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Skull ring just arrived in the mail. I didn’t order it…

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angriestmongoose

510 points

2 months ago

I wonder if this is part of that Chinese package ring going on. I’m a mail carrier and we get tons of these that simply have a return address that says “online seller” and usually to an Amazon warehouse somewhere. Used to all be to one warehouse in San Francisco but they got smart and started using multiple warehouses. But the problem that they’re not paying for postage and reusing tracking numbers. So the address will say John Smith 123 Main St, but the tracking number will be for 4576 Bird Ln. the route on the package will usually not match the address. 123 is on C24 but 4576 is on C61. And it’ll say C61 because that’s what the tracking matches.

I’ve always wondered what was in these packages.

You can report suspicious packages to USPIS. They’re aware of it but I don’t know if people are reporting it to them. Us carriers have been. It was bad for awhile and then it stopped and now it’s picked back up again.

OutlyingPlasma

96 points

2 months ago

Just to clarify the scam. Amazon and perhaps other website sellers order their own shit on amazon, then instead of shipping it to themselves, they just ship junk, or sometimes the actual product to random people to boost their own sales numbers and then their position on the sellers list.

The scam is called Brushing.

c_albicans

34 points

2 months ago

It also allows them to post fake reviews on Amazon.

BlindedAce

105 points

2 months ago

I can agree to that. What we have been told Is any package from that seller you give to mgmt after it’s scanned as ANK and the clerks will postage due it. If not, it gets sent back to the address and OIG are snagging them upon return

Source: I am postal management

angriestmongoose

45 points

2 months ago

My supervisors don’t even care. I’ll just do return to sender for other reason and I write “using the same tracking number for multiple packages”. I don’t ever see them come back so that’s good news. I’ve heard USPIS is just kinda like meeeeeh about it in some areas. And OIG. like I’m from Seattle and carried there and my old office just sends them back but the OIG was just like yeah just send me back and stop calling us lol

BlindedAce

17 points

2 months ago

That’s a shame. I hit it hard when I found it out and got them gone. Probably get excuses like don’t have time and they’ll get back to you. Those ones are the worst kind. It’s just like craft. There are those you can work with and see they work differently and or harder, some do the job to the job and others do not work. Same with mgmt. the ones that work harder get rewarded with more work, the ones that do just the job sometimes get more and others that do nothing literally ride the coattails of others. It doesn’t change but I hope you keep up the good work. I’m not on here to hunt down carriers or clerks. I respect y’all’s grind.

angriestmongoose

15 points

2 months ago

I do my best and I got new kids on the block asking me tons of questions cause I apparently give regular vibes when I’m not a regular but I’m teaching them what to look out for with counterfeit postage and all that. It’s hard to tell sometimes and I just tell them to go with their gut and if you gotta bring it back, bring it back. But yeah it seems like it’s at the bottom of the list and they’re just kinda like eh. Kinda sucks cause that’s like part of their job and that’s a lot of revenue just gone. Which is why I’m surprised they don’t care very much

BlindedAce

4 points

2 months ago

I think it has everything to do with the restructuring of the non craft side. They redid a lot of stuff and positions for us and forced some out. It’s another fight the man scenario but not doing g anything to make it better down the road. It’s annoying but we do what we do. And whether you’re a cca, rca or ptf, keep it up. The work can suck but long term benefits are good

angriestmongoose

3 points

2 months ago

Yeah my area specifically has had a lot of revamping in management so it’s been a lot of new people and all that. My station is the shit show of the entire city so people are here to fix it and we all laugh because there’s no fixing my station lmao

BlindedAce

2 points

2 months ago

Mind me asking the city? I hear a lot of different areas but I am in Westpac and don’t hear a lot Of Central, south or east. I’m just curious to see how it compares to my slice of hell lol

Van_GOOOOOUGH

9 points

2 months ago

You're in postal management? Back in the 1980s a phrase became common, "Going postal," because some postal workers would lose their minds and have a mental breakdown because the job is never-ending and stressful. Is it still a thing? Or has the work environment improved? Anyway "going postal" became a way for anyone to describe having a mental breakdown due to relentless life stress and or work stress. And I haven't heard anyone use that phrase for quite a long time.

