Christmas: the Beccles toy store warns that it has stock problems

01:28 PM October 21, 2021

An independent toy shop owner in Suffolk has said he is “struggling with stock” in the run up to Christmas.

Dan Lovett, boss of the Toy Box in Beccles, said: “Business has been good this year, but we are struggling with inventory.

“Suppliers can’t guarantee much before Christmas. They say they could have deliveries around the second week of December, but we can’t guarantee anything.

“Most parents have already done all their Christmas shopping by this time of year anyway.”

Dan Lovett, boss of The Toy Box, said classic toys are doing better this year, with puzzles, board games, lego and pokemon cards being particularly popular.
– Credit: The Toy Box

Mr Lovett also explained how the pandemic had influenced toy sales.

He said: “Nothing will be ‘hot’ like some toys usually are because we can’t be sure what we can get.

“There were hardly any trade shows this year – I didn’t attend any – so we didn’t get to see what’s new either.”

He said old favorites were what were selling now: “Lego and board games are always big at Christmas, while puzzles are popular with the older generation. Pokémon cards are also selling very well: c is their 25th anniversary.”