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Scrolling through pages and pages of terms and conditions is perhaps the biggest nuisance in our digital age. At least that's the form of torture I wish upon anyone who has ever wronged me. In my mind, hell is just having to read thousands of words of legal jargon in that irritating small print.

But terms and conditions aren't the only place where we find fine print. Marketers use it more and more to try to dupe their customers into buying their products. Want some watermelon juice? If you don't check the ingredients listed in superfine print, you probably won't know that there's no watermelon in it. Just apples, beetroot, carrots, and ginger.

As absurd as it is, at least it can be funny. That's why we've compiled the most ridiculous reminders of why it's always best to read the fine print from all over the Internet. Let us know in the comments whether they make you laugh or mad, and share your own infuriating examples!

#1

My Parents Bought Me A Doormat And This Was On The Back Of It. Read The Warning

My Parents Bought Me A Doormat And This Was On The Back Of It. Read The Warning

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Although many of the examples in this list are humorous, they're also good examples of unethical marketing. Fine print is one of the tactics marketers and companies use to mislead consumers. Ironically, we almost expect brands to deceive us. We're used to looking for information in fine print or tricky wording in ads. But is that really the new standard now?

We reached out to an expert who could shed some light on misleading marketing. Teresa Murray is a consumer watchdog director at the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), and she kindly agreed to explain the importance of transparency in marketing and labeling. We talked about more than just obviously absurd ads but about hidden fees, surprise medical bills, and more serious issues.

#2

Have You Ever Seen Anything So Bold?

Have You Ever Seen Anything So Bold?

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This one isn't that evil. You can see in the first photo that they appear to be mini rolls baked close together so they need to be separated. Many classic dinner rolls are sold this way. King's Hawaiian and Franz are two brands that do.

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#3

"Gluten-Free"

"Gluten-Free"

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think this is quite evil to the people who have a gluten-allergy

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How many times have you been duped by an ad or a misleading label, Pandas? If you have, it was probably done by a company that's not very big on transparency. "Transparency is critically important for companies that sell products or services, whether they sell to consumers or other businesses," Teresa Murray tells Bored Panda.

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"Companies have a moral obligation to disclose all types of things relevant about a product or service." When you're buying a thing or a food item, the manufacturer should include information about what that product contains. If it's food or a thing that could cause an allergic reaction, companies should include exactly what is in the product.

#4

So It Was A Lie

So It Was A Lie

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Upon searching the original Reddit post....from 5 years ago (and apparently a re-post from 10 years ago), the censored part is the brand name....Market Pantry (Target's house brand)

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#5

Can You Figure Out Why I'm Infuriated Before The 4th Picture?

Can You Figure Out Why I'm Infuriated Before The 4th Picture?

What the literal hell Sergeant's?
PS: Be not concerned with the shampoo color, it became the host bottle for my cat's RX shampoo a long time ago.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I suspect that this disclaimer is a bolierplate that wasn't edited properly, worth checking with them

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#6

This Olive Oil I Bought Wasn't Even Cheap

This Olive Oil I Bought Wasn't Even Cheap

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now that one IS false advertising for sure. Notice how light the 'sunflower oil' is on the label. These people are preying on consumers shopping in a hurry.

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In cases where the item is a toy, we as consumers should know whether it contains something that could compromise the privacy of a child, like a microphone or camera. And it all should show on the label. Specific details about the quality of the item are also important. "If we're talking bedsheets, what's the thread count?" Murray asks. "If we're talking automobile tires, what's the mileage expectation? If it's an external hard drive, what's the capacity?"

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#7

I've Just Found Out That I Have A Wheat Intolerance

I've Just Found Out That I Have A Wheat Intolerance

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hate when companies do this. I have VERY severe celiac disease (will end up in hospital if I eat a crumb of it) so it really ticks me off when this happens, or it will say “gluten free” and then proceed to say “manufactured in a facility that contains wheat”

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#8

This "Cashmere Blend" Sweater

This "Cashmere Blend" Sweater

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I mean… it is a cashmere blend, just a not very consumer friendly one

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#9

I Was Wondering Why This Watermelon Juice Tasted So Weird

I Was Wondering Why This Watermelon Juice Tasted So Weird

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1 month ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Watermelon & Beet, with apple, strawberry and lemon". NO...no it is not. 3 of the 5 ingredients shown on the front, aren't actually in the product. Unless....this is what Reddit refers to as a "sh** post" ( a misleading post designed to generate outrage), and these are actually pics of two different products.

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Some other questions Murray recommends to keep in mind are: "How much does it cost? Are there extra, mandatory fees? What's the warranty or guarantee? Are there any terms and conditions?"

Considering these questions will make you a well-informed consumer. And a company that answers them on a label or an ad is most likely ethical. "Transparency is important because we're giving our hard-earned money to companies. We need to know exactly what we're paying for," Murray explains.

