15 Cases Of Deceptive Packaging That'll Drive You Mad

Sometimes you buy something and don't realize until afterwards that you have been mislead. You'll only notice the deceptive packaging once you've opened it

When the packaging is longer than the product
Source: Reddit

Every once in a while, you come across packaging that leads you to believe you're getting more than usual for the same prize. Then you open the product and find out that you've been mislead because the contents are actually much different than you thought. Especially with these deceptive packagings, you don't see it until you open the pack. Unfortunately, in most cases, you don't detect it after you bought the product:

#1 Sausages


Unopened, it looks like the sausages are as big as the pack. But in fact, they are as small as the window to fool people!

[hugohabicht via Reddit]

XL lie - the products are the same size!
Source: Reddit

#2 Shampoo


The pack on the left says XL, which means extra large. But the bottle is the same size as the one on the right, which doesn't have the XL label. Does this mean that the bottle on the left, holds much less than the volume of the container indicates? No wonder the Reddit user is annoyed!

The bun would not make anyone happy
Source: Reddit

#3 Buns 

Appearances are often deceiving when it comes to snacks too.Here, for example, it looks like there's an insane amount of food inside, so it's already spilling over the sides. But in fact, the filling is only around the edges. 

[Smlalifapaccount via Reddit]

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#4 Wraps

If you look at the wrap in the packaging, you might think that there is a big sandwich inside. But actually it is only two very small wraps...

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#5 Cookies

There actually would have been room for 10 cookies in this package. But the two outer compartments have been raised so there is only one in each. So it looks like there are 10 cookies, when in fact there are only 8!

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#6 Waffles

Originally, the waffles in this were placed next to each other. The manufacturer has now stacked them on top of each other, as seen above. This makes the package look 40% larger and gives the impression that there is now more content. However, the number of wafers does not change. 

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When too much is promised and you realize the reality...
Source: Reddit

#7 Chocolate Bar

The top chocolate bar looks as big as two smaller bars. But if you put them next to each other, you see that two small bars together are longer than one large bar. So instead of advertising the size of two bars at the top, it should say 1.5 instead. 

[SmakoSmako via Reddit]

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#8 Ice Cream

Here, the packages are exactly the same size. However, the package on the right contains 40 ml less, while costing 10 cents more! Here, you have to look at the details. 

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#9 Chips Cans

Here, the price of the product has remained the same, but the packaging contains less content. The chips have become smaller and are no longer stacked directly in the box, but lined up next to each other in a plastic tray. The whole thing is then wrapped in aluminum foil again. This means: less content for the same price!

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#10 Air Instead of Chips

User BobbySmif makes the point on Twitter that when you buy chips, you buy more air than chips. Quite cunning!

When the packaging fools you.
Source: Reddit

#11 Jam? Gone!

User green_buddha_cacti rightly takes exception to the fact that there are only traces of jam instead of the big puddle we're looking forward to.

When the box is empty rather than full
Source: Reddit

#12 The Pen Disaster

"Are they trying to trick me?" Reddit user Angel_Muffin probably thought. There's a huge whole in the middle and pens are missing, aren't there? What purpose does a big box like this serve?

Die Pizza wurde nur zur Hälfte belegt
Source: Reddit

#13 Half-Filled

It's just plain mean when you're promised something that isn't delivered in the end. The same goes for pizza, which only has salami where the "window" is.

[drewsoulman via Reddit]

So much for the ecological conscious pen
Source: Reddit

#14 Green-Washing the Pen

"This pen was developed with the aim of minimizing the use of plastic". No wonder users, including Martwin31, are outraged. This is blatant greenwashing!

The illusion of a filled Christmas boot
Source: Reddit

#15 The Christmas Boot

Who doesn't love it? For many, receiving a Christmas boot full of Christmas presents is part of the package. It's even more disappointing when you receive a fake one like Reddit user PigeonsOnYourBalcony!