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.

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

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Chyppa Homer
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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

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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."

Davide Amadori
Community Member
2 years ago

Welcome to the fancy world of fake european quality goods, have you ever heard about "parmesan" instead of parmigiano? Now with more polymers!

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Ntosh
Community Member
2 years ago

Shouldn't this be illegal though? What if someone reacts to sunflower oil? Why are these companies allowed to do such?

Corey Lamp
Community Member
2 years ago

I was thinking the exact same thing.

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Miklós Nagy
Community Member
2 years ago

You know, there are laws against this in my country...

Lotta Roos
Community Member
2 years ago

By your lastname I'm guessing Hungary, and I think it's a EU law, we have it in Sweden too.

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Katie and Jared Coates
Community Member
2 years ago

Well it does say "blend"... :)

Grumble o'Pug
Community Member
2 years ago

It took me a long time to see that dark print. That's scammy!!!

Anne Turner
Community Member
2 years ago

Thanks for the tip. Could see nothing about sunflower until I turned my screen out of the autumn sun...

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Teresa Taylor
Community Member
2 years ago

The words “Premium BLEND” should be a dead giveaway. 100% anything will never have the word “blend” on the labeling. This is misleading, but not illegal. It clearly states it is a “blend” and clearly states what that blend is. Unfortunately they chose to emphasize the more marketable ingredient. I’ll bet if you look on the back, where they have to list ingredients by volume, the Sunflower oil will be first, then “may contain canola/safflower oil” or something like that, and finally olive pomace oil and extra virgin olive oil. The product probably contains enough EVO to give it some color and nothing more. Welcome to America where this is perfectly legal, because it’s up to the consumer to read the fine print. No ethics in advertising. 😡

Penny Bundy
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow - such a deliberate effort to mislead (LIE) to consumers is purely evil! I will NEVER buy an Iberia brand product and I plan to let them know!

A. Hope
Community Member
2 years ago

They are not breaking FDA regulation. PREMIUM BLEND is listed on big letters and stands out enough so consumers can read it easily, just with that they are covered. Also that information is on a typeface bigger than the typeface used on EVOO and Sunflower. The usage of the dark color might trick consumer’s minds, but is not against FDA regulation. Check out BERTOLLI extra virgin olive oil class action lawsuit settling for $7M. For years they were putting “product of Italy” on their labels, when in reality their oils were coming from any place (like Greece or Morocco.) but Italy. I’m forever loyal to Goya Extra Virgin Olive Oil and they new Goya Unico exclusive from Spain.

Eulalie Grace
Community Member
2 years ago

It does say PREMIUM BLEND Just to cover their a$$es.

mntncrone
Community Member
2 years ago

That should be illegal.

Sharon Ingram
Community Member
2 years ago

In their defense (can’t believe I said that) it DOES say blend.

NortonR3
Community Member
2 years ago

All my life is a lie!!!!

Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
2 years ago

Even the olive oil that says it's olive oil is usually mixed oils. You have to look for the American Olive Growers label.

Joanne Gibovich
Community Member
2 years ago

I ran immediately to kitchen to check my olive oil...ufff...

Nigel Rodgers
Community Member
2 years ago

Dark patterns

Christopher Mayer
Community Member
2 years ago

Fine print hell. Look for the NO print! 😬

Janice Seagraves
Community Member
2 years ago

Most olive oil in America doesn't have very much olive oil in it. How are companies allowed to do this?

Peter Pahk
Community Member
2 years ago

If you know EVOO, u know this ain’t it. Color is not right And it clearly says blend. Lol. EVOO is never blended.

Karla Thompson
Community Member
2 years ago

Sneaky bastards....

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

Hell, I can't even read it up close.

phil blanque
Community Member
2 years ago

Yep...evil.

athornedrose
Community Member
2 years ago

absolutely unacceptable

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

Shady af, but what company isn't?

Hans Englich
Community Member
1 year ago

this is a no go!!! Mafia

Blue Banana
Community Member
1 year ago

At least they are owning up to it, albeit in a difficult to read manner. In Australia, there has been recent incidences of olive oil being blended with cheaper vegetable oils and being sold as pure olive oil.

