Shopping online is fun, easy, and thus, kinda addictive. Being one click away from the miscellaneous sea of goodies is surely a pleasant feeling, but look, we’re not kids anymore.

How many times have you told yourself to read the descriptions, to never underestimate the inkling of doubt if the items look too good to be true, and think before adding something to the basket? Because let’s be honest, that cool prom dress for $5 made you look like a herring under a fur coat and thank god, you got rid of that cursed pic ‘cause you wouldn’t make it through seeing it again.

But who wouldn’t like to learn from the mistakes of others? Bored Panda has compiled a list of hilarious online bargain fails, proving that sometimes we’re all better off in the mall. With loud music and way too bright lights that sizzle your eyes, we at least know what we sign up for. If this post wasn’t enough of a reality check, check out our previous posts on people who deeply regret their online purchases here, here, and here.

#1

Thanks, I Hate The Wolf Pack

Thanks, I Hate The Wolf Pack

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DancingToMyself
Community Member
5 months ago

Who would even order something like that?!

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#2

I Ordered Wrapping Paper Online, There Was A Mistake And Now I Have A Massive Poster Of My Face, I'm Not Even Mad

I Ordered Wrapping Paper Online, There Was A Mistake And Now I Have A Massive Poster Of My Face, I'm Not Even Mad

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DancingToMyself
Community Member
5 months ago

That's the spirit.

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#3

Be Sure To Always Check The Size When Ordering Treats

Be Sure To Always Check The Size When Ordering Treats

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Rohan Moran
Community Member
5 months ago

It's still going to give it a go lol, I've never known a dog to give 2 shits about how big something is in relation to itself!

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We’ve all been there. Okay, I have. I promised myself not to step on the same rake twice but boy, those online deals just got me big time. But it doesn’t mean feeling disappointed after opening up your freshly delivered package is fine. And there are things to be done about it.

First, whatever you buy, always check the return policy on every website. Be sure you will be able to return the item if you’re not happy with it and unfortunately, not all online shops allow it.

The other tip is simply to buy from trustable websites. Make sure it has previous reviews, a nice customer service team, and contact numbers to talk to in case something goes against the plan.

#4

My Sister Ordered Cupcakes For My Engagement Party Yesterday. Sent Walmart Bakery The Pic On The Left. Instead Of A Ring, Apparently I Said Yes To A Silver Toilet Seat

My Sister Ordered Cupcakes For My Engagement Party Yesterday. Sent Walmart Bakery The Pic On The Left. Instead Of A Ring, Apparently I Said Yes To A Silver Toilet Seat

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Ben Smith
Community Member
5 months ago

Wal-Mart... enough said

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#5

What I Ordered vs. What I Received

What I Ordered vs. What I Received

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Gemjoybug
Community Member
5 months ago

But quite fumny

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#6

I Know He's A Big Cat, That's Why I Ordered The Large Size

I Know He's A Big Cat, That's Why I Ordered The Large Size

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Dianna Siever
Community Member
5 months ago

He seemed to like it. Just give him the box 😆

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Lastly, never underestimate the importance of the description. I know it’s boring, but in the world of online shopping, god is in the details. And the actual size of that awesome chair you’ve been looking for ages is in the brackets of the first paragraph.

#7

When You Think You’re Being Discreet Buying Toys Online

When You Think You’re Being Discreet Buying Toys Online

OC from my sister who allowed me to share her embarrassment with the world.

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
5 months ago

Always by in country. Problem solved.

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#8

Today My Wife Received A Book Via USPS That She Ordered 10 Years Ago

Today My Wife Received A Book Via USPS That She Ordered 10 Years Ago

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Rohan Moran
Community Member
5 months ago

I don't even understand how something was in the system for that long...did the retailer forget to send the item? Because a parcel being in UPS's system for a few months would just get returned to the sender...even if it was lost, surely they must sort through lost/missing parcels every year at some point. I don't even understand how a parcel missing for a decade could even happen...

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#9

Expectation vs. Reality After A 6-Month Back Order From West Elm

Expectation vs. Reality After A 6-Month Back Order From West Elm

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

OMG that is atrocious.

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#10

What Could Go Wrong If I Order My Dress On Aliexpress

What Could Go Wrong If I Order My Dress On Aliexpress

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
5 months ago

That’s some difference! It looks like a bin bag.

