God is in the details, they say. But so is the devil. Especially when you’re hungry and drained after yet another bender day in this wild, wild world. And though jerk packaging designs do not apply solely to food, but come in many shapes and product categories, they are the solid reason why so many of us have some level of trust issues.

Like, putting three salami tranches on the side of a pizza so that it gets a “window view,” shining like a diamond out of the package, is borderline bearable. We bear this injustice only because we know it can get worse. Like a wrap packaged in such a way that it looks ⅓ bigger than it truly is.

So Bored Panda has compiled this list as a safe place to talk about shamelessly evil packaging designs that have been spotted all over the world. And even if the phenomenon is more or less universal, it doesn’t mean it’s okay. On the contrary, it serves as a reminder that it can always get worse than your chocolate box with 50% of the candy discreetly concealed from the packaging because it doesn’t exist.

Psst! More infuriating packages that boil even the most Zen blood of all can be found in our previous articles here and here.

#1

1001 Stickers And 768 Of Them Are Useless Squares. Thanks, Disney

1001 Stickers And 768 Of Them Are Useless Squares. Thanks, Disney

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Hollysmom
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't think Disney had anything to do with this

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#2

Tricked By The Packaging Of My Moisturizing Cream

Tricked By The Packaging Of My Moisturizing Cream

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow.. the waste just to lie to people

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#3

Is Anyone Else Bothered By Deceptive Packaging Like This?

Is Anyone Else Bothered By Deceptive Packaging Like This?

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

Grrrrr.

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Bored Panda reached out to Portugal-based graphic designer Laura Vanagaite who specializes in branding and illustration design. Laura said that deceptive packaging like the ones you see in this post is really a way to trick the human mind.

“Once we see unique photos of food and drinks, our mind creates the impression that the volume of the contents is greater than it actually is.” This anticipation is destroyed as soon as you open the package. “And once we find out that the reality is different, we feel the disappointment,” Laura explained.

When asked why there is still so much deceptive packaging sold in the shopping aisles, Laura said that this is a clever marketing technique. “Brands know that beautiful imagery sells and that catchy photos with great products create the illusion which will help to sell it fast.”

#4

Bought These Sticky Notes Cause I Thought The Gold Border Was Nice

Bought These Sticky Notes Cause I Thought The Gold Border Was Nice

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Hollysmom
Community Member
1 month ago

Thats horrible. Back they go

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#5

My Sister Got This For Her Birthday

My Sister Got This For Her Birthday

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Hollysmom
Community Member
1 month ago

What a rip off.

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#6

The Sticker Was A Lie

The Sticker Was A Lie

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
1 month ago

Take it back

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However, the alluring impression of the deceptive packaging is temporary. Laura says that in order to establish a bond with your loyal customers, brands should employ functional and trustworthy designs. It’s what allows them “to create a feeling of security between them and their customer.”

When it comes to the right kind of packaging design, Laura explained “that all areas of design have a purpose to solve a problem and provide trust to the user.” This means that user-friendly packaging should have features like safety and enhanced usability, be appealing and optimal, and fit the specific customer requirements.

“Every good design needs to be functional, practical, and represent the brand itself in a good way.” But that doesn’t mean it should be boring, on the contrary. In addition to all the features mentioned before, efficient packaging has to grab the consumer’s attention.

This is where the product and packaging designers come into play. “The designer has the ability to make the design stand out by using shapes, colors, orientations. These are key in making it clear to the consumer what the brand is about and what its purpose is."

#7

Ahh Yes, Reality Is Often Disappointing

Ahh Yes, Reality Is Often Disappointing

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Is the centre meant to be poppy seeds?

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#8

"Printed All Over" And Deliberately Leaves The Pattern On The Outside Of The Package

"Printed All Over" And Deliberately Leaves The Pattern On The Outside Of The Package

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

ThT is actually pretty ballsy.

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#9

Natural My Foot

Natural My Foot

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
1 month ago

There should be laws against this one

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#10

Rolling Stone Presents (39 Of The) 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time

Rolling Stone Presents (39 Of The) 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

39 selections from...crikey.

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#11

Both Weigh 500g But The Green One Is In A 30% "Bigger Bag More To Share"

Both Weigh 500g But The Green One Is In A 30% "Bigger Bag More To Share"

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Adam C
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

The Bag is bigger. I see no lie. It's clever marketing.

