Looking for a cheap deal on a tablet computer, Mr. Zhang (surname only) of Haikou city decided to buy a tablet computer that he saw advertised on TV. Zhang saw the infomercial on one of China's state China Central Television stations (the state owns television stations) and was swayed by the bargain.
The tablet PC advertised by the infomercial was touted to have free wireless internet, the ability to make phone calls, GPS navigation and various other "smart" features all for the price of $111. The kicker that got Zhang was an endorsement by a local celebrity saying that if the tablet was unsatisfactory, it could be returned for a full refund.
Caving into his tablet lust, Zhang purchased the tablet. After waiting a few days, Zhang's package arrived, and when he opened it he was vastly disappointed by what he received. Contrary to the features advertised, the tablet that Zhang received couldn't do anything but play very simple games—in fact, it was only loaded with "simple games".
Furious and confused, Zhang called the company to get his full refund. Unfortunately Zhang was never able to reach a customer service agent. After countless calls he finally found the company and they agreed to exchange his "tablet" with the real deal citing a shipping error. After waiting a little while longer Zhang's tablet finally arrived—except it didn't. Zhang received a box full of lottery tickets and a slip saying he needed to pay another $90 to get his tablet.
Fed up with the situation Zhang gave up, lamenting that he had learned his lesson. Never buy from Chinese infomercials.
轻信电视购物 海口市民买平板电脑送来游戏机 [Tencent]