Gift shortage: what could be missing before Christmas – economy

By Elisabeth Dostert, Thomas Fromm, Michael Kläsgen, Helmut Martin-Jung and Uwe Ritzer

The finely balanced supply chain across the globe is disrupted and globalization is out of step. In Germany, the lack of raw materials is noticeable, consumer goods such as bicycles, laptops or sneakers cannot be produced, goods are becoming more and more expensive. What seemed unthinkable in a society of plenty is now omnipresent: material bottlenecks. Doubts are growing as to whether tomorrow will still be available, which seemed to be obvious yesterday. Should consumers buy what they want to give for Christmas now? Are calls from traders just sales ploys? Or is it better to do without? Here are some examples of products that could be missing by the end of the year.

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