Stores are stocked with copycat designs. It’s a nightmare.
Why is it so hard to figure out if America’s enormous surge in theft is real?
American consumers can’t resist the lure of a well-designed container.
America needs you to buy less junk.
What happens to the stuff you order online after you send it back?
Behind shipping delays and soaring prices are workers still at mortal risk of COVID-19.
Amazon appears to have discovered that the fastest, freest shipping is picking stuff up in person.
Customers were this awful long before the pandemic.
As stores disappear, shopping in your own wardrobe becomes the ultimate luxury.
Are the new online services that allow you to buy jeans or shampoo in installments—interest-free—too good to be true?
Not even a pandemic will silence the sweatpants scolds.
The middle of a global pandemic might seem like a good time to cut back on holiday excess. But we live in America.
The pandemic’s at-home workers are discovering what internet influencers have long known: If you want to be taken seriously, get good lighting.
If we’re going to be inside, it might as well be the inside we want.
The social and economic costs borne by young people without offices
Keeping a cluttered house has long been considered a little tacky, a little weak. But now it’s looking very wise.
Are “fancy” sweatpants here for good?
What do fake Eames chairs, extra legroom, and $40 scented candles have in common?
The surprising persistence of the mail-order business
How retailers hide the costs of delivery—and why we’re such suckers for their ploys
Peloton aficionados say the latest exercise craze gives them a sense of community they sorely missed.
An Instagram-friendly option for people wary of forever
I spent $1,279 of The Atlantic’s money on creams, crystals, and a vibrator from Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness empire. Things got weird.
The perfect drink for a medium-fancy generation
Personalized hair masks, facial serums, and vitamin cocktails are no longer reserved for the wealthy, thanks to technology—and data collection.
The human brain can’t contend with the vastness of online shopping.
Today’s subscription services cover toilet paper, dog toys, and furniture. But what is lost with convenience?
In the open-plan office, wireless headphones are the new cubicles.
No one knows what shoes to wear to work. Silicon Valley has an answer.
There’s a reason Millennials will spend $50 on one.
Time-saving kitchen gadgets have always come with a compromise.
It’s not healthier for you. It doesn’t technically come from the Himalayas. But pink salt’s appeal has exploded nonetheless.
The luxury product’s glamorous appeal has very little to do with squeaky-clean smiles.