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#11

This Pennywise Halloween Costume

This Pennywise Halloween Costume

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Shelp
Community Member
5 months ago

Well, it looks pretty terrifying to me

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#12

Online Shopping Always Amazes Me

Online Shopping Always Amazes Me

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
5 months ago

For people with a laaaarge head

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#13

Don't Buy Veneers Online

Don't Buy Veneers Online

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Bored Alchemist
Community Member
5 months ago

The more I stare at the picture, the funnier it gets XD

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#14

This Large Wall Tapestry My Best Friend Bought Me vs. What Actually Came

This Large Wall Tapestry My Best Friend Bought Me vs. What Actually Came

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks good on him though.

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#15

Mini Wet Wipes

Mini Wet Wipes

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elia 84631
Community Member
5 months ago

perfect for Plankton

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#16

That Face Just Tells You - You Got Trolled

That Face Just Tells You - You Got Trolled

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

That bulbasaur has been up to things.

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#17

My Boyfriend Ordered A Pair Of Socks That Didn't Come Out As Hoped (The Right Side Is Him, That's What We Expected). We Have No Idea Who The Other Guy Is

My Boyfriend Ordered A Pair Of Socks That Didn't Come Out As Hoped (The Right Side Is Him, That's What We Expected). We Have No Idea Who The Other Guy Is

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
5 months ago

the guy on the left side socks is probably in the same predicament

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#18

My Friend Ordered A T-Shirt Online And I've Been Crying With Laughter For 3 Days Over The Result

My Friend Ordered A T-Shirt Online And I've Been Crying With Laughter For 3 Days Over The Result

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Melissa Wong
Community Member
5 months ago

Second one is leagues better.

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#19

An Air Freshener Sold On Facebook. It’s A Literal Scam

An Air Freshener Sold On Facebook. It’s A Literal Scam

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Adam C
Community Member
5 months ago

Placebo

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#20

Thanks, Amazon

Thanks, Amazon

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Tiari
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

You probably should have read the description...

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#21

My Wife Gets Wine Drunk And Orders Stuff From Instagram Ads. She Ordered This Cactus Cat Scratcher And Two Months Later She Received Just A Bag Of Rope With No Instructions, Or Wood, Or Packing Slip

My Wife Gets Wine Drunk And Orders Stuff From Instagram Ads. She Ordered This Cactus Cat Scratcher And Two Months Later She Received Just A Bag Of Rope With No Instructions, Or Wood, Or Packing Slip

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Gemjoybug
Community Member
5 months ago

It's a puzzle, from drunk self to future self!!

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#22

It Took Almost A Month To Get This Mess And I Paid For Two Different Dresses And Only Received This Atrocity

It Took Almost A Month To Get This Mess And I Paid For Two Different Dresses And Only Received This Atrocity

This is me, looking like a whale at 26 weeks pregnant and only 150 lbs. Also, one day away from my maternity photo shoot and stuck with this disaster! Please beware of Lukalula Maternity.

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Id row
Community Member
5 months ago

Stop ordering dresses from China.

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#23

Never Buy Anything Even If It Looks Legit

Never Buy Anything Even If It Looks Legit

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Nathan Jones
Community Member
5 months ago

This is fake, it's 2 shower heads

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#24

"Medium Weight Knit Sweater" Is Nothing More Than A Print On Thin Paper Like Mesh

"Medium Weight Knit Sweater" Is Nothing More Than A Print On Thin Paper Like Mesh

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Little Wonder
Community Member
5 months ago

Holy crap that's dodgy.

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#25

My Girlfriend And A Group Of Her Friends Decided To Order A $150 Rug As A Birthday Gift For A Friend. The Rug Arrived Today, And It Seems No One Bothered To Check The Size

My Girlfriend And A Group Of Her Friends Decided To Order A $150 Rug As A Birthday Gift For A Friend. The Rug Arrived Today, And It Seems No One Bothered To Check The Size

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

THAT was a $150, geez louise.

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#26

Ordering A Silicone Mask Online. What Could Go Wrong

Ordering A Silicone Mask Online. What Could Go Wrong

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
5 months ago

This remind me of Mrs Doubtfire when he drops the mask out of the window and it gets run over by a truck.

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#27

This Winter Hat I Ordered On Wish vs. The One I Received

This Winter Hat I Ordered On Wish vs. The One I Received

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Daria B
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Looks like a kidnapping tool.

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#28

Bruhhh

Bruhhh

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
5 months ago

Toxic Avenger!

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#29

From The Company's Facebook

From The Company's Facebook

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StrawberryParfait
Community Member
5 months ago

Unless you're ordering from an actual department store, don't just order dresses from any shady site online. This is far too common.

