The most expensive purchase on Postmates this year was $2,847 — and it wasn’t food

I’m a huge fan of Postmates. When the $1.85 billion delivery start-up launched in 2011, I didn’t order groceries for a year. When I was on deadline for stories, I had Twix and iced tea delivered. It’s the most used app on my phone, and of course, if you sign up with my coupon code, we’ll both get $100 off delivery.

But let’s talk about the biggest purchases on Postmates this year.

The company released data on the most trending items in 2019. As you can see, White Claw Hard Seltzer had a 17,000% increase in sales, while pumpkin spice (whaat?) declined. Also popular is Keto and Matcha, which tells you a little about the demographic using Postmates. If you’re thinking Los Angeles, you’re right! Postmates generated $380 million in LA sales (as opposed to $127.7 million in New York City).

White Claw is trending on Postmates.

Fast food continued to be the top category on Postmates, and someone apparently ordered 120 Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos (if I was the delivery driver, the buyer would have received 119. I’m obsessed). See the infographic below (you can click it to make it larger).

Inforaphic on most popular and trending items in Postmates.

The most surprising thing that came from Postmate’s end-of-year data was the most expensive purchase this year… and it wasn’t food. It was 2 luggage bags from Tumi.

Top Postmates purchase.

Tumi is a high-end, luxury luggage brand, with suitcases that essentially start at $800 each (if you get the smallest one). I actually found great deals on Amazon, mostly men and women’s carry-on bags, backpacks and briefcases. I did find Tumi luggage that was a few hundred dollars off the regular price, like this one below.

Tumi is the creme de la creme, so you know you’re getting your money’s worth, and the brand is *expensive,” so it’s funny to me that someone could just order two suitcases on the whim. Jealous.

But that’s what I love about Postmates. You don’t necessarily have to order food. Most people use Postmates to get delivery from restaurants or groceries, but you can practically order *anything* with a quick swipe.

I use Postmates to order food from restaurants. I ordered Whole Foods once, but the delivery girl kept calling with questions, and she took forever. Now, I just order groceries online since you can actually see the food and get better deals.

Also, as I mentioned earlier, I’ve ordered Twix and iced tea (from 7-11), and you can order alcohol and cigarettes too (you’ll have to upload your ID). According to Postmates, you can get alcohol delivered in certain markets, so always check to see if they deliver in your city.

In the meantime, I’m hungry, so I think I’ll order some tacos.

Taco Sunday with Postmates.

Have you ordered anything expensive with Postmates? Let us know in comments below!

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Jimmy Im has traveled to 113 countries, stayed in over 600 hotels and has flown a million airmiles. He lives in New York City.

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