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 companies don't give a sh*t about you.


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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 packaging and manipulative screen tricks, to hidden disclaimers and barefaced lies, it's really quite shocking how low some companies will go for an extra few bucks.

We here at Bored Panda have compiled a list of the worst 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

Chyppa Homer 5 months ago

The illusion of choice

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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

Christine K 5 months ago

I think a lot of products are like this nowadays.

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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

Pamela 5 months ago

This is evil ! Never again !

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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 5 months 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

Nadine Ducca 5 months ago

LMAO! So what the hell is in the packet? Just sugar? Oh, and I love how they point out that strawberries "are an excellent source of vitamin C", as if their product contained any!

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#6 This Is Next Level

This Is Next Level

Pyatnica Report

Mark Smallman 5 months ago

But it does have the "size" 300ml clearly on the front so you could at least make a comparison compared to other brands.

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#7 Cold Beer

Cold Beer

Bentheball1 Report

Hańka 5 months ago

This one is OK ;)

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#8 Seriously? Contradictory At Its Finest

Seriously? Contradictory At Its Finest

jkrow17 Report

mulk 5 months ago

"Schrödinger Batteries"

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#9 This Balloon

This Balloon

cybergrub Report

Martti Laurson 5 months ago

This is physically impossible. That would mean, the printed area did not expand at all.

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#10 Fake Hair To Make You Swipe Up

Fake Hair To Make You Swipe Up

Art_7s Report

stellermatt 5 months ago

hmm... clever...

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#11 Wow, That’s A Good Deal! Oh...

Wow, That’s A Good Deal! Oh...

jazzcat16 Report

Aud Wey 5 months ago

4$ EACH 10 minutes.. Wow

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#12 I Was Misled

I Was Misled

roniza Report

Al Bo 5 months ago

I don't agree with this one on the list. For those unaware, that center mechanism is to help squeeze the tube appropriately (whether or not it maximizes emptying it in the end it's unknown). I'm not familiar with this brand but have used others, and the packaging (usually a cardboard back) would've made it clear that about that shell.

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#13 Make Up Your Mind Tide

Make Up Your Mind Tide

valifay Report

frederic eeckman 5 months ago

And one is dermatologist tested, the other one is dermatologist recommended :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

Nadine Ducca 5 months ago

Even though it's definitely NOT what has hired or expected, I think the guy did a pretty good DIY job with the costume.

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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

Randy Inbred 5 months ago

Maybe it's not imprisoned coffee?

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#16 Technically...

Technically...

RogerDat143 Report

Randy Inbred 5 months ago

Hahaha...3 = triple! 😁

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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

Mark Smallman 5 months ago

My kind of privacy :)

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#18 The "Cancel Uninstalation" Button Is In Green

The "Cancel Uninstalation" Button Is In Green

tiltedlens Report

Pamela24 5 months ago

Oh, yes, this is used everywhere. Always annoys me.

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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

Sree S 5 months ago

I would cry ;-; Packaging... WASTED!!

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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

SexyEggPlant 5 months ago

thats actually a douche move!

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#21 The Amazing Spider-man

The Amazing Spider-man

RichDufresne Report

Christine K 5 months 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

Hope Floats 5 months ago

So many shops do this.. It should be law that the 'up to' should be as big as the 50%..

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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

Steve Bowman 5 months ago

And the bill shows a price of 99$ but the correct price is 299$.

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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

birdhouse 5 months ago

I clicked on one that said it was a Microsoft update at work and walked away as it said it would take 30 min to install. To my surprise when I got back it was a screen that said "Chicks with dicks" and said if I don't give money for them to uninstall it wouldn't stop. I was a little upset as the "Chicks" dick was bigger than mine.

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#25 Thanks, I Feel So Special And Cozy Now

Thanks, I Feel So Special And Cozy Now

leokennis Report

Anouk 5 months 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

Randy Inbred 5 months ago

Is this meant to be a joke tip for a waiter/waitress? If so it's incredibly bad taste. Those guys work their asses off for little money, no benefits and little job security. They rely on tips for their livelihood. Wonder how the creator of this gem would feel if someone replaced the cash in his wallet with a few of these?