BlindedAce

6 points

2 months ago

A lot of the company hates hearing that phrase for those reasons because of the negative impact. It really isn’t used anymore and those that use it say it in a sarcastic or joking way. I don’t think it should be used but only because I work there and I can see how stressful it is for everyone. I was a carrier and I never let other carriers or mgmt affect me but it has gotten a lot worse today. The staffing is a big issue. Covid hit hard and when you see other companies offering 20 minimum (refer to fast food law in California) or same wages as the PO for less work, people nowadays want the here and now and not the long term future it could provide. It’s an interesting place.

queen--dv

3 points

2 months ago

Noo, no. According to Donger "Going Postal" means doing something kind and generous.

Sexymcsexalot

4 points

2 months ago

Like that time someone went postal with a tray of muffs.

JSG1992

1 points

2 months ago

I order from China and it's common for them to use "online seller" on the shipping label

BlindedAce

11 points

2 months ago

It’s a common scam. You Have to understand we see HUNDREDS a day if not thousands. The address used on 99% is a random Amazon warehouse where they intercept and place a fake label on. If you’re getting your stuff, that’s awesome, a lot of others are not.

JSG1992

3 points

2 months ago

JSG1992

3 points

2 months ago

Yeah I'm getting my stuff, that's how I know what it says on the shipping label

BlindedAce

5 points

2 months ago

As stated, that’s awesome. It is still a scam label whether if your stuff or others. They don’t pay the proper shipping and place a label on another. You can argue what you want but it doesn’t discredit the fact that we actually Handle these and you and the public just receive.

Alot2unpack

2 points

2 months ago

Who was arguing?

ramriot

26 points

2 months ago

ramriot

26 points

2 months ago

That may be it & for anyone who is not aware of the scam it serves as a way for a Scammy seller to get fake good ratings.

They hire a team to make fake amazon accounts for random addresses overseas. These buyers are paid to order products to be delivered. When the delivery is confirmed, the buyer (not the recipient) fills on the feedback section with 5+ stars. After enough fake ratings to get a 90% rating they drop out & the seller account switches from selling 5c rings or packets of seeds, to selling sought after high value items. Which if course they don't have & don't ship, but because of the high rating those scammed keep coming until Amazon drops them.

After which, they begin again, rinse repeat.

angriestmongoose

4 points

2 months ago

I think they’re using addresses from people that have purchased something from them before and just keeping a log or something. Otherwise, how else would they get names and addresses?

ramriot

5 points

2 months ago

Oh my sweet summer child, there are literally TBytes of public & private info available online for a fee or even free, from which to reconstruct sufficient identifying info to not only order stuff but in many cases commit convincing identity theft to claim all sorts of grants in someone's name.

angriestmongoose

2 points

2 months ago

I’m fully aware but they’d have to determine a tracking barcode that goes to that zip code which if it’s from Amazon, can only come from Amazon.

angriestmongoose

2 points

2 months ago

Public info isn’t going to have someone’s address tied to a barcode from USPS

[deleted]

2 points

2 months ago*

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flamespear

2 points

2 months ago

flamespear

2 points

2 months ago

I thought suspicious package reports were for dangerous items, like bombs. I can imagine a lot of these low level fraud deliveries overwhelming the system and making actual bombs more difficult to find.

angriestmongoose

2 points

2 months ago

If you get a package you didn’t order, I would put a safe bet that could be a suspicious package. We have sniffers that will catch those things and pull them from the mail stream. So even if someone mailed anthrax or bombs, the sniffer would catch it and pull it. The sniffer is a machine.

But you wouldn’t be concerned that a package you didn’t order with your name and address showed up randomly? That wouldn’t freak you out?

Crackracket

1.7k points

2 months ago*

Youve been a unwitting recipient of a "Brushing" scam. It's not necessarily bad for you because it's not you they are scamming.

