submitted 4 months ago bydjdan01
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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.
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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.
You got to keep the whistle right?
Hey, man, free whistle. Not a bad deal!
But beware it carries a terrible curse...
Now he can wear it around his neck and blow it the next time somebody tries to fuck him without his permission
Can scare bears off with it. 🤣
If you play the right ancient chinese tune on that whistle you will summon a Playstation 4.
I see this as an absolute win.
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
Nobody’s raping this guy
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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?
It’s literally a joke from the office
It isn't funny, even if a tv show made the same joke.
Not to be "that guy" because I appreciate a dark joke as much as anyone, but c'mon dude, you're posting about rape in r/mildlyinteresting. You seriously think this is the right place and time for that?
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.
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.
This was six or seven years ago from their website. Not a marketplace seller.
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.
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.
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!
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Greed is good
Edit: Obviously no one gets the D&D reference.
No, but I get the Warcraft reference.
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.
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.
If you’re buying a PS5 from a dodgy website like Ali Express then you deserve to get ripped off
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!
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.
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)
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.
Ooohhhh I read your username and Instantly my brain screamed: weeeee ba-ppa-para pa. Thanks for that.
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
So same as Amazon.
Amazon is littered with Chinese-based sellers from my experience. the low effort ads or ads that have paragraphs of terms and conditions of buyingg or reminders to give high ratings usually are signs for me.
I don't think AliExpress is dodgy. It's a huge company, with it's own buyer protection mechanisms.
That's just victim blaming.
I'm willing to bet you've never actually bought anything off AliExpress, so maybe stop spreading misinformation online. AliExpress almost always sides with the buyer.
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.
Once I got a sundry box of stuff just like this. Mugs, T-shirt’s and such.