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“Screaming cheap” was a phrase a good girlfriend of mine used to use whenever we would see someone in a cheap outfit or if we would run across something in a store that was poorly made. We wanted the bargains but we did not want them to look like bargains.

Recently I made a purchase that was against my better judgment. I have been looking at these outfits that appear on social media for a long time. They look so good in the picture. I even read a few reviews, which I’m sure now were false. And then I remembered the dress I ordered for my last birthday party it was from China and it turned out just fine. So maybe, just maybe these outfits would turn out to be a pleasant surprise. I ordered a white jumpsuit, a grey maxi dress and a red cocktail dress. When I logged in to order these items each one said “ships in 24 hours.”

I finally got a confirmation email that my package had been shipped and I was given a tracking number. This was a good sign. I checked the site and could see my package had arrived in New York and then it was in Pennsylvania and then a half opened package showed up on my doorstep. All three outfits were shoved into a flimsy plastic envelope. I can’t believe this package made it all the way to my house from China.

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