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Late shoppers may be penalised as stores run low on toys and tablets

This is not a drill. Furbys are heading towards extinction and iPad Minis are all sold out.

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RETAIL EXCELLENCE IRELAND has warned that Christmas shoppers should not leave all of their purchases until the last minute as retailers are concerned about stock shortages leading into the final festive weekend.

Stores are worried that they will run out of certain “hot” products before Christmas.

There has been a surge in sales of consumer electronics such as e-Readers with some retailers reporting a 1000 per cent increase in demand for tablets. iPad Minis have already run out and mid-range smart phones from €99 to €150 are in short supply.

Popular toys that are flying off the shelves include:

  • Password Journal
  • Furby
  • Monster High
  • Master Moves Mickey
  • Ninja Turtles
  • Orbeez Foot Spa

Console games such as Call of Duty and the new Wii U console are also in high demand and short supply.

Downton Abbey and Love/Hate fans might want to get moving as retailers say box sets may prove difficult to buy approaching the final weekend before Christmas.

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