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How To Disappoint Every Student On Campus

How To Disappoint Every Student On Campus

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Different industries have their standards and regulations when it comes to ethical marketing. "For example, a vitamin manufacturer is not allowed by law to claim that if you take one of the company's vitamins every day, then you'll live for 1,000 years, even if there's fine print that walks that back," Murray tells Bored Panda. "A toy manufacturer must disclose whether a product contains small parts that could choke a child under three."

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#13

Packaging Said "100% Silk"

Packaging Said "100% Silk"

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#14

This Packaging Is Dangerous

This Packaging Is Dangerous

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#15

Chris Hemsworth’s Centr App Was Charging People Who Signed Up For Their Free Trial. Looked Into The Fine Print And Found Out Why. I Love Ya Mate But C’mon

Chris Hemsworth’s Centr App Was Charging People Who Signed Up For Their Free Trial. Looked Into The Fine Print And Found Out Why. I Love Ya Mate But C’mon

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's why I never sign up for anything free that requires me to enter my credit card.

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The Internet is not immune to misleading labeling as well. In an effort to make the cost and price of high-speed internet clear and easy to understand, the FCC has passed a law that goes into effect this year. "Broadband (internet) providers are being required by the Federal Communications Commission to provide 'nutrition labels' as part of their marketing and disclose details about pricing, whether a monthly price is an introductory price, the speed, etc.," Murray explains.

#16

When Shops Advertise $12 Haircuts, But Use Black Lettering For Very Important Fine Print

When Shops Advertise $12 Haircuts, But Use Black Lettering For Very Important Fine Print

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#17

The Mixed Signals Of This Shoe Sale Advertisement

The Mixed Signals Of This Shoe Sale Advertisement

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#18

Always Read The Fine Print

Always Read The Fine Print

"Dispose of properly (or Mother Nature's gonna whack us all!) This battery contains no Mercury, Mars or Venus. Each battery is tested before shipping. No animals were harmed during testing unless you consider Paul in QA;-) Warning: To reduce the risk of fire or burns, avoid Sony or Dell laptops & do not disassemble, crush, puncture or short the contacts. TM & © 2009 FastMac. All rights reserved. All other brand names & trademarks belong to their respective owners. If you have read this far, please consider applying for a job in our legal dept."

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The human icons head exploding......... Also, that's not how you spell mac'n'cheese!

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The consumer rights expert gives more examples of regulators and lawmakers making sure companies aren't misleading consumers. "Funeral homes aren't allowed to charge for embalming without permission and can't require you to purchase a casket for cremation, even if there's fine print that discloses it's optional."

"Rules on this topic were updated a couple of years ago by the FTC because too many consumers – at a time when people are grief-stricken and vulnerable – weren't being given complete information about a funeral they're planning."

#19

Cool Fine Print On This Donation Center

Cool Fine Print On This Donation Center

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Read The Fine Print, After I Had Used 3 Shades On My Eyes

Read The Fine Print, After I Had Used 3 Shades On My Eyes

"Attention, inhale, golden glow, intention, chamomile, best buds, fiddle fig, plantiful, full bloom, clarity, mother earth, night bloom are not intended for use in the immediate eye area."

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wth?! Why on earth put it on an eyeshadow palette if that's the case!

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"Manufacturers of infant sleep products aren't allowed to advertise certain types of products intended for sleep if they don't meet safety standards," she goes on. "Before the Safe Sleep for Babies Act passed in 2022, some companies would [advertise] inclined sleepers with a baby on the box with its eyes closed and supposedly dreaming, but the company would try to say they weren't really marketing the product for sleep."

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#22

My Friend Bought Me A Switch Game For My Birthday. The Download Code, Instead Of Being On The Card Itself, Is On The Receipt. He No Longer Has The Receipt

My Friend Bought Me A Switch Game For My Birthday. The Download Code, Instead Of Being On The Card Itself, Is On The Receipt. He No Longer Has The Receipt

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#24

2nd Birthday Badge Is Potentially A Choking Hazard

2nd Birthday Badge Is Potentially A Choking Hazard

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It might sound unfair that we must be on the lookout for deceptive marketing constantly. But Teresa Murray says that industry standards and laws are not enough to ensure ethical practices. "Consumers should educate themselves about any product or service of significance that they're considering buying. We're not talking about a pack of gum but a new TV, signing an automobile lease, hiring a landscaper, etc."

#26

This Kettle Saves 70% Energy, As Long As You Need To Boil 70% Less Water

This Kettle Saves 70% Energy, As Long As You Need To Boil 70% Less Water

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She then tells us the most vital thing we should be aware of. "Consumers should NEVER sign anything they haven't read – not even with a digital signature. Fine print is an unfortunate reality in today's world. Consumers bear responsibility for protecting themselves because not all companies engage in honest advertising and not all companies even follow state and federal laws."

