The worldwide pandemic fueled a surge in online shopping across the world, as the year 2022 is expected to be the first trillion-dollar year for online sales. The surge first hit back in 2020 when online consumer spending hit a record $813 billion, which was a 42% increase from only a year earlier, 2019.

Before the pandemic, online shopping was just another way to shop. If you hadn't found what you were looking for in a physical store, online shopping would have been your last resource. Now, we have become used to buying groceries, home improvement products, and sporting goods, which have become especially popular, with a single click. So no wonder the e-shopping world has turned its other side on us and we also face many more shopping fails than ever before.

So today, we wrapped up some of the funniest, weirdest and most frustrating examples of what happens when online shopping goes awry, and presents us with a good old “expectation” vs “reality” experience. Let us know if you have also been betrayed by an item you bought online in the comments! More cruel online shopping fails can be found in our previous posts here, here, here and here.

#1

This Is How Amazon Delivered My Body Wash. I Wonder What Are They Expect Me To Do

This Is How Amazon Delivered My Body Wash. I Wonder What Are They Expect Me To Do

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Nitin Korupolu
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7 months ago

Didn't another guy get the deodorant, when he ordered this!! Scroll up

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With more and more people switching to online shopping, there’s still not enough talk about the dangers lurking behind it. Turns out, online shopping is a perfect place for scams, whether it’s browsing unsafe e-commerce sites, shopping on lookalike pages, or unknowingly disclosing your bank details. So today, Bored Panda spoke with a cybersecurity expert at NordVPN, Daniel Markuson.

“Criminals usually find their victims through online pop-ups, banners, or emails. They rely on advertising engines like Facebook and Google to push their banners on users. Although these companies have strong safeguards in place, some banners still slip in,” he explained.

#2

I Keep Trying To Order Zatarain's Cajun Injector Creole Butter, But I Keep Getting Soaps

I Keep Trying To Order Zatarain's Cajun Injector Creole Butter, But I Keep Getting Soaps

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Jillio
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7 months ago

The guy who got your cajun butter instead of this body wash also posted. Lol

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#3

We Ordered Toothbrushes On Ebay From China But Received Eye Masks Instead. I’m Not Mad About This Error, And Will Use Them Wisely

We Ordered Toothbrushes On Ebay From China But Received Eye Masks Instead. I’m Not Mad About This Error, And Will Use Them Wisely

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Chicken Nugget
Community Member
7 months ago

so cUUUUUTTEE

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“Alternatively, some scammers study their potential future victims and analyze their online behavior, which can be easily done if the victim is browsing the web unprotected,” Markuson added. That’s why it’s important to remember that secure websites have HTTPS in their address.

The cybersecurity expert listed six major scam scenarios you may encounter while online shopping. The first one is “your order has been canceled.” Markuson explained: “These scams can go as far as to say, ‘Sorry, we are out of stock, and your order has been canceled. To claim your refund, please click here.’ Once the victim clicks on the link, they are asked to enter the details of the credit card to which they want to receive the refund and end up with their bank account being wiped out.”

#4

My Family Recently Moved To Florida So I Wanted To Protect Them From The Sun

My Family Recently Moved To Florida So I Wanted To Protect Them From The Sun

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ElenaK
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7 months ago

Actually, to be fair, even the model is holding the hat to stay in place.

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#5

Sometimes You Don’t Expect A Lot From Aliexpress But Dammit

Sometimes You Don’t Expect A Lot From Aliexpress But Dammit

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Troux
Community Member
7 months ago

Bear Jordans

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#6

Thanks To This Woman’s Amazon Review I Promptly Removed This Dress From My Cart

Thanks To This Woman’s Amazon Review I Promptly Removed This Dress From My Cart

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Chris Lehr
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7 months ago

Look into my eyes, look into my eyes, don’t look around the eyes, your under…

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Another threat is lookalike pages. “Amazoŋ.com, eday.com, googIe.comv — most users do not spot the discrepancies in the address bar as long as the website design looks legitimate,” he warned and added that they process the payment for the items in their shopping cart and end up being robbed.

Renewing your membership for the purchases you’ve made is another common scam online buyers should be aware of. “Once you’ve finished with your purchases, scammers will send you an email claiming that your Amazon Prime subscription payment is due and the discount cannot be applied. So if you want your items to get delivered, you have to renew the subscription. Ultimately, the victim gets tricked into disclosing their bank details,” Markuson explained.

