet on well-known international retailers and our discount coupons from websites XiaomiPlanet.sk a ChinaPlanet.sk.
"Take advantage of the current availability of electric scooters, bicycles, white goods or other household products in EU warehouses at our partners."
For this reason, we recommend that you start making Christmas purchases now. Are you looking for smartphones, tablets, laptops or robotic vacuum cleaners? In that case, it can please you offer in European warehouses (Polish, Czech or Spanish warehouse) from sellers such as Banggood.com, GShopper.com or Edwaybuy.com. You can find some products in EU warehouses and on the market AliExpress and DHGate. It is from these warehouses that the transport is very fast, it usually takes time within 10 business days and you don't even pay tax or duty fees (they come without stopping at customs).
However, not all products are in stock in Europe. But that doesn't matter, because all our main partners offer the purchase with tax included in the price and for packages over 150 € also with customs duty. So you can order from Chinese or Hong Kong warehouses without any worries. The only downside here is the longer traffic.
Currently, Banggood, Geekbuying and some selected DHGate dealers still have executive available electric scooters in EU warehouses, so be sure to use this option now. You can see all electric scooters in our category of articles, where you will also find a small price filter.
If you are worried about customs procedure when transporting from outside the European Union, we have a solution for you. Just take advantage of popular modes of transportation like Banggood Express whether EU Priority Line and your shipment will be safely delivered to your home, even without standard customs clearance. There is only a fee for mail (this is not the rule, some packages are delivered by courier). We have prepared more details about transport from China in a separate article, which you can find at following link.
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