Em Villar orders Christmas wreaths, look what arrived instead

Published October 26, 2021, 12:51 PM

by Jane Kingsu-Cheng

Shares tips on how to avoid scams like this

We’re at the tail end of October and everyone is excited to start decorating their houses with Christmas accents. Em Aglipay Villar was no different as she chanced upon an Instagram advertisement of two beautiful luscious holiday wreaths to put on display by their door.

“I ordered two Jolly Santa Wreaths from porkfloss.com at a discounted price of Php1,699, from the original amount of Php 3,398. I was expecting to receive the wreaths as shown in the photo at porkfloss.com, and I was excited to put them on our front door. Swipe to see what I had actually received,” she posted on her Instagram account.

Gusto ko sanang mainis, maiyak, o di kaya magalit—pero natawa nalang ako. Ano ba, porkfloss.com?!!!! Grabe lang!”

She told Manila Bulletin Lifestyle that she ordered on October 14 and it took about 11 days for it to arrive—not bad, actually. But when she saw the package, she didn’t understand what it was at first. “It looked like a pillow, but when I finally understood what it was supposed to be, I could not believe it. I kept on repeating—’What?!! Are they serious? Is this a joke?’ Then, I kept on laughing. I felt cheated, because it was not worth what I had paid for and it was not the item that was shown in the website. But then it was just too funny so I kept on laughing, too. It seemed like a joke because it was really so far form what I had ordered. It was not even a small wreath—it was a small pillow. Then, I got sad because it was a waste of money.”

As of this interview, she has not plans of filing a complaint since one of her house workers liked the items and found it cute. “She asked if she could have it, so I said ‘yes’.”

One thing she learned from this? “Verify the site by checking when it had been established.”