How Have You Been Disappointed in 2018? Happy Festivus OzBargainers!

How have you been disappointed in 2018?

Have you missed out on any great deals, not received what you expected or received poor service from a supplier?

Perhaps you have a grievance with another OzBargainer, moderator, colleague, neighbour, friend, partner or relative. Or perhaps you're generally annoyed with people, politicians, motorists or the world. If you've got problems, I want to hear about them!

Feel free to also share reports, pictures or videos of any feats of strength you may have accomplished.

Happy Festivus OzBargainers!


  • +32 votes

    I was disapointed with this forum topic.

  • +13 votes

    I check ozbargain nearly daily but I've only bought like 1 or 2 things in 2018

  • +34 votes

    OzBargain adding a limit on how many comments you can upvote.

    • +6 votes

      Curb your positivity.

      — OzBargain staff.1

      1. Not an actual quote by OzBargain staff, but that's the effect of it. 

    • +2 votes

      That only inconveniences Members who really like OzBargain.

    • +6 votes

      Half of the upvotes from my comments used to come from you, so this limit has caused me much suffering.

      • +1 vote

        You should sue

      • +4 votes

        sss333 is a model OzBargainer and quite possibly our most appreciative member.

        It's always great when a solution breaks more than it fixes. Back in the good old days, an upvote cost nothing. Today it carries a significant opportunity cost due to artificial scarcity.

        Thankfully a smile still costs nothing1, for now… But who has time for IRL these days?

        1. A smile costs nothing, but gives much.
          It enriches those who receive,
          without making poorer those who give.
          It takes but a moment,
          but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.
          None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it.
          and none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it.
          A smile creates happiness in the home,
          fosters good will in business,
          and is the countersign of friendship.
          It brings rest to the weary,
          cheer to the discouraged,
          sunshine to the sad,
          and is nature’s best antidote for trouble.
          Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen,
          for it is something that is of no value to anyone
          until it is given away.
          some people are too tired to give you a smile.
          Give them one of yours,
          as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give. 

  • +17 votes

    Yep, never enough negative votes allowed… Sometimes there's threads where you definitely need more ;)

  • +19 votes

    Disappointed at not having access to TGG Commercial :(

  • +22 votes

    2018 goes down in my book as the year of GST on foreign shopping. Between the GST and poor exchange rate, it's a year of spendings, not savings. :(

    • +3 votes

      Let's not forget that privatised utilities have led to large increases in utility bills as the private sector has ripped everyone off while being so inefficient it's like they're actually trying to run their businesses badly.

      While most sectors delivered productivity gains in the period 2007 to 2012 - despite high electricity prices - nationally the electricity sector increased management positions from 6000 to 19,000 while productivity went backwards by 30% according to the Australia Institute.

      • +1 vote

        Let's not forget that Diji1, after months of teasing, has reveled themselves as just a Greens shrill. Bit of an anti climax really.

  • +11 votes

    My greivance is that all the truly great bargains have almost all dried up. It seems that sellers are much more savvy these days.

  • +4 votes

    Just last night I bought the physical copy or burnout paradise for $15 at target, only to get home and realize the digital copy was only $9.99 on the Xbox store.
    So I’ve spent $5 more and I have to get out from under my warm blanket to change the disc in winter.

  • +3 votes

    Met scotty. Lifelong goal has been achieved. Can't ask for more!

  • +2 votes

    Getting accused of negging when I didn't :(

  • +1 vote

    playstation classic

    • +1 vote

      How is PlayStation even classic yet?

      Sony are just trying to cash in early because they were late to the console party.


      I wouldn't call that one a disappointment. Unlike the others it's very easily moddable and can be loaded with other games.

  • +3 votes

    Festivus is tomorrow. I’m disappointed this was posted today. Please donate to The Human Fund for the error of your ways

  • +11 votes

    @tuzzi got banned… and now Scab is in the penalty box. Where else am I supposed to get my fill of hilarious, off topic comments? :D

    Some of the best, fun comments are being deleted for reasons that seem mundane or incomprehensible.

    With the growth of the site, it has also bought in its fair share of imbeciles. Threads seem to be less informative and more extended bickering session.