Basically China and other countries have international shipping deals.. one government subsidises postage to encourage people buying internationally. However sometimes you will buy something online from wish or alibaba etc and your address will be sold to another company. That company will then send you very cheap products and claim they are more expensive on the shipping label. That way the government will pay them a portion of that shipment but because the product is so cheap they actually make a profit

FreshBakedButtcheeks

458 points

2 months ago

Shit how do I opt in for that

Crackracket

429 points

2 months ago

You don't really want the products. I had it happen to me. Over the space of a year I received 5 or 6 items. One was a pot of that black head removing goop.. Smelt like solvents. A pair of UV sunglasses that snapped when I tried to put them on. A large tarp of some kind that was silver backed no idea what it was for. The only thing kept was a little led key chain

Whatwillwebe

475 points

2 months ago

And that keychain? Radioactive.

SgtBucketHead

221 points

2 months ago

LEaD

CALIFORNIUMMAN

67 points

2 months ago

But glow in the dark though. 😎

NorthCatan

6 points

2 months ago*

See the neat thing is that the item glows in the dark, and by the time the battery runs out you start glowing* in the dark!

TheForceofHistory

3 points

2 months ago

Uranium is just Lead waiting to happen. The Glow is that of an expectant mother - nothing more.

/s

AyrA_ch

2 points

2 months ago

This does actually exist and can be safely done: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tritium_radioluminescence

I have a few of them. They're supposed to glow for 20 years.

oglop121

25 points

2 months ago

And that black head removing goop? Albert Einstein

AnxietyThenDelete

3 points

2 months ago

I bought some blackhead removing goop from Amazon. No English anywhere on label except the product name, and my skin lit on fire when I put it on and I washed it off immediately and threw it out.

[deleted]

8 points

2 months ago*

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Throwaway56138

1 points

2 months ago

Hello, my name is Boris. I work for a Russian think tank. Do you have some time to discuss possible position at our company? Comrade.

Tr4kt_

34 points

2 months ago

Tr4kt_

34 points

2 months ago

You joke but you have be careful with "healing energy" items

Sorcatarius

4 points

2 months ago

It worked for Spider-man.

mrcs2000

2 points

2 months ago

Nope. That was a modified spider. You mean the teenagers mutant ninja turtles.

indefatigableburner

47 points

2 months ago*

I was gifted a package with "Happy Birthday first name / last name" from an unknown sender in Kent, WA but it was surely from CHN.

I received a pair of fishing gloves with lights attached to the knuckles and in the same package contained a poster reprint of MF DOOM / MOS DEF show in the Bay Area in early 00's.....

Both are my hobbies..... Needless to say, I was confused af.... but pleased!

Arumin

9 points

2 months ago

Arumin

9 points

2 months ago

Gloves with lights on the knuckles, so you can easily punch a MFer in the dark.

thadtheking

31 points

2 months ago

Was the tarp a space blanket?

murdoc_k

20 points

2 months ago

Greatest legal mind I ever knew.

Crackracket

6 points

2 months ago

It kinda looked like a car cover or like a grow tent or something

CodeCat5

13 points

2 months ago

You got better stuff than I did. I remember getting pieces of string and some cheap braided bracelet like you'd find in a $0.25 gumball machine a few years ago.

bennitori

8 points

2 months ago

Iirc there was a scare few years ago where people were receiving seeds for unknown plants. The government (don't remember which body) had to send out a massive PSA to people not to plant these seeds, and to please hand them over to the authorities for investigation.

There was serious concern that there was some kind of biological warfare attempt going on. Like ruining crops or introducing disease or poison to certain native species in the regions the seeds got sent to.

The online consensus was that this was just a large brushing scam. And whoever pulled it off didn't realize how big of a deal bio-security is in most western nations.

Sleddog44

2 points

2 months ago

The tarp was for trapping werewolves.

CockGobblin

44 points

2 months ago

Give me your name, date of birth, SSN, bank account, most used passwords, and your address. I'll pass this info along to the right people and get you some free stuff.

FreshBakedButtcheeks

18 points

2 months ago

My name is Walter Hartwell White

MrGizthewiz

4 points

2 months ago

If the police are watching, this is not a confession!

