I was surprised by the color of several of my NAS items when they arrived. They were quite different in real life from what I had expected from seeing them on the screen. The Vince Camuto faux wrap top was much more green, for example. I might have chalked the difference up to natural variation between garments, but I've had the same experience with a purse. I just saw a Dooney and Bourke purse in the store that I liked, and now when I see it online the blue is far brighter than I remember. I'm now a bit leery of ordering things online unless I've seen them in person first.

I'm not generally aware of the colors on my monitor being "off." Have I had just a few odd experiences, or is this a common problem? And is there any way to test or correct for bias in what I see on the monitor?