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Social distancing sparks flurry of in-car accessory sales

Sales of in-car accessories are surging in South Korea.

Car accessory sales are increasing in South Korea as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on and people spend more time in their vehicles to avoid physical contact.

Online shopping giant 11St reported that over the past two weeks, sales of laptop/book stands for cars and multipurpose seat pockets jumped by 27 per cent following the spike in confirmed coronavirus infections between August 18 and 30.

Cup-holder sales jumped by 19 per cent over the same period.

Cupholder sales are up by 19 per cent.
Cupholder sales are up by 19 per cent.

Do-it-yourself car wash kits also gained popularity among consumers and car shampoo sales jumped by 53 per cent, while washing tools and towels sales increased by 16 per cent and 27 per cent, respectively.

Sales of other indoor car-cleaning tools jumped as well: portable vacuum cleaners by 24 per cent, air purifiers for cars by 38 per cent and car air fresheners by 21 per cent.

The majority of the increase in car accessory sales appears to be via online platforms.

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