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The formula for online shopping has always seemed so simple: just add products to your cart, enter your payment information, then wait for them to magically appear on your doorstep. Aside from the occasional hiccup, consumers have been pretty spoiled by the convenience of it all.
But the current global supply chain crisis has proven that we can’t take this privilege for granted. Massive inventory shortages and delivery delays are the new norm, and it’s about to get worse. Online shopping is poised to break records this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation.They're predicting more than a 10 percent spike, and spending up to $859 billion in total. So shop asap to avoid a headache.
“This year, buy everything before Black Friday!” warns Kristen Gall, Shopping & Retail Expert at Rakuten Rewards, to Yahoo Life. “Despite stock issues, delays and increased shipping costs, you can still save this holiday season. If you see a good price on an item that is critical, scoop it up [or] you could find yourself out of luck.”
The best place to start? Undeniably, it’s Wayfair’s early Black Friday sale, happening now. The retailer has a ton of popular products in stock with discounts up to 70 percent! We did a thorough scan and picked out eight in-demand items, many of which use microchips and raw materials, like iron and steel, that are in short supply.
From countertop appliances to cookware, these top-sellers are ripe for the picking — so grab them before they’re gone.
GoWISE USA 3.5 Liter Programmable Air Fryer — 58 percent off
Preparing a holiday dinner is not for the faint of heart, but this top-rated appliance makes the process exponentially easier. It circulates hot air to cook all your favorite side dishes quickly, easily and health-consciously using very little oil, and cleanup is a breeze.
With more than 1,000 near-perfect reviews on this air fryer, you’ll soon understand what all the fuss is about. Plus, you save $87! Hurry, because air fryers remain one of the appliance industry’s hottest-ticket items.
Cuisinart SmartPower Duet 500 Watt Blender/Food Processor — 61 percent off
Puree, blend, mix, chop and stir your heart out at your holiday celebration — this appliance can churn out every single dip, sauce and side dish on your menu with ease. It’ll even crush ice and whip up frozen drinks for your guests.
Save a whopping $110 on this appliance by kitchen giant Cuisinart.
Cuisinart Coffee on Demand 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker — 44 percent off
Another Cuisinart keeper, this programmable coffee maker will be the wakeup call you need to get your butt in gear for holiday hosting. It doesn’t need a carafe to deliver up to 12 cups of piping hot joe, which you can program to brew up to 24 hours before.
Save $96 on this easy-to-clean caffeine machine!
Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Maker by De'Longhi — 25 percent off
Don’t let microchip shortages get in the way of your barista duties this holiday season. This coveted coffee maker by Nespresso is consistently a top-seller, and Wayfair has it for over $50 off right now.
The machine brews both drip coffee and espresso using handy capsules, providing creative cups of deliciousness in various sizes. If you want to impress at your next holiday party, this is the machine to grab.
Dyson TP01 Pure Cool Purifier with HEPA Filter — 42 percent off
Air purifiers are more popular than ever before for obvious reasons, and they also rely on microchips to function. So when a retailer has the super-popular Dyson Pure Cool Purifier in stock and on sale for $290 off, it’s a breath of fresh air.
This superstar contains an industry-best HEPA filter that captures 99.97 percent of pollutants as small as 0.3 microns.
Rachael Ray 12-Piece Cucina Nonstick Pots And Pans Cookware Set — 48 percent off
High costs for materials like steel and iron are contributing to a cookware shortage, but you’re going to love having a fresh new set for all that holiday meal prep. Might as well strike while the iron is hot: this 12-piece Rachael Ray set in cool colors like lemongrass green and cranberry red is $150 off right now!
Did we mention it has more than 9,000 near-perfect reviews?
Tramontina Gourmet Enameled Cast Iron Round Covered Casserole — 54 percent off
Cast iron cookware is a sacrifice you don’t want to make, supply chain crisis or not, and this top-rated Dutch oven (it has more than 1,200 glowing reviews) is poised to be the star of your holiday kitchen. It’s $55 off in cobalt blue or red at Wayfair’s early Black Friday sale.
A casserole like this produces juicy, scrumptious meats, veggies and more — and you can even use it to bake desserts.
Bissell EV675 Robot Vacuum — 57 percent off
Don’t forget cleanup! The supply chain crisis is making vacuums a hot commodity, especially robovacs like this Bissell best-seller. But Wayfair has this little superstar in stock for an incredible $261 off.
A robovac is the perfect gift to give yourself this year — a little assistant that gives you one less thing to worry about when you’re tuckered out from celebrating.
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