Online shopping is pretty much always a gamble. After all, to paraphrase Forrest Gump, it’s like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get. Yes, if there’s one advantage retail stores still have in the internet era, it’s that you’re never going to get tricked into buying the world’s smallest paddling pool, or accidentally order a pizza without any cheese. Or sauce. It happens…
20. Dinosaur pillow case
We can’t blame this guy for excitedly ordering this pillow case without double checking what he’d actually receive. But his face must have been an absolute picture when he opened the parcel and discovered its contents. Then again, who even has a dinosaur-shaped pillow that would fit that case?
19. Undersized chair
While the girl who ordered this chair off Amazon could be at fault for not checking the dimensions beforehand, ask yourself this: why is anyone selling a chair this size in the first place? Indeed, it isn’t totally unreasonable to assume that it would be a full-size chair.
18. Adidas shoes
Sometimes, though, it doesn’t matter how carefully you read the description. Indeed, your online purchase may look nothing like the picture, and there’s no way you could know until it arrives. Like these absurdly expensive shoes, for instance, which definitely weren’t the legit article.
17. Extra-small dog bed
Luckily, dogs aren’t quite as picky as humans when it comes to accidental online orders. Yes, even though this hound’s owner mistakenly ordered an extra-small bed, the pooch was still grateful to receive it. Somehow, we can’t imagine the human who placed the order was quite so pleased.
16. High-waisted pants
We know high-waisted pants are fashionable at the moment, but this might be taking it a little too far. Or should that be a little too high? After all, these pants seems to have bypassed this woman’s waist and headed straight for her chest.
15. Dry pizza
Ordering pizza has never been so efficient. After all, thanks to the power of apps, you don’t even need to talk to another person to have hot, cheesy dough turn up at your door. Unless, of course, you forget to add cheese. Or sauce. And then, you end up with this monstrosity.
14. Long-legged bear
Maybe it’s just a trick of perspective, or maybe the photo really isn’t of the same bear. Either way, this is proof that it’s always worth checking product reviews before ordering. After all, who wants to end up with such a disastrously disproportionate stuffed toy?
13. Tiny rug
There’s a golden rule when it comes to online shopping: if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. For instance, this rug must have seemed absurdly cheap. And there was a good reason for it, too: just look how ridiculously tiny the real thing is.
12. Scallion flowers
Somehow, we don’t think scallions are a suitable alternative to a spring bouquet of flowers. To be fair, they’re known as “spring onions” in the U.K. so it does sound similar, but that’s no excuse. We guess there’s a reason why these big supermarkets are still in business. And it must be because of genius substitutions like this one.
11. Face pillows
These may have seemed like a good idea in theory, but in practice they’re the absolute stuff of nightmares. Indeed, there’s a reason human faces are the size they are. And that’s because if they were any bigger, they’d look like this. We sure won’t be sleeping tonight.
10. 170mm screw
An extra zero can make all the difference when it comes to measurements. For instance, this unfortunate customer ordered a 17mm (21/32-inch) screw, but what actually turned up was a 170mm one. They must have been properly baffled by the size of the box, even before finding out what was inside.
9. Lion bouquet
When you buy something in a store, you’re able to see for yourself just how closely it resembles what’s being advertised. When you buy online, though, you’re at the absolute mercy of whoever’s on the other end of that anonymous transaction. Hence why something like this is allowed to happen…
8. Special requirements
Even if this unwitting customer accidentally wrote in the delivery instructions box rather than the special order requirements, you’d still think somebody would have flagged it before sending it out. Alas, her attempts at a surprise party were never going to work out.
7. Cheap leggings
Ordering clothes online can be a complete minefield, more so than any other item. After all, you’ve got no idea if what you’re buying is going to suit you, or even safely say that her cheap leggings definitely won’t fit.
6. Small backpack
At some point, you’ve just got to ask yourself who this could possibly be intended for. Indeed, why would anyone even bother producing such an incredibly pointless backpack? Unless, of course, it’s a gag to trick unsuspecting customers. Remember, folks: always read the description.
Why bother with cool, laser-cut, angular heart-shaped sunglasses when you can have regular old boring sunglasses? Clearly, the seller here knew what their customers really wanted more than they did. Either that, or they’re just a lot less discerning when it comes to the visual representation of their products.
4. Photo ornament
Personalized gifts are a great way to show you’ve put thought into your Christmas presents, without breaking the bank. But when you order, for example, a photo ornament featuring a picture of your own family, that’s generally what you expect to arrive. Not a completely unknown family with some Photoshopped penguins. No sir.
3. Birthday cake
If you’re trying to scar your niece for life, then this is definitely the cake for you. Otherwise, pretty much any other cake in the known universe would be preferable. We can only imagine the face of the unassuming aunt or uncle who ordered this abomination when it arrived.
2. Misspelled jewelry
It’s not a huge leap from “hopeless” to “hoelesss,” but it is basically the most unfortunate spelling mistake you can make in that situation. It’s no wonder, then, that this woman was so horrified when her choker turned up in the mail. Somehow, we don’t think she’ll have bothered wearing it.
1. Paddling pool
What is this, a padding pool for ants? Yes, that isn’t a hilariously oversized shoe, but a regular one added for scale. Instead, it’s just the pool that’s horrendously tiny. Apparently, it was “suspiciously cheap” – remember, if it seems too good to be true…