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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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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carebear
Community Member
1 month ago

Never order anything on AliExpress is the rule of thumb.

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#11

This Pennywise Halloween Costume

This Pennywise Halloween Costume

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Shelp
Community Member
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

Placebo

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#20

Thanks, Amazon

Thanks, Amazon

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Tiari
Community Member
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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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carebear
Community Member
1 month ago

Never buy anything on Wish!

Peter Bear
Community Member
1 month ago

I've actually had very good luck with Wish. It all depends on what you order, and for deity's sake PAY ATTENTION to the measurements they give you in the description. Millimeters are not inches, people!

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Nathan Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

This is fake, it's 2 shower heads

Sevenarwen
Community Member
1 month ago

Aw... even I order the wrong size sometimes...

grills
Community Member
1 month ago

2 shower heads maybe ?

NotYourMama
Community Member
1 month ago

Fake.

Dana Dara
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s wish... what did you think?

Yaz Cam
Community Member
1 month ago

Wish is full of scammers!

Ben Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

This is a joke

Mr. J's Girl
Community Member
1 month ago

You got two new shower heads though!

DancingToMyself
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, come on!

Josephina Minutolo
Community Member
1 month ago

This is a bogus picture.. this did not happen

Craig Silberman
Community Member
1 month ago

the guy with the giant head wearing the wall hanging could use those!

Peet
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't believe this...

Busaina Mahira
Community Member
1 month ago

it looks like 2 goddamn shower heads

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 month ago

I recently bought some things on Wish. I mean, you get what you pay for.

Houssem Hammami
Community Member
1 month ago

it always surprises me how many immoral people are out there

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Hahaha omg, this is funny.

Pascale Pierloot
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh Grandma, what big ears you have!

Jen Gearhart
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I haven't had any problems with Wish. Of course, the stuff I've ordered was supposed to be cheap. An elven brooch and the "one ring" from Lord of the Rings for my kids Halloween costume. The costume for me didn't fit right, but it's hard to find anything that fits me correctly, so I can't really blame them for that.

Tugg Ster
Community Member
1 month ago

Wish is the absolute WORST!! Scam masters!!!

Bill Lee
Community Member
1 month ago

That is a shower head...... i think.

Eric Lougy
Community Member
1 month ago

One time I ordered a pack of 80 Copic markers for $3... hindsight is 2020. One marker came FROME A PACK OF 80. It was pastel peach in color, and worked for exactly one second... Wish’s moto should be, “You get what you pay for.”

Tabitha Kohl
Community Member
1 month ago

Depends on what you buy. Still look at reviews and stars. I got a giant snorlax pillow and two pikachu plushies off of wish. They all look exactly as described.

Tammy Gundaker
Community Member
1 month ago

At least with Wish they give you your money back shipping included

Tanya Kysel'ova
Community Member
1 month ago

shower earphones?

Fran Stateler
Community Member
1 month ago

They sent you the wrong ones. Those were for the Jolly Green Giant.

Joyce Brazel
Community Member
1 month ago

Didn't he know they were shower heads?

jevais
Community Member
1 month ago

Please think twice before buying toys from Chinese online shops. Often the toys are very dangerous as they can be made inflammable materials or with small items that come loose that child might swallow. Also some of these toys are made with toxic products. Beware please, less toys, buy quality.

jevais
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh my! I can't stop giggling.

Michelle Smiles
Community Member
1 month ago

Are those shower heads

nala simba
Community Member
1 month ago

That is so funny! But better than getting Oral-B toothbrush heads. Or, is it ?

nala simba
Community Member
1 month ago

What?

Toni Carroll
Community Member
1 month ago

looks like a shower head

Donald Holder
Community Member
1 month ago

Wish was your first mistake!

sebastian nye
Community Member
1 month ago

were you expecting shower heads FOR ANTS???

Sandy J Renfroe
Community Member
1 month ago

It just makes me ask "Why?"

Cynthia Marrs
Community Member
1 month ago

WISH is definitely "buyer beware".

Doreen Pinkham
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm not buying this one at all. Looks like someone who just wants attention.

Anja Schmidt
Community Member
1 month ago

I miss the wonderful case on the go ... XD (me and my douches)

Susan Mercurio
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, WISH! Wish it back!

Robert Robi Z
Community Member
1 month ago

At least you cannot complain about the sound not being clean.

Eva Camera
Community Member
1 month ago

Um... are those showerheads?

Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
1 month ago

Two shower heads!

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
1 month ago

What is it?

Briana Naomi
Community Member
1 month ago

am I the only one who buys stuff online and actually gets what the picture showed? I think I am because all of this is just fake crap

DIsnEYFREAK
Community Member
1 month ago

I wish...

XIXlegendXIX
Community Member
1 month ago

Why on this whole Earth would you even trust wish? Doesn't everyone know that?

rachel carter
Community Member
1 month ago

Wish is a scam and wow! They sent you shower heads lol..

Deb Donnelly
Community Member
1 month ago

I bought some jewelry on Wish...wasn't even close to what it was supposed to be. Total junk. Never again!

Anna Turner
Community Member
1 month ago

Right!!

Bob Belcher
Community Member
1 month ago

Those look like old shower wands.

Be Potato
Community Member
1 month ago

Wish is such a troll!

Kathleen van der Gryp
Community Member
1 month ago

That is amazing.

Ashtonthefairytrainer
Community Member
1 month ago

At least you can said you've got airpods.

MissyTheUniverse
Community Member
1 month ago

Wish is in a league if its own.

Craftyparrott
Community Member
1 month ago

I buy stuff on Wish I'm just very careful about what I order and I alway look for reviews and pictures

tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 month ago

Listen to music or take a shower. What a bargain!

Jessica
Community Member
1 month ago

Luckily wish knows its 10%hit 90%miss and will refund you without expecting you to mail it back .

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

Just how stupid are you?

MRS FLASHMAN
Community Member
1 month ago

WISH is garbage

JessG
Community Member
1 month ago

I know everyone says Wish is bad, but I've had some successful orders from them. You need to read the reviews. This one seems somehow fake

Xavier Portillo
Community Member
1 month ago

Hey but at least your ears will be clean

Molly A. Block
Community Member
1 month ago

Burn................ Well, you COULD stick them in the ground in your garden and now you have two very cool weatherproof bluetooth garden speakers! :-D

Id row
Community Member
1 month ago

On the plus side, you have a couple new shower wands.

Tambot
Community Member
1 month ago

Haha wish is the worst

StrawberryParfait
Community Member
1 month ago

That's a shower head.

Kath Leen
Community Member
1 month ago

does it even work?

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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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago (edited)

Looks like a kidnapping tool.

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#28

Bruhhh

Bruhhh

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 month 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
1 month 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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carebear
Community Member
1 month ago

This is just so ugly to begin with that you could only wear it ironically... so you might as well go full irony.

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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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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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