Worry, haste, retail therapy: What have we bought and why?
This photo shows Melissa Jean Footlick, 42, of San Diego, with rubber chickens from a game she purchased online. Footlick is among millions who have helped online retail sales surge as consumer spending fell off rapidly when businesses shut down. (Melissa Jean Footlick via AP)
This combination photo shows Jennifer Salgado, 42, of Bloomfield, N.J., with a pack of macarons, left, and a bag of peas she ordered during coronavirus lockdown. Millions of people have helped online retail sales surge as consumer spending fell off rapidly when businesses shut down. Salgado snapped up 96 macarons from a bulk-buying store, along with 24 pounds of frozen peas. (Jennifer Salgado via AP)