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Expectations Vs. reality – Funny photos of online shopping fails


Online shopping: expectations vs. reality

Ever stumble upon the most perfect item while scouring the Internet? Your first instinct is probably to buy it right away, so as not to miss your chance to purchase that once-in-a-lifetime item. But while many times you end up getting what you were expecting, not everyone is that lucky, and sometimes the greatest expectations can lead to the largest disappointments.

You can’t believe it; how could this happen to you? Of all people. You immediately regret hugging the postman. The phone rings, it’s the second cousin who heard your cries from down the road. She can hear your tears flowing down your face. The sadness in your voice, and the devastation in your eyes. It’s not even close to what the Internet lead you to believe, “But it looked so good on her.”

If you can relate at all to the picture we’ve just painted for you, then you might enjoy the list of top expectations vs. reality, online clothing edition, list we’ve compiled. Along the way you might find some funny pictures, but just remember – these are real people who have had their hearts crushed.

Here comes the bride…

…All dressed in tissue paper. While the model in the dress on the left is wearing a modern take on a classic bridal gown, the woman on the right looks like a box of Kleenex exploded on her.

Here comes the bride…

Besides that, the bustline is wrong and boxy, the embellishments are misplaced, and the bottom of the dress… well we can’t even explain what’s going on down there. There really is no saving the disaster.

Furry fiasco

Based on the online pictures, this furry dress is definitely a showstopper and we could understand why someone would want to wear it to a formal event and have all eyes on them. However, it’s also a painful reminder that our expectations are often different from reality.

While there is a large plain white area in the middle of the dress in the online picture, in reality the middle is covered up by all of the feathers.

Sad snake

This belt is an interesting fashion choice to say the least, however, we could understand the appeal of this scary looking guy as it would resemble a snake being wrapped around one’s waist.

But the only scary part of this belt is how different in was when it showed up looking like a sad snake in the mail. The main problem is that the snake’s eyes are not angled, so it ended up looking like it was giving puppy-dog eyes to the customer.

Belle of the ball

This colorful prom dress says, “I’m here and ready to party!” However, the dress that this unhappy camper got in the mail says, “You won’t be able to stop tripping over me.”

While the online pictures make it seem like the dress has a full skirt with some structure, in reality it just makes the customer look like they have an oversized mermaid tail. This is a definite “return to sender.”

Go green

Anyone who stumbled upon this giant, green ball gown online must how thought, “What a magnificent dress.” It really does look incredible, with lots of ruffling, layers and such a unique color.

However, in reality the dress was a metallic green sack with no volume and bunched up fabric instead of fabric. The dress is missing the bows on the shoulders, the draping on the front and presumably a crinoline underneath. Scarlett O’Hara would have written this vendor the worst review of their life.

Wide collar

Here’s a simple enough clothing item. A white sweater, how could anyone mess that up? Well, apparently this online store could, since they sent this person a white sweater with a neckline that could only be worn by a giraffe.

Maybe the delivery person looked inside the package, saw the sweater and tried out on only to realize that they stretched it all out. We can’t imagine this sweater would keep anything warm with its see-through sleeves and collarbone exposing neckline.

A royal fail

These adorable earrings are fit for a princess and perfect for anyone completely obsessed with the Royal Family. They look completely symmetrical in the online picture complete with tiny gemstones to make them appear extra luxurious.

However, as we’ve already learned, you can never trust the Internet. These crown earrings arrived completely misshapen, dull and absolutely nothing like what they were advertised as. The queen would not be pleased.

Gorgeous fur coat with ears

Regardless of what would possess someone to buy this furry coat with ears in the first place, this customer definitely did not get what she ordered. While the online version looks fluffy and cozy, what she got in the mail was a coat that barely has any fur on it and with droopy ears pointing out on either side of her head.

It sort of makes her look like Yoda. Like it we do not. Maybe she can use it for a Halloween costume.

Too much lace

Prom is a day that most girls want to remember forever, but prom dresses can be so costly that you can’t justify spending so much money for just one night. This girl tried to save a bit on prom night by ordering what she thought was a beautiful dress online.

While the picture of the dress looked somewhat opaque in the advertisement, in reality the dress was so see-through that the customer had to cover up her private areas in order to post a picture of the mishap to Twitter. We hope she got her money back.

The deepest ‘V’

The picture promises a gold dress with a deep-v neckline and in the broadest possible sense, they delivered on these fronts. Obviously, however, the dress looks nothing like it did in the online photo in real life.

The deepest ‘V’

Not only is about four sizes too big, the online photo makes it look like the dress will have a metallic sheen, be form-fitting and longer, but on the customer, it’s a pale yellow hue and just hangs there, while appearing much shorter on the woman who bought it.

Princess Jasmine

Where do we even begin? We’ll start by asking why, even if they got exactly what was advertised, this person decided it was a good idea to buy a bright blue jumpsuit that looks more like something you’d sleep in.

Princess Jasmine

Now on to the photo on the right, where everything is pulled up so high that the sleeves end above the wrists and the overall ensemble looks like a toddler’s onesie. On the bright side, this jumpsuit would make a pretty good Princess Jasmine Halloween costume.

Disco leggings

What are these? Leggings for ants?! All this woman was some gold leggings that went all the way down to her calves. While the picture on this website promised that customers would receive full-then gold leggings, the woman must have been very surprised to find cropped, sort of shiny leggings in her package.

Disco leggings

Unless she accidentally ordered these in a kids size, this woman should immediately email the company and ask for some new, normal sized leggings.

Pearl polka dots

This tweet explains it all. Sherri Hill is a well-known dress company so we find it a little odd that they would ship out such a disaster dress to a customer. The drop waist gown was supposed to be sleeveless with glitter on the bodice, however, the woman on the right received a sleeved train wreck in the mail.

