Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The sponge that ruined my week.

This sponge. Ohhhh, this sponge has probably evoked more emotion than any other
sponge in the world. You see, a few weeks ago I ordered a fantastical pair of boots from
a website called Shop-cora.com. And, like a moron, I neglected to Google said website
prior to making my purchase. Nope, I got distracted by the sweet price 
and the fact that they were the only place I could find my size. 
So, I ordered away. And a few weeks passed.
And I started to get all antsy. Then one evening I went down to our mailbox and in that
little metal box was a little white padded envelope with my name on it and a Chinese 
return address. Weird. Really weird. My boots could not be this tiny.
And my boots were supposed to be shipped from some obscure place in Michigan.
I brought the envelope up to our apartment and asked Ryan.
Perhaps this was some super-amazing Chinese surprise gift he ordered for me 
to thank me for being, well...awesome. Nope. 
Open it, he said.
What if it's a bomb?
It's a really small bomb.
Yeah, they probably want to blow up only our specific apartment.
We risked it and inside was a sponge.
A stupid pink sponge.
My mind was still boggled. Was this a marketing tactic? Did our credit card number get stolen?
(If so, obviously it was stolen by some kind soul aware of my sub par housecleaning skills 
and hoping to do a good deed by providing me with cleaning supplies.)
But we went back to our business and the sponge sat on my desk.
Taunting me.
On a whim, I Googled the return address (why, oh, why couldn't my desire to Google
have struck BEFORE ordering rather than after?!). BAM. Listing after listing of 
people who ordered shoes from Shop-cora.com and received sponges.
And the tricky part is, because they actually mail you something,
they have a shipping confirmation to refute your claims that you didn't receive the product.
I have a few choice words for Shop-cora.com,
but unfortunately they're all inappropriate. 
So, to sum it up, I'll just say this:
Hopefully the next poor, sad, boot-fanatic will have the web-savvy
(or, you know, just the common sense) to Google the website.
And hopefully they'll come across this post.
If you'd like to join me in flooding Shop-cora's email inbox with giant photos of sponges,
be my guest! The address is shopcora2892@gmail.com.
Sponge away, my friends. Sponge away! 


  1. That sucks! So sorry you got scammed.

  2. oh my goodness. That's horrible! I'm a google fanatic when it comes to ordering things off the internet.
    I'm sorry you got scammed! My friend just got scammed on Etsy.. some people are ridiculous.

  3. oh my gosh! That's a terrible scam! Hope you get the better of them.

  4. Oh my word! I've never heard of this tactic! A sponge!? This is so crazy and sad. Sorry about getting scammed:(

  5. Uh! What an awfully disappointing thing to happen! =O....but rather humorous too ;} A stupid sponge?! REALLY?! /:) Maybe you can use it to clean a future pair of purchased boots.... just to be ironic ;) lol


  6. Oh gosh, that is horrible! I'd have a few choice words as well..arg!

  7. Oh my good god I'd be getting on a plane and attacking this Chinese store with a years supply of sponges. That is sickening!

  8. Are you kidding me?! What a rip off!! That is unreal-- so sorry about your missing boots!

  9. Oh my gosh! Are you kidding me!??! How bizarre is that?? Haha

    I actually blogged today about online shopping and how misleading it can be, but I have never even heard of anything like this! Stupid scammers.

  10. That is unbelievable. I can't believe that happened to you. I am soo sorry. I knew there was a reason that I liked buying things in person.

  11. That is so horrible! No sponge should come between you and cute boots! And I just checked out their site, and I would have totally thought it was legit too... I guess I should learn from you and be more web conscious in the future... so scary!

  12. OMG that makes me so upset for you! How could they do that and why did they pick a sponge or even send anything at all right? Hope some good luck comes your way soon then!


  13. Please tell me this isn't the same company your ordered that Deer sweater from??? I bought the same sweater and am no hoping I don't get sponged!!


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