Weirdest thing you’ve bought while drunk shopping, Philadelphia?

Apparently this is a $45 billion industry nationwide.

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Danya Henninger
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Drinking alcohol famously relaxes inhibitions. That’s true about social interaction with other humans — and also commercial interaction with retail goods, especially when they’re just a click away.

Americans spent an estimated $45 billion while drunken shopping last year, according to global survey company Statista. The grand majority of that boozy purchase power was directed toward Amazon, which was used by 85 percent of those polled. Runners up include eBay and Etsy.

Pennsylvanians are no slackers when it comes to tipsy spending, per the report, with people shelling out $400 to $499 annually. That’s way lower than pack-leaders Kentucky (all that bourbon) and Connecticut (all that wealth?), while just slightly less than our neighbors in New Jersey, more than Ohio and about the same as New York.

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So what are we dropping that $450 on? Inspired by the Seattle Times, which asked readers in Washington to share their stories, we want to know what caught your under-the-influence fancy.

We posed the question on Twitter, and responses started rolling in.

We want to know: what’s your drunken shopping story?

Tell us using this form, embedded below. We’ll include the best answers in a future article.

 

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