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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 months ago

Placebo

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#20

Thanks, Amazon

Thanks, Amazon

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Tiari
Community Member
4 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

SimpleFloyd Report

Gemjoybug
Community Member
4 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.

KnockoffNightmares Report

Id row
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 months ago

Holy crap that's dodgy.

Julia Atkinson
Community Member
4 months ago

The original photo was almost certainly stolen from somewhere, probably Pinterest. Always do a reverse image search before ordering suspiciously cheap clothes online. Floryday is a repeat offender.

Amelia Earhart
Community Member
4 months ago

Nah, I've seen it for sale on FB, in those one minute ads on the right.

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Michelle Line
Community Member
4 months ago

I ordered from Annie Clothe earlier this year. Do NOT order from them. I haven't worn a single item they sent.

Holly Jensen OBrien
Community Member
3 months ago

Exactly! I ordered that exact sweater...it's beautiful. received a POS shirt

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ShareMusic
Community Member
4 months ago

Last December I ordered a sequined t-shirt. Got a t-shirt with a photo of sequins printed on it.

Cristina Sacchi
Community Member
4 months ago

The first one is actually crochet.

Vinniegret
Community Member
3 months ago

Must have come from one of those Chinese phony companies like Nora Cora. There are dozens of them with flashy ads and junky products and ridiculous return policies.

Megan Brady
Community Member
4 months ago

I kind of like it lol

Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
4 months ago

Eww that right one looks like it would itch and burn you in the heat. Cheap material is cheap.

Kim Luensmann
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow! And I really liked that sweater!

Gail Nicholson
Community Member
3 months ago

I feel your pain, having just fallen prey to a similar knock-off scam site. Am hoping to get the money back through PayPal...

Lisa Vaughan
Community Member
3 months ago

Ordered from Nora Cora....everything looked like it came out of Party City for kids; took months to receive entire order; tossed and donated what might be salvageable. Lesson learned. They scam real photos and give you total junk

Rhys Cernunnos
Community Member
3 months ago

If the price tag seems too good to be true... guess what... it is.

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
3 months ago

Ordered from where ??? we need to know.

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
3 months ago

Sorry, went back and saw......

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Mohra Taylor
Community Member
3 months ago

Don’t go near an open flame!

Ninja Nonna
Community Member
3 months ago

Shocking!

Fran Stateler
Community Member
3 months ago

Especially since the one the model is wearing is a real sweater.

Mike Colbrunn
Community Member
3 months ago

I too ordered that!

Karen Burkman
Community Member
3 months ago

Omg I ordered that same thing!!! It’s advertised as a sweater but is paper thin. I ordered 4x and it barely fit friend who wears large.

Joyce Brazel
Community Member
3 months ago

What a rip that one was!

Wendy Taylor
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow! That's terrible!

nala simba
Community Member
3 months ago

J-Cloth?

Donald Holder
Community Member
3 months ago

Doesn't false advertising laws apply to the internet?

Sandy J Renfroe
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh.

Holly Jensen OBrien
Community Member
3 months ago

OMFG! I ordered two of those beautiful cardigans from Annie Cloth! DO NOT PURCHASE FROM THEM. What I received were 2 cheap shirts and my dispute was refused as I received "something." NOT the beautiful sweater, just 2 really cheap shirts that went into the trash. F Paypal

Steve Cruz
Community Member
3 months ago

Buy with a credit card or PayPal -- then claw back the money from the scam.

Anja Schmidt
Community Member
3 months ago

see it like this: you can wear it for playing basketball, too XD

Jane Dorothy Warner
Community Member
3 months ago

Now that is really peculiar. Get some wool and use it as a tapestry base?

CR Harvey
Community Member
3 months ago

I would have a freaking fit.

Amelia Earhart
Community Member
4 months ago

Who could tell...

Bettye McKee
Community Member
4 months ago

The top left one is not knit, it's crochet. That might be a red flag.

Anna Turner
Community Member
4 months ago

One snag and it's over! The whole sweater unravels, I think it's only made with 1 thread

Cindy Crowell
Community Member
4 months ago

same here- I ordered some cool multi-layered ripped fleece pants but received A LOW RES PICTURE OF THAT ITEM printed on the cheapest stretch fabric. awful. this FB group keeps a list of known scam sites. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=919162005106097&id=775586182797014&ref=page_internal

Lillukka79
Community Member
4 months ago

First clue was the knit sweater, that's crochet.

Denise Wolff
Community Member
4 months ago

You just saved me money. I almost ordered from them.

Mimi777
Community Member
4 months ago

The original is really pretty.

Sabse
Community Member
4 months ago

Wish?

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
4 months ago

I got denim leggings that were the same way. I use them for pajama pants now.

Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

So much lying.

Molly A. Block
Community Member
4 months ago

Well, I'll say it: It's quite ugly, either way.

Aunt Messy
Community Member
4 months ago

This is your punishment for ordering the ugliest sweater in the world.

What's In Your Head?
Community Member
4 months ago

Haha, I'd buy it, it's lovely! The "expectation" one, that is. XD

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
4 months ago

But I'm sure it conforms with all safety standards, and hasn't employed kids to make.

Alyce Batta
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

OMG..thought I was the only sucker who fell for this one...paper thin mesh cloth ..no sweater..cheaters...

I don't think so...
Community Member
4 months ago

From China?

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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
4 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
4 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
4 months ago (edited)

Looks like a kidnapping tool.

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#28

Bruhhh

Bruhhh

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
4 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
4 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

KnockoffNightmares Report

MiriPanda
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 months ago

Hope you paid with Paypal and got your money back.

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#34

I Bought This Night King Mask On eBay

I Bought This Night King Mask On eBay

Malibutwo Report

Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
4 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

Morgan_Morris29 Report

Chora Deane
Community Member
4 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
4 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

littletrashpanda77 Report

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 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.

KnockoffNightmares Report

Kate
Community Member
4 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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