(WWLP) – The 2021 holiday shopping season has already begun but there are some issues.

In recent years, online shopping has been an effective way to get your shopping done but with the supply chain so unpredictable, heading out to the store might be the safest bet.

Companies like Bed Bath and Beyond are recommending customers shop in store and shop early because stores can’t guarantee they’ll get more product in. So while it’s in stock, its better to just physically get your item and take it home.

22News spoke with Rosa Calderon from Amherst who said she still thinks buying online is the easier option, “I use to do it, like going around, wasting a lot of time. Now, I make a list, go into the internet, check the places I want and then I buy whatever I need.”

Stores like Target, Best Buy and Walmart do pre-Black Friday sales, something that has become more popular in recent years. Getting your shopping done early will also help you avoid the crowds.