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#12

So Thankful For My Singular Candy Topping

So Thankful For My Singular Candy Topping

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troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

Well, it is candY topped, not candIES!

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#13

Thought I’d Buy Some Colored Pens. Turns Out Every Single One Of Them Has Blue Ink

Thought I’d Buy Some Colored Pens. Turns Out Every Single One Of Them Has Blue Ink

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

Gaaaah!!!!

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#14

Bought A Ball Pit For My Baby

Bought A Ball Pit For My Baby

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
1 month ago

Blatant false advertising... there is no baby in the actual package

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#15

This "Box" Of Beef Jerky

This "Box" Of Beef Jerky

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, this is deceptive, but always remember to check the weight of the content.

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#16

How Can They Even Call This "Non-Dairy?"

How Can They Even Call This "Non-Dairy?"

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

The casein is probably as close as you get

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#17

Sales Genius

Sales Genius

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

I would!! Lol

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#18

This Cashew Packaging. I Was Wondering Why My Hand Instantly Hit The Bottom When I Opened It

This Cashew Packaging. I Was Wondering Why My Hand Instantly Hit The Bottom When I Opened It

DiggyKalborn Report

Hollysmom
Community Member
1 month ago

Just wow

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#19

Bought A Coloring Book And Pencils To Keep Myself Busy While I’m Off Work. Thought These Were Full-Size Pencils

Bought A Coloring Book And Pencils To Keep Myself Busy While I’m Off Work. Thought These Were Full-Size Pencils

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

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Buy crayola brand

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#20

New Packaging (Right), Same Quantity

New Packaging (Right), Same Quantity

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Bepina
Community Member
1 month ago

yay, more plastic waste!

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#21

800 Pieces. Yeah Right. The Box Is Half Blocked And 550 Pieces Are Tiny Dot Pieces. My Son Was Not Happy

800 Pieces. Yeah Right. The Box Is Half Blocked And 550 Pieces Are Tiny Dot Pieces. My Son Was Not Happy

robstraightedge Report

Hollysmom
Community Member
1 month ago

People need to regularly post this kind of thing to warn others and stop companies from doing things like this

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#22

I Was Wondering Why This Watermelon Juice Tasted So Weird

I Was Wondering Why This Watermelon Juice Tasted So Weird

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

Ffs!!

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#23

Bought Some Eye Makeup, Just Realized One Of The Eyeshadows Isn’t Safe For Eyes. Found Out Via White Print On A White Background

Bought Some Eye Makeup, Just Realized One Of The Eyeshadows Isn’t Safe For Eyes. Found Out Via White Print On A White Background

“Not intended for use in the immediate eye area”

PmMeYourFear Report

Anne
Community Member
1 month ago

Thats an FDA rule. One of them has a red colored ingredient that may stain. Always use a base if this is on your eye shadow.

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#24

New Means What's Inside Is Not New

New Means What's Inside Is Not New

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Vic
Community Member
1 month ago

L'O-UNREAL

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#25

My Mother Ordered 1000 Plastic Blocks For Her Nephews. Ended Up Receiving 523

My Mother Ordered 1000 Plastic Blocks For Her Nephews. Ended Up Receiving 523

Mrm854 Report

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

I guess ppl need to pop for the leggos

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#26

Brand New Protein Powder, Not Even Filled Half Whey

Brand New Protein Powder, Not Even Filled Half Whey

Furious_Flames Report

80 Van
Community Member
1 month ago

I see what you did there.

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#27

I Guess The Meatballs All Just Wanted A Window Seat

I Guess The Meatballs All Just Wanted A Window Seat

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Hollysmom
Community Member
1 month ago

Unfortunately, I've encountered a lot of food packaged this way.

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#28

8% Alcohol Or

8% Alcohol Or

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
1 month ago

Less than can mean 0.1%

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#29

Tesco Is Selling "Flushable" Wet Wipes Which Are "Harmful To Aquatic Life"

Tesco Is Selling "Flushable" Wet Wipes Which Are "Harmful To Aquatic Life"

HarryMedawar Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

ALL “flushable” wipes are harmful and should NOT be flushed because they still don’t break down well and clog up pipes and it is awful for the environment. These should be illegal to be called flushable.

