Fully 50% of American’s That Shop on Line are ‘Drunk”
A new survey from rehab facility Archstone Recovery Center found that when people log on to Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN)while hitting the bottle can incur a financial hangover, too.
The amount people spent tended to vary based on their preferred type of alcohol, check this out:
- Gin drinkers tended to splurge the most, spending an average of more than $82.
- Whiskey drinkers wound up spending almost $40.
- Beer drinkers spend less than $40, and
- People drinking red or white wine spent about $42 and $46.
It should not be surprising that in an era with 1-click shopping and credit card data stored right on our phones, drinking and online shopping is pervasive:
According to a March survey from personal finance website Finder.com, nearly 50% of 2,000 Americans surveyed said they had made a purchase while under the influence of alcohol.
It is expensive
said the average American admits to buying $447.57 worth of stuff while drunk, an amount more than 2X what people said they spent on drunk purchases in Y 2017’s survey.
In Y 2016, shopping and style website Racked.com analyzed data from online clothing store Lyst and found that the site gets 48% more orders at 2;00a Friday night, drunk and at home alone, than at that hour on Monday nights.
What’s more, people spent 30% more when shopping after Midnight on a Friday Vs a Monday and by 1:00a, that jumps to 40%.
People tend to buy fun or luxury items, and are willing to pay more for them.
Friday-night purchases of lingerie average $308, or 140% higher than they are on Monday nights, and shoe purchases are 165% higher.
The Big Q: What is it with ‘buzzed” buying?
The Big A: “In general, alcohol is a disinhibitor and usually people are feeling kind of expansive and good. Alcohol is a depressant, but in its initial phases it decreases inhibitions,” said Susan Krauss Whitbourne, a professor emerita of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. People disengage from their willpower and lower their inhibitions, which can have financial implications.”They’re suspending the reality of what’s actually in their bank account,” she said.
While some marketers have gotten savvy to this but booze-goggled buying is not as beneficial for e-Retailers as one might think, said the vice president and principal analyst of digital business strategy at Forrester Research.
“The goal of most retailers is to provide the right product to the right customer at the right time,” he said. Booze-fueled buying binges rarely lead to that outcome.
It goes without saying that clicking “Buy” after you have ‘knocked’ back a few can lead to some purchases of questionable value, taste or both, and this can have real costs for retailers.
Those who have sobered up may choose to return products, which often costs the retailer operational costs, and can even lead to returned items being unsellable if they are damaged in the shipping process.
That morning-after regret can even be damaging to the perception the consumer has of the seller.
“It can also create a detrimental emotional connection the to the brand, as consumers attach the negative experience of buying something they didn’t want to that retailer,” he said.
The BigQ2: Do you ant to avoid having surprise packages show up on your doorstep after a night of drinking?
The Big A2: Turn off 1-click shopping on your go-to retail sites or apps before you go for a night out, or leave the laptop out of reach if you are lounging on the couch alone with a alcohol beverage.
Consumers have regulate their behaviors, and alcohol makes that much harder. Who need headaches!