Wish, AliExpress, e-bay, and tons of other dodgy sites are sure ways to get exactly what you *don’t* want. Online shopping can be so addictive and fun to do when you receive the package and unbox them to find the stuff you’ve been wanting. It can be amazingly rewarding for yourself after long weeks of working and being cooped up at home.
But, guys, seriously, read the dimensions! These buyers’ experiences went disastrous because of how the pictures exaggerated the products being sold. Oversized lamps, ‘motivational’ books, fake branded items – all these baits are perfect for ripping their customers off or stealing their personal information.
“This mask from Wish”
“A mate of mine ordered an Infinity Gauntlet from a dodgy website that only asked for postage. Got his card cloned, had various credit accounts opened in his name, and received this in the post weeks later.”
“Dad made the classic mistake of buying something on amazon without checking it’s size. We now have two 10-foot lamps.”
“We bought a dog pool. This is what arrived.”
Online shopping sales growth shot up by 27.6% in 2020, and it represented 18% of total retail sales worldwide, according to Statista. Needless to say, this shows just how consumers’ buying habits were forcibly changed with the pandemic and lockdown. But along with this, the number of fraud complaints has also risen.
“I bought some “accent” lashes. They look so natural.”
“Mom ordered steps for the dog. What she thought she ordered vs what she got.”
“What we ordered vs what we got (feat my dog).”
“I ordered a 6ft tall rainbow tree from a Facebook ad and this is what showed up! I’m crying from laughing so hard, I’ve never had this happen in real life!”
“My “full-sized” Mjolnir arrived. I’m still happy and I refused to let my moment be ruined.”
“What I ordered vs. what I got…”
She probably didn’t read the dimension properly.
In 2019, total online consumer complaints summed up to 3.2 million. In 2020, that number shot up to 4.7 million. There were 2.18 million fraud complaints and 1.38 million reports of identity thefts. Statistics saw an increasing concern in identity thefts, which had gone up by a million in number since 2017, Insurance Informative Institute reports.
“I bought a cat tower online that turned out to be much smaller than expected. Trevor is still trying to be appreciative tho.”
“What I ordered (left) vs what I got (right).”
“Etsy shop sent the wrong apron – now I have an apron with this random guy’s face.”
“Online vs when it arrived.”
“I ordered a meditation book from Amazon and every page just says inhale and exhale.”
“This guy who accidentally bought an iPhone shaped coffee table instead of an iPhone.”
“The one on the left is what my mom ordered for our cats, the right one is what arrived in the mail.”
These socks abide by the copyright rules!
Reports on cybercrime have also gone up almost twofold in 2020 compared to the previous year. Based on the data submitted to Internet Crime Complaint Center, more than 790k complaints were submitted and reported losses reaching the staggering number of $4.2 billion, a $1.5m increase from pre-pandemic.
“Ordered online and was sent only one right shoe. They “fixed” the issue by sending me two more right shoes.”
These AirPods don’t seem to be genuine.
Always remember to shop securely and only from trusted sellers!