Online shopping is super convenient, a whole world of products and services to choose from that will get delivered to your doorstep at the click of a button. However, there is, of course, a price to pay for all this convenience and cheap stuff.

Firstly, you don't get to physically touch, smell, and judge the actual dimensions of a product like you would in a shop. This can lead to all kinds of misunderstandings and even epic fails, mainly if you are dealing with some unscrupulous companies from less regulated countries.

Then there is the waiting. Your ordered goodies could get stuck in customs, and the wrong product could've been sent by mistake, it also might get broken in transit. It could end up being an awfully long time between you clicking 'buy' on the online shopping site and actually receiving a satisfactory product in your hand! However, these are the risks we take for a bargain, and not having to drag around town looking for something in a shop. We here at Bored Panda had compiled a list of times when online shopping fails went hilariously wrong, as a kind of cautionary tale. Do your research on counterfeit goods before you click that button! Scroll down below to check the expectations vs reality photos out for yourself, as well as some previous posts here, here and here, and share your own shopping fails experiences in the comments!

#1

This Patch I Ordered Off Amazon...

This Patch I Ordered Off Amazon...

Of course on rare occasions it can go the other way, and you can receive something even better than what you expected. I know which badge I'd prefer in this case! Sometimes the world makes us all want to pack up and leave

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Marc
Community Member
2 years ago

I like the new patch better tbh. I mean, it's not what you ordered, but it's still funny in a way.

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#2

My Grandpa's Neighbor Ordered An Inflatable Santa Online... They Sent Him The Wrong Size

My Grandpa's Neighbor Ordered An Inflatable Santa Online... They Sent Him The Wrong Size

This guy then floated it up and put it in front of his house in Brooklyn. It surely makes for an impressive Christmas decoration!

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Zoe Drake
Community Member
2 years ago

I think it looks great!

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#3

Royal Quality

Royal Quality

This is amazing on so many levels; from the spelling mistake to the artists impression of the Royal couple. Although some might say, it's actually pretty accurate! Either way, this is definitely a collector's item.

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Marc
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't see anything wrong here!

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#4

My Wife Ordered A Backpack From Amazon To Use As A Carry On. Cat For Scale

My Wife Ordered A Backpack From Amazon To Use As A Carry On. Cat For Scale

This cat looks quite happy with the situation, it's now the proud owner of a brand new catpack. Now it looks ready to set off on an exciting adventure of self-discovery. Where first? Purr-is? Meow York?

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Zoe Drake
Community Member
2 years ago

Black cats rule but that one is going to murder you while you sleep, or just put a mouse in your mouth while you sleep! Good luck!

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#5

Might Be Wrong Though

Might Be Wrong Though

Mixups do happen! Photo evidence works a treat this time, as Dylan Evans discovered hilariously. Gotta say, it does rather suit him though


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Johnny
Community Member
2 years ago

Why would he return it? It fits well and looks great on him.

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#6

Photo Evidence Of Earrings That Never Arrived

Photo Evidence Of Earrings That Never Arrived

How do you provide photo evidence of something that's not there? This Twitter user ordered some earrings on the popular Chinese online retailer AliExpress, and they just didn't show up. It's probably happened to you too at one point, hasn't it? Usually the company will find the problem and make sure the product gets to you ASAP, but not this time. They wanted to be sure they weren't being tricked. "Show us that you don't have the earrings," they demanded. WTF?? This is Iris' cheeky attempt to comply.

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Marc
Community Member
2 years ago

Been there. Not only once. Either through Amazon or Ebay or whatever. Empty boxes, broken stuff repacked, or someone added trash to the box and the resent it. That's the reason I only buy via trusted shops, when it is getting more expensive. Cheap isn't always cheap, if you know what I mean. Often you have to pay a lot more on top.

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#7

My Friend Bought This Costume Online And I’ve Been Laughing All Day

My Friend Bought This Costume Online And I’ve Been Laughing All Day

Deadpool, is that you? This costume is sure to be a hit at any Halloween party, although maybe not for all the right reasons...This looks more like the dimwitted lovechild of deadpool and spiderman

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Faizal Jam
Community Member
2 years ago

deadfool :))

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#8

Ordered A Russian Patch For My New Jacket... Got A Pride Flag

Ordered A Russian Patch For My New Jacket... Got A Pride Flag

Some masterful trolling going on here, considering Russia's 'reputation' on LBGT rights. Somebody wanted to make a statement, and they succeeded!

