I recently saw an article that said Americans have been very busy buying "champagne, skirts, and shaving kits post-pandemic." At least, that's what CNBC says the results from certain tracking companies are showing. My question is, How exactly do these tracking companies get specific information like THAT?

That is because many companies these days are using artificial intelligence software and technology to spy on us, that's how.


I looked up one of the tracking companies listed in the CNBC article, StyleSage. The business touts itself as "powering retail's speed-to-market with AI." They use cookies from the apps we download to our phones to track our geo-locations, age, gender identity, and more. Whenever we go to certain websites or certain stores, their eyes are always watching! Gross and invasive, I say. Makes me think of that song by The Police, "Every Breath You Take."

Washington state as a whole has been doing a lot of our post-pandemic shopping at these top 5 spots:

  1. Gem Shopping Network (Wtf is that, where have I been? I definitely didn't get the memo.)
  2. Ross Dress for Less stores
  3. Google Shopping
  4. eBay
  5. Amazon (Check out the lists on my Amazon Influencer page here!)

As for the Yakima Valley and the Tri-Cities, we seem to be doing most of our shopping at these top 5 spots:

  1. Fred Meyer
  2. JCPenney
  3. TJ Maxx
  4. Home Shopping Network
  5. We are also buying plenty of things in bulk at Costco, which I must confess, I haven't used my membership at all since I purchased it the week before they shut everything down at the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

While everyone else in the country is out shopping for fancy champagne (Veuve Clicquot is the most popular, but I'm a Barefoot Bubbly Brut from Walgreens kinda girl myself), we Washingtonians have better things to be thinking about--like pushing "BUY" in our online shopping carts!

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