Black Friday shoppers fear transport problems will hit stocks of bargains

Black Friday shoppers fear transport problems will hit stocks of bargains

Around one in four people are worried that the products they want to buy on Black Friday – November 26 – could be out of stock due to transport issues.

A poll by YouGov found that 26% of people are concerned that the products they hope to purchase during the discount shopping event on November 26 will not be for sale due to the lorry driver crisis.

Young adults aged 18 to 24 are the most concerned, with just over two-fifths (42%) agreeing, according to the poll of more than 2,100 people across the UK carried out between October 8 and 11.

More than half (61%) of the respondents said they are still shopping online more than they did before the coronavirus pandemic.

Ramped up

Comparison website PriceRunner, which commissioned the research, said its own analysis of more than 12,000 products sold on Black Friday last year found that prices for around one in five had been ramped up and then reduced in time for the sale.

It said its analysis of price trends this year has also found that some prices have already started to go up ahead of Black Friday.

Christine Gouldthorp, consumer expert at PriceRunner, said people should not panic and buy items they do not need.

She predicted that some retailers may avoid lowering prices on some popular products that are hard to get on shelves, in order to not run out of stock completely and disappoint consumers.

“My advice is to expect the unexpected this year,” she said

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said that, despite supply chain issues, there will be a “good amount of Christmas presents available” this year.