Wish Review – Legit Shopping App or Scam? [2019]

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Don’t you wish things weren’t so expensive?

Come on…a phone for $800? Who can afford that? Wouldn’t you rather spend like $30 on a phone?

Well, you’re in luck.

Wish is an app and website where you can find super cheap items for sale. (And yes, I mean cheap in both senses of the word.)

Wish has been popular for awhile now, and isn’t showing signs of slowing down any time soon. So, I decided to write up a review of Wish to help summarize the pros and cons of the app and investigate into whether this company is a scam or completely legitimate.

Wish Review – Everything You Should Know Before Using Wish

Wish shopping site homepageLet me start by saying this:

With Wish, you get what you pay for.

Found a nice winter coat for $7? Well, it will feel like a $7 coat.

For some people, this is perfectly fine and Wish is a no-brainer. But if you want quality products that will last you a long time, look elsewhere.

With that said, there are some products that are probably worth buying on Wish because quality doesn’t matter so much. Things like party decorations, certain accessories, and even light-use tools.

Wish Pricing – Don’t Believe the Hype

On most of the items for sale on Wish, you’ll see a slashed out price that’s supposed to indicate what that product normally costs.

But this number actually has no meaning. Sellers are allowed to put any number there.

Also, some of the items for sale are, believe it or not, more expensive than name-brand items you could find for sale somewhere else, like at Walmart. So before you buy anything from Wish, verify that you really are getting a good deal by comparing the price with prices for the same product on Amazon and other merchants.

Also be aware that some inexpensive items have expensive shipping – kinda defeating the purpose. Make sure you check the total price before checking out!

Shipping Times – You Might be Waiting a While

One of the biggest complaints about Wish is that it takes forever for the products you ordered to arrive.

Some people have had to wait months. Sometimes the product never even makes it to you. I guess this is another of the many trade-offs for getting such good deals on certain products.

That said, some products are marked express shipping and these typically get delivered within a week, sometimes quicker. So if you need something soon, make sure it’s marked express shipping. Otherwise you could be waiting for quite some time.

Is Wish Legit? – Is it Safe to Shop on Wish?

There seem to be some mixed opinions as to whether Wish is legit or a scam.

It’s legit if you get what you ordered and don’t have to worry about any kind of fraud.

It’s a scam if you ordered something and it never arrived, and you can’t get your money back. Something many people have had problems with.

But this generally has more to do with the sellers, not so much with Wish itself. Certain sellers may be shady, others completely legit. Sellers have feedback and ratings for good reason.

So, my best advice would be to use Wish wisely. Only buy items from reputable sellers, and understand that there are always risks to shopping online – no matter from what website or app.

Wish Pros and Cons


  • Inexpensive products
  • Fun and addictive (I guess that’s a pro..?)


  • Most products are low quality
  • Slow shipping times
  • Shipping costs can be astronomical
  • Sometimes products are never even delivered
  • Some people are having their refund requests refused
  • The free refund or replacement policy lasts 30 days – often expiring before the product even arrives
  • Products may not always be as pictured
  • Slow and unhelpful customer support

Wish User Reviews – Here’s What People are Saying

At some point it became popular for YouTubers to share their thoughts on Wish, and share their “Wish Hauls”.

After watching several of these, you’ll have a good idea about the quality of products Wish sells and know whether it’s worth using or not.

This first one by Good Mythical Morning shows Rhett and Link guessing whether certain products are name-brand or knockoffs from Wish:

And here are a few more videos with YouTubers reviewing some products they bought:

And there are plenty more you can watch if you’d like. Basically, the sentiment is the same – the quality is terrible, but now and then a product will really surprise you.

Conclusion – Is Wish Worth Using?

I would say it’s at least worth giving Wish a try. Maybe spend just a couple bucks, or whatever amount you can afford to lose. If you’re satisfied, by all means use it to your heart’s content.

Just keep in mind the negative aspects (like all the cons listed above) and don’t set your expectations too high.

You may be delighted with Wish, or you may get burned.

It’s your choice, but I hope this review at least helped to make it a more informed choice.

Have you ever used Wish? What do you think of it? Feel free to share your thoughts below!