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#27 Only A Little Misleading

Only A Little Misleading

kingalex711 Report

Sree S 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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

Sree S 5 months ago

This has happened to me once. Trashy Easter treat baskets... I like the basket tho. Its a very nice basket!!

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#31 Expectations VS Reality

Expectations VS Reality

TorteDeLini Report

Randy Inbred 5 months ago

Thanos would be sooooo pissed!

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#32 The Nazi "Nudge" Ballot. The Large "Ja" Circle Indicates A Vote To Keep Hitler In Power, The Small "Nein" Is A Vote Against

The Nazi "Nudge" Ballot. The Large "Ja" Circle Indicates A Vote To Keep Hitler In Power, The Small "Nein" Is A Vote Against

DamnInteresting Report

stellermatt 5 months ago

i know this isn't the point at all, but it is a lovely selection of fonts.

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#33 This Ad I Almost Clicked On To Answer A Call

This Ad I Almost Clicked On To Answer A Call

Ludogsonthemoon Report

Sree S 5 months ago

Haha this is actually a cute, creative approach!!

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#34 Advertised As "600W Power Supply"; Actually A 230W Power Supply With The Model Number "600W"

Advertised As "600W Power Supply"; Actually A 230W Power Supply With The Model Number "600W"

Myrsephone Report

Anouk 5 months ago

More deliberately false and misleading advertising. Why am I getting the urge to get a flamethrower to all this stuff?

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#35 Hmmm

Hmmm

zack786 Report

stellermatt 5 months ago

that smirk! chocolate guy knew what he was doing.

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#36 Websites Straight Up Lying To Get Clicks

Websites Straight Up Lying To Get Clicks

Tonetic Report

WeWillJustSeeAboutThat 5 months ago

That's some shady photoswappin with the top one.

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#37 Advertising Masked As A Parking Ticket In A Parking Garage

Advertising Masked As A Parking Ticket In A Parking Garage

noseworthy6 Report

Christine K 5 months ago

I'm sorry but I just find this creative. Am I being cruel?

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#38 Buying A Solid Milk Chocolate Stanley Cup? Surely You Only Expected Half Of One

Buying A Solid Milk Chocolate Stanley Cup? Surely You Only Expected Half Of One

CorrectGrammarPls Report

Chyppa Homer 5 months ago

"Buy 2, won 1 ! As long as the stock lasts !"

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#39 This Website Fakes A Chrome Error To Convince You To Disable Your Ad Blocker

This Website Fakes A Chrome Error To Convince You To Disable Your Ad Blocker

CatVsHumanity Report

Christine K 5 months ago

I feel disgusted now.

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#40 One Cent, 6.95 Shipping. Almost Got Tricked With This One

One Cent, 6.95 Shipping. Almost Got Tricked With This One

fanzipantz Report

Mark Smallman 5 months ago

Used to happen a lot on ebay one upon a time.Product would be 1p and shipping would be £100, saves the seller paying fees on a £100 sale, crafty eh!

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#41 This Is Why I Have Trust Issues

This Is Why I Have Trust Issues

JustAGuyInTampa Report

Lizard Queen 5 months ago

Technically, "One A Day" is a brand name, rather than a dosage instruction.

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#42 What A Reasonable Amount Of Product! Oh...

What A Reasonable Amount Of Product! Oh...

basilandjail Report

BusLady 5 months ago

I don't see any product

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#43 Youtube Lets You Purchase A Movie, But Only Tells You That It Is Age Restricted Content After Purchasing

Youtube Lets You Purchase A Movie, But Only Tells You That It Is Age Restricted Content After Purchasing

moriono647 Report

stellermatt 5 months ago

bet it cost an arm and a leg too...

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#44 Daughter Brought An Emoji Marshmallow Lollipop Thing Back From Mexico

Daughter Brought An Emoji Marshmallow Lollipop Thing Back From Mexico

nestacat Report

stellermatt 5 months ago

the lollipop doesn't look happy either...

