This guy orders a $1300 DJI FPV drone, gets a box with a brick instead

Mar 18, 2021

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This guy orders a $1300 DJI FPV drone, gets a box with a brick instead

Mar 18, 2021

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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A man recently ordered a DJI FPV drone to be delivered to his home. This wouldn’t be anything unusual if, instead of the drone, he didn’t receive a box with a brick inside.

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Bryan Bailey from Lewisville, Texas ordered his $1,299 drone and of course, paid for it. He says that he ordered it straight from DJI, so there was no way he would get scammed by a shady retailer. He even took time off work to be home when his new drone arrives. However, the box seemed a little odd with that blue tape and the wrong weight and size of the object inside. So he grabbed his phone to film the unboxing.

Unfortunately, it turned out that he had bought the most expensive brick and pillow stuffing in the world. Because there was nothing in the box other than that. And since he ordered the drone directly from DJI, Bryan believes that it was someone from FedEx who stole it and replaced it with a brick.

“I have a feeling this guy delivering the package who is shielding his face at my front door #RING camera has something to do with it,” Bryan writes in the video description. “This guy is trying to cover his face or shield it from the camera on my doorbell,” he claims. The doorbell camera footage is also in the video, so you can judge for yourself.

Bryan also claims that someone added the blue tape to the box. It could have been “the Shipping Company ‘Driver’ or ‘Warehouse Workers,’” he writes, adding that it isn’t original packing tape.

I’ve heard of scams like this before, both from my friends and from the news I read and covered. The first one that comes to mind is this one when a guy received a box of bricks and rocks instead of a $6,000 Canon 1DX Mark II. Twice! But this is the first time I’ve heard someone received a brick when ordering directly from the company that makes the gear they ordered.

Of course, there’s still no solid proof of who stole the drone and where on Earth it is. There are only assumptions, and Bryan assumes that it must have been someone from FedEx. He reported the theft to the police so I guess they’ll take it from there, and I hope that Bryan will get his drone or his money.

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13 responses to “This guy orders a $1300 DJI FPV drone, gets a box with a brick instead”

  1. John Boyle Avatar
    John Boyle

    I got caught up in the Ebay/Paypal girl’s hair band scam. They sell you some camera equipment then send a girls hair band UPS with a tracking number, when it shows delivered you have no recourse. I quit both Ebay and Paypal.

  2. Justin Barr Avatar
    Justin Barr

    At least the brick won’t break the first time it crashes. ???

  3. Simpleton Avatar
    Simpleton

    These things have serial number and they phone home when they’re being used and activated. You may be stuck with a brick, but someone else out there is stuck with a brick that’s in the shape of a dji fpv quad.

  4. Christopher R Field Avatar
    Christopher R Field

    Looks like a pretty nice brick! :)

  5. Jonathan Lewis-Jones Avatar
    Jonathan Lewis-Jones

    I ordered a Camera from a reputable high street electronics store. When the parcel arrived it showed signs of being tampered with. Opened up the box to find a bag of gravel inside. Obviously intercepted by someone who worked for the delivery company who opened the box and stole the camera.

    Store very apologetic and dispatched a replacement the next day that arrived safely and securely via a different delivery company.

  6. Peter Young Avatar
    Peter Young

    I bought a work bench from a reputable country called China and got a $2 toothbrush.

    Postal and contract delivery service workers in Australia face a 5 year jail sentence for stealing mail.

  7. John David Avatar
    John David

    I ordered a sample brick and got a DJI FPV DRONE. Nice one stork.

  8. 22 Avatar
    22

    my dark mate once ordered a DJI Mavic from me but I sent him a 3D printed LOL copter. LOL!

  9. Eric Burcham Avatar
    Eric Burcham

    Looks to me like our supposed victim is trying to pull the scam.

  10. Stian Avatar
    Stian

    Funny how that tape was not visible in the Ring video ?

  11. MisterWU Avatar
    MisterWU

    Nothing new, why this in any how relevant?

  12. David Ar Lester Avatar
    David Ar Lester

    I ordered a fuel pump for just a bit over $700.00. When it came the shipping box felt too light. Inside the part box but was empty.

  13. FrogLuvR Avatar
    FrogLuvR

    Interesting – no info about how he paid for the drone. He should be talking with is credit card company, if not, he is a fool. I go with NO blue tape on the box originally.