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.

Daniel Lewis
Community Member
4 months ago

With a face like that, I don't think any dress will help you.

Dana Dara
Community Member
4 months ago

Does nobody read reviews?

Sabse
Community Member
4 months ago

The pads... that white pads... 🤣

Id row
Community Member
4 months ago

These kinds of dress pics have been circulating for years. If you didn't know that ordering a fancy dress on the cheap from China would show up looking like that, that's on you.

JessG
Community Member
4 months ago

Exactly

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Andraya Begley
Community Member
4 months ago

Is she had worn a nude colored full slip under the dress it possibly could be salvageable. Not at her wedding, mind you...lose the white boob pads.

Jon S.
Community Member
4 months ago

If ever a post says 'style/design' may vary on aliexpress, run

FABULOUS1
Community Member
4 months ago

I just ordered from AliExpress today and do often for my craft supplies, yes takes forever to get here. But people are selling the same thing on other sites for a lot more. Depends on what your trying to order really but not that bad of a site either.

Paul Scott
Community Member
4 months ago

With Aliexpress "you gets what you pays for", they have some great stuff, but the minute you start hunting for the same thing cheaper, beware. If you like cheap shit it's great, for cheap, crappy shit. Pay about what you would expect to pay locally and it's also great, good quality and even stuff you can't get locally. My wife is a dressmaker and several times she has had to remake crappy Chinese wedding dresses almost at the last minute, some have been so bad they were a lost cause, for example cloth cut to get the most out of the least cloth, meaning some panels were cut on the diagonal to the weave so the dress just hung like a misshapen sack.

𝓴𝓪𝔀𝓪𝓲𝓲_𝓐𝓾𝓭𝓻𝓮𝔂 💖
3 months ago

oh lordy...

Pascale Pierloot
Community Member
3 months ago

Are those shoulder pads on your chest? I'm going to say...Nailed it!!! Haha, this could get a trend...breast implants that are 100% safe

Rhys Cernunnos
Community Member
3 months ago

I will never buy from AliExpress especially clothing and plant seeds (because the plant seeds are false advertising... meaning what they are selling doesn't exist and never sprout.)

Mumof1
Community Member
3 months ago

The mask and black underwear certainly don't add anything.

Sue Clifford
Community Member
3 months ago

I am so sorry for you.

Tanya Kysel'ova
Community Member
3 months ago

conclusion - everything could

Mohra Taylor
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh dear, that’s a bad Hallowe’en costume at best.

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
3 months ago

wondering if it came with the boob covers or if you added them yourself.

Ben Timages
Community Member
3 months ago

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Fran Stateler
Community Member
3 months ago

Good thing to know

funpandy
Community Member
3 months ago

UxU Not looking bye

Joyce Brazel
Community Member
3 months ago

Give up on foreign orders.

jevais
Community Member
3 months ago

It's impossible to have a designer dress with Aliexpress. The clothes are pale copies of the originals. As for the price has nothing in common with fine clothing. I buy from a very honest Aliexpress much of my clothing made out of Mulberry Silk. Beware if it's not specified real Mulberry silk, most likely it will be polyester. The price is usually higher than for real silk.

Wendy Taylor
Community Member
3 months ago

Atrocious!

Michelle Smiles
Community Member
3 months ago

At least it fits, but never buy from.those stores.

Donald Holder
Community Member
3 months ago

Nice panties. Should have gone commando! Lol

Jane W.
Community Member
3 months ago

Maybe more of a honeymoon gown?

Curious Cat
Community Member
3 months ago

let the marriage consumation begin !

Aimee P.
Community Member
4 months ago

But why is he wearing jeans, while she is wearing a formal gown??

Sancho Cruz
Community Member
4 months ago

I have seen these horror stories before never caught the name it is crazy how people do this to others. Women young lady's were probably heart broken, think of their excitement from waiting for their dream dress and get these atrocities instead. I gangsta pettiness would have came out, and would have been hoping they were hq'd in the states so I could visit then absolutely destroy them on yelp! I so hope at least they got their money back.

