45 Ridiculous, Sneaky Ways Brands Have Fooled Consumers | 22 Words

We all know companies are trying to convince us to buy their products, that's no secret. That's how they make money, by convincing us we need to be eating those delicious looking crispy onion rings (we do) or we will look as beautiful as the model in those adult overalls (we won't).

Some companies are much more ruthless than others, but these are the worst of the worst.

What, you bought this bottle of hair product assuming you'd get an entire bottle of hair product?

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How silly of you! Here's your half bottle.

The photo clearly shows a person climbing with rope, and yet...

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It's not misleading, okay? The non-rock climbing rope company just enjoys rock climbing and wanted to put a photo of their favorite hobby on their product. Unrelated, this rope will kill you if you try to rock climb with it.

The world's most disappointing waffle.

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Technically they are called "blueberry waffles" not "blueberries waffles".

This dentist's office sends people ads that look like important tax documents.

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Who would use that dentist after this? Most people prefer to have 100% trust in the person sticking sharp objects in their mouths.

Oh, what a sweet surprise...wait.

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What makes this even worse is those are for sure the free candies you get from a restaurant host stand and/or nail salon, it's not like it's a bag of hand made artisan chocolates, they couldn't have thrown in just a few more? If you think these were bad, just wait until you see what Airbnb advertised as a room with a view of a church on the next page.

Wow! Look at all those darts!

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Oh, never mind, they'vejust  stacked them high-school bleacher-style.

The listing for this Airbnb said "view of church".

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They were not lying.

This ad has a fake smudge on it.

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So when you go to rub it off your phone, oh wow, look you just clicked on the ad!

This is what a tube of deodorant looks like without the label.

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You could give them the benefit of the doubt and say that the turn device at the bottom is very complicated and needs all that room to operate, but you probably shouldn't.

Wow! Free beer!

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...is not what you'll be getting at the Sandy Beach Lighthouse. But if you click to the next page of this article, you might get 1 million dollars!

We said you might get one million dollars, but you also might get the next list item: a tub of misrepresented googly eyes.

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Part of me wants to ask who needs that many googly eyes in the first place.

What someone ordered at IHOP vs what they actually received.

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Oh, you wanted what was shown in the photo and not an off-center swirl of questionable brown goo that looks like dog poop? You should have been more specific!

It's a copper knife...made of steel?

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Technically "copper" can refer to a color or a metal, so they aren't lying but also...they are lying.

Wash as long as you want!

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As long as you don't want to wash more than 35 minutes. So basically, you can do one load of laundry but you can't dry it, you just have to leave with your sopping wet clothes.

A breath strip pack for you and a breath strip pack for...nobody else, just you.

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They weren't trying to trick you into thinking there were two packs in there, it's just that breath strips are very, very breakable and they needed lots of packaging. You know you want to go on to the next page, these are really funny.

Inside the jumbo box of M&Ms is just a regular bag of M&Ms.

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And they probably cost five dollars.

Uhoh! It's an emergency alert!

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Nope, it's an advertisement for a yoga and meditation studio. Nothing more relaxing than panicking over a fake emergency.

Never too early to start teaching your child that the world will only disappoint you.

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How can you "be happy" with only one third of your promised nail decals?

And the winner of the most evil business in the world goes to...

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They didn't say how they would help, just that they would help.

This Nerds rope is not quite as long as it should be.

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That's what happens when you buy candy from a factory that doesn't care if children drown in rivers of chocolate or turn into giant blueberries. Keep reading to discover more ways people were disappointed! Everyone loves a good dose of Schadenfreude

They didn't promise anything, it's your fault if you thought there would be chocolates in the whole box.

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This is a completely normal and standard chocolate box configuration.

If you saw this oil on the shelf in the grocery store, would you notice the very faint words that clarify it is mostly sunflower oil?

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It is 90% sunflower oil, but the words "olive oil" are 90% more visible. That was definitely not an accident.

Just like the real Stanley Cup!

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Oh, sorry, is that not what it looks like? I don't watch sports.

Everything you love is a lie.

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Panda in the streets, boring white lollipop in the sheets.

This ad is a roller coaster of emotions.

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First you're mad, then you're glad it's not a rel parking ticket, and then you are ready to kill the person who thought this was an acceptable marketing technique. But wait, there's more! The deception continues on the next page!

Is this actually a lie?

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Because TBH it's hilarious and better this way.

Absolutely not.

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Burn this parking structure to the ground. Dance on the ashes. You can't possibly be arrested.

If you love paté, you're in for a surprise.

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The surprise is that you don't get as nearly much as you thought you were getting.

This pen has a black ink well, so it always looks full.

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There's no way to tell how much was in there when you bought it, but I'm going to guess basically none.

This pepperoni pizza sure looks good.

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This one is just so blatant, this company really dgaf if anyone buys their pizza again. But it's not as bad as the pizza rolls one on the next page.

The label says approximately 40 rolls.

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But they only got 27 rolls, which nobody can argue is "approximately" 40.

Come cool off in this pool of lies!

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Either the children in the ad are tiny, this person's children are giants, or someone is lying.

How much frosting was there before?!

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None?

This water is apparently "too pure" to be tested by pH strips.

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Riiiiiight. Why do I get the feeling the person who made this water also has a really hot girlfriend it's just that she lives in Canada and that's why nobody's ever met her?

These razors clearly used to be sold in five packs but they decided to just get rid of one.

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No need to change the price, of course. The next one is my personal favorite.

Anything can be a 12 pack if you cut it up yourself!

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This is also a 13 pack! It could be a 25 pack! A 1000 pack if you're really patient! Use your imagination!

Those shrimps look suspiciously long.

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Oh, that's why.

The speed could be off by 1 or 2Mb.

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Let's do some math here. A Mb is equal to 1000k, so if the minimum speed is 256k, but it could vary by 1000 to 2000k, that means theoretically, the speed could just be 0.

This email implies that you missed a flight.

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So either you open it up thinking someone stole your credit card and bought a plane ticket or you completely forgot about a trip you were going to take. But don't worry, Spirit was just kidding! It's actually an ad! No, stop hyperventilating, don't you know about jokes?

This is not a sticker, it's part of the package.

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Who needs health warnings? Probably wasn't important.

Well, that looks like a pretty full sandwich. Oh.

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Someone should go to prison for this. You can't lie about cheese content and get away with it.

The brand is called One a Day, but apparently, it has nothing to do with how many vitamins you should take per day.

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Look, women can eat Hungry Man dinners, why is this any different?

Taco Bell always sounds like a good idea.

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But then you remember what Taco Bell actually is like.

This ad makes you think your phone has accidentally been switched to night shift mode.

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When you swipe up to change it, you end up clicking on the ad. Very sneaky.

Whoever bought this really should have known this was a blatant lie.

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Share this post with someone who always falls for bad marketing schemes, or maybe just your best friend who will laugh endlessly at the balloon with the tiny face.