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#45 Mildly Disappointed, But Very Amused

Mildly Disappointed, But Very Amused

parmaqqay Report

Chyppa Homer 5 months ago

Didn't Shrek pull something similar out of his ear ? :D

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#46 Fake Features

Fake Features

therealnozewin Report

Eyad Babikir 5 months ago

Who paid Debbie for the review?!🤔

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#47 Corner Left Says 10 Colours When In Reality There's Only 5

Corner Left Says 10 Colours When In Reality There's Only 5

Guimitch Report

.gas. 5 months ago

There are 10 colors. Never said they were different.

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#48 This Had My Heart Racing, Only To Find Out It Was A Meditation Advertisement

This Had My Heart Racing, Only To Find Out It Was A Meditation Advertisement

maxtjlane Report

stellermatt 5 months ago

ahh... nice calming peaceful red, the quietest of all the colours...

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#49 This Coffee Shop Selling Unwrapped Little Debbie Cakes As Store-Made Pastries

This Coffee Shop Selling Unwrapped Little Debbie Cakes As Store-Made Pastries

awesomeone2311 Report

stellermatt 5 months ago

i don't care, gimme cake!

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#50 This Is Not At All What I Had In Mind When I Bought This Balloon Ball

This Is Not At All What I Had In Mind When I Bought This Balloon Ball

SolisVitrum Report

Mark Smallman 5 months ago

Right hand picture says "Just kill me!"

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#51 This Real Life Click Bait

This Real Life Click Bait

tastes_a_bit_funny Report

Pull King 5 months ago

Thats just funny....... Cute little ‘up to’

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#52 How To Lie With Graphs. And Edge Is Still Worse Than The Competition, Even If The Numbers Were True And Their Tests Reproducible

How To Lie With Graphs. And Edge Is Still Worse Than The Competition, Even If The Numbers Were True And Their Tests Reproducible

djahz Report

Sree S 5 months ago

Godammit graphs that make everything so convincing.

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#53 This Company Tries To Make The Magnifying Glass Seem More Powerful Than It Is

This Company Tries To Make The Magnifying Glass Seem More Powerful Than It Is

whatisfree Report

Sree S 5 months ago

RIP

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#54 High School Yearbook Team Gave Us All A Good Scare Today

High School Yearbook Team Gave Us All A Good Scare Today

Neonninja221 Report

RaroaRaroa 5 months ago

$65 for a yearbook! Is that normal? Must be a lot of people who can't afford that.

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#55 This Mobile Ad Designed To Make It Look Like You Have A Speck Of Dirt On Your Phone, Making You Tap On It

This Mobile Ad Designed To Make It Look Like You Have A Speck Of Dirt On Your Phone, Making You Tap On It

gursmo7 Report

Christine K 5 months ago

LOL I literally just tried to wipe my screen

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#56 I’m Starting To Think Xfinity Doesn’t Understand Irony

I’m Starting To Think Xfinity Doesn’t Understand Irony

WalterWaifu Report

Christine K 5 months ago

Don't blame xfinity, you didn't learn more!

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#57 This Game's Developer Name Is Trying To Fake The Rating System

This Game's Developer Name Is Trying To Fake The Rating System

TheLostN7 Report

Sree S 5 months ago

No wonder its called 'Cheese Hole' Games 😂 There was quite a large hole in this piece of cheese...

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#58 "Do Not Uncheck This Box"

"Do Not Uncheck This Box"

speedyskier22 Report

stellermatt 5 months ago

don't do what donnie don't does

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#59 Just Updated The Rate

Just Updated The Rate

gorvett Report

Don Pe 5 months ago

Happens a lot in the "booking"-world

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#60 McAfee's Desperate Attempts To Make Me Give Them Money

McAfee's Desperate Attempts To Make Me Give Them Money

harv0930 Report

Christine K 5 months ago

Click "Accept Risk", smile and walk away.

