Online shopping craze continues into 2021

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Online shopping reaches an all-time high over the holidays and into the new year.

Madi Welker

The buzz around online shopping has reached an all-time high as COVID-19 cases continue to surge. 

“I don’t have to worry about going out in public, and putting myself at risk, because my family can’t get COVID, and it’s just safer,” said junior Kayden Collette.

Due to the pandemic, many stores have lost the regular amount of customers that they usually receive. Stores that have an online presence have been able to sustain business and online-only businesses such as Amazon have flourished. 

According to Time Magazine, Amazon increased by 60% consumer spending during May, June, and July.

“I enjoy online shopping more because it saves time having to go in public and be around a bunch of people I don’t know,” said sophomore Zack Knetter. “When I am online, I have more options to choose from and I don’t have to go to multiple stores to find what I am looking for.”

When I am online, I have more options to choose from and I don’t have to go to multiple stores to find what I am looking for.”

— Zack Knetter

Many students have started to work more than normal due to online class times being shorter. This has allowed them to maybe spend a little more money this holiday season. 

“I had two jobs in the summer, and I actually made a lot of money which allowed me to have a lot of money to spend,” Knetter said.

With all the time spent at home and not being allowed to go to stores for long periods, many peoples’ spending rates went way up. 

“Boredom definitely played a big role in my online shopping because I’d find myself sitting around and starting online shopping,” Collette said. “This year I spent a lot more money than I normally would online.”

Collette, who works at Adidas has shown a significant decrease in the amount of people shopping in-store. 

“Our sales are significantly less than they were last year and I am sure that is due to COVID,” Collette said. “Some people do come in and return their online shopping items because either it doesn’t fit or they just don’t like it.” 

According to sophomore Chloe Jochen,  she usually purchases an item online two to three times a week.

“I like that they have a good variety of things and it comes fairly soon which is convenient,” Jochen said. “It’s usually always there when you need it.”