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Anne
Community Member
2 years ago

Seeing as how Russia treats gay (lbgt+ etc)... I like this trolling

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#9

Never Buy A Cat Tree From Amazon

Never Buy A Cat Tree From Amazon

Although the structural integrity of the cat tree might be lacking, kitty seems to be enjoying it nonetheless!

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Pan Narrans
Community Member
2 years ago

The cat is thinking "it's so hard to find qualified servants these days".

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#10

Love My New Yeezys

Love My New Yeezys

Kanye West's laughably overpriced and deeply ugly 'fashion' pieces are funny enough anyway, so it's hard to feel much sympathy for anyone who shells out hundreds of bucks for them. But when they arrive looking like oven-mitts for the feet... Yeah nah still no sympathy here.

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Daniel (ShadowDrakken)
Community Member
2 years ago

I mean, lets be honest here. The originals are pretty ugly, I think this was an upgrade. XD

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#11

From A French Airbnb Alternative

From A French Airbnb Alternative

It's all about perspective. Like any business, people on Airbnb want to show what they have from its very best side, even if that means that the reality doesn't always match up to expectations...You gotta give them 5 stars for trying though!

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Marc
Community Member
2 years ago

Somehow this looks really sad... in a way. The guy looks so lost with the beer in his hands. Well, at least they tried. That being said - It's not only Airbnb folks doing this. We have been to a lot of hotels over the years where the pictures didn't exactly meet the reality.

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#12

Incredible Unicorn Calendar From Amazon

Incredible Unicorn Calendar From Amazon

So far, this gem has a 1-star rating on Amazon and judging by the reviews, it doesn't look like it's going to rise anytime soon. Buyers are complaining that "the photos inside are not at all like the cover." They are line and stick drawings, not mythical scenes. But I guess that's why they wouldn't allow clients to preview the contents.

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Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
2 years ago

Hey, those ARE unicorns. What do you want.

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#13

Hopes Were Crushed

Hopes Were Crushed

Mistake number 1: Ponchos for guys are never cool, unless you are deep in the Andes, sipping mate and herding llamas with the locals.
Mistake number 2: Ordering anything online and expecting to look as effortlessly stylish as the model. Not gonna happen, Friar Tuck!

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The Dutches
Community Member
2 years ago

Thanks! It really is funny :-D But you can wear it easily. At Carnaval. Or a convention. A themed party. On vacation in the Andes. And many more!

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#14

I Didn't Expect It To Look Like Pig Feet

I Didn't Expect It To Look Like Pig Feet

Pigmaid? Merpig? Instead of Netflix and chill looking like a sultry siren of the sea, your dainty trotters and snout in the popcorn could give a different impression entirely. It's not even the same material ffs..

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Zoe Drake
Community Member
2 years ago

Well on the brightside you can walk in it!

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#15

What You Order Vs What You Get

What You Order Vs What You Get

What's 50 inches long, 35 inches high, and looks like a body bag? Your new $40 couch, that's what!

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ERIN W.
Community Member
2 years ago

THAT'S JUST HORRIBLE!

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#16

When Your Dress You Ordered Looks Exactly Like The Pic Online

When Your Dress You Ordered Looks Exactly Like The Pic Online

Of course there are also companies that won't even make the effort to deceive, but will flat-out rip you off instead. Getting your ass of the couch and going to an actual shop to purchase your clothes suddenly seems much more appealing!

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Kaisu Rei
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't understand people who see the dress on the right online, pay five dollars for it and then expect it to be the same. If it seems too good to be true, it most likely is

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#17

Thanks Walmart, For My New Rug

Thanks Walmart, For My New Rug

Read the description carefully! Some asshole companies are intentionally misleading, anyone could be forgiven for thinking this chair cover is a rug. Unless those slippers belong to Barboie or something...

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GoodWolf
Community Member
2 years ago

Aww it's a little cloud!

