There's a reason that online shopping has been made into a viral meme. The "when you order something online vs. when it arrives" trope is so universally known that it's been applied everywhere you can think of, from pop stars to politicians. The joke format perfectly encapsulates expectation as opposed to reality but in a pretty much universally accessible human experience.

Even though the joke has been seen before, sometimes there's a particular example which perfectly captures the internet's attention this week...

There's nothing like a bit of retail therapy.

While it's never a long-term solution to a low mood or high stress, there's no denying shopping can be good fun.

And nowadays, we have even more access to shopping.

Because you can actually make purchased all from the comfort of your own home, without even having to leave.

It just takes a matter of clicks.

And then masses of parcels can turn up at your front door - sort of like it's Christmas morning, except you bought everything yourself.

It can be pretty exciting.

Not only is the process of receiving something in the mail great fun, but you can often discover you've found something perfect.

But online shopping isn't perfect.

There's a certain aspect which makes it prone to a few more mistakes than shopping in-store. Because you never actually know precisely what you're getting.

Which can lead to some mistakes.

And, therefore, some truly disappointing purchases. It's pretty disheartening when you make an order and end up hating everything you bought.

Sometimes, the issue can be to do with size.

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Like this hapless fellow, who ordered a mysteriously cheap paddling pool on the internet.

Sometimes, the problem is even bigger.

Like this online purchase of a blanket, which turned out to just be lengths of unwoven fibers.

Furniture, too, can pose problems.

The moral of the story is, if a price looks too good to be true, then it probably is.

And never trust a free sample.

Because beauty products that are this small are about as useful as no beauty products at all!

Some products are clearly misrepresented.

Like this pair of "Yeezys," which look more like comedy slippers than some sought-after sneakers.

So what's the lesson?

You always have to read the description - and if there are measurements there, pay close attention to them!

And remember that you're taking a risk.

Exercising caution when online shopping is absolutely key - and well worth always bearing in mind.

The format of the joke has become inherently meme-able.

It can be applied to essentially any two comparable things now, and not just actual purchased products. And one example, in particular, has captured the internet's attention this week.

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TikTok user Julia showed the pants she'd bought.

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Warning others to be careful if they choose to do the same.

Because when she drops to do a squat ...

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Something rather embarrassing happens.

Watch the full video here.

And for more online shopping disasters, scroll on ...