A Kunming man bought what he thought was a rare dog from a market but later discovered it was just a common breed with stripes painted on by the dodgy vendor.
When Chen spotted the dog at the pet market in Jingxing Street in this Yunnan capital city, he haggled the vendor down from 120 ($18) yuan to 50.
Thinking he had scored a bargain, he then washed his new pet after arriving home.
But afterwards, he noticed the black stripes on the pooch had all disappeared.
"I bought the dog because of the stripes - they looked like tigers'," Chen complained to a reporter.
A resident living near the market said sellers often painted dogs in order to sell them for better prices.