People Explain Which Things Seemed 'Too Good To Be True' But Lived Up To The Hype
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Have you ever walked into your fashion clothing store and found that the favorite shirt you had your eye on was finally on sale only to discover at the checkout counter that the wrong price tag was on it?


Yeah, not fun.

But you knew in your gut the slashed pricing was too good to be true.

Variations of this example are all too common, and to hear of more examples, Redditor No-Boysenberry-9396 asked strangers online:

"What is something you thought was 'too good to be true' until you realized what it really was?"

Few people get paid doing what they truly love.

But even these Redditors begged to differ.

Tedious Dream Jobs

"Dream jobs are still tedious af. Loved learning to code, then spent every day making forms for websites. I love furniture making, days of sanding and finishing after you’ve done the fun part. I’m an architect, construction details, HOA requirements, liability, half the job is to have a drawing to point to if a contractor f'ks up so you don’t get sued."

– ThinkIGotHacked

More Dogs, Please

"Professional illustrator, every client wants cars and buildings in the drawings. Not nearly enough dogs in these scripts!"

– Sisinator

These Redditors were optimistic after being presented with amazing prospects.

Free Wardrobe Scam

"As a teen I was visiting London and I took some time to wander around Kensington while my parents were doing some shopping nearby. All of a sudden, this big car pulls up beside me and opens its rear door."

"A guy comes out and compliments me on my fashion sense. A t-shirt from a church-league baseball team, baggy jeans and an akubra. I was a bit confused because even I knew my fashion sense was sh*t."

"He tells me that he is a fashion designer on his way back from Harrod's with his designer friends and they were on their way to the airport. They realized that their designer clothes that had been on display were going to be way over the baggage allowance for their flight and they had decided to give them away to some random passers-by just for fun."

"I thought that was nice of them. They asked me what I wanted, so I asked if they had any nice jackets in my style. They started bringing out these clothes and showing me. It was fun and exciting. For a few minutes."

"Then one of them said that he'd forgotten to pick up the cash for the car they had hired to take them to the airport. The lead guy said that he was sure that I would be willing to pay for the clothes, since they were such a discount on designer, brand name clothes."

"I was confused and told him that I thought they were free. I didn't have any money. Then they started asking what my daily withdrawal limit was. I told them I was a tourist and my card didn't even work in British ATMs, my parents paid for everything."

"Suddenly, they threw everything back into the car, jumped in and peeled off. I was pretty naïve at the time and didn't parse what had happened until later."

– kitskill

Promise Of Endless Brewski

"All the beer I could drink to use my truck to help someone move. 'we have plenty of help in loading and unloading'"

"had to help load and unload."

– Feels2old

"Manchild" Tenant

"I moved to a new city for a job. The area had a pretty high cost of living but I ended up finding a very affordable room for rent in someone's house. When I went to see it, it was a very nice, well maintained house and the owner was very friendly. I kept thinking 'let me guess, the other tenant is a serial killer or something?'"

"Well, he wasn't a serial killer but he was a 40 year old, unemployed alcoholic who, in the 45 minutes I was in the house, threw a massive temper tantrum because the landlord/homeowner had accidentally forgotten to clean out the lint trap after doing laundry. I'm talking foot stomping, nasally whining like a little kid who was denied dessert. That was when I realized why the rent was so cheap. Told the guy I'd think about it and never contacted him again. It was worth paying more to live with actual adults and not an entitled manchild."

– apocalypticradish

Red Flag Option

"Two years ago when I was on Covid furlough from my day job, I was looking around for other options just in case my job ended."

"First interview offer I got, I should have been tuned into the various red flags. But I had nothing else going on so I showed up."

"Turned out to be a cattle call for one of the more insidious MLM companies."

– Hysterical_Realist

Some people found true love. Others, however, didn't luck out as much.

Dreamy Boyfriend

"My boyfriend. He was too nice, too kind, did too much for me. He asked me about my day and actually wanted to hear everything I wanted to say. He asked where I wanted to eat and actually wanted to go to the place I wanted, instead of wanting me to say the place he wanted. He wanted to give me a bubble bath and a massage without expecting anyting in return. He wanted to give me an orgasm even if it took an hour."

"Seemed really sus until I realized.... that I was in the first healthy relationship with a genuinely good person I've ever been in."

– triflers_need_not

Soul-Wrecker

"Mine started similar and i couldn't believe that i finally met a nice guy who truly cared for me but turns out he was a narcissist who destroyed my soul and my mental health. Now i'm afraid that if i really do meet a nice guy who cares for me, i won't be able to trust that and will destroy the relationship with my suspicion and distrust."

– Faunastar87

Gotta Love Yourself First

"Yep! My story on the nose! Narcissistic parents, toxic family, every single relationship I'd ever had, and most friendships, were one sided, emotional black holes. Wasn't until the pando that I spent so much time alone with myself that I started to like myself. Once I started liking myself I started questioning all the personal relationships I'd ever had: If I'm not complete garbage then why did my parents treat me like I was?"

"If I'm not worthless, why did I let my husband get away with treating me like I was? I started educating myself about recovering from narcissistic abuse, going to therapy, etc, and decided I was going to start being unapologetically myself from then on. The first date I went on after that was my boyfriend, over a year ago now. I was smitten, he was smitten, and for the first time in my life I knew I was with someone who liked ME, not the 'please like me I'll do anything if you'll just like me' character I'd been playing my whole life."

– triflers_need_not

After Saying, "I Do"

"My first marriage. Didn't realize how manipulative he really was until I kicked him out."

– notentirely_fearless

The examples above are a good reminder that if something innately feels like it's too good to be true, that's because it is.

Our gut is there for a reason.

It's up to us to be open to hearing the rumblings deep within our core indicating that there may be red flags on our road to Dreamland.

Reasons to be single #1... you avoid monkeypox, apparently.

#2... all your money is yours. And Uncle Sam's.

#3... more room in bed.

#4... the list is endless.

Not to be down on love, love is great.

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