What you see is not always what you get. Especially when it comes to someone trying to sell you their products or services.

Last year, we at Bored Panda covered a TikTok challenge that invites people to reveal the times they wanted very specific things but received something else entirely and were completely disappointed.

Well, the 'What I Wanted Vs. What I Got' online trend is still going strong, so we decided to make another publication about it. From ruined hairdos to tattoo disasters, we went through everyone's most hated and beloved app, and here's the new batch we compiled for you.

TikTokers are continuing to make videos about their unexpected regrets and millions of people are tuning in to share their sorrow

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Layla Corman
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7 months ago

E.T. style

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DUN DUN (she/her)
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7 months ago

Someone give me something to stop my laughs, I'm pretty sure my neighbors are getting scared

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Accepting the bad hand you were dealt and laughing about it online is actually not the worst way to cope with hardship. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), people react differently to uncertainty and those with a higher intolerance for it may be less resilient and more prone to low mood, negative or down feelings, and anxiety.

The organization also provides these simple steps that can help you feel in control:

First of all, be kind to yourself. Some people are better at dealing with uncertainties than others, so don’t beat yourself up if your tolerance for unpredictability is lower than your friend's. Remind yourself that it might take time for the stressful situation to resolve, and try to remain patient with yourself in the meantime.

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Poor kid's gonna have nightmares now. Elmo's ruined for them.

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Artsy Bookworm
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7 months ago

That's cuter than the original 😂❤️😍

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
7 months ago

I can picture her soul leaving her body after seeing and wearing this disaster. I mean, THAT expression says it all 🙌🏻

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You can also reflect on past successes. Chances are you've overcome stressful events in the past, so give yourself credit for it. Reflect on what you did during that event that was helpful and what you might like to do differently this time.

Also, work on developing new skills. When life is relatively calm, it can be a good idea to try things outside your comfort zone. From standing up to a difficult boss to picking up a hobby, taking risks helps you develop confidence that comes in handy when life veers off course.

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
7 months ago

I'm seeing kids' favorite characters getting ruined for them, and the new nightmare materials setting in

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Who Panda 420
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7 months ago

I hope for her sake that this wasn't for something important like a wedding or a quinceanera

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
7 months ago

Hey you got swimfins free with those pants!!

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Layla Corman
Community Member
7 months ago

But...wait...NO!

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Limit exposure to the news if you think it's affecting you. When we’re stressed about something, it can be tough to look away, but compulsively checking the news only keeps you wound up. Try to limit your check-ins and avoid the news during vulnerable times of day, such as right before going to bed.

Let go of things that are out of your control. When uncertainty strikes, many people immediately imagine worst-case scenarios. Try to get rid of the habit of ruminating on negative events.

Furthermore, ask yourself: if a friend came to me with this worry, what would I tell her? Imagining your situation from the outside can often provide perspective and fresh ideas. Trust your gut!

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Noir
Community Member
7 months ago

Someone did this to themselves. I see that DIY in the title in the background. This is exactly what you should have expected.

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
7 months ago

Quick!! Hit it with the stick!!!

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R L
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7 months ago

Small paws. Lion vs house cat socks.

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TmKhr
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7 months ago

Who lives in a freezer under the sea? Spongebob Specialpants

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Engage in self-care. Don't allow stress to derail your healthy routines. Make conscious efforts to eat well, exercise, and get enough sleep. Many folks find stress release in practices such as yoga and meditation.

Seek support from those you trust. People tend to isolate themselves when they’re stressed or worried but social support is important, so reach out to family and friends.

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Layla Corman
Community Member
7 months ago

Can't wait to see the, "What I got next" to see the cover up.

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Noir
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7 months ago

At least it should be easy to cover up?

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
7 months ago

Now Barney's ruined for that kid too!

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Monday
Community Member
7 months ago

Someone with more knowledge, please tell if the condition of your hair would make a big impact on the result here? Cause the hair in picture two looks horribly damaged.

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As mentioned before, focus on the things that are within your control. Even if it's something as simple as meal planning or laying out your clothes the night before a stressful day. Establish routines to give your days and weeks some comforting structure.

However, if you continue to have trouble managing stress and coping with uncertainty, ask for professional help. Psychologists are experts in teaching people how to develop healthy ways of tackling stress.

At the end of the day, thinking differently about your ability to manage uncertainty is a skill that can improve with practice. But if venting on TikToks works, who's to say you're doing something wrong?

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Layla Corman
Community Member
7 months ago

I hope you walked out with all the $ you walked in with!

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Layla Corman
Community Member
7 months ago

They definitely used a needle that was too thick for this type of fine line tattoo.

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
7 months ago

It looks like someone's infected leg

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Layla Corman
Community Member
7 months ago

Woah! They went way too deep with that needle!

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Beck
Community Member
7 months ago

Why add hands (feethands?) When not necessary.

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Noir
Community Member
7 months ago

I feel like it's an okay substitute just because it explains itself.

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Layla Corman
Community Member
7 months ago

Kylie Jenner had this on in one of her IG photos. Yes, it stretches like crazy, but unless your paying for the actual designer then expect to get the crazy, cheep, knockoff that doesn't stretch or fit.

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Noir
Community Member
7 months ago

Nuh uh. Someone getting beat if that's what showed up when I ordered the other one. You don't mess around with chocolate dipped fruit. Especially chocolate dipped strawberries. That's asking for an old school beat down.

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
7 months ago

I-I'm sorry but I can't stop laughing at this

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Layla Corman
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7 months ago

And all I paid was $7 on WISH!

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Monday
Community Member
7 months ago

To be fair to the stylist here, she didn't have long or thick enough hair for that style to be possible without extensions.

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
7 months ago

"I'm sorry miss, we sent you BigFoot's order by mistake. Our bad."

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Sheila Stamey
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7 months ago

I don't even need to speak Spanish to know that you hate this.

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GoddessOfChaos
Community Member
7 months ago

This such an easy nail art to do, please don’t tell me it was done by a “ professional”

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Kira Okah
Community Member
7 months ago

Do not the branches flex out? Thi is what most artificial trees look like before you fan out the branches.

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Michelle M
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7 months ago

Though the materials are clearly different, I feel like it would fit perfectly on someone with the same body shape as the first pic.

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
7 months ago

You may have lucked out, actually

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
7 months ago

You wanted that?

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Note: this post originally had 53 images. It’s been shortened to the top 35 images based on user votes.