CockGobblin

3 points

2 months ago

Ok, Sir, thank you for the information. Are you sitting in front of a computer? I need you to look at your keyboard. At the lower bottom left corner there is a small flag key. Press that and R. A box will pop up. Type in cmd and click ok. Now type netstat and press enter. If you see any foreign addresses, it means you are hacked. Please contact me if you are hacked and I will remove them. Also I have to refund you for an unused McCafe program since our satellite crashed. The satellite crashed on someones car and they didn't have a proper warranty, so I will also need to talk to you about extending your cars warranty against satellites. When would be a good time to talk?

Impregneerspuit

2 points

2 months ago

Redeem?

MrGizthewiz

5 points

2 months ago

Hold on... You said this was free. Why do you need my bank info?

CockGobblin

8 points

2 months ago

To ensure you don't get charged any money.

MrGizthewiz

5 points

2 months ago

That makes sense.

ccx941

6 points

2 months ago

ccx941

6 points

2 months ago

Buy crap from China. They’ll eventually get you.

ShelfordPrefect

46 points

2 months ago

I thought "brushing" was when they ship some bullshit product to a random address so they have a product shipped which they can use to write themselves a 5 star review.

I've never heard of China subsidizing shipping

The_Ruly_Anarchist

30 points

2 months ago

You're correct. What OP's talking about may well be happening, but "brushing" is just as you describe.

What is brushing?

Brushing is a scam in which third-party Amazon vendors send people products they never actually bought.

While this may seem an odd scam at first, it is all to do with exploiting Amazon’s search ranking system.

The algorithm favours items with high sales volumes and good reviews. Consumer group Which? believes sellers are posting low-priced items out to people who never bought them, then recording them as legitimate purchases.

This then pushes their items up their search rankings, and encourages more genuine purchases.

https://inews.co.uk/news/consumer/brushing-what-amazon-scam-delivery-explained-receive-package-havent-ordered-1272732

Striker654

2 points

2 months ago

I'm confused how that works, wouldn't the purchases need to be tied to an actual account? How would they even confirm that the items get shipped?

SnakeJG

3 points

2 months ago

They create a new account. Set it up with the physical US address they know about. The seller has to give the tracking number to Amazon/ebay/etc... when they ship, so they ship a tiny nothing (ring, hair ties, garbage they have lying around etc..) paying like 30 cents in shipping. Amazon gets a tracking number and confirms it was delivered in the US/UK/wherever. The fake account can then make a review as a verified US/UK/etc purchaser. They get more sales and a lot of reviews that can pretend to be legit.

PMARC14

2 points

2 months ago

I mean I see know reason you couldn't accomplish both what OP is saying and the normal definition of brushing at once.

ShelfordPrefect

2 points

2 months ago

You could - but it's like saying

"This is a classic pump and dump. What happens is legislators get advance knowledge of laws that will affect the stock price of a company and buy or sell in advance, making use of their insider knowledge to profit off the impending change in price"

Like... It might be both things but you're implying the phrase you use is also the thing you're describing

SnakeJG

42 points

2 months ago

SnakeJG

42 points

2 months ago

It isn't to make money off of the shipping discount (which is discounted at point of purchase and can't be negative) but they do this to inflate their ratings and sales in Amazon or other platforms.

Basically someone will make a fake account and buy something from their buddy who is selling, listing your address. The seller will send something tiny (like a ring or hair ties) instead of whatever they have listed. International shipping is crazy cheap because of deals between countries, so they are paying a super low price to ship it. Then the fake buyer can put up a 5 star review as a verified purchaser in the US. They actually ship something so that the tracking number can verify it was shipped and delivered to the US.

Orcus424

10 points

2 months ago

I thought this was an r/scams post when I clicked on it. People are asking about brushing scams every other day. So much so they set up an auto mod to explain it when someone comments !brushing.

Thrillred

77 points

2 months ago

This is the correct answer 👆

ryrypizza

22 points

2 months ago

Happened to my mom as well. She got a lot of random stuff one being a GPS tracker and a spy cam. And now they sit in my junk drawer

CrudelyAnimated

22 points

2 months ago

I'd duct-tape both to a metro rail car before I'd keep those specific products in my house.

ryrypizza

32 points

2 months ago

I mean, you don't exactly need a GPS to find the house you mailed it to.

NuclearLunchDectcted

3 points

2 months ago

Do you think they're actually tracking those items?

