Think of marketing as you would think about sex. Some brands try to establish a pleasant and long relationship with their clients and others use dirty tricks to manipulate anyone into the sack with them. So while some buyers are completely satisfied with their purchases, others feel ashamed and used. This time, Bored Panda has focused on packaging, bringing you the most insulting examples of designers taking advantage of the innocent.

From a deceiving box, hiding the true size of a sandwich to a clever wrap, making a lollipop appear way better than it actually is, there should be a special place in hell for everyone who contributed to these packaging ideas. Scroll down to check out why you shouldn't trust a product you see for the first time and vote for your (least) favorite entries!

#1

What?

What?

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Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

Again, this is product fraud.

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#2

This Gummy Bear Cup

This Gummy Bear Cup

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

Now, that's plain cheating.

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#3

Typical Sale In Russia. Buy A Pack, Get A 2 Hot Dogs Free

Typical Sale In Russia. Buy A Pack, Get A 2 Hot Dogs Free

ilushkin Report

Miss Cris
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow, it's more expensive the extra packaging than the sausages... all of them!

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#4

There Are Only 3 Veggie Sausage Rolls In This Pack

There Are Only 3 Veggie Sausage Rolls In This Pack

bortina-badboy Report

Miss Cris
Community Member
3 years ago

..and 300 mini rolls when cut into 100's

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#5

That's Just Rude

That's Just Rude

ItsAlexBevan Report

Michael Naegele
Community Member
3 years ago

My deepest honor for the designer of the package.. This is hillarious

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#6

"Gluten-Free"

"Gluten-Free"

TestZero Report

Bored Fox
Community Member
3 years ago

It is good that in EU lying like that is forbidden. Gluten is a serious health hazard for the people who have coeliac disease or wheat allergy. Also selling something as 'organic' is regulated here.

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#7

This Is Why I Have Trust Issues

This Is Why I Have Trust Issues

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Unwelcomed Guest
Community Member
3 years ago

Technically the Tomatoes they used in the Soup were 40% bigger

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#8

Nice Big Jumbo Shrimps

Nice Big Jumbo Shrimps

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

Those things look like plug-in rockets/fireworks.. Screw the other half, give it few turns and it flies.

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#9

The Difference Between A Small Vs Medium Orange Juice At Mcdonalds

The Difference Between A Small Vs Medium Orange Juice At Mcdonalds

Henry_J Report

Kikka io
Community Member
3 years ago

once the trick is better for you. always order the small, lakes less and drink the same

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#10

This Deceiving Sandwich Packaging

This Deceiving Sandwich Packaging

Ahmad_nagy Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

I know people who are like this.

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#11

Prolong Deliciousness

Prolong Deliciousness

Bjables Report

Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

This is sad.

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#12

Oh The Irony

Oh The Irony

egdip Report

Sancha Fung
Community Member
3 years ago

This one is funny.

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#13

I Needed Red. Guess Which One I Grabbed At First

I Needed Red. Guess Which One I Grabbed At First

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A D
Community Member
3 years ago

why?

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#14

Unopened Box Of "64 Crayon Colors" Turns Out To Just Be Orange

Unopened Box Of "64 Crayon Colors" Turns Out To Just Be Orange

hogwartshonorroll Report

Adogcalledkitty
Community Member
3 years ago

The Trump edition

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#15

This Box Of Chocolates. They Didn't Even Taste That Good!

This Box Of Chocolates. They Didn't Even Taste That Good!

Judithsins Report

Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

I am pretty sure this would be illegal within the European Union. And seriously, how does it work for the company? Not a single person would buy again.

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#16

This Olive Oil I Bought Wasn't Even Cheap

This Olive Oil I Bought Wasn't Even Cheap

AsterJ Report

Jörg Bucher
Community Member
3 years ago

well its printed on the front :-)

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#17

My Wife Bought Some Pencils For Our Elementary School Where We Teach English In South Korea. Then She Opened The Box

My Wife Bought Some Pencils For Our Elementary School Where We Teach English In South Korea. Then She Opened The Box

thektulu7 Report

Elise Mon
Community Member
3 years ago

that's cheating

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#18

That Could Have Been A Bad Choice

That Could Have Been A Bad Choice

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

What happens if someone takes 1 of each.. he sleeps peacefully white shit*ing? :)

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#19

My Life Is A Lie

My Life Is A Lie

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Annika Hanson-Carlson
Community Member
3 years ago

Hawaiian pizza was also invented in Canada

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#20

Hate To See Waste In Packaging And Also Feel Like They Are Trying To Trick Me So I Feel Value. Please Make Bottle The Size Of Product!