#7

Ordered A Gromit Coffee Mug Online

Ordered A Gromit Coffee Mug Online

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Who Panda 420
Community Member
7 months ago

Took me a minute

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#8

My Son Turned 1 Yesterday. This Was The Topper To His Space Themed Cake. Left Is What We Ordered, Right Is What We Got

My Son Turned 1 Yesterday. This Was The Topper To His Space Themed Cake. Left Is What We Ordered, Right Is What We Got

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Troux
Community Member
7 months ago

That's definitely Louie Anderson on the right. RIP, Louie.

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#9

For My Son’s 1st Birthday, I Give You The Cake We Ordered And The Cake We Got

For My Son’s 1st Birthday, I Give You The Cake We Ordered And The Cake We Got

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
7 months ago

This is just pure lazy. Nearly anyone could have done this one right!

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If a website requires you to download an app, you are likely getting scammed. Imagine you're about to make an online purchase. “Suddenly you're informed that the only way you can grab this ‘exclusive deal’ is to purchase through the app. In reality, you're being directed to download a fraudulent app run by hackers that has been primed to steal your payment information. Interestingly, most of these fake apps also appear in legitimate app stores, according to research by RiskIQ.

Also, watch out if an e-commerce website claims that there’s a delivery issue with your purchase. “Scammers will send bulk emails to Amazon users that claim to be from UPS, FedEx, or Amazon itself. They might read something like this: ‘We're sorry, but your package couldn't be shipped. Please click here to re-arrange delivery or update your method of payment.’” But as soon as you enter payment details, well, you can guess who'll be cashing in, Markuson warned.

#10

Op Ordered The Left Painting From An Instagram "Artist" Who Then Blocked Them After Delivery

Op Ordered The Left Painting From An Instagram "Artist" Who Then Blocked Them After Delivery

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Mii
Community Member
7 months ago

Look at the teeth XD

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#11

It's A Scam

It's A Scam

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GoddessOfChaos
Community Member
7 months ago

The one on the right looks like arts and crafts gone wrong

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#12

(Found) This Mask From Wish

(Found) This Mask From Wish

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October
Community Member
7 months ago

The original is clearly pure photoshop. What did she expect?

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Another common scam involves free gift cards, winning a loaded gift card from big retailers. The terms often require you to enter a grab bag or text a random code to 7792, for example. To a bargain shopper, it's too good to pass up. In reality, your details will be collected, your device could be infected with malware, and the scam could be sent to your entire address book.”

#13

I Paid $65 For A Cake That Wasn't Even Worth It

I Paid $65 For A Cake That Wasn't Even Worth It

I hate to even have to do this but I want to warn people.  
She refused to do anything about it. They don't even look close or anything.

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Troux
Community Member
7 months ago

The Stitch/Gremlins crossover nobody asked for.

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#14

So My Mom Ordered A Memorial Day Wreath For My Grandpa, Who Is A Vietnam Vet

So My Mom Ordered A Memorial Day Wreath For My Grandpa, Who Is A Vietnam Vet

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Stephanie Parker
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

It's cute (edit. Me saying it's cute was no way intended to disrespect vets. As a British person I just saw the bottom image and thought it was a cute rubber ring and did not look closely at the object it's supposed to resemble)

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#15

My Friend Ordered This Rug Online. She Got This Instead, Whatever It Is

My Friend Ordered This Rug Online. She Got This Instead, Whatever It Is

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Aubrie Allen
Community Member
7 months ago

People really need to check sizes, especially when ordering from sites like Wish.

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There are a few things everyone who’s shopping online should know before making a purchase. “An address of a safe website should start with “https://.” The letter S stands for “secure,” Markuson said. “Also, look for a padlock symbol in the address bar next to the website address. It means the connection is secure and no one can read or modify the data that travels between you and the website you’re visiting,” he added.

#16

When You Order Your Halloween Costume From Wish. I Ordered Freddie. Think I Got His Cousin Eddie

When You Order Your Halloween Costume From Wish. I Ordered Freddie. Think I Got His Cousin Eddie

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Stephanie Parker
Community Member
7 months ago

Baconface

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#17

Make Sure You Order From The Grown-Ups' Section

Make Sure You Order From The Grown-Ups' Section

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Lisa Pieters
Community Member
7 months ago

Why would someone buy tights thinking it's a shoe size? I don't know if it's different in other countries but we buy according to S,M,L,XL and so forth

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#18

Oh, The Joys Of Ordering Online

Oh, The Joys Of Ordering Online

Two different colors, two different sizes, and both are left shoes. Lovely!

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Anthony Cerreta
Community Member
7 months ago

I guess they “left” you disappointed?

