Have you ever thought there’s a better, easier and faster way to shop for your kid’s Christmas toys than browsing and fighting other parents over toys in stores? If you haven’t, then you’d be pleased to hear that you can buy your Christmas toys from Amazon this year.
To be fair, shopping for gifts on Christmas takes out all the fun in the holiday, particularly when people fight over the last two toys in the store. The good news is that this year, if you haven’t finished your holiday shopping by now, you will need all the help you can get. Here to help save Christmas for your kids is a Bloomberg Industries analysis which looked at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s, Target Corp.’s, Sears Holdings’ Kmart chain’s and Amazon.com’s toys stocks.
Basically, if you were planning to stop by a Wal-Mart store on your way home the day before Christmas, you might want to reconsider. According to the Bloomberg analysis, Wal-Mart was missing 34 percent of 116 toys tracked as of December 7. A similar situation occurred last year, when on December 10 data showed that Wal-Mart was missing 53 percent of toys available on its website.
Same goes for Target. The retailer’s website had gone 46 percent out of stock after the first week of December, while Kmart was down 23 percent and Toys R Us was missing 29 percent of its entire stock.
Spokespersons for Target, Toys R Us and Kmart said that all stores are planning to restock popular merchandise as soon as possible.
On the other hand, Amazon seems to be most prepared to take and deliver your orders. Out of the 116 toys you could choose from, only two weren’t on stock on December 7. Grace Chung, spokeswoman for the company, explained that Amazon projected how many toys to stock based on sales from previous years.
Top holiday deals on Amazon include up to 50 percent off select toys and games, up to 40 percent off select LEGO toys and games, toys and games under $5 and 67 percent off Star Wars Deluxe Republic Attack Shuttle.
Bloomberg’s analysis gives shoppers another good tip, this time, related to prices. Based on the data reviewed, prices on Target’s website are 1.4 percent cheaper than Wal-Mart’s. At the same time, Amazon’s rates are 0.4 percent more convenient than Wal-Mart’s.