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#30

We're Not Sure Where The Buyer Found This One, But Apparently, Dog Size Is The New X-Large

We're Not Sure Where The Buyer Found This One, But Apparently, Dog Size Is The New X-Large

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MiriPanda
Community Member
5 months ago

Even the dog looks unhappy.

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#31

My Partner Was So Happy She Found A Specific Vinyl For £2.50 On Ebay. Turns Out It’s For A Doll's House

My Partner Was So Happy She Found A Specific Vinyl For £2.50 On Ebay. Turns Out It’s For A Doll's House

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
5 months ago

Still a cool think to have in a dolls house.

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#32

A Bit Disappointing

A Bit Disappointing

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Laura Jones
Community Member
5 months ago

might as well sleep in the forest

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#33

Saved For Months, Bought An $850 Laptop Online, Waited 1.5 Weeks For Shipping, And It Ended Up Being 3 Jugs Of Walmart Brand Juice Instead

Saved For Months, Bought An $850 Laptop Online, Waited 1.5 Weeks For Shipping, And It Ended Up Being 3 Jugs Of Walmart Brand Juice Instead

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

Hope you paid with Paypal and got your money back.

Haunting Spirit
Community Member
5 months ago

That's why in the Netherlands there is an online 2nd hand goods site where the money is transferred to the seller after the buyer confirms they received what they ordered.

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Kelly Gore
Community Member
5 months ago

Was it Apple?

Me_thecrazycatlady
Community Member
5 months ago

This deserves top comment for real.

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MRS FLASHMAN
Community Member
5 months ago

My brother bought 2 flat screen TV's from a guy at Home Depot parking lot dressed in Best Buy uniform, the TV's were shrink wrapped and came with remotes etc...He got them home and they were OVEN DOORS, I never laughed so hard in my life! - Sorry for you though.

Max L.
Community Member
5 months ago

How can this still happen, we call them the brick scam.

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Id row
Community Member
5 months ago

I hate to pile on the bad news, but I don't think that's juice, lol.

Ben Smith
Community Member
5 months ago

Probably was a laptop and it got stolen during shipping

Molly A. Block
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow, someone in the shipping department knew just what they were doing when they scammed you! Those 3 bottles weigh about the right amount.....and that box is just about the right size. Maybe if it wasn't done at walmart, then whoever was delivering it switched your laptop out for these bottles. Someone knew what they were doing. So sorry this happened to you!

BeazleBug
Community Member
5 months ago

This happens all the time too. A Wal-mart employee has a new laptop and you have stuff from the returns bin.

Lil’ Twister
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Holy cow! Hope you got money back! There are reputable places to buy laptops that I know of... If in United States, Best Buy is one of them. Brought a refurbished monster from Best Buy few weeks ago

Briana Naomi
Community Member
5 months ago

like I said, I feel like I am the only one who buys stuff online and actually gets EXACTLY what the picture showed and what I expected.

Rick
Community Member
5 months ago

If you’ve saved 850$ either go in store and buy (pre-covid) or directly from an official website (and by that I don’t mean Amazon or EBay).

Slavka Damaskova
Community Member
5 months ago

You got an Apple product. Apple juice

JessG
Community Member
5 months ago

There's no way 3 big jugs of juice weigh anywhere near a laptop

Jessica Cole
Community Member
5 months ago

As someone who's worked at both Target and Walmart Distribution centers this doesn't surprise me a bit

Zophra
Community Member
5 months ago

so close....

Mimi777
Community Member
5 months ago

What if someone shady got the laptop the first time then kept it and returned apple juice in its place and taped the box back up and then staff didn’t bother to open it and check. Worked in retail for many years. It happened to us once

Dawn Duval
Community Member
5 months ago

The shop I work in you are suppose to check all returns. You’d be amazed at what people try to get away with. One time we had a woman trying to bring back scales but the ones in the box didn’t even fit as they were the wrong ones. She threw such a tantrum ‘why won’t you refund me?’ After we’ve told her twenty times they’re not right ones. You’d think after being caught out they’d slink off.

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Michelle Line
Community Member
5 months ago

Only order from reputable online stores. Computers? TigerDirect and NewEgg. Both rock-solid. I've ordered from both many many times.

Houssem Hammami
Community Member
5 months ago

I bought a shaving machine once online and they sent me a used one, never going to buy any electronics online ever again, I'll go grab it on the spot, 850$ ouch that hurts man

Billie Atkins
Community Member
4 months ago

I don't even want to know.

