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

TristaJune 30, 2021
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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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