A shortage of Christmas trees in Hawaii has raised prices to more than $200 US each, drawing complaints from cost-conscious shoppers who are eager to buy trees before the holiday. Tree buyers camped outside a shopping centre hours before dawn Saturday to await a shipment of 130 noble firs flown in from Oregon. A crowd of more than 200 people had gathered by morning, when a salesman announced the trees would cost $165 to $200 each.

Consumers complained that was at least twice the price charged just a few days earlier. In previous weeks, trees sold for $30 to $70.

Most Christmas trees sold in Hawaii have been delivered by cargo ships from farms in the Pacific Northwest. Last season, sellers suffered losses when hundreds went unsold, forcing them to give many trees away.


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