The TOYS due to go on sale today at Aldi have been hit by delays caused by supply chain issues.
Over 60 Specialbuy items are not available as expected, including the popular range of wooden toys from the supermarket.
It comes as parents rush to stores trying to overcome shortages of Christmas toys this holiday season.
Some have cried as they tried to get must-have gifts for the kids, and the Smyth toy store has warned parents to start Christmas shopping now “to avoid disappointment.”
Shoppers have been warned that big brands like Elf on the Shelf, Paw Patrol and Barbie are among those likely to be missing in stores.
Aldi’s toy store opened in early October with hundreds of toys for sale online and in-store.
Now, a line of toys that were scheduled to go on sale online today (October 17) and in stores Thursday (October 21) have been pushed back.
This includes a Â£ 28.99 Lego Hedwig set and a Â£ 12.99 Peppa Pig plush.
About fifteen wooden toys, including a mini grocery store play set and a Peppa Pig house, are also among the toys to be stored.
Aldi’s line of wooden toys are popular with buyers and sell out quickly. Part of the range that went on sale today is already sold out.
Estimated arrival times for delayed products are October 24 through November 5 – one to three weeks later than advertised.
But these could still be subject to change.
In a message to customers on its website, the discount supermarket apologized to customers “for any inconvenience this may cause.”
âDue to the current disruption in global shipping, a number of special purchases may be delayed.
“We are doing our best to clarify the expected availability dates, but
these are subject to change.
âDates vary by store and region. “
A spokesperson for Aldi said: âUnfortunately, some Specialbuys may not be available as advertised.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope these products will be available very soon.”
Buyers have expressed online frustration with the delays from Specialbuys.
The new Halloween squishmallow toys were also due to go on sale today and in stores Thursday after already being delayed.
One of them said: “I’m so disappointed with Aldi, they say they are going to release the purple on the 14th, so there is a delay. Now they can only come out on the 23?”
Another said they went to six Aldi stores to find them “and no luck”.
Around 20 Specialbuy items that were due to go on sale on October 10 are also delayed.
Several of them are Halloween articles that now say they are canceled.
This includes the Â£ 3.99 children’s Halloween costumes, inflatable pumpkins and Halloween lights.
Other Halloween items are still available for purchase online and in store at Aldi.
Retailers have been hit by shortages due to a shortage of truck drivers and issues with supply chains globally.
Experts have warned that festive goods like turkeys and Christmas trees may also be lacking in stores.
Stores had to stock shelves with random items to cover shortages – with Christmas shocks spotted in the vegetable aisle.
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