Pearl polka dots

The bodice of the dress looks like it has giant pearls on it rather than glitter and the skirt is starts around her ankles. What a mess.

Latex socks

What were supposed to be latex tights turned out to be garbage bag socks in reality. While we don’t want to know what this person was planning on doing with latex tights, they certainly did not get what they ordered.

Latex socks

It looks like a seamstress cut out pieces from a giant garbage bag, put an elastic in the top and called it a day. We highly suggest they order cotton tights next time to avoid any more disasters.

Teddy where?

When the owner of this website packaged up this teddy bear for their customer they probably thought “I only promised a teddy bear, I never said that it would be stuffed.” Unfortunately for them, they’ll likely be receiving a number of angry emails.

Teddy where?

Now this unhappy customer has to go out and search for filling for this skinny teddy bear. On the plus side, it’s cheaper than going to Build-a-Bear.

Pink problem

This is yet another instance of a website promising an adult sized clothing item but delivering an item that could only be worn by the child of the customer.

Pink problem

Not only does this bright pink sweater look like it was put in the dryer for about a week too long, it’s missing all of the white buttons that are visible in the online picture. Maybe this customer could put this tiny sweater on their dog or teddy bear.

One legged skirt

The person who bought this skirt was likely thinking, “Wow! What a cute skirt! It’s so simple that not even the cheapest website could mess it up!” Boy were they wrong. While they got the fabric and color of the skirt right, they did not take into account that a normal sized human being would need to fit into it.

One legged skirt

This skirt barely made it up this person’s leg so we can’t imagine what adult this skirt would fit.

Extra long jeans

When it comes to ASOS, it’s usually either a hit or a miss. In this person’s case it was a gigantic miss. We’re pretty sure that even if the person who order these jeans was 7 feet tall, they would still have left over material at the bottom of their legs.

Extra long jeans

They have two options here, either return the jeans or cut off the extra material and make another pair of jeans out of it.

Modern art

When this person when on the hunt for their perfect prom dress, they were likely very excited when they came across this lovely dress online that resembles a water color painting.

Modern art

However, when the dress arrived in the mail the person was annoyed to discover that the blue background of the dress was actually white and that the beautiful flowers were actually giant, blue splotches. Their dream of looking like a lovely in a water color pattern at prom was ruined by false advertising online.

Naughty or nice?

We are wondering how this website could even begin to argue that the pictures of theMrs. Claus outfit they posted are somewhat similar to what their customer received in real life. Where’s there fur? Where’s the hat?

Naughty or nice?

They just sent a red hoodie with some white felt on the ends and they didn’t even have the decency to include the hat or boots. This website is definitely on Santa’s naughty list.

Fashion disaster

This woman must have been excited about receiving her formal dress in the mail that she ordered in a lovely like pink color. But when she opened the box she saw a hot pink fashion disaster staring back at her.

Fashion disaster

We hope she had enough time to go out and buy a normal looking dress before her formal event and we also hope she told all her friends to never order from that website again.

Where’s the glitter?

This woman got two misshapen chicken cutlets underneath a dress that looks nothing like she paid for. In the online picture, there is intricate beading and embellishment that is balanced out by the sheer parts on the dress, however, the customer got a lot more white space than they bargained for.

Where’s the glitter?

The manufacturer definitely skimped out on the beading and glitter and glued about 10 rhinestones onto a completely sheer top.

Little black mess

Let’s play a game of spot the difference with this little black dress (or little black mess if you will). First of all, the website picture of this dress looks like it comes down to around mid-thigh on the model, however, on the customer it looks like a slightly long top.

Little black mess

Secondly, on the model it looks like the material on the sleeves and midriff is a lovely lace pattern while on the customer, it looks like Dalmatian spots. All in all, not a good buy.

Nailed it

Tie dye has been popular for decades and to this day, people have found ways to keep the style fashionable. The only problem, however, can arise when shopping online.

Nailed it

Apparently if you do this, you could end up with something that looks more like paint splotches than actual tie dye. Also, as you can see in the photo on the left, there is supposed to be a yellow underskirt that simply did not come with the purchased product.

Honey, I shrunk the dress

We’re not sure whether this was a manufacturing mistake or a customer mistake, but somewhere along the way, someone made a mistake.

Honey, I shrunk the dress

This woman clearly wanted to order a dress in her size, but what arrived looks like it was either shrunk in the dryer or came in a children’s size. Regardless, she clearly can’t wear this and we hope that she got this taken care of. While it’s the least of her problems, the dress is also missing the ribbon around it.

Colorblind

Most people have to accept that when they order something online, there is a good chance they will never look as good as the models in the pictures advertising the products. That being said, they still hope to receive the order they’re expecting from the picture.

Colorblind

Unfortunately that doesn’t always happen. Take this woman who ordered a beautiful white dress and got a green disastrous one instead. Perhaps this is one she should have tried on in a store.

Business casual

Everyone needs a nice peacoat in their lives and this woman decided she wanted hers to have a tutu sewn into the bottom. While the picture makes the coat look fabulous, the one that arrived was slightly less than.

Business casual

The photo on the left shows a fitted and stylish white coat. The reality shows an oversized, stretched out mess of a coat that most people would probably never actually wear. At least the tutu came with the order.

Epic fail

Ordering shoes online can always be difficult due to sizing based on style – similar to clothing. The fact of the matter is most people need to walk around in the shoes in a store in order to make sure they not only fit, but are also comfortable.

Epic fail

Not only this, though. Ordering shoes online can also mean you get something completely different than what you think you’re ordering. Take this guy who practically got slippers instead of sneakers.