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Online shopping can be as fraught as online dating

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When I saw Blue Cardigan, I realised something had to change. It wasn’t my first disappointment. I’d been negotiating this brave, new online world for a while, and when you’re making judgments from photos and a few lines of text, it’s easy to make mistakes. I discovered that “warm and smart” on screen could be stifling and tasteless in person, and that “unique and cool” was often a metaphor for weird and unappealing.

But the second I laid eyes on Blue Cardigan, I realised I’d reached my lowest point. Blue Cardigan had no redeeming features, other than being available. Blue Cardigan turned out to be ugly and nasty, unworthy of a single night out, let alone a whole lifetime together. I didn’t want Blue Cardigan in my home, let alone on my body.

I have had my share of successes with online shopping - but Blue Cardigan does not count among them.Credit:Fairfax Media

But I couldn’t send Blue Cardigan back, because it had been on sale. “Damn,” I thought, as I regarded my impulse buy with horror. “This is riskier than........

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