Little Wonder
Community Member
1 month ago

Choice here in Australia did a 24 hour time lapse of a flushable wipe being agitated in a jar of water, along with toilet paper. The paper obviously broke down in minutes, the wipe was still perfectly intact at the end.

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Petra Christovová
Community Member
1 month ago

Great example of absurdly and needlessly anti-ecological product. I really do not need a toilet wipe that kills 99,9 percent of bacteria and makes my toilet sparkle, sigh.

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

God, stop using these, people!!!

Babs L
Community Member
1 month ago

Plumbers ger more than half their call outs dud to stupid people flushing "flushable" wipes. They do flush out of the toilet, buf JAM and BLOCK the pipes further dow as they do NOT breakdown easily. Plumbers will never run out of work as long as people keep using these expensive trendy items to block drains.

Fencat
Community Member
1 month ago

Please start installing bidets.You 'll need less TP, and then you are always sparkly clean!

Pangolin Pal
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Oh, if only! I live in the USA, and the first time I went to Europe in my twenties, I was SO delighted with bidets. The most civilized of plumbing fixtures! Of course, many bathrooms don't have enough floorspace to accommodate one, but maybe in the future, the amazing 21st-Century toilets made by Japanese genius-plumbers (which include the functions of a bidet) will catch on. I only wish I could have one. . .

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Nicole Tomme
Community Member
1 month ago

Makes toilet sparkle. Also makes children cry, fish die and your @$$ itch. Sounds like a product Satan would dream up.

Nicole Tomme
Community Member
1 month ago

Kills 99.9% of bacteria. And fish. Oh and by the way you can't use these wipes on Baby and you might find your own butt itchy from it. Winners all around! Flushable wipes: kills everyone.

MRS FLASHMAN
Community Member
1 month ago

Why are these even on the market?!

Mary Peace
Community Member
1 month ago

Tesco like to make money and people still buy these things. I'm amazed they actually admit 'it's harmful to aquatic life'.

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Pangolin Pal
Community Member
1 month ago

What's wrong with wipes you throw in the garbage? I don't even understand why "flushable" is such a marketing angle. I've always folded used wipes up into little squares and put them in my garbage. Just LOOKING at them you should be able to see you shouldn't flush them!

CincyReds
Community Member
1 month ago

Why would they even advertise these a flushable, that is absolutely awful

C.S. E.
Community Member
1 month ago

Man, makes me love my bidet. I love it so much, I bought everyone I know one for the holidays. Easiest holiday present evar.

Mumof1
Community Member
1 month ago

Lenor sell beads which you chuck in the washer - also harmful to aquatic life. I don't know how they get away with it. Too many people don't read labels!

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
1 month ago

nothing not biodegradable should EVER go down the toilet, sink or drain to the ocean!!!

Mary Mulrooney
Community Member
1 month ago

I've seen some flushable wipes that say "Sepic tank safe." yet when you really read it it says check with your system to see if it is safe to use.....My septic system isn't talking to me lately.

Naomi Cline
Community Member
1 month ago

There is no such thing as a flushable wipe! Ask any plumber. I don’t know why they keep selling flushable wipes. Labels should say 0 out of 10 plumbers approve

JD Lee
Community Member
1 month ago

Will it flush? Yes. But so will a quarter stick of dynamite. “Can” doesn’t mean “should”.

L Sawatzke
Community Member
1 month ago

With long lasting effects!🤬

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
1 month ago

An item being "flushable" does not mean it is safe or will degrade, just means it will flush down the toilet.

Adam Hendron
Community Member
1 month ago

So your toilet empties directly into the stream / ocean?

Mary Peace
Community Member
1 month ago

No, but there's plenty of pipes to block before it gets there.

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Demongrrrrl
Community Member
1 month ago

Just Google "fatburg" to see what those wipes do to a sewer system.

Damon Tripodi
Community Member
1 month ago

Uh, that would be fat...

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KatHat
Community Member
1 month ago

Technically, car keys, goldfish, and money are all "flushable" as well. Such a stupid word applied to these things which should NEVER be flushed even though you technically can.

Jan the doris
Community Member
1 month ago

Lets just ban them completely

Heather Atwood
Community Member
1 month ago

How is this even legal??

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

DO NOT FLUSH.

