Christmas tree shortage leads to higher prices in El Paso

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Rocking around the Christmas tree might be a little more expensive this year.

That’s because a nationwide shortage is forcing some retailers in El Paso to raise their prices.

Araceli Romero has been running Joy Christmas Trees for nearly a decade and told KTSM, “A few customers did notice we did have to increase our tree prices a little more.”

The shortage is a result of slow sales in 2007, according to the National Christmas Tree Association.

That’s when farmers decreased their number of trees because people were buying less of them.

Romero said, “Since they weren’t planting – now we’re feeling it because there are not enough trees in the size we need anymore.”

Customers like Amy Stell said they don’t mind paying a few extra dollars.

Stell said, “I grew up with fake trees so when I got to college years ago I thought the best thing for me to do is have a real tree from now on. And so for the last 30 years I’ve had a real tree.”

Joy Christmas Trees has several locations around the city including one next to Burlington Coat Factory on Mesa and next weekend is expected to be the busiest time of the season for Christmas tree shopping.


 

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