Shopping online has its pitfalls. Sometimes this is down to the retailer misleading the customer. But sometimes this is because the buyer hasn’t checked all the details closely. Particularly when it comes to size. Epic online shopping fails include mistakenly buying miniature furniture, ill-fitting fashion, x-rated prints or second-hand goods covered in disgusting marks. We can all learn a lesson or two from these biggest online shopping fails.
One of the biggest fails has to be size. You might see a piece of furniture at an amazing price online and snap it up straight away. But there’s usually a reason why it’s such a great price. And that old saying “if it looks too good to be true, it is” is proved once again. Because if you don’t check the dimensions (or a cheeky seller doesn’t include them in their listing) then you might just end up with something much smaller than you were hoping for. This can be because you’ve ordered a child’s chair or tent, for example. Or it might be because you’ve ordered a piece of doll’s house furniture. The look on the buyers’ faces when they unwrap these tiny items must have been priceless.
The issue of size applies to fashion too. Sometimes you buy a new outfit and it turns out to be a mini version for a pet, or a child or even a doll. But then there are the online shopping fashion fails that involve totally misleading advertising. You look at a dress on the Internet and it seems amazing – just the perfect thing for your prom. But when it arrives, not so much. Dodgy cut. Cheap material. Ugly dress. And there are also occasions when the online shopper hasn’t used the zoom function to its full capabilities, and hasn’t noticed a very x-rated print on what they thought was a pretty new PJ set.
The worst case of false advertising, however, is when an online shop shows a picture of a pair of shoes, and you order in good faith, only to have a completely different style or color arrive. Epic shopping fail right there. In terms of misleading pictures, sometimes the online seller has shown exactly what they intend to send you. But the shopper has, quite rightly, assumed the image is of a before and after, rather than the before and after being printed on the item itself. This mug has to be seen to be believed. Watch our video for more massive online shopping mistakes, including bathing suits that don’t match up to the Instagram pic, and flowers that do not look so good in real life.