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#18

I've Actually Been Trolled By China. I Ordered The One On The Left From AliExpress And The One On The Right Turned Up

I've Actually Been Trolled By China. I Ordered The One On The Left From AliExpress And The One On The Right Turned Up

Ok, the good thing is that the seller accepts returns "if product is not as described." The bad thing is that the buyer has to pay the return shipping fee. But why either of these products were ever conceived of and manufactured, we'll never know.

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Enuya
Community Member
2 years ago

Now I'm curious why do you want to have the first one? Why would anybody want it?

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#19

I Ordered These Boots On Sale From Aldo.Com For 50% Off. I Received One Shoe

I Ordered These Boots On Sale From Aldo.Com For 50% Off. I Received One Shoe

Pretty sure this woman is not Cinderella that would be comfortable walking around with just one shoe. Maybe that's why they were 50% off?

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Paul K. Johnson
Community Member
2 years ago

You sure it didn't say, "Half pair of shoes" and not "half off"?

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#20

The Bear Mask My Friend Ordered Vs The Nightmare Fuel He Received

The Bear Mask My Friend Ordered Vs The Nightmare Fuel He Received

Halloween can be a stressful time: choosing the costume, ordering it, trying it on. And what if they send you the least thing you've expected? Apparently the owners dog found it so distasteful that he stole it off the table and shredded it. So this guy is back to square one with his Halloween costume!


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Vic
Community Member
2 years ago

Both look equally creepy..

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#21

What I Ordered Vs. What Was Delivered. I Paid $135 For This Mess...

What I Ordered Vs. What Was Delivered. I Paid $135 For This Mess...

It's hard to believe these aren't before and after photos from an episode of Nailed It!
This woman actually ordered a cake for her sisters baby shower. "Five minutes before the shower started this monstrosity showed up. I was shocked. I had to leave the shower to go to the grocery store and get a sheet cake. The worst part was when I contacted the caterer and they didn’t want to refund my money because “it was servible/edible.” !

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Alethia Nyx
Community Member
2 years ago

The people who pay $5 for things and then don't get what they wanted I go "what did you expect", and have a chuckle, but this is terrible!! I would not call $135 cheap for the cake you ordered, in fact I would call it expensive, to then get that is absolutely dreadful.

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#22

My Little Sister Ordered A Blanket Online

My Little Sister Ordered A Blanket Online

After the seller tweeted this $40 chunk of a blanket, people immediately started suggesting ideas for using it. Someone thought it might be a good potholder, while others even saw it as a barrister's wig. However, maybe the model in the pic was just really, really tiny?

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Zoe Drake
Community Member
2 years ago

Do you have a cat or a dog? Or a friend with a pet you could sell it to?

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#23

I Wish I Was Making This Up

I Wish I Was Making This Up

Yeah starships are cool but are you sure you don't want to join another crew?
The guy who ordered it said it came via Royal Mail, what a betrayal!

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Anton Montaut
Community Member
2 years ago

The delivery guy must have liked star trek too!

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#24

Wife Thought The Skillet Would Be A Little Bigger

Wife Thought The Skillet Would Be A Little Bigger

This guy's wife thought she got a great 'lightning' deal for a skillet on Amazon paying just $5. After arrival, though, they discovered this was a pan only suitable for a Barbie.
And what is in that pic, a cherry tomato and a lizard egg? Cooking dinner in this tiny skillet is certainly one way to keep the calories down!

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TheKnightOwl
Community Member
2 years ago

To be fair, if that was full size, that'd be one big arse tomato.

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#25

Toy Gun For A Toy

Toy Gun For A Toy

It might be hard to size up your opponent with this tiny gun, but like they always say size doesn't matter right?

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Marc
Community Member
2 years ago

Maybe he wasn't specific with what he was looking for. In all fairness, it is a toy gun.

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#26

When Amazon Only Delivers Half Of Your Kayak

When Amazon Only Delivers Half Of Your Kayak

He was ready for some raging waters, but it looks like the delivery process already did some damage...
Apparently, each half shipped from different states. So maybe he'll get to enjoy his kayak eventually...