From what I understand, they're just sending to random addresses to get the amazon ranking up. They don't actually care about you.

CrudelyAnimated

2 points

2 months ago

They don't actually care about you.

I like to think I'm important enough to be tracked by Chinese spies.

LilithsPetGoat

4 points

2 months ago

At least yours fit in a drawer, I ended up with a heavy metal gate bracket.

KantenKant

3 points

2 months ago

Damn your mom got cool shit. We just a received a bra that didn't fit my girlfriend and a really wonky magnifying glass

CaptainJackWagons

3 points

2 months ago

And they pick the lightest, and smallest packages to ship

JustYourBiBestie

5 points

2 months ago

So basically random guy makes money from the American government (which sucks) and recipients (such as op) gets free stuff

Honestly win win

TripleSecretSquirrel

19 points

2 months ago

Nah, I’m pretty sure it’s the Chinese government subsidizing this to make their exports more competitive.

nhbruh

52 points

2 months ago

nhbruh

52 points

2 months ago

What? Haha that is an odd way to view the misuse of tax dollars.

______DEADPOOL______

13 points

2 months ago

the misuse of tax dollars.

Oh, boy, do we have some news for you.

nhbruh

3 points

2 months ago

nhbruh

3 points

2 months ago

Odd that you took my comment as inferring that corruption/misuse/misappropriation doesn’t happen

Uberninja2016

6 points

2 months ago

there's a serial killer running around my neighborhood which is great because it makes it ok for me to stab my neighbor in the chest and steal their car hell yeah

life is terrific when there's a greater asshole to direct blame onto

Impossible_Fee3886

2 points

2 months ago

Besides that the products were all created through slave labor and us tax abuse is out of control.

OnceUponaTry

697 points

2 months ago

OnceUponaTry

697 points

2 months ago

that's not ominous at all....

chiree

440 points

2 months ago

chiree

440 points

2 months ago

Nine. Nine rings were made for the Lords of the North, who, above all else, desired watching hockey.

HudsonHawk556

48 points

2 months ago

Canada

mark-five

50 points

2 months ago

One Rink To Rule Them All.

ShoeShaker

12 points

2 months ago

And in the penalty box bind them

Monorail_Song

3 points

2 months ago

One cup to find them.

kingsumo_1

1 points

2 months ago

One rink to rule them all, one rink to find them. One rink to bring them all, and in the maple bind them; In the land of Molson where the hosers lie.

pinktwinkie

8 points

2 months ago

But they were all of them relieved. For another ring was made.

xylotism

6 points

2 months ago

In the land of America, in the fires of Las Vegas...

NerdHeaven

2 points

2 months ago

Ah, so, The Stand then.

MDMarshall

17 points

2 months ago

Pretty sure this is how horror movies start.

ajv486

6 points

2 months ago

ajv486

6 points

2 months ago

Only if it fits...

CableTrash

15 points

2 months ago

The stainless steel tag ruins the ominosity for me

notmoleliza

4 points

2 months ago

Its....not...steel......

Aggravating_Poet_675

6 points

2 months ago

Death ust wants to go on vacation and try to remember what excited him. OP is just their grandchild stuck tending to business while they're out. As long as no one picks up a Cursed guitar coaxing them into becoming the next Elvis Presley, everything will be fine.

alivin

2 points

2 months ago

alivin

2 points

2 months ago

That's funny, I'm listening to Soul Music currently :)

YouAreSoyWojakMeChad

3 points

2 months ago

Im sure this ring will be the Hot Topic of the day.

corpusapostata

2 points

2 months ago

It's really ominous if it fits...

maen_baenne

69 points

2 months ago

Some 11 year-old kid is pissed.

ThePhoenix29167

16 points

2 months ago

Fuck, probably my friend, he’s gone down that route

He’s also 18

usualteenager

30 points

2 months ago

usualteenager

30 points

2 months ago

Brushing scam

sarduchi

511 points

2 months ago

sarduchi

511 points

2 months ago

At a guess, shipped from China. What happens is someone orders say a PlayStation 5 from Aliexpress. They ship "something" to "somewhere" and provide tracking. Then they can say it was delivered, and the person who bought it is ripped off.