Jean Thompson
Community Member
1 month ago

People - you do not need to spend your money on these needless things, let alone clog up the seas. First, unroll a small wad of toilet roll, second, spray with antibacterial cleaner spray. Third, wipe around loo, etc. Fourth, put wad down toilet and flush. Job done. Same applies for "personal" wiping. There are special body sprays out there (next to toilet roll section) designed for such a purpose, so, start as with "first" above, replacing antibacterial cleaner spray with the gentle, personal one and wipe bum. Flush wad.

Susan Williams
Community Member
1 month ago

Pretty much anything small is flushable but not necessarily good for the plumbing.

Ashley Wright
Community Member
1 month ago

“Makes toilets sparkle” Laughable

nala simba
Community Member
1 month ago

An outrage!

kkathleen517
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow. Are you fuc*ing kidding me? That's just awful.

Vicki Hardy
Community Member
1 month ago

These are also NOT flushable.

Balenda Ganem
Community Member
1 month ago

Shameful!

Luuta
Community Member
1 month ago

Test pots!

Polly Culberson
Community Member
1 month ago

Brilliant! Good thing to read the package before buying.

Iara Ra
Community Member
1 month ago

Boycott!

Cathryn Cade
Community Member
1 month ago

When are governments going to make it illegal to call these 'flushable'??

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
1 month ago

“IF medical advice is needed...” 😳

Nicole Tomme
Community Member
1 month ago

Wait I have one more (I am on a, shall we say, toilet roll? Da dum chhh.) Ahem. It gets rid of clogs in your pipes but clogs your toilet's pipes. No? I will see myself out.

Nikki Sevven
Community Member
1 month ago

Nothing should be flushed except toilet paper, especially if you have a septic tank. Wipes and tampons can clog up the holes in your leach field. And new septic systems are really, really expensive.

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
1 month ago

At least they're honest? (:

Chris Challis
Community Member
1 month ago

this i just about the worst!

grey galah
Community Member
1 month ago

"Flush" the environment away

tomruns12
Community Member
1 month ago

There shouldn't be any aquatic life in your sewer system.

Freddie Mercury
Community Member
1 month ago

whoops i guess its not for butts either

Ross Keim
Community Member
1 month ago

Be careful they don’t kill all the fish in your septic tank

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
1 month ago

every little helps...

Luuta
Community Member
1 month ago

In Britain they're all "flushable". I go on the basis that if the government allow companies to use that phrase, they must be safe to flush. Those which don't have that phrase aren't safe to flush. Rather like environmentally friendly compostable plastic bags, that take just as long as ordinary bags, around 190 years 😂

Antonio Gregovich
Community Member
1 month ago

I hope a whale comes an squashes everyone who made this product

CAILIN FRITSCH
Community Member
1 month ago

that's really bad

Grace and Lucy
Community Member
1 month ago

Our bodies are suppose to expel bacteria. Most of us don't need a slash and burn wipe. These are unhealthy for us and the environment.

K.Kobayashi
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I don't see a problem with this. Flushable means it can be flushed down the toilet without causing any clogs. Anything you flush down the toilet goes to a sewage treatment plant, not the ocean.

Marlowe Fitzpatrik
Community Member
1 month ago

And ... you think the chemicals in the wipes just stays in the wipes until someone takes those things out of the water? Not to mention that they do cause clogging in toilets, as people above already stated.

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StrawberryParfait
Community Member
1 month ago

Unless you don't have access to a daily shower, why are people polishing their assholes with these? Toilet paper does a fine job until you can use soap and water.

cybermerlin2000
Community Member
1 month ago

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Flushable wipes break down like regular toilet paper and the sewage treatment plants remove the harmful chemicals with everything else. No untreated water is released into nature unless by neglect or by accident

wandile dludlu
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1 month ago

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We found the reason why the UK left the EU...

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
1 month ago

Nope, Which? tested the same and showed the flushables didn't break down, long before Brexit. Seems EU permits same.

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#30

New Cereal Box Is 11% Taller With 1.6% Less Cereal

New Cereal Box Is 11% Taller With 1.6% Less Cereal

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
1 month ago

More wasteful packaging. How do the people who come up with these ideas sleep at night. A lot of cereal boxes are half empty. Not only would it save on cardboard, the plastic for the bag inside and the ink, if it were more realistic for the contents, it would also be cheaper to freight because they'd fit more boxes in a truck.