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Symtpom
Community Member
2 years ago

"it was half off"

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#27

I Ordered A Smart Light Bulb And Got A Chrome Fidget Spinner In A Light Bulb Box

I Ordered A Smart Light Bulb And Got A Chrome Fidget Spinner In A Light Bulb Box

The review he left on Amazon was spot on:
"I ordered this item on a cold Sunday night, and was pleasantly surprised on Monday morning when a package arrived with my name on it. I eagerly opened my Amazon package, giddy with the promise of 120 colours to brighten up my bedroom, and when I found a light bulb sized box emblazoned with the words "Smart RGBW Bulb" I was delighted, all was going to plan.
However, my hopes of multi-coloured illumination came crashing down, I was shocked. I felt as if the 265 volts that were meant to be running through my smart light bulb were running through me. To my dismay, and with a growing feeling of confusion, I realized I was not the proud owner of a WIFI Smart Bulb, I was instead the bewildered owner of a chrome fidget spinner, fidget spinner case, and a small screwdriver (despite there seeming to be no screw head on the spinner).
Now, with my tail between my legs, and Hermes en route to collect my fidget spinner, I am forced to endure additional nights of bland, colourless light.
I have many questions, where is my bulb? Why did a fidget spinner come in a light bulb box? Why is this available on prime? Who hired someone who can confused a light bulb and a fidget spinner, and how dark must their house be? All questions I doubt I will ever get answers to.
I'm summary, order a different light bulb. Unless you want a fidget spinner, then this is the light bulb for you."

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Marc
Community Member
2 years ago

This happens if someone tries to cheat and the vendor won't check the resent package. Instead they just give it to the next customer. Happened to us not only once.

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#28

Some Boots From Amazon

Some Boots From Amazon

From the people that brought you Guccy, Louis Button, Ill-tempered birds and the Fony Playstation, here are an authentic pair of 'Wulf' boots!
Note: If it seems to good to be true, it most definitely, definitely is.

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Bill
Community Member
2 years ago

DON'T BUY EQUIPMENT THAT YOU TRUST YOUR LIFE WITH ON AMAZON

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#29

Ordering Blanket Online

Ordering Blanket Online

When you're ordering from Wish ironically you don't always get what you wished for.
This guy saw the perfect blanket that looked both luxurious and comfy, and got a napkin instead. Hopefully he has a dog or a cat or maybe a hamster that this could be useful for!

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Marc
Community Member
2 years ago

It's to keep your feet warm, I guess.

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#30

Amazon Misunderstanding

Amazon Misunderstanding

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SanchaTheSeeker
Community Member
2 years ago

It did say 'boys' though

Dani
Community Member
2 years ago

My thoughts exactly. This one's on the customer.

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KarmaQueen
Community Member
2 years ago

This one is on the buyer. It clearly says "boys" armchair.

LanteiaTG
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah, this is exactly what it's supposed to be.

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
2 years ago

What did he think “boys” meant?

Heather Ions
Community Member
2 years ago

I don’t know what he was expecting. It was a “boys” armchair.

Carol Emory
Community Member
2 years ago

Kinfine has a 1 star rating online. People need to do their research before they buy!

Allie Faux
Community Member
2 years ago

This guy must not have looked at any of the reviews, I just Googled Kinfine boys arm chair, 2 Amazon reviews showed up on Google's list, they both mentioned boys & little chair. This is the 2nd review: We bought this for our son when he was about a year old. He's almost three now, and it still looks great. It's the perfect size for kids, and he loves having a chair ...

Eleanor Jansen
Community Member
2 years ago

‘Boys’ literally means boys, not boys at heart, I gather..

diane a
Community Member
2 years ago

should have specified - Boys. Age 3/4

Lineka Gaines
Community Member
2 years ago

Yea, but it does say 'boys'...so🤷‍♀️

Ann Giluso
Community Member
2 years ago

Does say boys...

Marc
Community Member
2 years ago

Look at that sad face... He was really hoping for that chair.

Id row
Community Member
2 years ago

It does look like a boys chair.

Amaranthim Talon
Community Member
2 years ago

Uh- you got what you ordered, my friend... You are not a "boy"

Teri Donovan
Community Member
2 years ago

Sorry...the only confusion is on the customer's side. It's a child's chair and it SAYS so. Moron.

Judith Wilson
Community Member
2 years ago

So, what exactly is a "boy's chair"? Does it have some secret pockets we don't know about?

THEPS
Community Member
2 years ago

Full size chairs don't cost 86 dollars

Mo Van Antwerp
Community Member
2 years ago

Does size really matter after all?!!!