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#29

Retail Sign At H&M Today. The Small Line Is Hard To Read In Person

Retail Sign At H&M Today. The Small Line Is Hard To Read In Person

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hate when they do that! Going through a 5 € rack, only to find things are (way) more than 5 euros

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#30

This Is Obviously Not The Men’s Washroom. Can’t You Read The Fine Print In A Dark Entryway?

This Is Obviously Not The Men’s Washroom. Can’t You Read The Fine Print In A Dark Entryway?

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"We [have seen] an avalanche of new consumer protection laws in the last couple of years," Murray says. "[They deal] with a range of issues: surprise medical bills, junk fees, airline passenger protections, broadband service, cell phone bills, product safety standards, the list goes on. We're seeing these because too many companies don't behave ethically and honestly all of the time, so lawmakers and regulators step in to better protect consumers' health, safety, and wallets."

#31

Seriously? Contradictory At Its Finest

Seriously? Contradictory At Its Finest

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#32

The Ingredients In This 100% Cranberry Juice

The Ingredients In This 100% Cranberry Juice

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#33

I Bought It Because Of The 99-Cent Refill At Dodgers Stadium, But It’s Not Included At Dodgers Stadium

I Bought It Because Of The 99-Cent Refill At Dodgers Stadium, But It’s Not Included At Dodgers Stadium

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#34

Bought This Tonight. My Dog Was Eating The Tire, Then I Read The Back

Bought This Tonight. My Dog Was Eating The Tire, Then I Read The Back

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#35

Be Aware Of Who You Donate Your Used Items To

Be Aware Of Who You Donate Your Used Items To

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ofgs BP, you're censoring PARTS of words now? (the other word for yearly is blanked out guys).

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#36

This Is Not Vitamin D. It's An Emoji On A Bottle Of Magnesium

This Is Not Vitamin D. It's An Emoji On A Bottle Of Magnesium

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You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me

You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's just stupid, think of how many of the customers will just leave their stuff at the register and walk out.

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#38

I Can't Wait To Try The New Flavor. Should Have Read The Small Print, I Guess

I Can't Wait To Try The New Flavor. Should Have Read The Small Print, I Guess

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There's a candy I love that's like this. It has 4 flavors but only 3 in each pack. There's one flavor I absolutely love, and one that I abhor and I seemed to get the gross one almost every time. I stopped buying them. :(

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#40

I Bought These Protein Bars Because I Love Strawberries, Only To Find Out They Don’t Actually Contain Strawberries

I Bought These Protein Bars Because I Love Strawberries, Only To Find Out They Don’t Actually Contain Strawberries

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Check The Fine Print

Check The Fine Print

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This Is A Reminder To Read All Fine Print When There Is Money Involved

This Is A Reminder To Read All Fine Print When There Is Money Involved

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I despise when a company has boxes like these automatically checked when the page loads. If you're in a hurry or don't read everything before paying can get you scammed into all sorts of things.

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It Says "Warning: Small Parts, Choking Hazard. Not Intended For Children Under 5 Years Of Age"

It Says "Warning: Small Parts, Choking Hazard. Not Intended For Children Under 5 Years Of Age"

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is for parents. Or are you really think 3-yr old is interested in your piece of carton?

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#44

Ah, Of Course, A 99-Cent Sale. Wait, What Does The Fine Print Say?

Ah, Of Course, A 99-Cent Sale. Wait, What Does The Fine Print Say?

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1 month ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Forget the tiny print, they're straight up telling you these are all low quality Chinese knock-offs of major brands.

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#45

Yeah, That's Logical

Yeah, That's Logical

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well...it says "no commercial interruptions", which means no commercials while you're watching the show. It's not misleading if the commercial plays BEFORE the show starts or AFTER it ends, as you still get to watch your hour long episode of a tv show without commercial breaks.

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#46

IKEA Needed To Indicate Their Cinnamon Buns Are Not 10 Feet In Diameter For $1.50

IKEA Needed To Indicate Their Cinnamon Buns Are Not 10 Feet In Diameter For $1.50

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Boyfriend Got Really Excited, Then Looked Like He Was Going To Cry

Boyfriend Got Really Excited, Then Looked Like He Was Going To Cry

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well this one's meant to be a joke obviously. Much like the door mat one which I also loved.

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#48

Is That Really Free Delivery?

Is That Really Free Delivery?

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I use Amazon often enough that they definitely lose money on me with their 'free shipping.'

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Fine Print

Fine Print

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#50

My Sugar-Free Soda Has Sugar In It

My Sugar-Free Soda Has Sugar In It

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1 month ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Another example of a Reddit "sh** post". The person purchased regular soda , as the rest of the can indicates (this a can of Guarana Antarctica, the sugar free version has white rim, instead of yellow) He then saw the misprint on the side, and made a post claiming he bought the sugar free version.

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