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Greedy Corporations and Their Ridiculous Packaging Scams

No one likes getting the wool pulled over their eyes, especially when it comes to paying good money for something and not getting what you expect in return. Some crafty companies have made a fine art of offering one thing while giving another. Here are some examples you need to look out for. More

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The Stuffed Marker Container

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We all know that things are not always as they seem, but this image of ArtSkills Mega Marker Bucket with allegedly 150 pieces (of what, if not the markers?) in it truly pushes the boundaries of corporate greed way over the limits of decency.

We can only imagine the surprised look on the face of a person who purchased it only to find 75 markers in it and a set of (presumably) 75 pieces of paper stashed in the center of the bucket.

A Lazy Pizza Maker

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When a box promises “hot and delicious” pizza in it, the last thing one should expect to see when opening it is this: a withered-looking hunk of baked dough topped with some cheese and literally three slices of pepperoni on it.

Even though the pepperoni and cheese checkboxes were not marked on this pizza box (another packaging oversight, we’re assuming), no one is really supposed to feel like they “scored” free toppings on what otherwise would be a pizza with nothing but sauce on it.

How Many Chips, Exactly?

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Next time you’re buying snacks for games night with your friends make sure to check how many of the crispy bites are in the bag. We wouldn’t want you to end up with a pile of deceivingly inflated (but essentially empty) bags of chips that will be gone before the first Monopoly roll even happens.

It would be such a shame that your party comes to an end way sooner than expected only because your friends were too hungry to keep bartering for Boardwalk.

They Feel One Cookie Is Better Than No Cookie

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We’re pretty sure that the company which produces these shamefully packed treats has some “meaningful” explanation of why some portions of their containers are so tiny that they fit only a single cookie. We simply cannot help but sympathize with anyone who ever bought a box of these things.

Even if the weight on the packaging is correct and technically in accordance with consumer law, it’s still disappointing to see brands feeling the need to do such things.

A Bottle-Half-Full Attitude

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If you want to boost your cooking with some spices, you may want to check this out and know that buying a mid-size bottle of the aromatic herbs doesn’t necessarily mean that the actual amount of seasoning will be mid-size as well.

In some instances, the chances are it will be way less than you might expect to get for the money you’ve paid. Unless you’re a big fan of “sponsoring” the company and its sneaky marketing, you might just be sprinkling your money away.

These Cookies Are Crumbling. Jam Not Included

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If this wasn’t just a random, unintentional production error for which the company will apologize to their customers, but instead their business regular practice, this brand would hardly justify the loyalty of any consumer. Some might even argue that it actually deserves to be publicly shamed this way.

Even if a graphic designer who created the illustration went too far with their photoshop skills, there’s still nothing to justify these tiny little drops of jam on top of these cookies instead of a full spread.

The Dirty Truth Behind Some Packaging

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When one buys a cosmetic product, should it be expected that its label is designed to cover the fact that the tube (or whatever form the container might be) is only half full? Well, according to this picture it should.

Even if we count in the space a product probably needs before the bubbles settle down right after filling, we feel that this amount of air instead of the expected gel is kind of… dirty.

Using Plastic as a Space Filler

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Even if we are fully aware of the fact that most (if not all) cosmetic products are sold by weight and not by volume, it still seems kind of frustrating and sad to see how little product can be found in many inappropriately large containers.

Whoever bases their expectations of how long this hair pomade could purely on the size of the jar (without checking the label details), will probably be very disappointed to discover the little space-filler cup in it.

Sometimes Companies Like to Tea(se)

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It certainly feels nice to see (and buy) a beautifully packaged product, but whoever decided to dump their collection of teas in these ridiculously big containers is either clueless about their customers’ expectations or deliberately trying to deceive them.

Although the label says there are 28.3 grams of tea here, that doesn’t mean we all really know how much tea (in volume) that really is just by eye-balling things. Judging by the amount of empty space here, this looks like it’s a complete rip-off.

Bigger Isn’t Always Better

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The only reasonable explanation of why the bigger bottle of the same product has a significantly smaller number of tablets than its smaller shelf-mate is that the manufacturer has realized that they don’t need to waste their money on unnecessary over-sized packaging when customers can read how many pills are in it.

Any other reason wouldn’t make much sense, although it wouldn’t be the first time seeing corporate greediness trying to convince consumers they’re getting something that they really aren’t.