The global supply chain is a mess. Online scalpers are rampant, and demand for the newest electronics remains sky high.
Sorry, but this year’s holiday shopping season is poised to disappoint—even if you start early. You can see this now if you try to buy a PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, or a PC graphics card. Online retailers continue to sell out in seconds, even though they’ve been on the market for almost a year. These days, your best bet for nabbing one may be to camp out at a retail store.
Unfortunately, the situation will likely remain challenging in the coming weeks and months. PCMag spoke with four analysts who study the electronics industry, and they warn that all kinds of products could be in short supply during the holiday shopping season. Here we explain why you should begin your gift buying as soon as you can.