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The most common signs of an unsafe online shop or a website are the following: “The website has grammar mistakes; The design looks odd and the website structure is messy; The visuals are not high-quality; The deals are too good to be true; The website URL begins with HTTP, not HTTPS.”

The first thing you should do if you suspect you have just been scammed after paying money for an item on a scam website is to contact your bank, Markuson says. “If you made a payment with a debit or credit card, you may be able to ask your bank to help get your money back through what's called a chargeback. You can also try contacting the police if the amount of money you lost to a scam is significant,” he said.

#19

Ordered A Tool From Amazon. They Sent Me A Bag With Nothing In It. Wish I Could Make This Up

Ordered A Tool From Amazon. They Sent Me A Bag With Nothing In It. Wish I Could Make This Up

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Susan Bosse
Community Member
7 months ago

I've received one of those before. So weird and dumb.

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#20

TIL To Check Gifts I Order Online Before Giving Them Away - I Ordered A Game Of Thrones Scarf

TIL To Check Gifts I Order Online Before Giving Them Away - I Ordered A Game Of Thrones Scarf

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Cadena Norton
Community Member
7 months ago

Hee he

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#21

My Sister Ordered A Face Mask From Amazon (Left) And The Photo On The Right Is What She Received

My Sister Ordered A Face Mask From Amazon (Left) And The Photo On The Right Is What She Received

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User# 6
Community Member
7 months ago

To be honest, I wouldn't even be disappointed.

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#22

What Was Ordered Versus What I Just Received In The Mail Today

What Was Ordered Versus What I Just Received In The Mail Today

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Ruby
Community Member
7 months ago

The orginial dolls are made by Gakmancreatures, they make unique dolls/limited supply

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#23

So I Ordered Feminine Products Off Amazon And Received Inflatable Basketballs Instead

So I Ordered Feminine Products Off Amazon And Received Inflatable Basketballs Instead

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Who Panda 420
Community Member
7 months ago

Well at least they're reusable

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#24

Amazon Shipped Me An Empty Stick Of Deodorant

Amazon Shipped Me An Empty Stick Of Deodorant

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Who Panda 420
Community Member
7 months ago

Don't sweat it.

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#25

Ordered 100 "Empty" Nintendo DS Cases And Got 100 Copies Of Jonas

Ordered 100 "Empty" Nintendo DS Cases And Got 100 Copies Of Jonas

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karla Meixnerová
Community Member
7 months ago

Well, thorw away the CD with Jonas brothers (what else than this) and you have empty cases. Problem solved :)

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#26

So I Ordered Some Popcorn From Amazon. Always Check The Size First

So I Ordered Some Popcorn From Amazon. Always Check The Size First

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Troux
Community Member
7 months ago

Still 1 serving.

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#27

I Ordered 3 Hard Drives From Amazon And They Sent Me 3 Cases Instead

I Ordered 3 Hard Drives From Amazon And They Sent Me 3 Cases Instead

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Cadena Norton
Community Member
7 months ago

Hey as long as they only charged u for 3 that's a hell of a win

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#28

I Can’t Believe It

I Can’t Believe It

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Stephanie Parker
Community Member
7 months ago

Ah those mirrors for the ant in your life

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#29

I Ordered 1 Lbs Of Green Beans Online And Got 1 Very Lonely Green Bean

I Ordered 1 Lbs Of Green Beans Online And Got 1 Very Lonely Green Bean

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Firstname Lastname
Community Member
7 months ago

That must be one heavy bean.

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#30

Amazon Sent Me 4 Copies Of The Aristocats. I Ordered 0

Amazon Sent Me 4 Copies Of The Aristocats. I Ordered 0

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Lys Chen
Community Member
7 months ago

It´s a hint! You should really watch that :D

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#31

My New Bath Mat Finally Arrived

My New Bath Mat Finally Arrived

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The Penguin Bandit
Community Member
7 months ago

Factory workers were taking full advantage to boost productivity numbers the day quality control called in sick

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#32

I Cannot Stop Laughing At This Amazon Review

I Cannot Stop Laughing At This Amazon Review

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Thomas Stead
Community Member
7 months ago

lol

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#33

£76 Bouquet

£76 Bouquet

They said they had accidentally sent the "small" version of the bouquet (which doesn't exist on their website). They offered a re-delivery of the "correct large size" or q voucher for the cost plus £10 extra. I asked for a full refund. Why would I want the bigger version of a terrible bouquet and why would I trust them for future purchases. They didn't argue.

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
7 months ago

Always check to see how many blooms are promised per bouquet. I've never had any website flower arrangement be as impressive as the photo.

