Have you ever purchased a product based on the cool or interesting packaging, only to find out that it was a total disappointment or sham? If not, you should be grateful. Sadly, for these people, they will never trust a product’s marketing tactics again.
From blatant lies to deceiving pictures and terminology – these 25 packagings designs are so confusing, we don’t whether to scream, laugh, or cry.
Were these a totally manipulative marketing tactic or just a general oversight on the company’s part? We’ll never know. What we do know, is that someone messed up.
1. This big fat lie.
Nothing is more frustrating than when you open your giant cup of gummy bears, but it turns out it’s just a deceiving lid, and now you want to cry.
2. Was someone trying to be cruel or just plain lazy?
There really is no good explanation for this one. Now, they’ll have to spread the pepperoni slices evenly, leaving only a couple pieces per slice of pizza. So annoying.
So, you’re not gluten-free at all, you big jerks. Hard to believe they’re still in business.
4. These ‘jumbo’ shrimp
Oh, you were expecting there to be a whole shrimp under there? Yeah, no, sorry about that.
5. You’ve got to be kidding me with this.
You honestly need two of them to equal what the package says it should be. What a waste.
6. Oh, you mean like this stubborn package?
This tool would be super handy for a situation like…right now. Have fun getting this thing open.
7. There’s no logic in this packaging design.
“I needed red. Guess which one I grabbed at first?”
8. The downplayed ingredient.
Hope you like sunflower oil, because that’s pretty much what you got.
9. A little too similar for comfort.
If you’re going to buy different pills for different purposes in this brand, be sure to keep them stored very, very separately.
10. Bigger isn’t better.
This is the actual contents next to the size of the bottle. Proof that companies like to trick you with your eyes, making you think you’re getting more than you really are.
11. Mmm…looks delicious.
This can of radiator coolant looks an awfully lot like a tallboy can of beer. Make sure you have your glasses on before cracking open this ‘cold one.’
12. This giant waste of plastic.
“This Antivirus software my dad bought is literally an empty case with a code on the back.”
13. Shame on you, Hillshire Farms.
Now, the sausage to cheese ratio is going to be way off.
14. This frustrating cost-cutting technique.
Marketed as a “cranberry chocolate” bar. Hope you weren’t expecting something else.
15. Math is hard.
Whoever is on this marketing team needs to figure out how percentages work.
16. Deception at its finest.
They didn’t even have the courtesy to cut the falafel wrap down the center.
17. They did this just to mess with people, right?
A screwdriver is needed to remove this screwdriver from its packaging.
18. Now, you just made me waste even more money.
“Bought AA batteries for these LED lights I bought, because the front of the packaging said it takes 2 AA batteries.”
19. They apparently added an extra letter.
So, by ‘cookies,’ they meant ‘cookie.’
20. What’s with all the math?
It doesn’t seem like buying disposable razors should be this complicated.
21. “No tube present.”
“*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)”
22. Is there any honesty in the world anymore?
Not only is this such a sham, but it’s a giant waste of packaging.
23. Not cool, not cool at all.
The packaging is 19 centimeters long, while the pieces of candy are only 10 centimeters long.
24. I’m sorry, what?
This rope looks perfect for climbing! Oh, wait…
25. Once again, math seems to have no meaning when it comes to packaging design.
“This is why I have trust issues.”