Molly Block
Community Member
2 years ago

If you fits, you sits. And it looks like you fits, soooooooooooo.... let your cat sit in it. :-)

Missyblue
Community Member
2 years ago

You have to read descriptions. They sent exactly what was ordered.

DeeLynn Onne
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd think BOY'S CHAIR kinda warned him lol

Liz Sahlin Johansson
Community Member
2 years ago

“Boys” CAN be interpreted in different ways...but the buyer IS a boy though...perhaps in an older mode than seller means...

Stephen Margiotta
Community Member
2 years ago

At the website the chair dimensions are clearly given, READ MY FRIEND READ

Isla Reyne
Community Member
2 years ago

did they think they were getting a full sized chair for $80?

Sophia Hensarling
Community Member
2 years ago

What

Stephanie Hewitt
Community Member
2 years ago

It says boys

Just saying
Community Member
2 years ago

I hate to say it, but you didn't read the name of the item. This one falls on you,

Judy Jewell
Community Member
2 years ago

How could the guy look at the pic and see the word boy and buy it for himself?

Shane Gaston
Community Member
2 years ago

At least you had free shipping

Evil Little Thing
Community Member
2 years ago

There is a thing called "product dimensions".

Veronica Jacobs
Community Member
2 years ago

This one I see he should’ve noticed where it said boy chair

Andrew Sepulveda
Community Member
2 years ago

I looked up the chair, it says youth on it. Might have been add after this guy bought it and posted the picture.

Jb Dean
Community Member
2 years ago

Key descriptive word being “BOY’S.” Gotta READ, dude! 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏽‍♀️

Kat Khatib
Community Member
2 years ago

Next time, order the Kinfine Mens Chair!

Daniel W Maynard
Community Member
2 years ago

It must be child sized

Laura Perkinson
Community Member
2 years ago

it did say boys.

Jacob Allen
Community Member
2 years ago

I could refurbish a dolls house with all these small things

Lily Mae Kitty
Community Member
2 years ago

did he think he was a "boy" b/c that's a not so secret code word for CHILD SIZE

Ula
Community Member
2 years ago

He is a big boy

Steve Cruz
Community Member
2 years ago

Are people too lazy to read the dimensions OR stupid enough to order something that doesn't state dimensions?

First Name
Community Member
2 years ago

Clearly say for a boy.

Crouching_Penn_Hidden_Teller@yahoo.com
Community Member
2 years ago

"Boy's" chair? so if a girl sat on it would it throw her off?

back atya
Community Member
2 years ago

It does say boys meaning for kids

Janice Seagraves
Community Member
2 years ago

That's a child's chair.

Ashley Wright
Community Member
2 years ago

Description DID have the word “Boys” in it....

Tiffiny
Community Member
2 years ago

BOYS.... if he was unsure then checking the dimensions would have been smart.

JID RN
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes, you are a boy. But when a ad says 'boys' they don't mean grown up boy.

Randy Paddock
Community Member
2 years ago

says boys arm chair so what's hard to figure

Melinda Burge
Community Member
2 years ago

The look on the guy's face....

Mya Lugar
Community Member
2 years ago

He asked for THAT one!! I'd say it is good looking and accurate to the ad as stated!

Enola Brinkley-Crayton
Community Member
2 years ago

Dude, did not say "man chair" did you really think you were getting a bargain?

Da Li
Community Member
2 years ago

Can imagine this in a boss office. Have a seat 😂

Friedlander Rosenzweig
Community Member
2 years ago

No chair for you!

ForkNBeans
Community Member
2 years ago

I've no empathy for those who don't read the descriptions carefully, or reviews, and get all upset. However, if they themselves can have a sense of humor about it... Cuz, yeah, we've all made mistakes...

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

I could actually sit in that chair. I'm 5'0". Lol

G13
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah buddy that's on u

Lineka Gaines
Community Member
2 years ago

Yea, it does say 'boys'...so🤷‍♀️

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 years ago

And this is why you have to look at the measurements.

Ben Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

So....the buyer can’t read?

Donald Holder*Doc
Community Member
2 years ago

Why aren't these suppliers being arrested for false advertising. It is illegal in The States.

Odd1sout
Community Member
2 years ago

It's not false advertising. It says boys chair.

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