Robert Knabe
Community Member
2 years ago

Final score is not 22l. Anyone can quickly estimate that if it were a 70 ounce bottle any estimate 30 ml per ounce you have 2100 ml. Stating 2000 ml for 68 ounces looks accurate. S

Pattie Kelly
Community Member
2 years ago

Can Sunflower Oil be Virgin too?

Louise Brigance
Community Member
2 years ago

There are no regulation on olive oil imports that mandate how much olive oil is really in the bottle. I would suggest getting the olive oil produced in California as it is ALL olive oil. It's good stuff, too.

Jeannine Brenna
Community Member
2 years ago

I bought what I thought was apple cider vinegar. A closer look at the label showed APPLE CIDER (flavored) VINEGAR.

Sara Kate MacFarland
Community Member
2 years ago

Nothing beats real, 100% olive oil! I am less than 5' tall and have a terrible time getting things off of top shelves....sometimes I even use my cane to "hook" them and then they come tumbling down and if I'm not quick enough to catch them (fortunately not often) land in my face or on my head. That said....when said product is finally down where I can read the label, it says something like this, I (rudely) leave it on a lower shelf! 68 ounces of fake olive oil is heavy and hard to catch....after being hit by it, I am not a happy camper.

Jon Chevalier
Community Member
2 years ago

Olive oil from Spain is very very good.. why spoil it.??

Lori Lehnhardt
Community Member
2 years ago

🤬

Kami
Community Member
2 years ago

Why 2000ml and not 2l?

Elizabeth Butler
Community Member
2 years ago

At least they admit it....I read about a project to test many brands of extra virgin olive oil that did NOT label but DID dilute with cheaper other kinds of oil.

Roy Powell
Community Member
2 years ago

The first ingredient is always the one that has the most in the bottle — at least more than half — and in this case, probably 90%.

Andrzej Raczynski
Community Member
2 years ago

it does say "blend" though, so this one isn't too "FUstupidconsumer" to me.

S Bagci
Community Member
2 years ago

OMG I HAVE SOME OF THIS AT HOME !

Arran Walker
Community Member
2 years ago

It does say “premium BLEND”, plus the information is technically there on the front of the label. Gotta actually read those labels....

Lululoohoo
Community Member
2 years ago

This is so gross.

Dennis Pinkerton
Community Member
2 years ago

My oh my

Mike Mischak
Community Member
2 years ago

A rip off company! Don't buy the brand.

Mihai Adrian
Community Member
2 years ago

It says "PREMIUM BLEND"...

Sabal Minor
Community Member
2 years ago

This crappy dollar store fair- whuddya expect?

Sunny San Diego
Community Member
2 years ago

Typo!

Sheila Verrier
Community Member
2 years ago

How sad!!!

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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

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Nadine Ducca
Community Member
2 years 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

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Mark Smallman
Community Member
2 years 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

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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

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mulk
Community Member
2 years ago

"Schrödinger Batteries"

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#9

This Balloon

This Balloon

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Martti Laurson
Community Member
2 years 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
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...

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Aud Wey
Community Member
2 years ago

4$ EACH 10 minutes.. Wow

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#12

I Was Misled

I Was Misled

roniza Report

Al Bo
Community Member
2 years 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

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frederic eeckman
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years ago

Maybe it's not imprisoned coffee?

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#16

Technically...

Technically...

RogerDat143 Report

Randy Inbred
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years ago

My kind of privacy :)

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#18

The "Cancel Uninstalation" Button Is In Green

The "Cancel Uninstalation" Button Is In Green

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Pamela24
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years ago

thats actually a douche move!

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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

Hope Floats
Community Member
2 years 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

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Steve Bowman
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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

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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?

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Randy Inbred
Community Member
2 years 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

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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

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Sree S
Community Member
2 years 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

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Randy Inbred
Community Member
2 years ago

Thanos would be sooooo pissed!

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