I always scroll down to the bottom of the screen to read customer reviews and see images of the product posted by them while making any online purchase.
Often times they are really helpful in deciding if you should be spending your hard-earned money on the item or not. But sometimes, the reviewer’s lack of knowledge about the product can end up confusing you, just like in this case.
So, someone purchased a 50-inch television online. When the item came in, the buyer decided to measure the TV and found out that it was only 44 inches and claimed that they were scammed.
To call out the company, the person wrote a negative review online titled ‘false advertisement’ and gave the product only one star.
“Purchased the Samsung 8 series TU8000 50″. After unpacking I found that the 50″ purchased was actually 44″. How’s that! The box is only 49″ there is no way with the foam protection the TV could be 50”. See pictures and video. This is a scam. I need my money or a 50″ Samsung TV,” the person quipped.
It was Twitter user Sven Henrich who came across this review online and decided to share it with the world.
We're gonna go extinct.
Change my mind. pic.twitter.com/MXQUPVcaBV
— Sven Henrich (@NorthmanTrader) November 20, 2022
For most of us, it would come across as a legit scam. But before you draw any conclusion, let me tell you that measuring a TV might seem very simple but actually, it’s trickier than it looks.
For the unversed, TV sets are measured diagonally, from corner to corner, and not from side to side if you want to know how many inches the TV screen is. Now you know where this person went wrong.
Without knowing this concept, the person gave it a negative review, and to top it off, 642 people also found it useful.
While some mocked the buyer’s lack of knowledge, others were generous enough to enlighten the world. This is how they reacted:
It is not common knowledge to measure a tv corner to corner. And slight over sights like this happen all the time. Even the smartest person in the world has these moments. Welcome to what is know as how people learn.
— HarryPotato (@HarryPotatoGS) November 20, 2022
Diagonal measurement is the only way to measure that gives an accurate measurement of total screen area regardless of the aspect ratio
— Dan Willett (@torahisraelite) November 21, 2022
If only Pythagoras was around … https://t.co/fHbv5rPneh
— Prof B Buchanan OBE (@billatnapier) November 22, 2022
Omg LOL https://t.co/K7NLFpvSmp
— Mommy (@briesouls) November 21, 2022
— George CroakingCorps 🌻 (@CroakingCorps) November 21, 2022
— what's in the name? (@yep_its_alok) November 21, 2022
It takes seconds to check how a tv is measured. It honestly blows my mind society can function when its so full of idiots. https://t.co/Rt8AYaX0n8
— Toriel1one1 (@toriel1one1) November 21, 2022
It’s like people have just stopped bothering to actually learn things and focus all their energy on being opinionated towards each and every thing without actually caring if their opinions are backed by any kind of logic or even common sense for that matter https://t.co/uqz2KKtWNW
— Nasir Nawaaz (@_theheadless) November 21, 2022
If you just got to know how TV screens are measured then you’re not alone.
Walahi I'm only just learning this 😧😧😧 https://t.co/btkM3RMZfA
— UAH×SeB (@MenWhoLived3ce) November 21, 2022
I legit didn’t know that tv sizes are measured on the diagonal until this tweet. https://t.co/6QG49TUjQz
— Regulus @ don’t talk to me i’m writing (@Regulus_Tera) November 23, 2022
It never hit me once that TVs are measured diagonally https://t.co/tA1sw9HZ3N
— Rocketman (@IEatHydrazine) November 21, 2022
Here’s how you could do it correctly.
Twitter is wonderful, here we explain how it is measured pic.twitter.com/oYzgyWGxtz
— Diego Márquez Burgos (@diegomarquezb) November 20, 2022
It’s humanly impossible to learn about everything. Good that this incident came to light, at least we learned a thing or two here. Also, companies can put up a sign or a graphic on the box to demonstrate to customers how to measure it the right way.
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