Hate To See Waste In Packaging And Also Feel Like They Are Trying To Trick Me So I Feel Value. Please Make Bottle The Size Of Product!

cmbrookins Report

Daniela Spireva-Ivanovska
Community Member
3 years ago

Its so sad, cause they use so much plastic for no reason :(

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#21

Toss Me A Cold One, Will Ya?

Toss Me A Cold One, Will Ya?

freakame Report

Jenn
Community Member
3 years ago

that's the weirdest packaging for a radiator coolant I have ever seen!

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#22

This Antivirus Software My Dad Bought Is Literally An Empty Case With A Code On The Back

This Antivirus Software My Dad Bought Is Literally An Empty Case With A Code On The Back

Julian_Williams Report

Monika
Community Member
3 years ago

when our planet dies from plastic overuse, let's remember the days of these companies :)

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#23

This Packaging

This Packaging

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Sable miner
Community Member
3 years ago

Proactiv is such a rip off company. Those two "dermatologists (if indeed they truthfully are) have sold buttloads of what basically you can find for much cheaper. If they truly wanted to help people with skin problems they could have made all that one the first few years and then made them more affordable without all this cheesy membership crap, etc. I still think people are able to buy generic for similar results. Greed has no limits.

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#24

Density Of Pepperonis Visible Through Pizza Box Window Is An Inaccurate Representation Of Whole-Pizza Coverage

Density Of Pepperonis Visible Through Pizza Box Window Is An Inaccurate Representation Of Whole-Pizza Coverage

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Monica Jfk
Community Member
3 years ago

These persons should go to prison. Really

Connie Martin
Community Member
3 years ago

Phony Pepperoni Prison

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Sable miner
Community Member
3 years ago

I'd be blowing up their customer's service phone & registering some big time complaints. Bullsh!t

Master Markus
Community Member
3 years ago

It just looks like it shifted in shipping. There is way too much overlap on those pepperoni.

Black Dahlia
Community Member
3 years ago

Anyone who thinks that view through the pane is the actual pepperoni density deserves to feel cheated. The slices have clearly moved to one corner and there's too many in one area; they overlap.

TC
Community Member
3 years ago

Again!!

Kiki
Community Member
3 years ago

I've heard people defend this by saying the pepperonis shifted but all of them are like this and they are always conveniently shifted to whichever side the window is on.

Owl Payson
Community Member
2 years ago

Actually I think it’s usually valid just not on a shrink wrapped pizza

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Sandy Clark
Community Member
3 years ago

Sometimes the pepperoni can slide around. It's happened to me so many times so I get the cheese pizza and add my own pepperoni.

Pandaren
Community Member
3 years ago

An offense to the pizza

Pandaren
Community Member
3 years ago

and customer

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Conan Parsons
Community Member
3 years ago

At least it has a good spread of "cheeses"

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
3 years ago

Fraud

Nadine Ducca
Community Member
3 years ago

This is complete and utter bullshit.

Owl Payson
Community Member
2 years ago

This one is shrink wrapped, no shifting excuse

Jeremy Goodell
Community Member
3 years ago

Maybe they put the pepperoni on after the box is sealed.

Jim Rich
Community Member
3 years ago

I have NEVER had a decent frozen pizza. They ALL taste crappy!!! LOVE that Mellow Mushroom!!!

Reta Taylor
Community Member
3 years ago

Those kinds of “pizza” taste like cardboard anyway! Just buy a sausage of pepperoni and cut your own slices! But buy a decent crust and other stuff first, or better yet, go buy one of these cheap already made pizzas at the take out for five bucks!

Michèle Gyselinck
Community Member
3 years ago

Yes, this is highway robbery. How much did that thing cost?

Tina Mercado
Community Member
3 years ago

Were you supposed to spread the pepperonis around? They are all crowded in one corner!? Not really "Family (sic) Finest"!

Marnee DeRider
Community Member
3 years ago

I'd return it for a refund

Mike Mischak
Community Member
3 years ago

Bring the thing back to the store!

Karen Drucks
Community Member
3 years ago

Aren't there laws about FALSE ADVERTISING ????!!!!!!

A A
Community Member
3 years ago

It should say "some pepperoni"

Zaliyah Whitaker
Community Member
3 years ago

i wouldn't have bought it because of that spot missing pepperoni i can see outside the box

MimsLarson
Community Member
3 years ago

Pathetically sad.

Krystine Patterson
Community Member
3 years ago

Why don't people just buy plain bases and make their own?? Save money and use fresher ingredients.

Dorrie Bubb
Community Member
3 years ago

Just pick them off and re-position them. There's plenty enough to cover it.

