Expectations are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s fun to imagine all the wonderful scenarios that might play out in real life. On the other hand, if your expectations are a tad on the unrealistic side, they can completely wreck your emotional state when you step down from your daydreams and come face to face with reality.

But what about fairly realistic expectations? Surely, if somebody advertises a product or a service, the customer can expect to get exactly what they pay for… right? Spoiler alert: oh, dear Lord, no! TikTok users have been uploading videos showing the huge differences between what they (un)realistically wanted and what they got. From clothes to dog haircuts and more.

People have been adding TikTok user Keelyknight aka Madeline’s audio (where she’s crying because of the nails she got) to their own videos, and we’ve collected some of the best ones for you to watch, dear Pandas. Have a look, upvote your fave vids, and be sure to let us know which ones were your favorite, why, and if you’ve ever been in a similar situation yourselves.

@kneelyknightThis was the worst experience I’ve ever had. #nails #help #foryou #foryoupage♬ original sound - Madeline

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Marianne
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1 month ago

That one's really bad! They should sue the hairdresser.

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Amy Pattie
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1 month ago

That is atrocious. Amazing

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Friday
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1 month ago

Nightmare inducing

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When it comes to getting something we totally didn’t want, there are two aspects that you have to consider. The actual quality of the service and managing your own expectations so that you don’t end up being constantly disappointed.

The first aspect is fairly straightforward, even though it might not be easy to get around. If the product or service you’ve received doesn’t meet your standards of quality or what’s been advertised, then you’ve got to ask for a refund. Complain! Often and loudly.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

Damn, how does that even happen.

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Amy Pattie
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1 month ago

Oh no... it will look better once you bush it out but that ombré is atrocious

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Vic
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1 month ago

Right: before coffee, Left: after coffee

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Obviously, try to be as diplomatic as you can with your complaints—you’re dealing with other human beings after all. And it’s not always the person who’s registering your complaint who was responsible for what you got. So try not to make their life hell and they’ll be more likely to help you out.

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Amy Pattie
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1 month ago

Wow that is not good

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Alexandra Nara
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1 month ago

More Villain look even

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Alexandra Nara
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1 month ago

When family confound homescooling and homeoffice

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If a company has a genuine customer-first policy in play, they’ll take serious complaints, well, seriously. They’ll hear you out, offer you support, follow up on your complaint, and do whatever they can to make up for their mistake. But we all know that far from every company is willing to be so friendly and instead has a “profit comes first, collateral damage is all right” kind of mentality.

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Vic
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1 month ago

Oh dear.. poor puppy..

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

The cake is blue. The element of surprise is gone.

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Raven Sheridan
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1 month ago

Looks like you're wearing a silk pillowcase.

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Consider seeking legal aid if the product was especially expensive or if you, your loved ones, or your pets suffered because of what happened. If somebody’s blatantly advertising something that’s clearly false as a way to make a quick buck, then you’ve got to do your part in putting an end to it.

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Friday
Community Member
1 month ago

But are you the same size as the model?

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Your hairdresser is not a good colourist.

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Jody Brown
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1 month ago

Utterly terrifying

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However, there’s that pesky second aspect when it comes to not getting what we wanted. And that all comes down to our expectations. Sometimes, what we want is so perfect, requires so much skill and craftsmanship, that not everyone can fulfill our orders. In those cases, what we envision and what the local craftspeople can provide simply don’t sync up. Or, to put it more bluntly, you get what you pay for.

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
1 month ago

I can’t even fathom the thought process in thinking these were remotely similar. How to people get away with this?

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
1 month ago

I don’t even know how you mess up that bad

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Alexandra Nara
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1 month ago

Was the rug to fly with included?

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Don’t expect your nails to look like a model’s when you’re getting them done at a discount store at your local mall. Similarly, you can’t expect a newbie dog groomer to get the same results as a grandmaster with decades of experience: they’ll do their best but you simply can’t expect them to perform according to your imaginary expectations.

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James016
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1 month ago

It's presciousssssss

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Troux
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1 month ago

Mmmmm bacon!

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Amy Pattie
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1 month ago (edited)

Clearly the model was 9feet tall

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In life, it’s best to do your very best to get the result that you want and then relinquish any and all expectations. You did your best. Well done! Now sit back and don’t fret, find something else to do. If you get what you want, fantastic. If not, no big deal—you’ll try again later. Maybe with a different tactic in mind.

Having low expectations is a healthy mindset, similar to the one where you’re encouraged to do good things for people without expecting anything in return. Life has a pleasant way of surprising us when we’re not desperate, needy, and whiny.

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

The groomer gave you a brand new, completely different dog.

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

I like gingham, but that's a picnic table cloth.

