Students, teachers deal with online shopping mistakes

From mis-sized dresses to pokeman card sleeves online shoppers don’t always get what they ordered.


Senior Claire Jefferson purchased a Longchamp bag off eBay and discovered it was a knock-off. photo by Libby Hutchinson

Because of online shopping, it is now possible to order just about anything with the click of a button.

Sophomore Catelyn Campbell had been excited to wear a dress she found online from Wanelo to her first Teresian dance – so excited, in fact, that she even Photoshopped herself into the dress to get an idea of what it would look like.

The dress that came in the mail, however, ended up being way smaller than in the picture online and was too short and tight, according to Campbell.

Although the store refused to give her her money back, Campbell said she was still able to have a good laugh about the dress which she put pictures of on twitter. Campbell was able to find a dress in time, but she advises other online shoppers to check the reviews and the return policy before buying.

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STA science teacher Taylor Scott has also had problems with online orders while shopping for supplies for her chemistry class.

“I was going to order black frame safety glasses,” Scott said. “I unpacked the box and inside was a pack of Pokemon card sleeves. It was nowhere close to what I had ordered.”

According to Scott, the box had been labelled correctly with a sticker that said ‘black frame safety glasses’ and said that it had been distributed by a lab equipment company.

Look at who’s distributing and who’s selling and see if they have any kind of information like that.”

— Taylor Scott, science teacher

Scott said she has not gotten the order resolved yet, but is hoping that she will be able to return or exchange the Pokemon card sleeves for her correct order.

Scott has also had problems when it came to ordering college textbooks online. Rather than being ‘lightly used’ as advertised, some lab manuals she ordered came in the mail with most of the pages ripped out. She advises other online shoppers to do a little bit of research  before ordering.

“Look at who’s distributing and who’s selling and see if they have any kind of information like that,” Scott said. “Are they marketing it and selling like it’s brand new, or is it a used product that they can sell without mentioning that to you?”

Despite having problems with Amazon, Scott still says it is a useful tool.

“I use Amazon often,” Scott said. “I usually don’t have any problems, but when I do it’s something weird like that.”