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

NealSnow Report

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

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

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

Pyatnica Report

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

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

mulk
Community Member
2 years ago

"Schrödinger Batteries"

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#9

This Balloon

This Balloon

cybergrub Report

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...

jazzcat16 Report

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

valifay Report

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

tiltedlens Report

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

burningriverallstar Report

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

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

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

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.

Sree S
Community Member
2 years ago

Me neither. Would take me like a solid 5 minutes to try and understand it!

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Robert Morson
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't get this. Even if I was tricked by it (which, yeah, at least 60% chance I would be) I would just run the uninstaller again and do it right. What possible benefit could there be to doing it this way?

A.R.
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah these are so common these days. It's a stupid trick to get you to stay but does it ever work?

phil blanque
Community Member
2 years ago

Are you sure you want to terminate the process to decommission the termination of the deinstallation of the uninstalled product? Or do you want the install to continue for this product and the uninstallation of related and unrelated products, which may include essential components of your operating system? Remember that the wrong choice may remove all saved and unsaved data, except data that may or may have not been cached with the installed product, which are still at risk of deletion. Be informed that the sponser of the installed and uninstalled software bears no responsibility for any loss of data or functioning. Please respond YES or NO within the next 30 seconds or default action will occur.

Christopher Mayer
Community Member
2 years ago

No means...yes? 😰

Falcon
Community Member
2 years ago

It asks two questions, but only the second one counts. Pure evil.

Sara Kate MacFarland
Community Member
2 years ago

...read the small print....and then take 10 minutes to figure it out.

GollyRojer
Community Member
2 years ago

Why haven't you said what product it is?

Ceri Mcclellan
Community Member
2 years ago

*uninstalltion?

Donald Holder
Community Member
2 years ago

This is downright stupidity.

Nikki D
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow, this is really master level trickery.

Anouk
Community Member
2 years ago

"Are you absolutely SURE you don't want to NOT unstop the cancellation of the installation?" Septuple negatives FTW!!

Lina S.
Community Member
2 years ago

*uninstallation :)

Uta Dohlenburg
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm sorry, but you really feel tricked by this? It's not even a double negative. Would you like to abort the process ... no, of course...

P.Brux FHell
Community Member
2 years ago

What about reading THE WHOLE THING for a change?

Ben S.
Community Member
2 years ago

Read the LAST question. It's not that unclear. Do you want to abort (stop)? No...keep going.

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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

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

TorteDeLini Report

Randy Inbred
Community Member
2 years ago

Thanos would be sooooo pissed!

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