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
4 months ago

How awful........

Lily Iris
Community Member
4 months ago

I bought a lot of nice stuff from Aliexpress, sometimes without having reviews to guide me. I enjoyed my purchases most of the time. If yoh are disappointed, you can always ask for your money back instead of acting like a victim

Lily Iris
Community Member
4 months ago

I wore a very nice dress from Aliexpress at the restaurant this evening. You must chose products from high ranked shops and spend more than 10 dollars

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Cristina Speluzzi
Community Member
4 months ago

Everything...

Bettye McKee
Community Member
4 months ago

Anyone feeling brave enough to try that $5.00 swimsuit?

rachel carter
Community Member
4 months ago

Dang looks like a garbage bag with awkward breast pads and that's it...

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
4 months ago

How sad...

Lynn Greyling
Community Member
4 months ago

More like AlienExpress.

GumShoe359
Community Member
4 months ago

Wondering why someone would wear black underwear with a white dress....?

ebony1k124 touch
Community Member
4 months ago

They got the color right 😕

Blackheart
Community Member
4 months ago

That is not remotely the same dress

Miriam Baartman
Community Member
4 months ago

Whoahahahaha!

panda_legerdemain
Community Member
4 months ago

Well atleast the fit is ok, sort of. Diy it

Gwinevere von Ludwig
Community Member
4 months ago

Never order from ANY Chinese company... they are mostly scammers at this point unfortunately!

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
4 months ago

Goodness... bet she was furious when she received her 'beautiful' dress? One thing I have noticed- as someone buying stuff on Amazon- is that the sizing is MUCH different in the far east. An XL there is equivalent to a S/M here in the UK... I always check the size tables provided and avoid any clothing items that don't show them.

tuzdayschild
Community Member
4 months ago

You can order some things, like pens or key chains. But never, NEVER order clothes that are shipped from china. They will never look like picture.

Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh come on, that's ridiculous.

Michelle Line
Community Member
4 months ago

Never heard of AliExpress. Checked it out and NO WAY! Reminds me of the 5 & Dime stores when I was a kid.

JessG
Community Member
4 months ago

It's not the picture, but it's not bad. Just take out those headlights, put on a body suit, and it should look good....right?

Molly A. Block
Community Member
4 months ago

Hmmm. Welllll, just save this dress and wear it at home, for your partner, at home. It can still be sexy!

Tambot
Community Member
4 months ago

It'll be good for the honeymoon

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
4 months ago

This is why I stay far away from sites like AliExpress- you never quite know the quality of the final product. You may think that you're getting an amazing deal, but end up with a trash-bag dress that is ten sizes too large.

Adam C
Community Member
4 months ago

brides dress? that revealing?

Kaisu
Community Member
4 months ago

Why not? It's her choice isn't it?

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backatya
Community Member
3 months ago

Don't ever buy from China.

ERIN W.
Community Member
4 months ago

I tried to order something off of AliExpress a nice little dress for little girl though that I knew and all I did was get ripped off I got NO dress and they took the money!

Katie Hutcheon
Community Member
4 months ago

Your body's amazing though.

Evil Little Thing
Community Member
4 months ago

That's not even the same dress.

Bettye McKee
Community Member
4 months ago

Save it for Halloween? And don't forget to wear beige underwear.

PhotoJenic12
Community Member
4 months ago

China products suck.

DancingToMyself
Community Member
4 months ago

I thought she bought her head. Because there's nothing wrong with that dress. :p

J•J•
Community Member
4 months ago

I just checked out their website and it looks scammy to me! There is no way I would order from them. Never heard of them or seen their website but just now, I would say that it looks sketchy for sure!

Lily Stewart
Community Member
4 months ago

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nice post.......

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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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