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Christmas tree shortage: Supply chain backlog could mean slim pickings this holiday season

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Balsam Hill in California, an artificial Christmas tree retailer, said it all goes back to supply chain bottlenecks and inflation. "Our competition, our big box stores, they were behind in getting their goods in for back-to-school, they were behind on Halloween, so when they got to Christmas trees, they said, ‘Christmas trees are big, they’re bulky, they’re low-value for what we can get in a container.’ They left some of their trees in Asia.

They’ll bring them all over next Christmas, that’s the wonderful thing about artificial trees is they last a long time, but there are fewer trees coming to the market this year so there will be fewer trees available, and assuming normal levels of demand, we are going to see a bit of a shortage," Harman.

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