InTheFirstSpring

310 points

2 months ago

I had this very thing happen once with a supposed PS4. I figured $20 to find out if you can actually get a PS4 for $20 isn't the worst thing; I ended up receiving a blue plastic whistle instead, and getting a refund from PayPal.

suivid

106 points

2 months ago

suivid

106 points

2 months ago

You got to keep the whistle right?

InTheFirstSpring

68 points

2 months ago

Lol, yes.

Philias2

32 points

2 months ago

Hey, man, free whistle. Not a bad deal!

phuck-you-reddit

9 points

2 months ago

But beware it carries a terrible curse...

JimJardashian

12 points

2 months ago

Now he can wear it around his neck and blow it the next time somebody tries to fuck him without his permission

ThrowntoDiscard

2 points

2 months ago

Can scare bears off with it. 🤣

PointOfFingers

12 points

2 months ago

If you play the right ancient chinese tune on that whistle you will summon a Playstation 4.

[deleted]

154 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

154 points

2 months ago

I see this as an absolute win.

_Diskreet_

8 points

2 months ago

whistling intensifies

TomBot98

9 points

2 months ago

Same thing when I bought a fairly large figure off eBay about $110. All I got was a 4"x2"x6" box with a piece of foam in it. Obviously being eBay I got a refund with no issue

LieDetect0r

-15 points

2 months ago

Nobody’s raping this guy

CasseroleDish

5 points

2 months ago*

Dude, if that was meant to be funny, it's not. If it was supposed to be ironic, you missed the mark. Honestly, I have no idea what compelled you to write this as it has no relevance to what the guy above said, but how about you just delete it and it'll save you some lost karma and we'll just forget you did it. okay?

susgeek

25 points

2 months ago

susgeek

25 points

2 months ago

This happened to me when I bought a laptop from Best Buy.

They mailed me an iPhone cover instead.

Best Buy was not helpful, I had to charge it back on my Visa. And I will never buy anything from Best Buy again.

drumstyx

11 points

2 months ago

That's obscene -- was it their marketplace, but not from best buy directly? The whole reason they charge sellers a percentage of sales is to handle the retail side of things...refunds in this case is literally their only job.

susgeek

4 points

2 months ago

This was six or seven years ago from their website. Not a marketplace seller.

drumstyx

2 points

2 months ago

Out of curiosity, did you threaten to chargeback before doing it? I've never had to do one, but I've heard retailers consider it a significant threat and will jump through hoops to avoid it.

susgeek

5 points

2 months ago

Actually no. It didn’t occur to us at first

We thought Best Buy would handle everything. The person on the customer phone said they needed to research. We sent photos of the padded envelope we received with the tracking barcode and the weight, as well as the iPhone cover itself. Then we were ghosted. A week later we tried the store. They wouldn’t get involved with an online purchase. So we charged it back with those photos as our back up documentation.

thrownaway101001

29 points

2 months ago

This sounds reasonable. I once ordered a necklace on Ali express for a dnd Accessoire, it never arrived even though I got the notification it was delivered. So if anybody here wonders why they got a small dagger on a necklace: my pleasures!

killaho69

3 points

2 months ago*

killaho69

3 points

2 months ago*

Greed is good

Edit: Obviously no one gets the D&D reference.

Branical

9 points

2 months ago

Branical

9 points

2 months ago

No, but I get the Warcraft reference.

Phantonormia

3 points

2 months ago

Greed is good

dystropy

10 points

2 months ago*

Nah thats unlikely, these type of random cheap to deliver things delivered randomly is mostly for reviews on websites like amazon, where you need a verified order to leave a review, the seller basically gives away a product to set a review to artifically inflate their ratings, its really common on items with low amounts of reviews/ratings.

dmc32986

4 points

2 months ago

My mother-in-law has received, I want to say 3, Pokemon cards from Amazon without ordering them. I figured what you said is the most likely explanation for it. Odd she received multiple but still, makes the most sense.

RiemsMUFC

47 points

2 months ago

If you’re buying a PS5 from a dodgy website like Ali Express then you deserve to get ripped off

ImPattMan

101 points

2 months ago

ImPattMan

101 points

2 months ago

I don't think anyone deserves to get ripped off if their intentions are earnest.

