“It’ll hurt the wallet:” Prices for live Christmas trees are over 30% higher due to inflation

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – If you’re already setting up your holiday decorations, you might see sticker shock.

Simpson’s Produce in Charlotte already sells live Christmas trees.

Co-owner Kevin Pressley says they started selling their first lots of trees earlier this week.

Pressley says they are not exempt from current supply chain problems and says part of their supply shortage dates back to the 2008-2009 recession.

“From 2008 to 2009 you had a lot of tree growers who said ‘Oh my God we’ve achieved this, so now we have to step back’ so they haven’t planted that much,” Pressley.

According to a recent report from the United States Department of Agriculture, the price of live Christmas trees has nearly doubled since 2015.

“Trees that you can usually buy for $ 75 just to give an example – that tree will cost you over $ 100 this year. They crawled, ”Pressley said.

For context, the price difference between $ 75 and $ 100 is approximately 28.6%.

There are additional factors included in the production and transportation process that also affect the price of trees.

“Labor, trucking, transportation, all of those things are taken into account. It just keeps increasing,” Pressley said.

The Coladonato family failed to get a living tree last year due to the pandemic, but say they are willing to pay extra to continue their family traditions this year.

“We are getting a real tree this year. We have been doing this our whole life. We took a break last year because of the pandemic, but it’s certainly important to celebrate as much as possible. It will hurt the wallet but everything will be fine. We’re going to do it and it makes her really happy, ”said Denise and Nick Coladonato.

Pressley says they don’t let supply and demand stop them from making customers smile.

“It’s gratifying to see the people we see every year. It’s something about the Christmas spirit to see our friends come back every year, ”Pressley said.

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