    Amazon was a disappointing addition to Australia. Not as good as I had hoped, but it’s ok.

    eBay 20% off sales have become so frequent that it’s all a bit “meh” and the price jacking has become the new normal price because of the frequency.

    But I do like some of the memes that were born this year. MS Paint requirement for any traffic accident/infringement post makes for some hilarious stuff.

    Lastly, my biggest disappointment is that they “fixed” the positive vote system that wasn’t really broken but don’t seem interested in fixing the neg voting system, that is actually broken.

    I guess the disappointment is evenly balanced out by the good most of the time. So, I’m expecting next year to be much of the same. My only goal is to post one eBay deal before TA does… :P

  • +1 vote

    Discovered ozbargain in the middle of this year. As a newbie, i thought frontpage deals equals bargains. But several of my ozbargain purchases turned out to be regular priced 'deals' (I always get sucked in by the hype in the comment section). I like to check back on the prices of products I purchased to see how much I saved and, to my surprise, many of the items are the same price or cheaper. I feel like a loser but at least now I won't repeat the same mistake.


      What did you buy that was same or cheaper

        • SSD, but it's mainly cheaper now since SSD prices are dropping like crazy. Kinda wish I waited a little longer. Got the Crucial MX500 500GB for $120.
        • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 phone for $180usd, it's now $155usd from the same seller
        • Puma tapered pants, prices were similar now and then
        • GIGABYTE Gaming Keyboard (GK-XK700) for $68, now $62. The keyboard is ok but not a bargain, and now I would have rather forked an extra $90 for a better mechanical keyboard.

        I'm surprised I didn't buy as much as I thought, unless I just forgot. Many of purchases were actually decent bargains though.


          I havnt bought a flop in 2 years? :) Apart from my moto g5+ and s… The plus died because charger broke and no1 could get parts to fix… Now the 5s is starting to die same way… I might reign hell on the silly motirola bitch again and demand they provide a replacement to the plus as its a much better phone…

  • +3 votes

    Realising that the journey of self improvement is a slow and often painful process. Disappointed that I am still so far from my own ideal in almost every way after all this time. It's been a frustrating year.

    • +3 votes

      Be who you really are and stop comparing yourself with an ideal. It is not your duty to be perfect.

      • +6 votes

        Yeah, sound advice. Thanks. Another one of my challenges is being too idealistic and unrealistic, ha :P the irony.

        I guess it's a normal part of getting older. The older you grow, the less you know, and all that jazz. Damn it is so real. You feel like you're on the right path to tackle your problems (talking mental health here), but all you do is discover more and more shit, or become more aware of how deeply rooted some behaviours and beliefs are. It's all progress, admittedly. Not all doom and wasted time. Though it can really feel like a bottomless pit at times. Overwhelmed by everything. Defeated by the fact you still don't understand why you do the same old thing over and over.. which you always regret. And lose people you love because of it, every time.

        FYI: I have help, support, and am safe. Sorry for the deep and serious posts. Xmas and NY holidays can be tough for a lot of people… all the pressure for happiness, joy, celebrations, family, loved ones, togetherness, gifts, a closing chapter of a year and all the natural reflecting that brings… it's pretty intense.

        I hope everyone is safe, and has someone to talk to. I can't be reliable enough to support others via PM or whatever, as much as I'd like to, but I'd like to think there are safe spaces here and elsewhere online where such struggles can be discussed openly.

  • +4 votes

    I am disappointed by people who don't reply.


    OzBargain not hat having a deal on my esoteric shopping list.

  • +1 vote

    Disappointed by Bing Lee, Telstra and you guessed it, Auspost!

    Slow drivers, slow drivers in the right lane in the freeway especially.

    Also had an account banned which had many, many upvotes on its only comment.

    All in all, it has been a good year and I can't complain though.

  • +1 vote

    I am disappointed when I read an offer posting on 23 Dec and it expired on 22d Dec.

    • +1 vote

      Or it was posted 20 mins ago and already marked as “out of stock” because it got Broden’d

  • +4 votes

    How Have You Been Disappointed in 2018?

    Okay I've got one. People negging deals without reasoning or proof that it's cheaper elsewhere.

  • +4 votes

    Biggest disappointment of 2018 is the new Cadbury Roses..

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