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 month ago

Funny. We've got exactly the same. We chose the size we wanted though.

Evelína Zlá
Community Member
1 month ago

So... maybe she just chose the wrong size.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

This is why you should always check, double check and even triple check the actual sizes.

Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago

Omg you should see how long it takes for me to order something online! I check and double check and take notes and check reviews and more sites.... i need to be really sure cause i also hate the procedure of changing something online!

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cybermerlin2000
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1 month ago

My advice: Always read the reviews. Start with the worst ones because you can tell if the comments are genuine or just sour grapes

Julia Atkinson
Community Member
1 month ago

Perfect size for cats and small dogs

Laura Mcphellamy - Parker
Community Member
1 month ago

This happened with my first purchase off Wish. After that I always double check the description.

Billie M
Community Member
1 month ago

I eventually learned not to order something from Wish unless there are actual customer photos in the reviews--and most especially, not to order when there are only store reviews and no customer reviews for the specific item.

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Id row
Community Member
1 month ago

You have to select the size you want.

Aunt Messy
Community Member
1 month ago

They have measurements on web sites.

Kira Okah
Community Member
1 month ago

I've gotten this listing. You have to choose the size, always check the size, mine was correctly huge.

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like they ordered the cheapest (ie. smallest) size.

Eva the Egg
Community Member
1 month ago

It looks like a bathroom floor towel

James016
Community Member
1 month ago

Perfect for those nights where both feet under the covers is too hot and out of the covers is too cold. One foot covered is just right

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

So you mean every night.

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Robby Lee
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1 month ago

She obviously picked the wrong size.

Kiss Army
Community Member
1 month ago

I've had that happen before. I didn't realize the measurements were in centimeters and not inches.

Kimberley Gayle Thomas
Community Member
1 month ago

Give it to Kitty. They take everything anyway.

Emerald
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, Amazon...

Nicky Melville
Community Member
1 month ago

Your cat will love that in it's kitty igloo.

Vasana Phong
Community Member
1 month ago

Sometimes when i see the product size once arrived-vs what is on line, there has to be a product description with that

Melissa Dowling
Community Member
1 month ago

I think I ordered the same blanket!

Sharon Ingram
Community Member
1 month ago

Send it back.

23AClark
Community Member
1 month ago

Damn.

NevadaJo
Community Member
1 month ago

So honestly I don't think she would've been happy with the actually size because like fast food they make the product look appealing. I have started ordering comforters a size bigger not only to be able to give me maximum comfort and snuggles but also because I was tired of trying to make my bed and it would look like crap lol. Now they have companies making blankets the size of Rhode island and I'm living for it

Romery
Community Member
1 month ago

you can always cover your dog with that or something like that

Peter Pan
Community Member
1 month ago

Doggie blanket

columbokateUK
Community Member
1 month ago

I've just done this with pop up laundry hampers. Didn't check the dimensions..... they would be ideal for a baby 🙄

Susan Widomski
Community Member
1 month ago

Got to read the whole description and the reviews. It is tricky.

Valisbourne Spiritforge
Community Member
1 month ago

It looks like they got the rug on the floor, not the blanket.

The weird one!
Community Member
1 month ago

not made for you made if you have a pet duh if u dont have pets welp your toes will be warm

Floofy Husky Puppy
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1 month ago

They had a mini bed

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PsychCentral explains that the first step in relinquishing unrealistic expectations is being able to spot them. Of course, that’s easier said than done because we may have had certain expectations for years and years. And a lot of it’s connected to our desire to maintain control over everything.

Some examples of completely unrealistic expectations include the beliefs that everyone should like you and that the world should be fair. We simply can’t have that kind of control over the world (well, unless we’re a superhero, the Emperor of the Universe, or a member of the Greek Pantheon).

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Eva the Egg
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1 month ago

All you would have to do to get that sort of hair is go to sleep and wake up

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Susan Green
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1 month ago

What kind of doofus came up with this?

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Kat
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1 month ago

At least there's still enough length to get it fixed. Must be awfully frustrating though.

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Similarly, if we’re constantly disappointed by results and not having our expectations met every step of the way, well, maybe it’s time to analyze them in detail. Spend the weekend looking at your belief structures.

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Sandra
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1 month ago

Besides the fact it is not what she wanted... Is it only me or the hair looks burnt?

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

I guess real sunflowers weren't in season.

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Kat
Community Member
1 month ago

Well to be honest, it is difficult to get the same result if you have a totally different hair type...

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Note: this post originally had 40 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

Give yourself permission to not have everything go perfectly. Embrace flexibility. That doesn’t mean giving up your high standards (quality is good stuff, people), but you have to be relatively down to earth. Otherwise, you’ll spend the rest of your life making wanted vs. got TikTok videos.