16 Things People Say Are Big Giant Scams

In this day and age of the internet, it can be tough to distinguish between things that are legit and things that aren’t – it can be a lot of trial and error, because it’s easy to make a product or service look amazing even when it isn’t.

If you’re wondering what good-looking and/or intriguing product might not be all it’s cracked up to be, here are 16 things people say to avoid.

16. You already own those.

Anything that says it will detox your body. That’s what your kidneys are for.

Also any claim that a ‘magic’ drink will help you burn fat.

No, no drink or no food can burn that — that is a pure fabrication.

15. Just grab the basics.

The whole baby product industry is based on making parents feel worthless and irresponsible if they don’t shill out for things that will be outgrown or unnecessary in six months.

14. A bunch of lies.

Recycling plastics.

Less than 10% of plastic waste is actually recycled.

We can blame the plastic lobby for that. They are allowed to put the recyclable symbol on anything. Whether it is recyclable or not. Materials which are not recyclable slows down the process and damages equipment.

Single use plastics are the literal worst. In case people don’t already know how plastic is made..its main ingredient is a derivative of fossil fuels like natural gas.

13. Just all of it.

Ink cartridges for your printer are super cheap to manufacture but the retail price is really high.

And this is not even the real scam!

The real scam is chipping the cartridges to make hard to use third party cartridges!

12. Yes, even that one.

All multi-level marketing companies.

They tell you that all you have to do Is get 5 people to sign up and they each get 5 people to sign up, etc. Except these are not mathematical geniuses running these companies. By the time you get about 12 levels deep, you’ve surpassed the entire population of the Earth. It’s a good lesson in exponents.

11. Is this real life?

Adobe’s subscription based monopoly.

I remember when it was cheaper to fly from Australia to the US and buy photoshop compared buying it in Australia.

10. Was anyone buying that?

Emails and messages from corporates and celebrities that “We are in this together” during the pandemic.

“We are not all in the same boat. We are all in the same storm. Some are on super-yachts. Some have just the one oar.” – Damien Barr

9. All a scam.

Corporate owned apartment complexes tacking on hundreds of extra dollars in monthly fees on top of rent. Mandatory cable TV packages, parking fees (on a flat surface lot, with no assigned parking), valet trash.

All a scam and just a way for them to pocket incremental sales on top of rent.

8. They do clear your sinuses.

Essential Oils being marketed as having these major health benefits/as treatment for illnesses. The only exception being clearing your sinuses.

Some essential oils actually do pretty good work in that regard (at least for me personally… mileage will vary I’m sure).

7. A good rule of thumb.

Any product that’s made by Gweneth Paltrow.

If you want a good laugh just imagine The Avengers reacting to her products, like she invited them to a selling party and is showing off her vagina eggs and funky vagina cures.

6. It’s not much of a deal.

“We’ll pay the sales tax” ads. It’s not even a 10% discount.

*price shown is actually increased by 10% from normal anyways

5. Are you sure?

Pretty much anything that says it will enlarge your penis.

Except for that random Brazilian spider (Phoneutria nigriventer), that will absolutely enlarge your penis for hours on end… And also maybe render you impotent afterwards, can’t win them all.

4. We really don’t.

In the US, doing my own taxes. The government literally has all my info and can do it for me, but their excuse is that “but Americans like doing their own taxes!”.

No. I especially don’t like being forced to pay for a service like TurboTax either.

3. Crazy markups.

All those ads on podcasts. They claim to be a better way to “blank” when in reality they have crazy mark up prices. In my opinion they are middle class traps.

I worked for one of the Canadian versions of Hello Fresh/Blue Apron many years ago. I saw first hand at how phony it was.

They would describe items as organic/sourced from local farms and then buy items from the discount grocery store. The astronomical shipping cost guarantees shady business.

2. The whole lot of you.

Bottled water, looking at you Nestlé.

EXACTLY! When your life cycle assessment only shows the water needed for transportation and purchase, the cost of creating the bottle is conveniently ignored.

1. Not really a secret, but…


All of the casinos in my state are video poker and video slot machines. There are barely any table games left.

No one is happy, no one is having fun. It’s just a room full of zombies feeding the machines and losing money. Every person I talk to is convinced that they know the secret formula to win. You cannot win.

It might sound trivial but the old slots were just a spinning reel. These new machines are extremely addictive. The way the lights flash and the sounds go off like: Bing Bing BING. WINNER of 40 cents. The entire thing is a psychology hack to give people the impression that they’re winning when they’re not.

I never would have guessed some of these, would you?

What would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments!