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People Who Angrily Demanded Their Money Back After Not Getting What Was Promised

TristaJune 30, 2021

12. No Product, Just Tags

Forty pounds of security tags plus $60 in Super Cash! Exactly what I wanted, said no one ever. This shipment from Old Navy arrived instead of an order for two shirts. Someone must have turned their shirts into tags. At least the customer was compensated with money to put in another order with Old Navy. Let’s hope the second time around, their order was fulfilled. 

You might be wondering how these sorts of mix-ups can happen. According to one comment on this Old Navy customer’s Reddit post, the wrong UPC barcode can be put on the box. That leads to the wrong item being placed in those boxes. Maybe that’s what happened here, and their customer received a shipment for what should have been sent to another Old Navy store location. At least this made for a funny discussion among Redditors.


11. Trash in Unexpected Places

Who would have thought that a punching bag could pose as a contemporary art piece? That’s what this trash-filled Unfortunately, this Reddit photo is not a commentary on modern society’s environmental woes but rather a product purchase gone wrong. When this customer bought this “punching bag” for just $20 from China, he got what he paid for. It was a three-in-one trash bag, punching bag, and piñata — that is until the bag burst open. At least there’s some exercise in bending up and down to pick up all that trash. But it wasn’t the kind their unwitting customer needed or deserved.

Of the many product fails you see, many of them come from China. Or, perhaps this manufacturer just had nowhere else to throw away their trash. Take this customer’s purchase-gone-wrong as a word of warning and always be careful to check details when ordering something online. Never throw caution to the wind, or that breeze could carry a foul smell.


10. Latex Stuffed-Crust Pizza?

Most pizza companies agree that latex provides no nutritional value to their pizzas. The person who received this pizza and other Reddiors scratched their heads about how an entire black latex glove could find its way inside pizza dough. Was this the work of their nonexistent quality control procedures? Their disgruntled employees? Whatever the case, the customer certainly wasn’t happy. Let’s hope there were a few glove-less slices in there if this person was even hungry enough to keep eating.

Shockingly, finding latex gloves in their food seems to be a more common problem for people than you might first think. A couple of Redditors have discovered them buried in their Shepherd’s pie at the Cheesecake Factory or attached to a piece of lettuce in a sandwich. You never know where you might find them, so our best advice is to keep a close eye on your food and, if this worst-case scenario does happen to you, try to get a refund as soon as possible.


9. I Do … Not?

Ah, it’s almost here. The day you’ve dreamed of since meeting your fiance – your wedding day. But wait, you open the package containing the wedding bands and find that they would not even fit a child’s pinky. What gives? Unfortunately for customers like this one, scams don’t skip any product categories, not even weddings. When it comes to your special day, it’s imperative to double and triple-check product sizes. Alternatively,  buy things in person. No one needs extra pressure on an already stressful day. For these soon-to-be-spouses, they may need to consider putting these miniature bands on a necklace.

Remember, scammers are everywhere on the Internet, especially with their products that demand high margins. These scammers can mark down the prices significantly and try to put up a legitimate front. We all know weddings can get very expensive, so wedding planners can be tempted to cut their costs wherever possible. Nevertheless, remember, you often get what you pay for, and sometimes, the results can be disastrous. Take it from this example.


8. Cut From The Wrong Cloth

The way a dress is cut makes all the difference. Sometimes, the difference is in the worst possible way. Can you guess which dress above was the expectation versus the reality? The dress on the left looks nothing like what was advertised. The whole thing is off. It almost looks like someone took a pair of scissors to a beige fitted bed sheet and called it a day. The one thing that somewhat matches the original is the color, but that wasn’t nearly enough to redeem its shockingly poor quality.

It’s not exactly clear from what website this poor woman purchased their dress, but the situation was terrible enough to put a permanent bad taste in her mouth regarding online shopping. Do you blame her? The scammers out there looking to make a buck don’t just create a momentary bad experience — they can suck the fun out of browsing products on the Internet forever. However, every shopper has to take their lumps and they all have to live and learn. At least the results can sometimes make for a hilarious dinner-party story.


7. A Scam Cost $850 Of Their Cash

Now this one’s a doozy and it’s from a brand you’ve almost certainly heard of. It’s hard to guess how three bottles of juice (Walmart Brand at that) could ever come to $850. That is, unless the purchased item was actually a laptop. That’s right, this customer saved for months to buy an expensive laptop and waited almost two weeks to get this juice in the mail. The least that Walmart could do was make sure none of the bottles were damaged, but even that proved to be too difficult. Furthermore, when this person contacted the company, they asked that he return the juice before they sent him the laptop.

Some people speculated that their laptop listing was a scam from a third-party seller on Walmart’s website. It’s hard to think of any other explanation for this wild product mishap, and it can be the reason for unasked-for products from other third-party platforms, too, like Amazon. Shopping from these sites is always a gamble. Let’s hope this customer eventually got the laptop they paid their good money.


6. Their Bad Print Job

Potentially worse than spending $850 on three bottles of store-brand juice is purchasing an Xbox and only getting a piece of paper. That article has an image of the Xbox printed on it. Does that improve the situation at all? No, we don’t think so. This innocent man spent $750 for what appeared to be an authentic Xbox One on eBay, but the listing had sneakily stated that it was only for a photo of the Xbox. No matter what the small print said, this is still a scam – worse, the seller couldn’t even bother to replace theor ink cartridge before printing the image.

Thankfully, eBay took care of this man’s case and refunded him for the value of their Xbox. The company also removed other similar listings to prevent more customers from being scammed. Although these scams occasionally have a happy ending, there are many other times when online platforms don’t follow through for their customers. It is a cautionary tale always to read the fine print. Also, don’t fall for listings that are too good to be true. 


5. Objects In Photo Are Less Than They Appear

You may have heard about how snacks settle inside their packaging during shipping. It makes the package look like it was never full in the first place even if it was. However, it’s hard to imagine that’s what happened with this box of gourmet mixed nuts, where each compartment is less than half full. 

There’s a more probable reason for this unsatisfactory product: it’s a scam. Just take a look at the clues on the website image. First of all, the delivered product looks nothing like the original photo. Second, the ratings are fishy at less than 2.5 stars. Finally, even Amazon suggested their buyer go with an an alternative with better reviews. The silver lining to this customer’s misfortune is that many red flags could have prevented the scam from happening in the first place. It just takes a savvy customer and knowledge of past scams.


4. Unhappy Holidays

The holiday season calls for cheerful generosity, with gift-giving and receiving. Mugs are always a solid go-to, especially when they’re the kind that blossoms into a colorful image when their temperature gets hot. So who can blame Matt, who picked out a thoughtful, seasonally appropriate gift for his wife, thinking that this mug would turn from a starry, nighttime shade to a bright, nostalgic Christmas scene? The Grinch must have stolen Matt’s Christmas this year because he was subject to yet another scam. Maybe Matt was a little naughty and Santa was sending a message.

When it comes to holiday shopping, it’s easy to bulk-shop on websites like Amazon and go on autopilot, forgetting to check reviews and the sellers’ ratings. Nevertheless, no matter how much of a hurry you’re in, never skip these steps. One tip is to read the 1- and 2-star ratings specifically to get an idea of what’s the worst that can go wrong. These steps will save you valuable time and money and more importantly, your family’s day together.


3. Fake Teeth Not Worth The Money

We get it. Dental care can be expensive, especially in the United States, and getting it done in person can be downright scary. There’s a reason a trip to the dentist carries the stigma of a dreaded task. When it comes to cosmetic procedures, the price is even more staggering. For example, veneers can cost anywhere between $800-$2,000 per tooth. So when your natural teeth are your enemies and a set of veneers is being sold online for just under $20 (yes, for an entire set of fake teeth), you might say, “Hey, why not?” The right-hand photo above is exactly why not.

This customer isn’t entirely to blame, in any case. Such serious dental care should not be sold online or marketed as a success story in the first place. There’s no way veneers can be “one size fits all,” and it’s cruel to trick customers into thinking they can be. Follow-up care is also impossible with these “veneers.” The online scam market is all about getting someone’s hopes up, and people are especially vulnerable in cosmetic categories that target their insecurities.


2. Mint is the New White

There it is, the perfect wedding dress. How much money would you spend on it? Even better, it’s sold online – how convenient! What could go wrong? A lot. This woman must have been sorely disappointed to receive a dress that was as mint green and shapeless as a tube of toothpaste. The quality of the dress is subpar to what was advertised, to say the least. Look at those wrinkles throughout the skirt and uneven lace trim in the bodice. The shades of green don’t even match.

If this example can prove anything, you don’t want to sacrifice your big day for convenience. Of course, weddings involve a seemingly endless list of things to think about, but your dress not matching your color scheme or feeling itchy in the poor-quality fabric will not make your list any easier to handle. Make sure you’re sure of the product you’re getting before clicking that “Checkout” button. Your wallet and sanity will thank you.


1. This Product Is A Little Too Abstract

These charcuterie board photos look like a real-life game of “spot the difference,” but not in a fun way. A customer ordered this charcuterie board from West Elm and waited for six months for it to arrive – that’s right – six months. Long shipping times have been familiar to many of us over the past year-and-a-half with the pandemic causing major delays, but this Reddit post was from over two years ago. Moreover, when the board did finally arrive, it was nothing like she’d hoped. The “reality” version looks unsanded and unvarnished in places and as if it was made out of entirely different materials than were originally pictured. 

This customer wasn’t the only one who’s had aggravating experiences with West Elm. Other Redditors sympathized, sharing how products from this brand might look great on the outside, but they don’t hold up over time. One user suggested that the company has significant quality control issues, ordering a couch that arrived already looking used and reordering that couch only to have the same problem. This all goes to show that scams aren’t confined to websites with third-party sellers, like Amazon and eBay. We need to be careful ordering online, even with brand-named companies.