Link love: Drive-thru fashion, gum sales drop & a really big diamond
Hey, shopping fans! Here’s the scoop on the latest retail headlines.
Chewed up and spit out? The Associated Press reports U.S. gum sales are down 6 percent since 2010, costing the industry a huge — uh — wad of cash. Mints or Juicy Fruit?
Would you like fries with those shoes? You can get tacos, coffee and sometimes even beer at a drive-up window, so why not clothes, too? According to the London Evening Standard, British department store Selfridges plans to start a drive-thru service, so customers can pick up the clothes they ordered online without actually stepping foot in the store.
Point us to the Pringles. Well, a big fat duh. But now it’s official: Don’t go to the grocery store hungry. A new study finds grocery shoppers who hit the aisles hungry are more apt to spend their money on food with lots of calories, CBS News reports. Which is why you often find us shopping while eating an entire box of Triscuits.
Shopping duty. Love duty-free shopping, but hate lugging all those goods around? Airport World magazines notes that a new billboard at Frankfurt Airport lets travelers virtually order up duty-free stuff that can be delivered to their homes. Perfume and wine for all!
There are plus-sized dudes, too. Only they get featured in commercials, as The New York Times points out in a story about Destination X.
Where’d I put that lipstick? Uh, sorry, we’ll be eating PB&J for dinner all week. Mummy needed to buy makeup. HuffPo reports a new feelunique.com study found British women spend nearly $400 on simply replacing beauty products each year. Stay calm and shop on.
Girl’s best friend. OK, OK, we’ll accept this as a Mother’s Day gift. According to Forbes, Christie’s is set to sell the largest briolette diamond ever auctioned off on May 28, with the 75.36-carat gem (part of a necklace) expected to bring in $8.5 to $12.5 million.