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#31

No, It's Not Bigger. It's Of Same Size

No, It's Not Bigger. It's Of Same Size

ctp_obvious Report

Hollysmom
Community Member
1 month ago

Bigger than what? Lies!!!

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#32

This Box Of Mostly Sticks With Some Matches In It

This Box Of Mostly Sticks With Some Matches In It

ampma Report

Hollysmom
Community Member
1 month ago

Just wow. That may actually be a production problem

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#33

Disappointment

Disappointment

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Hollysmom
Community Member
1 month ago

These companies go to a lot of trouble and create a lot of waste in order to trick people

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#34

9 Sticker Rolls. One Mildly Infuriated 7-Year-Old

9 Sticker Rolls. One Mildly Infuriated 7-Year-Old

MrsPlague33 Report

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

You can smell the rip off

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#35

"Made In U.S.A"

"Made In U.S.A"

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
1 month ago

The case is made in the USA... we can't actually trust them to make the important stuff.

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#36

Some Acrylic Paints I Bought

Some Acrylic Paints I Bought

LeeKellyLK Report

Aahzmandus Pervect
Community Member
1 month ago

It says 20 pcs on the box.

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#37

Went To Poundland And Had The Choice Between These And After Eights, Got These Cause They We're Bigger, I Paid For Air

Went To Poundland And Had The Choice Between These And After Eights, Got These Cause They We're Bigger, I Paid For Air

niamsme Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

Always check the comparative weights, not the size of the boxes.

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#38

Pain

Pain

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like a molded piece of cake.

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#39

Actual Size Is Not The Actual Size

Actual Size Is Not The Actual Size

relishmypickles Report

Hollysmom
Community Member
1 month ago

Well that's really blatantly false

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#40

Coloring Kit That Is 90% Empty And Counts Each Piece Of Paper As One Piece In 100 Pieces

Coloring Kit That Is 90% Empty And Counts Each Piece Of Paper As One Piece In 100 Pieces

MchZ Report

S. Tor Storm
Community Member
1 month ago

This should be illegal, but the light weight should tip people off tho.

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#41

Coloring Book For My Son

Coloring Book For My Son

PhotosByDrew Report

Kaisa
Community Member
1 month ago

Primary colors plus one free. What more could you want.

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#42

Sneaky Packaging Cheating Us

Sneaky Packaging Cheating Us

tenebralupo Report

James016
Community Member
1 month ago

That's just really sh**ty given how much they charge for blades

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#43

Package Of The Cheese vs. The Cheese Itself

Package Of The Cheese vs. The Cheese Itself

eszleny Report

Hollysmom
Community Member
1 month ago

All the time.

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#44

This Sour Batch Candy Bag Felt Oddly Light

This Sour Batch Candy Bag Felt Oddly Light

KevroniCoal Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

This is a complete waste of packaging.

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#45

One Of The Blocks Isn't One Of The Blocks

One Of The Blocks Isn't One Of The Blocks

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Couldnt_Find_A_Good_Name
Community Member
1 month ago

But can we appreciate the amount of effort put into making that piece of cardboard into looking like a block?

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#46

Xtreme Jerks I'd Say

Xtreme Jerks I'd Say

MigueeRL Report

Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
1 month ago

They both say they are 60g.

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#47

These Were Locked In A Glass Case Facing Forward So You Couldn’t Just Read The Back Before Purchase

These Were Locked In A Glass Case Facing Forward So You Couldn’t Just Read The Back Before Purchase

Taylor-Cox-TLC Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

You can ask to read the box before purchasing.

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#48

This Pizza Tastes Like False Advertising

This Pizza Tastes Like False Advertising

SIRasdf23 Report

Catlady6000
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm picturing a sweat shop full of kids frantically rolling 1000s of pizza crusts

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#49

Even Worse - It's Stale

Even Worse - It's Stale

katielh98 Report

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
1 month ago

Why would anyone buy popcorn in a bag, in a box, in a box with a window anyway?

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#50

Thanks Jetstar For My Large Box Of Pencils

Thanks Jetstar For My Large Box Of Pencils

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Hollysmom
Community Member
1 month ago

Was this from Wish?

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