Peggy Schultz
Community Member
3 years ago

I'd take that back

Andrei Maracineanu
Community Member
3 years ago

Pentru dietă

Elise Mon
Community Member
3 years ago

oh no 😭

El Enigma
Community Member
3 years ago

Ok ok veo es tendencia, ¿o son hágalas usted mismo? compre el pack de peperoni

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#25

Great Taste, Not So Great Packaging

Great Taste, Not So Great Packaging

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't know, some of these looks fake/staged to me. in US or EUR you will get your as* sued up for billions for cheating customers like this. Or - May be they mentioned it somewhere on pack and people didn't read the fine print.

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#26

Very Disappointing And Misleading Packaging

Very Disappointing And Misleading Packaging

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Achim Peter
Community Member
3 years ago

Every time I get salmon...

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#27

Scumbag Hillshire Farms

Scumbag Hillshire Farms

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Sable miner
Community Member
3 years ago

I got one of these by a similar company for Xmas. Their box had the block cheeses but it's still a lot of wasteful packaging for the sake of packaging. In fact the packaging is probably one of the most expensive parts and it goes in the trash! What a stupid gift! *as an aside, the family member that gave it to me has done much better in the past so no hard feelings!

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#28

They Package Oranges In Red Mesh To Make Them Appear More Orangier

They Package Oranges In Red Mesh To Make Them Appear More Orangier

Consensual_Rex Report

Max L.
Community Member
3 years ago

and they were exposed under a red light, probably

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#29

Cranberry Chocolate

Cranberry Chocolate

arbuzer Report

Sierra Batten
Community Member
3 years ago

Thats a sad bar of chocolate

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#30

When You Put Mustard In Your Tea

When You Put Mustard In Your Tea

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Elise Mon
Community Member
3 years ago

at least use other colors .. hmm

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#31

Purposely Misleading Labels

Purposely Misleading Labels

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Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

Somebody needs to learn how percentage works

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#32

Now Wait One God Dam Second

Now Wait One God Dam Second

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Mikleo
Community Member
3 years ago

What's the content of the two packages? If the right one contains the same or more, the package is better than the other one.

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#33

Annoyed Santa

Annoyed Santa

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Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

...and trading standard elves can be quite nasty.

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#34

The Deception Of This Wrap

The Deception Of This Wrap

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Ana
Community Member
3 years ago

That's called 'extra service'. They halved it ready for you.

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#35

Another Cover To Fill The Air Gap

Another Cover To Fill The Air Gap

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Elise Mon
Community Member
3 years ago

why bother waste the metal?

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#36

The Packaging On My New Screwdriver

The Packaging On My New Screwdriver

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

we gave you screwdriver.. didn't we. Stop whining!

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#37

Bought AA Batteries For These Led Lights I Bought, Because The Front Of The Packaging Said It Takes 2 AA Batteries

Bought AA Batteries For These Led Lights I Bought, Because The Front Of The Packaging Said It Takes 2 AA Batteries

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

MADE in CHINA :P

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#38

Where's The Rest Of The Cheese?

Where's The Rest Of The Cheese?

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Nadine Ducca
Community Member
3 years ago

So it seems Tesco is notorious for misleading people with its packaging? Shame on you, Tesco!

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#39

Lies All Around

Lies All Around

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Leonie Spierings
Community Member
3 years ago

But, you can clearly see it's on the package?

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#40

This Deceiving 3 Pack Of Colgate

This Deceiving 3 Pack Of Colgate

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Miss Cris
Community Member
3 years ago

Where is it? In whinch country? It is not allowed in mine...

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#41

This Deceptive Packaging

This Deceptive Packaging

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Jenn
Community Member
3 years ago

*Amaretti cookie no s. terrible

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#42

Please *pay*

Please *pay*

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Ana
Community Member
3 years ago

Happened to me once at a convention. People with trays asked me if I want to try a drink, then asked for money. Luckily, I haven't tried the drink and had no cash left.

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#43

Why Is So Much Math Involved? It's Just A Bag Of Razors

Why Is So Much Math Involved? It's Just A Bag Of Razors

lnk7332 Report

Ana
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm shook and how many razors do they have? 12+3+1=16?

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#44

I️ Work At Chipotle, The Brown Rice Comes In A White Bag, And The White Rice Comes In A Brown Bag

I️ Work At Chipotle, The Brown Rice Comes In A White Bag, And The White Rice Comes In A Brown Bag

gag3rs Report

Fsociety
Community Member
3 years ago

I stopped going to Chipotle cuz the quality of food went down hill.

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#45

Packaging That Tricks You

Packaging That Tricks You

NoFixedName Report

Fireworksworld
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't know how it exactly works where you live, but don"t forget that the product has a weight written on it, refer to that, not to the side of the box. If you paid for 200g, you will get 200g.