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#34

Ordered A “Rose Apothecary” Sweater From Etsy For My Fiancé. This Came Instead. We’re Both Double Vaxxed And Healthcare Workers

Ordered A “Rose Apothecary” Sweater From Etsy For My Fiancé. This Came Instead. We’re Both Double Vaxxed And Healthcare Workers

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The Penguin Bandit
Community Member
7 months ago

Just paint "dead" below the rest of the words. Fixed it.

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#35

Ordered A Pot/Pan Set Off Amazon After Recently Moving. Beware Super Low Prices On Kitchenware

Ordered A Pot/Pan Set Off Amazon After Recently Moving. Beware Super Low Prices On Kitchenware

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Who Panda 420
Community Member
7 months ago

Great egg pan

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#36

It’s -35 Today Here In Canada. I Needed Warm Winter Boots. What I Ordered vs. What I Got

It’s -35 Today Here In Canada. I Needed Warm Winter Boots. What I Ordered vs. What I Got

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Stephanie Parker
Community Member
7 months ago

If they were adult sized I'd love those Dino booties

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#37

Whiskey Advent Calendar

Whiskey Advent Calendar

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Who Panda 420
Community Member
7 months ago

You would need a drink after receiving this

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#38

My Wife Just Got This Huge Banner For Work. Perfect

My Wife Just Got This Huge Banner For Work. Perfect

She’s ordered from the same place before and sent them the same file type as before.

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GeeGee
Community Member
7 months ago

One job

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#39

Heavy-Duty Combat Boots

Heavy-Duty Combat Boots

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MellonCollie
Community Member
7 months ago

Ken would love them ;-)

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#40

Customer Bought Wheels And Tires Online, After Advising Multiple Times That The Tires Are Too Small For His SUV He Insisted For Us To Put Them On

Customer Bought Wheels And Tires Online, After Advising Multiple Times That The Tires Are Too Small For His SUV He Insisted For Us To Put Them On

TireSize: 225/45/17

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ᴠᴀ̈ɪɴᴏ
Community Member
7 months ago

LOOKS LIKE A TOY TIRE

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#41

The Cat Tree My Mum Ordered vs. What She Received

The Cat Tree My Mum Ordered vs. What She Received

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Who Panda 420
Community Member
7 months ago

Well to be honest they'll probably be happier with the box

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#42

Two Baskets I Ordered From Amazon

Two Baskets I Ordered From Amazon

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ᴠᴀ̈ɪɴᴏ
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7 months ago (edited)

Well atleast they're complimenting you 😂

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#43

When You Order A Spooky Shark Costume Online

When You Order A Spooky Shark Costume Online

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Schlay van Gay
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7 months ago

...it DOES look spooky, though.

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#44

Was Super Excited For This Replica Glove (You Can Take It Out & Wear It). What I Got. Even In A Broken Frame

Was Super Excited For This Replica Glove (You Can Take It Out & Wear It). What I Got. Even In A Broken Frame

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Who Panda 420
Community Member
7 months ago

I'm wondering what the price on a lot of these items were. In my experience if it sounds too good to be true it is.

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#45

When You Order Clothes On Amazon

When You Order Clothes On Amazon

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Chris B
Community Member
7 months ago

It still looks cute on her.

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#46

My Buddy Ordered Some New Dice And Forgot To Check The Size

My Buddy Ordered Some New Dice And Forgot To Check The Size

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Chris Pool
Community Member
7 months ago

Ordering something online is always a gamble.

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#47

Axolotl Arrived In The Mail

Axolotl Arrived In The Mail

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Stephanie Parker
Community Member
7 months ago

AxoNotl

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#48

The New Bathroom Rug I Ordered Online vs. The Actual Rug I Received In The Mail. I'd Say Something Is Wrong Here

The New Bathroom Rug I Ordered Online vs. The Actual Rug I Received In The Mail. I'd Say Something Is Wrong Here

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Stephanie Parker
Community Member
7 months ago

Don't trust these items that have the same item photoshopped in many different colour varieties

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#49

I Ordered Three Collars From An Online Seller For My Cat, But When The Package Finally Arrived It Contained Two Bottles Of Ivermectin

I Ordered Three Collars From An Online Seller For My Cat, But When The Package Finally Arrived It Contained Two Bottles Of Ivermectin

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The Penguin Bandit
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh snap, black market to anti-vaxxers, here I come!

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#50

First Time I Ordered Shoes Online

First Time I Ordered Shoes Online

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Bellala
Community Member
7 months ago

Buy 2 get 1

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