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Smyths Toy Stores issue warning for Irish parents about shortages this Christmas

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Smyths Toys Ireland have issued a warning to parents ahead of the busy Christmas season.

Due to global issues concerning the availability of shipping containers, the toy superstore has advised parents to begin their Christmas shopping early this year to avoid disappointment.

In a statement, Smyths said: “It is always a good idea to avoid disappointment and shop early.

“While some toys may be in short supply, we will be in good stocks from now till the end of Christmas on the majority of toys.”

As it is only October, many people will be putting off the thoughts of Christmas at least until after their Halloween celebrations, but this may be impossible this year.

In a statement released last month, the toy store said: “It is particularly important to shop early this year as global shipping and container shortages are causing supply issues in many parts of our lives.”



People queue outside Smyths toystore on Jervis Street, Dublin.

The store has encouraged their customers to call into the store to pick up their free catalogue in order to make those key gift decisions.

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This Christmas, it is predicted that the best-selling toys will be influenced by new movies and TV series such as PAW Patrol.

Other ranges to keep an eye out for include Coco Melon, Super Mario, barbie and Bluey.

Smyths are not the only retailers experiencing shortages this festive period as stores such as Ikea and Penneys have also said they will be in short supply.

Ikea has warned their Irish customers that problems with their supply chain are affecting the delivery of some of their best-loved products, with up to 10 per cent of goods unavailable.

Penneys are also still waiting on the delivery of some of their autumn and winter stock due to freight and port disruptions.

A Penneys spokeswoman told the Irish Mirror: “We are experiencing some delays to the handover of some autumn/winter inventory caused by port and container freight disruptions.

“These delays are expected to reduce the inventory at the year-end by some £200m compared to expectation with a corresponding increase in cash on hand.”

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