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Here’s An App That Encourages You To Shop Online While Drunk

Drunk Shopping will text you at 2am on a Saturday night to suggest something ridiculous to buy.

According to Chris Baker of Drunk Shopping, these could be yours, if you’re drunk and ready to buy late at night. etsy.com

Who among us who has not received a package they almost forgot buying because they’d sucked down a few too many Smirnoff Ices alone at home on Saturday night?

Now there’s an app that helps you make these bad decisions called Drunk Shopping. Text “heyyyyyy” (the standard number of y’s to indicate bad text choices) to the phone number 551-333-7865.

Then at 2 a.m. on Saturday night, the service will text you with a link to a dumb/bad/regrettable thing you can buy online. It’s up to you if you want to buy it.

The number texts you at 2 a.m. Saturday night with a photo of something you could buy online:

 

Drunk Shopping doesn’t take a cut of the sales or anything if you buy their dumb object. The app is an invention of Chris Baker, a former BuzzFeed advertising employee, who has made other dumb/fun prank websites and apps before, such as Unbaby.me (a browser extension that replaces all baby photos on Facebook with pictures of cats) and Troll The NSA (a template email filled with terrorism keywords to jam up the NSA’s servers).

Baker doesn’t worry about taking advantage of drunk shoppers. “We feel great about it,” he told Buzzfeed News. “Though most of the time we’re sure people won’t be completely hammered, they’ll still have a great experience just seeing what products we choose and how we write about them.” He’s no stranger to drunk shopping himself, either. “I’m pretty sure I had a few in me when I bought a cheap motorcycle online last year.”

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Katie Notopoulos is a senior editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Notopoulos writes about tech and internet culture is cohost of the Internet Explorer podcast.
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