19 thoughts on “Wish Review – Legit Shopping App or Scam? [2019]”

  1. I need my orders , I don’t want think this is scam,I can’t review my orders somebody lock my orders .I don’t got anything . Mery Villanueva

  2. Something went wrong with my account and I’m locked out… the products that I have order were charge to my card and they are currently under review…. I was ask to send photos of my ID card,bank statement and prove of wish purchase which I did… I’m not awaiting words on what’s the next move.. At this point I’m very unhappy

  3. Unfortunately, as a legit manufacture of bicycle parts in Asia I can say that what I see for sale on Wish is (for my brand at least) 100% counterfeit and unsafe product. We have had little luck working with the platform to prevent these parts from being sold, so I am left just hoping nobody gets hurt.

    But they will.

  4. We ordered those solar powered yard lights. We thought we were getting a set of 4, but only got 1. The 2 garden hoses we ordered have yet to come. I doubt we will buy from Wish anymore.

  5. So I just started browsing on the Wish site and at first I thought stuff looked cute but after looking at things for awhile I can definitely say this site is no good. The jewelry pieces that are pictured are not what people get. The stones don’t fit the bezel, the metal isn’t the same or the style. With the gemstones the sizes are smaller than the pics and the color and quality are not as good. That’s deception. No thanks.

  6. I have placed 3 orders with Wish in the last week since I only recently really came to see what this site has to offer. First order was placed and paid with my SA VISA card and according to the tracking it’s been shipped. Second order was placed and paid by my Mongolian VISA card and some shows shipped and some shows refunded although my bank statement doesn’t say so. 3rd order was placed and paid, but within 10min received an email stating my order has been fully refunded as there was something wrong with the payment….After 2 days of trying to get to speak to someone I eventually received an email requesting I need to show them a payment to WISH on my Mongolian bank statement in order to re-activate my account. So I did that and today received yet another email requesting I send a photo of my ID showing my face and name in order to activate my account. This is becoming very fishy to me !

  7. I ordered 12 plastick bikes they said I have received them but I have not when I tracked the tracking they had just left China can you please look in to for me please cheers christine

  8. Most of the Items came without a problem’ However Recently I ordered
    12Pcs 7cm Puff Mold Baking Mould DIY Chocolate Cake Egg Tart Mould Muffin Cups Jelly Pudding Mold Random Color
    Store: localsellerus
    Quantity: 1
    Delivered on Apr 25, 2019
    Tracking #: 9400109205167010211238

    This item was delivered , however it had only 1 item instead of 12. I have contacted customer support 3 times, all I seem to get back is the package was delivered. If this is the way they do Business, I recommend shopping elsewhere. The customer support is obviously not available.

  9. My husband’s Wish account was hacked.
    The hacker spent $274 on a computer then cancelled the order, Wish.com registered the money as “wish cash”.
    When we reported the crime they put a hold on the account and would refund us. But months pass and no refund. We tried to contact them multiple times until finally resorting to reporting them as frauds to our bank. They deflected stating that they had reimbursed the money with “store credit”, but we can’t use the wish cash because the account is put on hold.
    We’re going on 5 months, we still don’t have our $274 back.

    Wish.com is a terrible shopping site. Highly recommend NOT using it.

    • I have ‘bought’ many homeware items, most of them free with between $1 and $2 shipping charge. They have all been great, quality not the very best sometimes but my expectations have been exceeded most of the time
      The delivery time is quoted as up to 4 weeks but everything had arrived a lot sooner.

  10. I started buying from wish 5 weeks ago and out of 10 items I bought only 3 was worth the money. Some things were not the size I ordered and I can’t get my money back. The 3 things that were what I bought was worth the money. I have stopped buying from wish due to the fact those Chinese folks will rip you off and not think twice about it.

  11. Why is there no recourse to get at least a refund? I ordered a rollaway bed on wish in Jan 2019 and still don’t have it. The Canadian money equivalent including the shipping charge was more than $80, an amount I can’t afford to lose. It’s the only thing I have ever ordered on wish. Late February I got a delivery from wish which was a USB cable! No, I didn’t order this, so, $80+ dollars for a USB cable is hardly a bargain. Have tried repeatedly to get help with this to no avail. Do you know how to get answers?

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