Honesty is always the best policy. Try telling that to the majority of the male species and they'll most likely do a massive rofl in your face or start looking dead uncomfortable [or maybe I'm just very miserable / cynical] but for me, the truth wins hands down. Which is one of the main reasons I decided to launch my Expectation vs Reality Series. That and the fact that I am one of the poorest people in the land, so when I buy something, I want to know what I'm getting will be sh*t hot, not just plain old sh*t.

The idea for this series stemmed from me having ordered this bodychain right, that I was proper excited to get my hands on. On the photos, it looked bloody amazing and I expected it to be worth every penny of the £5.00 I spent on it. And then it turned up. To this day, I still regard it as one of the sh*ttest things I've ever bought [and I'll happily admit, I have bought some very debatable 'bargains' in my time.] How could the seller even pretend that that was the same chain as in the picture? I know my knockers aren't huge, but they'd have to be about an N cup for the size of the charms on the chain to either a)  look the way they did in the photo or to b) sit the way they did in the photos. This, my friends, is what the cool kids call an 'Expectation vs Reality' moment. You know what I mean; you order an absolute bargain online that looks like it's going to be a pure fitty, but then when it arrives... you don't know whether to laugh or cry because of how terrible it is. THAT.

If you're new to this concept - welcome. And if you're interested as to how my previous bargain hunting missions have gone down you can check them out here and here [spoiler alert, one is that bad it legit looks like a bed-wetting sheet stitched into a garment.]

Most of the time, despite being beyond comprehendible levels of broke, I can laugh at my Expectation vs Reality moments. The 'it's so bad, it's funny' kinda awkward lols. Think that it serves myself right, for ordering something for 50p from Hong Kong with free postage and hoping it would be top quality. 

But then sometimes, on the flip side of the coin, you strike gold and that 31p skirt you shipped in from halfway across the world is perfect and it's a triumph like no other. 

It's an oddly addictive gamble to take. Anyway, as I explained last week - this series is going to be dedicated to this concept; kind of like the 'Fit or Sh*t?' features I had going on before I became too poor to afford new makeup to test [insert a teary-eyed smiley here.] Follow me on my journey as I test out the cheapest products of the internets, to see if they actually do look like the picture - you can either grab some great bargains or learn a lot  from my mistakes!

Expectation vs Reality: Part #3 > The 67p Wishbone Necklace

I'd been after a wishbone necklace for a while. Orelia do this gorgeous one, which I actually featured on my Very Lust List post a few weeks ago, sobbing as I typed cos I couldn't afford it. So when I logged onto eBay and found what looked to be an exact replica for approx. just 67p [including postage!!!!! Can you cope with this???? Cos I couldn't!!!!] I whacked that buy button faster than the speed of light.

Expectation > Gold, wishbone necklace, with a 2-3 week shipping time seeing as it was coming in from China.

Reality > SO much better than I anticipated. A delicate charm and equally delicate chain of a nice length. Yeah, I can't lie - it arrived tangled. At one point I felt like just binning the b*stard, as I don't have much patience at the best of times - and this mission just felt too much. But I'm glad I persevered. I'm a little concerned that it might go green pretty much instantaneously; but I hope not as this will be the cutest necklace for all seasons.

I'm made up with this bargain - whereas Orelia's version retails for £9.99, my version cost me just 67p - which leaves plenty of extra coin leftover to invest in blocks of cheese and bourbon biscuits; my two main interests in life.


What are your thoughts? Have you had any epic 'Expectation vs Reality' moments with things you've bought online, or any amazing bargains off eBay?

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