When Have You Made The Mistake Of Buying Something Just Because It’s Popular?

As readers of Consumerist, we’re sure many of you are fairly rigorous when researching a purchase — checking out reviews and ratings, asking your pals, and getting the general idea of what you’re buying before you spend money on it. But no one is perfect, and sometimes a blind buy can lead to a pretty hilarious result.

Over on Reddit, a poster reveals a recent mistake in ordering Fifty Shades of Grey for a grandmother, based on its position on the book charts, and not realizing that it’s erotic fiction and not say, a book about window dressings. Oops.

“We have a serious problem now as I need to somehow remove this book from the possession of my conservative 80 year old grandma.”

Kind of like the time I, a finicky 11-year-old at the time, may or may not have bought lox just because Stacy from the Babysitters Clubbooks liked it. I had no idea it was going to be fish.

So we want to know — when have you slipped up and bought something popular, only to find out later that it was all a horrible, horrible mistake that could’ve been prevented by a little research? Let it all out and cleanse yourself of your secret shame.

Ask Reddit [Reddit]

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