Shopping on the internet is the virtualized version of visiting a mega-mall IRL; there's a shit-ton of everything you don't need and none of that one thing you actually came for. Only instead of stores' sales associates breathing down our necks, we've got everything from targeted ads to clickbaity headlines and sponsored reviews pushing products on us — all of which makes deciding what's truly worth our coin quite complicated. Take your finger off the mouse and step away from the keyboard, because we're here to banish online buyer's remorse with items that are really. Worth. It.
As members of Refinery29's Shopping team, it's our mission to keep tabs on the good goods. And, since the best crowd-pleasing products come straight from the source, we tapped ourselves along with other R29 staffers for the pricier purchases we don't regret. The results? A wide-ranging list of everything from practical big-ticket items like bestselling mattresses and premium puffer jackets to more fanciful finds like fitness trampolines and luxe beauty gems. Join us ahead as we lay bare our most worth-it investment buys from the very weird year called 2020 — personal anecdotes, rationalizations, and reflections all included.
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