20 People Share Their Shopping Disasters That Are So Bad They’re Borderline Hilarious

There are times when reality just doesn’t meet your expectations. This holds true especially when shopping. Be it in-store or online shopping, it’s inevitable to experience some shopping disasters from time to time. While it’s true that shopping can be relaxing, do note that it can be equally stressful as well.

Ever experienced receiving an item that’s totally different from what you had ordered? Well, we bet that you’re not the only one. Sadly, companies would do everything just to make their products sell—even if it means deceiving their customers at times.


Buying Leggings Online

Shopping Disasters Purple Leggings Product Photo Versus Actual Fit


“The ‘giant’ fish I ordered and what I received. I’ve never been more disappointed with a $2 purchase. My regular sized hand for reference.”

Shopping Disasters Fish Pillow Product Photo Versus Actual Product


“When you order your Halloween costume on wish.com”

Shopping Disasters Dog Halloween Costume Product Photo Versus Actual Product

In most cases, they’ll try their best to market their products in the fanciest way possible. An exceptional advertisement or even a nice packaging doesn’t always equate to a great product, more so value for your money. Oftentimes, these are merely marketing schemes that companies employ to entice customers into buying their subpar goods.


“A lot of packaging, very little chocolate”

Shopping Disasters Fail Chocolate Packaging


“You can just see the tinnyyy amount of product I just bought for a ridiculous amount of money”

Pixi by Petra Colour Correcting Concealer Packaging Versus Content Inside


“This Bottle of glue is only half the size you think it is.”

Fail Super Glue Packaging

That said, the ultimate key to avoiding these purchase pitfalls is to be a wise consumer. Indeed, it pays to read the product description as well as customer reviews before purchasing something. Don’t solely rely on the product’s advertised photo itself, especially if you’re shopping online.


Expectation – Reality

Shopping Disasters Anti-stress Toy Cat


“bought rings online”

Shopping Disasters Ring Product Photo Versus Actual Product


“The hiking boots I ordered online look a little different than the picture they provided”

Shopping Disasters High-heeled Shoes Delivered Instead of Boots

However, some companies are downright sneaky that it’s hard to tell whether they’re really offering a great deal or not. So, if you’ve been a victim of such a sly tactic, just charge it to experience. But hopefully, you don’t fall for the same trap again.

In the meantime, here are more of these shopping fails to remind you that everyone has had their fair share of bad purchases. Let us know the worst shopping disaster you’ve experienced in the comments section below.


“Paid for a first class train ticket advertising a ‘table’.”

First Class Train Actual Table


“I am glad I turned that around”

Plastic Alphabet Letter Toys Deceiving Packaging


“This transparent sun visor”

Transparent Sun Visor


“The sauce and cheese on this frozen pizza separated completely from the crust”

Shopping Disasters Frozen Pizza with Separated Sauce and Cheese from the Crust


“Toothpaste dispenser, yo”

Shopping Disasters Fail Minion Toothpaste Dispenser


“Putting outwardly imperceptible, laser etched branding on prescription glasses so the always look like they have a smudge on them to the wearer.”

Shopping Disasters Fail Branding Placement on Prescription Glasses


“Is this some kind of new technology, so that the expiration date is not faked?”

Shopping Disasters Fail Best Before Date Printing


“A little surprise inside my cookie container”

Sesame Cookies Container with Another Container Inside


“My New Nike free run shoes after my first run”

Running Shoes Fail Outsole Design


“A friend ordered pizza, but it turned out to be a little different”

Pizza Photo on Menu Versus Actual Serving


“AliExpress never ceases to please”

Fail Jerry Mouse from AliExpress