Drunk Shopping Wants You to Buy Useless Things at 2 A.M.

May 18, 2015

8:00 pm

Drinking and shopping is a terrible idea if you’re on a budget. Just think about all the bad decisions you’ve made after that second shot of Fireball! A new app callled Drunk Shopping  wants to make it easier for you to booze and make (regrettable?) purchasing decisions. Or as the site puts it, “buy your sober self a gift.”

How Drunk Shopping works is pretty simple: you text “heyyyyyy” to 551-333-7865. The people behind the service will text you on Saturday night (2 A.M., exactly when you’re most likely drunk or on your way to getting hammered) asking if you want to purchase useless things. Anything from a T-shirt with Nicolas Cage’s face to that giant piano mat from the ’90s classic Big. If you decide you don’t want to purchase whatever weird find they have to offer, the service will nag you until you do.

Drunk Shopping

Like me, you’re probably thinking this is some kind of joke. According to Yahoo News, the app was created by former Buzzfeed advertising employee Chris Baker, who has previously created other prank apps including one that lets you chat with an awkward bot. Most likely it is, but these days, who knows what apps are real or jokes?

Why would anyone want to be prodded by their smartphones into making terrible purchasing decisions? But then again, wouldn’t you like to see what bizarre object is on sale that will make for a good story? And, it’s a free service–save for text messaging rates–and the cost of the products are legitimate because people behind Drunk Shopping don’t take a single penny from any sales. Instead, according to the site, they’re just “in it or the love of the game.” Think of all the funny gems for sale that you would never know about? Let alone have the opportunity to own. For example:

Unicorn Canned Meat

unicorn meat

Founders can put it their office and brag about being the next Unicorn. 

Ben & Jerry’s Euphori-Lock Ice Cream Pint Combination Lock Protector (which I would get sober!)

lock ice cream

No ice cream is safe in the office, or at home for that matter. 

or even the gift of nothing

gift of nothing

To make a philosophical point?

It’s all about making hasty purchasing decisions that you can laugh about, or eventually love to have made.

Image Credit: Kristoffer Trolle/Flickr

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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.

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