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'Are you joking?' Shopper yells after buying 3 mystery market boxes for £10

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SHE decided to take a gamble and splashed out on three mystery boxes from her trip to the market.

But Ellie was left more than a little disappointed when she cracked open the boxes, which she’d picked up on one of the stalls at North Weald Market.

Ellie decided to take a punt by buying three mystery return parcels from North Weald Market for £10

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Ellie decided to take a punt by buying three mystery return parcels from North Weald Market for £10Credit: TikTok/@ellieeewbu
She couldn't hide her disappointment as she opened the first parcel

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She couldn’t hide her disappointment as she opened the first parcelCredit: TikTok/@ellieeewbu
As it was a hair "spin curler"

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As it was a hair “spin curler”Credit: TikTok/@ellieeewbu
She put her hands over her face as she realised she may well have been scammed

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She put her hands over her face as she realised she may well have been scammedCredit: TikTok/@ellieeewbu

She documented her opening of the parcels – which had cost her a tenner for three – in a video on her TikTok page.

“You ready girls?” she said, before pulling open the plastic packaging.

“Oh, you’ve gotta be kidding me!” she exclaimed.

“You have to be joking!

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“Oh my God. Right, so we’re gonna rate that one a minus 10 out of 10!”

She then got her mates to cover their eyes as she opened the next one, as they guessed that it could be a pair of slippers or a slinky toy.

“You’ve got to be joking,” Ellie yelled as she spotted what was inside – a mug with the words “always my mum, forever my friend” written on the front.

“I’m sure he orders this s**t and puts bags on it,” her friend said.

“Cause no one orders this!

“Man, I’m so glad I didn’t spend my money on this!”

I paid $45 for a vintage watch at a flea market – it looked scuzzy at first but it’s ticking gave away its real value

“He knows what he’s doing,” Ellie said of the stall holder.

Lastly, she opened a pair of pink memory foam slippers, which she was equally disappointed with.

She also said that the man who runs the stall had told her that “everything in these packages is expensive” and worth double what she’d paid for it.

“I’d like my £10 back,” Ellie raged.

“Do not go to that store in North Weald Market!”

As her friend added: “It’s a crock of s**t!”

Where to find mystery boxes

MYSTERY boxes are becoming more and more popular, with people keen to take a gamble in buying one. But where can you get one from?

Charity shops

Lots of charity shops have started putting together mystery boxes as a way to get rid of stock that they’ve been otherwise unable to sell. While you can never guarantee what you’re going to get, these boxes are usually cheaper than ones bought elsewhere.

eBay

Many retailers use eBay to sell their stock, with options on the auction site including unclaimed luggage or parcel returns, all put together in a mystery box. It’s not like a normal ‘auction’ though – there will usually be a buy it now price so it’s just like any other internet transaction.

Online retailers

As the popularity of mystery boxes increases, other retailers have started selling them in the hope that they will be a hit among customers. Have a look on sites such as Amazon, Etsy and Wowcher, and you’ll often find the mystery boxes are listed by genre too.

Google

If there’s a particular niche mystery box you’re looking for, it’s always worth searching for it. There are so many websites out there selling mystery boxes, you’ll undoubtedly find what you’re after.

As with buying anything online, make sure you are purchasing from a trusted retailer and a secure website.

In the caption, Ellie added that she’d been “absolutely scammed” at the stall.

“I am laughing so much my friend got the exact same things when she did this,” one person commented on the video.

“I did this at North Weald and ended up with a pool filter, fidget spinner and a pad,” another added.

“I did this and got a snorkel mask!” a third laughed.

“Oh gaddddd!” someone else commented.

“He deffo bought them and wrapped them up haha!”

“Probs charity shop stuff he’s reselling,” another added.

“I got exactly the same from the same guy,” someone else raged.

The next item she opened was a mug, which said "always my mum, forever my friend" on the front

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The next item she opened was a mug, which said “always my mum, forever my friend” on the frontCredit: TikTok/@ellieeewbu
As well as a pair of pink memory foam slippers

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As well as a pair of pink memory foam slippersCredit: TikTok/@ellieeewbu
She concluded her video by insisting she wants her money back

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She concluded her video by insisting she wants her money backCredit: TikTok/@ellieeewbu

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