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What was I buying? What am I reviewing?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 December 2020
I supposedly bought some of these a few weeks ago. Quite liked them, great value, so figured while I was at it I'd stock up with another 12 pairs... figuring that as they randomly wear, I could throw away the odd individual worn ones and pair up with whatever's left.
Also figured having a lot of the same design would be easy to pair up after washing.
So imagine my disappointment when I open up my latest delivery, check out the socks, put them next to the ones I bought a few weeks ago, and now find they're not exactly the same. The stripes are different. See attached photo.
So I can't cross-pair them with the ones already purchased.
When I check them against the illustration right now, these that have just arrived do match the illustration as it appears today. But I could have sworn that I did the same when I bought my first set just a few weeks ago, and I could have sworn they matched the picture at that time as well.
It does bug me that it's telling me at the top of the page "purchased 2 times" .... I disagree. The two purchases would appear to be different products. If I'd purchase the same product two times, I'd be able to cross pair them.
It's really annoying because now I'm going to have to root around a lot more to pair up the socks after they've come out of the washing machine. And as they wear out, I won't be able to mix and match the remaining good socks from the two different purchases.
Basically I now have 12 sets of 2 pairs each, instead of the 6 sets of 4 pairs each that I expected to end up with.
And worse still, although the patterns aren't completely the same, they are still similar, which is going to make finding the partners in the unsorted laundry even more difficult.
The new socks also appear to be somewhat bigger fit than the previous pair. I've just tried one on and the heel on the new sock comes up beyond my actual heel. The original purchase a few weeks ago had them at the right point. Though perhaps these new ones will shrink in the wash... the original ones have had a couple of washes already.
Oh well, at least at £9.99 for 12 they're really good value.
My overall 3 star rating reflects that fact that you can't be sure what you're buying. My original purchase would have been 5 stars. But if you supposedly order the same thing a second time just 3 or 4 weeks later, and find they aren't the same thing you bought previously, that does somewhat undermine the value.
Amazon really should indicate on their listings whether product pages are 'placeholders' for generic things. Not only can't you be sure of what you're buying if you 'buy again', but also it undermines trust in the reviews and ratings when reviews remain in place, but the product in the page changes.