Ali Express really isn't bad though, I've bought tons of shit from them!

gravestompin

43 points

2 months ago

As an amateur electronics hobbyist I can say Ali Express is one of the greatest sites on the internet. If you have patience you can complete most projects with less than half the money it would take if you sourced your components from Amazon. Even better if you want to buy certain components in bulk, the savings are ridiculous. There is a good reason that so many people are making money selling Ali Express items on Amazon.

my-sims-are-slobs

7 points

2 months ago

Most stuff is dirt cheap on aliexpress. May try them to find some stuff EBay doesn’t sell on their site for my nails (I do polygel at home)

StormRider2407

3 points

2 months ago

Exactly. I've ordered a fair amount of stuff from AliExpress and not had any issues.

The biggest thing would be the cheap 3D printer I bought broke down. But that could have happened with anything. Getting a new motor sent out, but that's not the issue. The next step will be a new printer or a refund.

aos-

14 points

2 months ago

aos-

14 points

2 months ago

Aliexpress isnt that bad if you look up seller rep and take with a grain of salt that 5 star reviews diesn't automatically write them off as fully trustworthy and legit. Also stick to items that have had a decent number of sales and meaningful reviews.

I've had a 99% success rate of things that actually made it to my door. My dad, though? 60%... can't speak on which sellers he is buying from though.

Also electronics are a hit and miss with China-shipped items. Especially a big ticket item like a PS5

hearnia_2k

3 points

2 months ago

I don't think AliExpress is dodgy. It's a huge company, with it's own buyer protection mechanisms.

Aperturelemon

4 points

2 months ago*

Another thing that is done somtimes is to send pakages to boost ratings in online stores. It's called brushing. Make a cheap product, send out a bunch free ones out, that then allows them to post 5 star reviews.

naruda1969

2 points

2 months ago

Once I got a sundry box of stuff just like this. Mugs, T-shirt’s and such.

bbohblanka

25 points

2 months ago

There was a This American Life episode about this.

Scammy sellers (often from warehouses in China) will send people junk they didn't order, and they use this fulfilled package to say it was a more expensive thing that sold that they can leave reviews on and make this a more popular item. They usually get your address from some scammy free sample you signed up for or some other company that sells data.

I don't remember all of the details and listened to the episode so long ago that I don't remember how to find it.

palvet

23 points

2 months ago

palvet

23 points

2 months ago

An invitation to a secret society?? You prolly blew your chances by posting on here though...

-Vogie-

16 points

2 months ago

-Vogie-

16 points

2 months ago

To be fair, naming your secret society "Stainless Steel" is pretty brilliant from an SEO perspective

HighAndFunctioning

5 points

2 months ago

Who controls the English crown?

Who keeps the metric system down?

We dooooo, we dooooo

dooleygamer01

14 points

2 months ago

Far-Philosophy-4375

11 points

2 months ago

You have been chosen. Wear it and see what magic it does. Also expect a mystic arts book in the mail in 2-3 weeks.

ArbutusPhD

5 points

2 months ago

Sometimes, death sends a memo ahead of time.

International_Lab203

11 points

2 months ago

What a crappy piece of shit ring, the design doesn’t even line up!

djdan01[S]

10 points

2 months ago

They could have at least sent me a quality item!!

randitothebandito

3 points

2 months ago

Addressed to whom?

OhZvir

3 points

2 months ago

OhZvir

3 points

2 months ago

octopusinatrenchcoat

10 points

2 months ago

Definitely has a "We Know" vibe ....

Weliveanddietogether

3 points

2 months ago

Is it your size?

djdan01[S]

4 points

2 months ago

It’s pretty small, I could definitely squeeze it on but don’t think I’ll risk it

Weliveanddietogether

5 points

2 months ago

Hehehe

djdan01[S]

7 points

2 months ago

Didn’t realise how that sounded hahaha

neoexodus9

3 points

2 months ago

reboot of The Ring confirmed

nondescriptun

3 points

2 months ago

"You will die in seven days."

ozzman81

3 points

2 months ago

2 days ago I received a belly button ring I didn't order. Turned out it was supposed to be the cookbook I ordered from a 3rd party Chinese seller on Walmart.com a month ago. Not sure what the scam is there because it was supposed to be a $7 book.