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#61 Apple Replaces All Ports With USB-C Saying It's "The Future" But Their Newest Phones Aren't USB-C Compatible. You Need A Dongle To Connect Your Phone To Your MacBook. Bonus: They Remove The "Outdated" Headphone Jack From Their Phones But Not Their Computers

Apple Replaces All Ports With USB-C Saying It's "The Future" But Their Newest Phones Aren't USB-C Compatible. You Need A Dongle To Connect Your Phone To Your MacBook. Bonus: They Remove The "Outdated" Headphone Jack From Their Phones But Not Their Computers

Opimi216 Report

nanashi 5 months ago

it's things like this never made me want to consider getting any Apple product at all.

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#62 Thought I Was Going To Need A Fire Extinguisher

Thought I Was Going To Need A Fire Extinguisher

g_rochford Report

stellermatt 5 months ago

ka-sigh-boom

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#63 I Wonder How Many People Paid $10 Without Realizing

I Wonder How Many People Paid $10 Without Realizing

sasthana5 Report

Kjorn 5 months ago

i'll take the 12 months

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#64 Chocolate Créme Twinkies Lack Créme In Reality

Chocolate Créme Twinkies Lack Créme In Reality

LambeauLeapt Report

stellermatt 5 months ago

i am disappoint.

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#65 Citibank Uses A Non-Linear Scale On The Fico Score Graph To Make You Feel It's Lower Than It Actually Is

Citibank Uses A Non-Linear Scale On The Fico Score Graph To Make You Feel It's Lower Than It Actually Is

alterom Report

C.Marrero 5 months ago

763 isnt that bad

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#66 This USB Flash Drive Name Makes It Seem It Has 100 GB Of Memory

This USB Flash Drive Name Makes It Seem It Has 100 GB Of Memory

Wabbajack0 Report

nanashi 5 months ago

but the actual capacity is written right there, how can this be a confusion?

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#67 This Jacket

This Jacket

becky_latham27 Report

Hope Floats 5 months ago

But look on the plus size.. With all that extra material, you'll be so much warmer!

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#68 This “Free” App Gives You A 3 Day Free Trial Then Charges You £90 A Week

This “Free” App Gives You A 3 Day Free Trial Then Charges You £90 A Week

fjbrahh Report

Mikleo 5 months ago

It charges you 90 pounds a week and still has ads.

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#69 “Now With More Filling”

“Now With More Filling”

supermassimo0310 Report

Chris Pitch 5 months ago

Oreno!

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#70 Is It Really Optional Then?

Is It Really Optional Then?

CrazyrampageGuy Report

stellermatt 5 months ago

this word you keep using, I don't think it means what you think it means...

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#71 Looks Like A Full Bottl... Nevermind

Looks Like A Full Bottl... Nevermind

Dragonlord_66 Report

#72 My Grandma's Phone Gets Ads Like This On The Lockscreen

My Grandma's Phone Gets Ads Like This On The Lockscreen

nelsonmurdocks Report

Clinton Yew 5 months ago

one of the app she installed, usually the anti virus or some lock screen overwrite app.

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#73 The "Yes On Measure S" Campaign In Los Angeles Is Sending People Mailers That Look Almost Exactly Like An Eviction Notice

The "Yes On Measure S" Campaign In Los Angeles Is Sending People Mailers That Look Almost Exactly Like An Eviction Notice

AylaSilver Report

Christopher Mayer 5 months ago

It's not illegal, though God knows it SHOULD be!

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#74 What A Sale!

What A Sale!

timbersfan2015 Report

Randy Inbred 5 months ago

BARGAIN!!!!

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#75 Pre-Ordered The Physical Copy Of COD WW2 And Got This

Pre-Ordered The Physical Copy Of COD WW2 And Got This

AegisNoti Report

Katie and Jared Coates 5 months ago

Activision can ban players permanently- resulting in the loss of the non physical game.

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#76 "Free" App Forces To Pay $80 When You Download It

"Free" App Forces To Pay $80 When You Download It

Gyxo25 Report

Indie_cloud 5 months ago

$79.95 a week for ringtones? Frick!

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#77 This Was Sent Out At My School And Legit Had Me Worried

This Was Sent Out At My School And Legit Had Me Worried

SirDefault Report

ThePanda 5 months ago

lol

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#78 Well Played, Well Played

Well Played, Well Played