La Crosse County fireworks store expects July 4 loss due to inflation

Skyline Fireworks, which maintains three locations in La Crosse County, is trying to avoid passing any higher costs onto the consumer.

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) – The owners of an Onalaska fireworks store expect to take a loss on July 4 sales amid higher shipping costs.

Skyline Fireworks owner Luke Marcou said he’s trying to avoid passing any price increases to his customers.

It used to cost between $10,000 and $15,000 to ship a container of fireworks from China to the United States, he said.

“The price has gone up to almost $40,000 a container,” Marcou added.

Marcou and his mother and business partner, Carla Corbin, expect to take a loss this Fourth of July season because they don’t want to raise prices on customers.

“We’ve got to pay what we already have purchased for,” Corbin said. “We’ve got a lot of debt, and, hopefully, there is something left over to pay the overhead.

The cost of shipping fireworks from China has increased 25 percent to 30 percent, said Corbin, who attributed the increase to the supply chain issues that have crippled so many products since the pandemic began.

“We had a notification from our shippers, our wholesalers, mid-winter, that prices were going to go up,” Corbin said.

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