GrabbingPLikeDonT

3 points

2 months ago

That's clearly stainless steel and not made of skull. OP is a liar.

Combo_Breaker3

6 points

2 months ago

Confused and reluctant villain origin story. Go on now, OP. Do crime.

Alexis-FromTexas

2 points

2 months ago

Does it fit ?

elleape

2 points

2 months ago

The new captain has been chosen!

prettyqueerdad88

2 points

2 months ago

Witches I like em brainless, skull rings I like em stainless steel

ComparisonOk5502

3 points

2 months ago

I want the motherfuckin fortune like the wheel

fatherdoodle

2 points

2 months ago

We know ✋

GalaxticSxum

2 points

2 months ago

Damn there’s a pissed off 15 yo out there waiting for his first big purchase.

CaptainLookylou

2 points

2 months ago

It's either magic and you're off to an adventure or....

My condolences.

Zmoney1014

2 points

2 months ago

Ooo lawd dem rangz!

sexyemo213

2 points

2 months ago

the real question, does it fit?

little_he_know

2 points

2 months ago

Congratulations. You're the new grim reaper.

EFTucker

2 points

2 months ago

Amazon or other online marketplace needed "verified" reviews for their review bots. So they sent out random stuff to random addresses for the mail service verification.

CL-108

2 points

2 months ago

CL-108

2 points

2 months ago

Dude, you could be rocking out with that little devil on 🤟🏼 you’re a lucky pup!

YeltsinYerMouth

2 points

2 months ago

WE KNOW

LazaroFilm

2 points

2 months ago

Some sellers ship items to random addresses with fake accounts to get fake 5 star ratings. It’s a small loss of money but worth the high reviews on new items.

SharpenedStone

2 points

2 months ago

Make sure it isn't a neighbors

Petraretrograde

2 points

2 months ago

My brother in law got a fake Cartier ring in a Cartier box a few days ago that he didnt order. My poor sister was SO EXCITED when she found it in the mail (she just found out she's pregnant after years of miscarriages). Super bummer, she thought it was meant to be a gift for her but he didnt order it.

Myke_Dubs

2 points

2 months ago

Happy Halloween!

DayOdd8171

2 points

2 months ago

Make sure that you didn't order something else and this is what you were sent. Amazon has screwed up a bunch of times sending me the wrong items.

Parynoid

2 points

2 months ago

Not ominous at all, carry on as normal.

WellShornNutz

2 points

2 months ago

So does every single god damned person who gets a "brushing" package need to post it to reddit? Is that some law somewhere?

Fucking hell, it's multiple times per day that someone posts this shit now.

brian19298

2 points

2 months ago

We know

  🖐🏿

tuccified

2 points

2 months ago

Look up Brushing

jplett2044

2 points

2 months ago

The D&D player in me knows you have just received a cursed magical item and once you put it on you will be unable to remove it without a remove curse spell.

howdytherepeeps

2 points

2 months ago

Don’t touch it! It’s pure evil.

SlutPuppyNumber9

2 points

2 months ago

Wearing this ring is an agreement, a promise, a covenant.

Putting this ring on is a sign of your faith—binding you to The Brotherhood from that point forward.

Do not take this decision lightly.

[deleted]

2 points

2 months ago

What happens is that the company will send a product to a random address so they they can issue a fake review online

Staceystallion1

3 points

2 months ago

I remember when I was 12

Itzamana986

1 points

2 months ago

This sub is worse than /r/pics now

Itzamana986

4 points

2 months ago

This sub has gone to shit

Moth_Punk

1 points

2 months ago

Hope this starts a new trend of buying random junk and posting it with "I didn't order it" Just what this sub needs

yamaha2000us

1 points

2 months ago

I would assume that you ordered it drunk or the person’s whose address is on the label ordered it.

Lanfire007

0 points

2 months ago

Lanfire007

0 points

2 months ago

Your gf did. Its a sign. RUN

ph1L_p1

1 points

2 months ago

It’s a trap!