Online shopping while under the influence can be very dangerous for your bank accounts; parcels will arrive in the next few days that you don’t even remember ordering.
According to Mirror Online, drunk eBay shopping is a more common occurrence than you might think and the e-commerce corporation has revealed exactly how much boozed-up Brits spend on the site while under the influence.
Figures suggest Brits spent £7.9million more between midnight and 3am during boozy December weekends than in other months.
There was also a 22% increase in the number of things bought in the small hours of the morning.
The auction site revealed some of the items that were purchased during this time and some of them seem completely random.
10 oddest drunk purchases of 2019
- A motorhome – £29,750 at 2am
- 1930s cocktail bar – £3,400 at 3am
- Ambulance – £5,000 at 2am
- Tiffany & Co engagement ring – £4,500 at 3am
- Yurt – £4,250 at 3am
- Ice cream van – £3,500 at 2am
- Russian Faberge Silver Enamel Poodle Head Letter Opener – £4,000 at 1am
- Treadmill – £3,000 at 1am
- Soap-making business – £2,500 at 2am
- Two urns – £2,650 at 3am
eBay said in a statement: “Instead of ending up with an entire ice cream van when you were simply craving a Mr Whippy, eBay always recommends waiting until a sensible hour to make large shopping decisions, to avoid any unwanted tolls at the till.”
Fortunately, if you have made a regrettable drunk purchase it’s possible to get your money back.
By law, you have a 14-day ‘cooling off period’ to return an item, starting from when the product arrives.
This is thanks to Consumer Contracts Regulations, which state that you should get to see a product in its actual form (rather than just simply a photograph) before making your final decision.
Some retailers even extend this time frame even further, so it is worth checking their terms and conditions.
- Your 14-day right to a refund starts on the day your item arrives.
- If you want to return it, you have exactly two weeks to do so. Let the retailer know as soon as possible.
- Your refund must then be processed within 14-days of receipt. You don’t have to give a reason for the return either.
- If your goods are faulty/don’t do what they’re supposed to/don’t match the description given or aren’t in ‘satisfactory’ condition, you can request a refund, repair or replacement under the Sale of Goods Act.
“When you buy online you have additional rights under the Consumer Contracts Regulations,” explain the experts at Which?
“These give you 14 days from the time of delivery to cancel the purchase, even if it’s not faulty.
“There are a few exclusions to this such as personalised goods, computer software or some hygiene products, so always check the terms and conditions before you buy.”