The whole purpose of marketing is to make a product desirable and to give the customer something that fulfills their needs, but I think it's fair to say that these big companies don't give a sh*t about you.

The marketing techniques on display here are not designed for building trust, repeat business, and goodwill, they are shameless attempts to squeeze as much cash as possible out of unwitting consumers! From dishonest product packaging and clever ads designed to manipulate, to hidden disclaimers and barefaced lies, it's really quite shocking how low some big brands will go for an extra few bucks.

We here at Bored Panda have compiled a list of the worst false advertising offenders, so you know what to look out for in the big, bad world of cut-throat capitalism. Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1

Just As I Suspected At Starbucks - At Every Place I've Worked, All Have Said They Recycle. None Do

Just As I Suspected At Starbucks - At Every Place I've Worked, All Have Said They Recycle. None Do

NealSnow Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

don't they get sorted out further down the line?

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#2

I Was Wondering Why I Seem To Go Through Deodorant So Fast. This Is Brand New, Never Been Used (Labels Removed)

I Was Wondering Why I Seem To Go Through Deodorant So Fast. This Is Brand New, Never Been Used (Labels Removed)

CHESTER_C0PPERP0T Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

they've reduced chocolate bars (for obvious health reasons) but why hygiene products??

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#3

Quaker Oatmeal Advertises 35% Less Sugar, But In Reality They're Just Selling 35% Smaller Portions - But For The Same Price

Quaker Oatmeal Advertises 35% Less Sugar, But In Reality They're Just Selling 35% Smaller Portions - But For The Same Price

AthleticNerd_ Report

Nadine Ducca
Community Member
2 years ago

This is the pinnacle of misleading packaging.

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#4

If You Think You Can Read It From The Top Shelf, You're Wrong

If You Think You Can Read It From The Top Shelf, You're Wrong

down-to-mars-girl Report

Nadine Ducca
Community Member
2 years ago

Seeing this fallacy makes me really mad because I live in Barcelona and we have excellent olive oil. >:-( That a company would do this and in such a surreptitious way with dark letters against a dark background makes me shake my head. And they have the balls to call themselves "Iberia."

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#5

These Smoothie Packets. Easy To Make, Just Add The Entire Smoothie

These Smoothie Packets. Easy To Make, Just Add The Entire Smoothie

FredChocoBear Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

hmm... serving suggestion - put in a glass! genius!! I've been holding them in my hands all these years!

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#6

This Is Next Level

This Is Next Level

Pyatnica Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

is this a drink?

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#7

Cold Beer

Cold Beer

Bentheball1 Report

Hańka
Community Member
2 years ago

This one is OK ;)

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#8

Seriously? Contradictory At Its Finest

Seriously? Contradictory At Its Finest

jkrow17 Report

Christine K
Community Member
2 years ago

Burn this product, NOW.

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#9

This Balloon

This Balloon

cybergrub Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

kinda like the sun, although why would the sun need to wear sunglasses? what's she looking at that's brighter than herself?

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#10

Fake Hair To Make You Swipe Up

Fake Hair To Make You Swipe Up

Art_7s Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

hmm... clever...

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#11

Wow, That’s A Good Deal! Oh...

Wow, That’s A Good Deal! Oh...

jazzcat16 Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

it'd be a good wage...

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#12

I Was Misled

I Was Misled

roniza Report

varwenea
Community Member
2 years ago

0.14oz/4g is logically the small tube. The plastic case makes no sense unless it is theft prevention.

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#13

Make Up Your Mind Tide

Make Up Your Mind Tide

valifay Report

Chyppa Homer
Community Member
2 years ago

more or less :D

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#14

Family Friend Hired Spongebob For A Birthday Party. On The Left - What Was Promised, On The Right - What Appeared (A Man Covered In Sponges)

Family Friend Hired Spongebob For A Birthday Party. On The Left - What Was Promised, On The Right - What Appeared (A Man Covered In Sponges)

toss_my_potatoes Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

he's prepared for when people drop their drinks in shock...

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#15

"You're Gonna Pay For That Free Coffee, Aren't You?"

"You're Gonna Pay For That Free Coffee, Aren't You?"

GallowPlaceholder Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

so how much IS this free coffee?

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#16

Technically...

Technically...

RogerDat143 Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

triple means three yeah?

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#17

Includes A "Private Balcony." Is Just A View Of The Wall Of The Next Building

Includes A "Private Balcony." Is Just A View Of The Wall Of The Next Building

Jagokoz Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

looks quite private though

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#18

The "Cancel Uninstalation" Button Is In Green

The "Cancel Uninstalation" Button Is In Green

tiltedlens Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

well if that aint not no double negative I aint not never unimpressed!

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#19

Bought Some “Floam” Like Substance For My Daughter For $5. Just Wow. She Cried

Bought Some “Floam” Like Substance For My Daughter For $5. Just Wow. She Cried

chagoscifres Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

so much packaging waste...

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#20

It's Illegal Not To Have A Link No? Let's Write It In White

It's Illegal Not To Have A Link No? Let's Write It In White

antokop Report

Nadine Ducca
Community Member
2 years ago

:-O

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#21

The Amazing Spider-man

The Amazing Spider-man

RichDufresne Report

Christine K
Community Member
2 years ago

It did grow - just not as assumed?

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#22

The Color Of "Up To" Makes It Almost Impossible To See From A Distance, Especially With Glare. Thanks, Old Navy

The Color Of "Up To" Makes It Almost Impossible To See From A Distance, Especially With Glare. Thanks, Old Navy

CivilizedPsycho Report

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
2 years ago

By now, if we see these signs we should automatically know there's an "up to" there somewhere. My kid has been able to spot the "up to"s since she was about 7. I'm probably raising her a bit too skeptical, but better than being too gullible.

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#23

Inside The Package Of A Drone My Parents Got Me For Christmas

Inside The Package Of A Drone My Parents Got Me For Christmas

burningriverallstar Report

Christine K
Community Member
2 years ago

At least they fessed up? Lol

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#24

Disguising Ads As System Warnings In The Operating System Is Truly A**hole Design

Disguising Ads As System Warnings In The Operating System Is Truly A**hole Design

jimoconnell Report

Nadine Ducca
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh yeah. This appeared on my work computer the other day and gave me a laugh.

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#25

Thanks, I Feel So Special And Cozy Now

Thanks, I Feel So Special And Cozy Now

leokennis Report

Anouk
Community Member
2 years ago

Awwww. That's so lovely. I'd far prefer to come and unsubscribe personally - with a baseball bat - anyway.

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#26

Oh, Thanks! Wait... What?

Oh, Thanks! Wait... What?

SoySauce_McGiggles Report

Christine K
Community Member
2 years ago

This is literally just mean.

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#27

Only A Little Misleading

Only A Little Misleading

kingalex711 Report

Sree S
Community Member
2 years ago

35 minutes is your unlimited time limit. Understand?

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#28

You Have To Click "No" To Continue The Uninstall

You Have To Click "No" To Continue The Uninstall

whatthehellisplace Report

Surya Amriza
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't appreciate the trickiness.

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#29

The Mug That Won't Fall Over

The Mug That Won't Fall Over

GallowBoob Report

Nadine Ducca
Community Member
2 years ago

"Well, you're not supposed to PUSH it, Susan!"

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#30

This Cup “Full” Of Candy

This Cup “Full” Of Candy

tapdawg Report

Chyppa Homer
Community Member
2 years ago

No diabeetus here, move along...

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#31

Expectations VS Reality

Expectations VS Reality

TorteDeLini Report

Randy Inbred
Community Member
2 years ago

Thanos would be sooooo pissed!

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