Tugg Ster
Community Member
4 months ago

PayPal has always refunded me money when I used them.

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
4 months ago

Take legal actions asap

Rikke Hackner
Community Member
4 months ago

You got seriously scammed. Did you get your money back?

George Hudacko
Community Member
4 months ago

Coould'a been at least wine!

Fran Stateler
Community Member
4 months ago

Time to call in the Feds.

Joyce Brazel
Community Member
4 months ago

That had to be a mistake in shipping.

Michelle Smiles
Community Member
4 months ago

Hope you got your money back and made a complaint. This is why I trust nothing on line

nala simba
Community Member
4 months ago

Outrageous.

Laurie Ostergaard-Overbey
Community Member
4 months ago

and damaged to boot!

Anja Schmidt
Community Member
4 months ago

thats so poor! They didn´t even try to be creative ... they cannot imagine, what they do to people who are in need to buy used products. this sucks so much ... why didn´t the customs office didn´t hear the bubbling liquid ???

Donald Holder
Community Member
4 months ago

Now this is just plain criminal. I hope you contacted the FBI.

Curious Cat
Community Member
4 months ago

hope that was Apple juice and not U*ine.

Laura Crawley
Community Member
4 months ago

The employee who got your laptop is so happy!

Amelia Earhart
Community Member
5 months ago

Thief in the mail sorting room!!!

Truth Monster
Community Member
5 months ago

That's a Walmart box. A possible scenario is that someone returned a "laptop" to Wal-Mart for a refund, the customer service people didn't check it, and it was reshelved as a laptop. It happens more than you'd think.

Denny Cwiek
Community Member
5 months ago

This is why I always order through Paypal, even if the money is coming directly out of my checking account!

rachel carter
Community Member
5 months ago

Hope they refunded you per that the S.O.Bs got charged

arjelio mas
Community Member
5 months ago

Ain't buyin' it. This is fake.

Anna Turner
Community Member
5 months ago

That sucks!

MissyTheUniverse
Community Member
5 months ago

Just don't drink it.

Zulma Ruiz
Community Member
5 months ago

I do not understand why the scamers still bother to send the package, it would be more honest for them to do the robbery only and not double-disappoint the buyer.

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
5 months ago

You got juiced.

Bettye McKee
Community Member
5 months ago

How is juice related to a laptop?

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
5 months ago

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And why didn't you go through a legitimate retailer? Cheap. That' s why.

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#34

I Bought This Night King Mask On eBay

I Bought This Night King Mask On eBay

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
5 months ago

Groot after a heavy drinking session.

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#35

Since Prom Is Coming Up Make Sure That You Don't Order Your Dress Online

Since Prom Is Coming Up Make Sure That You Don't Order Your Dress Online

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Chora Deane
Community Member
5 months ago

Well now there won't even be a prom sooooooo

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#36

I Ain‘T Even Mad

I Ain‘T Even Mad

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M O'Connell
Community Member
5 months ago

I kinda want one that says Black Sammich instead

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#37

My Mom Panic Bought Toilet Paper Off Amazon Back In March. Cost Twice As Much And Got Here Yesterday

My Mom Panic Bought Toilet Paper Off Amazon Back In March. Cost Twice As Much And Got Here Yesterday

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
5 months ago

Only twice as much? The rolls seem to have about a third of the thickness in paper around them, so that's about 1/8th of the leaves of your normal roll.

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#38

My Targeted Facebook Ad Purchase Was A Real Let Down

My Targeted Facebook Ad Purchase Was A Real Let Down

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Ben Smith
Community Member
5 months ago

Shocker...

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#39

Did Someone Get Hungry Before They Shipped It

Did Someone Get Hungry Before They Shipped It

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
5 months ago

product may settle in transit ;-)

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#40

Bought This “Gown” For A Ball And Was Super Excited That It Arrived On Time Because I Wasn’t Expecting It To

Bought This “Gown” For A Ball And Was Super Excited That It Arrived On Time Because I Wasn’t Expecting It To

But apparently I’m one of the few people who didn’t realise the advertised photo was in fact a very expensive bridal gown.

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Kate
Community Member
5 months ago

I truly do not get people who get scammed by these dress sellers. If they're selling something that looks like it would ordinarily cost thousands of dollars for a few hundred dollars (or often even less), odds are you're not getting the product you think you are, because they likely stole the photo.

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