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#46

When Companies Leave Room In Packaging For No Reason

When Companies Leave Room In Packaging For No Reason

thelordfuckwad Report

Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

Sometimes I know they do it to increase the overall packaging area to have enough space to print all the information they want to print. Some do it for maintaining the size of all strips to same dimensions, so that they don't have to order different size boxes.

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#47

Some Very Creative Packaging From Tesco

Some Very Creative Packaging From Tesco

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Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks fake.

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#48

*Shakes Package* Hmm Feels Like There's At Least A Few, Seems Worth The Price... (No, It Doesn't Say On The Box How Many)

*Shakes Package* Hmm Feels Like There's At Least A Few, Seems Worth The Price... (No, It Doesn't Say On The Box How Many)

nettieavis Report

Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

This really beats me!

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#49

Packaging That Tricks You

Packaging That Tricks You

elcordelhombre Report

Conan Parsons
Community Member
3 years ago

That, again, is shameful!

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#50

You're Kidding Me, Right? Made Me Think I Was Getting A Whole Box Of Tablets

You're Kidding Me, Right? Made Me Think I Was Getting A Whole Box Of Tablets

andrewcbee Report

Aahzmandus Pervect
Community Member
3 years ago

The quantity should be written on the box.

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#51

Far From Plentiful

Far From Plentiful

Yakkity Report

Peggy Schultz
Community Member
3 years ago

Look on the back, serving size & how many servings. That will tell you how many are in there before you buy.

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#52

Don't Be Fooled By Asda Packaging. Warning "Contents May Be (Considerably) Smaller Than The Box"

Don't Be Fooled By Asda Packaging. Warning "Contents May Be (Considerably) Smaller Than The Box"

3eelec Report

Mixedupste
Community Member
3 years ago

And awful!!!

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#53

Holding My Cologne Up The The Light Showed That The Bottle Isn’t Nearly As Big As It Appears

Holding My Cologne Up The The Light Showed That The Bottle Isn’t Nearly As Big As It Appears

kidneystoneslayer Report

Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

This is the same case with I guess most of colognes, perfumes and after shave bottles. Always.

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#54

This Package

This Package

dankmemamiritelol Report

Ana
Community Member
3 years ago

I wouldn't be happy (((

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#55

Thought I Was Buying A Long Tube Of Toothpaste

Thought I Was Buying A Long Tube Of Toothpaste

hldmeclosatonydanza Report

Iapetos
Community Member
3 years ago

Why the f***k is that s***t packed twice?!

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#56

Honestly, Who Do They Think They're Fooling With This Waste Of Packaging?

Honestly, Who Do They Think They're Fooling With This Waste Of Packaging?

zuroph Report

Sancha Fung
Community Member
3 years ago

So obvious.....

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#57

Misleading Packaging Bullsh*t. Package: 19cm, "Lances" 10cm

Misleading Packaging Bullsh*t. Package: 19cm, "Lances" 10cm

nodnodwinkwink Report

Elise Mon
Community Member
3 years ago

this is common with this type of foods

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#58

This Lip Balm's Extra Packaging

This Lip Balm's Extra Packaging

ImquIse Report

Sharon Voorhees
Community Member
3 years ago

Why? Why? Whyyyyy?

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#59

The Packaging For 4 Pack Of Mens Burberry Cologne Is Criminally Misleading And A Blatant Rip Off. 19.5mls Made To Look Like 100ml With Oversized Boxes And No Description And Measurements On Outer Box

The Packaging For 4 Pack Of Mens Burberry Cologne Is Criminally Misleading And A Blatant Rip Off. 19.5mls Made To Look Like 100ml With Oversized Boxes And No Description And Measurements On Outer Box

johnicushatch Report

Miss Cris
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm lucky that it's forbidden in Europe

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#60

They Could Just Package 4 Or 8 At The Time, But No

They Could Just Package 4 Or 8 At The Time, But No

socksandforks Report

Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

5 is aesthetically pleasing to listen number. like 10, or 100 or many such numbers. 5 gives us direct connection as 5 fingers, 5 senses etc etc. Also 5 is pleasing to gods, 5 is the number of gears in the car, 5 is central most key on a phone dial pad.At this point I have no clue what I saying, I was pretending and I am out of 'pretends' :)

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#61

I Bought A Tool To Open Those Plastic Clamshell Packages, It Showed Up Today

I Bought A Tool To Open Those Plastic Clamshell Packages, It Showed Up Today

JerryFish Report

Ana
Community Member
3 years ago

They do dare you to open it...

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#62

The Way They Indented The Bottom Of The Cup Is Ridiculous

The Way They Indented The Bottom Of The Cup Is Ridiculous

tumbleweed42 Report

Aahzmandus Pervect
Community Member
3 years ago

But it clearly says 150 grams on the label. What difference a cup makes?

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#63

Misleading Packaging

Misleading Packaging

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