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Products that Don’t Work as Advertised | Check the List

Advertisements look wonderful and promise to change your life, all for a few easy affordable payments, but when the item arrives, you realize that the ad had been more of a scam than what look like.

Shake Weight

A product so bad that South Park dedicated an episode to it, the Shake Weight turn out to be as ridiculous as it look.

Many studies finds that the Shake Weight was far less effective than just regular dumbbells, less expensive weights, or resistance bands.

While promising that it could help users lose weight, it really just made them look silly.

PC Cleaning Software

Most tech people will already know this, but any software that claims to clean your computer, make it run faster, or anything of the sort is a complete scam and probably contains a virus.

A general rule of thumb is never to download anything you don’t immediately recognize.

Watch for these cleaning programs to pop up in junk email or on banner ads in search of unsuspecting users.

Vibram FiveFingers

If you thought those shoes shape like gloves were silly, turns out you were right.

Vibram FiveFingers shoes not only look ridiculous, but were target by a class action lawsuit after claiming that their unique design help strengthen feet and prevent injuries.

The company was force to pay out $3.75 million, and the strange footwear has since disappear from most stores.

Nissan Frontier

A Nissan Frontier ad show the truck pushing a dune buggy up a sand dune.

Unfortunately, an investigation reveale that the truck was being assist by cables and that the hill hadn’t been nearly as steep as it seem.

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False claims regarding the truck’s power prompt the FTC to force the company to pull the commercial,saying it went too far.


These tablets were advertise as a boost to the immune system containing herbs, vitamins, and minerals.

Unlike its bright orange box, product reviews were far from glowing.

Airborne had to pay over $23 million following a lawsuit for claiming to be a miracle cold buster.

Breathe Right Nasal Strips

The assertion that these nose strips help people breathe better at night and enjoy more restful sleep turn out to be false.

While it may indeed prevent snoring cause by a deviated septum, there’s no evidence that these strips help anyone actually sleep or breath better when compared to a placebo.

Sports Drinks

Products like Gatorade, Powerade, and many other sports drinks are often advertise as better than water for athletes looking to stay hydrate and maintain high energy levels.

Unfortunately, research has find that these drinks don’t do what they claim and that the sugar or other additives in some products can be harmful.

Acne Solutions

Most acne solutions can’t provide the long-time relief customers want.

In fact, they often replace one problem with another.

Acne treatments frequently have some form of alcohol or irritating plant extract that can dry or damage skin, actually worsening acne over time.

Some of these products may offer a temporary fix, but they rarely last.

Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats

A bowl of sugar-cover cereal doesn’t have all the health benefits it claims to have.

When Kellogg claim that their Mini-Wheats cereal was clinically proven to boost attentiveness by 20%, they were hit with a $4 million lawsuit and force to change the ad.

This wasn’t the first time Kellogg had been bust for making misleading claims about their cereals, so take anything they say with a grain of sugar-cover wheat.

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Ab Belt

The early 2000’s saw a craze of Ab belt products.

These WWE Championship Belt-looking tools strengthen users’ abs by vibrating and stimulating the abdominal muscles over time.

Vibrating muscles isn’t the same as working them out.

Many companies selling these products were hit with charges of making false claims. 

The ab belt is now a relic of the past.

Shea and Cocoa Butter Creams for Stretch Marks

While common sense dictates that a cream can’t get rid of stretch marks, that doesn’t stop many companies from claiming their products do just that.

A double-blind study find that these creams are no more effective at hiding stretch marks than a simple placebo.

Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies

These gummies claim to reduce appetite, promote weight loss, and encourage better dietary choices in general.

Unfortunately, claims that apple cider vinegar, especially in gummy form, is some sort of miracle supplement have been proven false.

As a general rule, any candy that claims to help you lose weight is simply too good to be true.

Power Balance Bracelets

These bracelets were a strange, late 2000’s fad that claim to use holographic technology to resonate with the body’s energy fields and increase athletic ability.

Advertise at trade shows and sold in sporting goods stores, countless numbers of the miracle wearable tech were sold.

The product was find to increase nothing but lawsuits and contribute to the company’s eventual bankruptcy.

Detox Teas

The human body is extremely efficient at getting rid of toxins.

How else are we able to sober up within hours of beng drunk on the toxic chemical known as alcohol.

Detox teas claim to speed up the cleansing process, but don’t actually have much effect.

They’re really just tea.


Snapchat has come under fire a number of times for claims that their photos disappear forever.

Even the FTC had to step in and tell the company to stop making these claims after photos were find on a phone long after the app claim they were deleted, yet another reminder that everything on the internet is permanent.

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Luxury Bottled Air

Some companies have begun bottling air and selling it as a luxury product that increases oxygen levels, helps athletes recover, and provides a quick boost to jump start your day.

All of these products are complete scams that do nothing but take money from people who clearly have too much of it.

Green Coffee Bean Extract

Any number of miracle products that claim to help you lose weight could have made this list, but green coffee bean extract (GCBE) has seen its popularity increase in recent years.

For those who haven’t guess by now, the product does no such thing, and one company was even fine many million dollars for conducting a flaw study that claim it does.

Activated Charcoal Masks

While charcoal has been find to absorb poisons in the digestive system, there’s no evidence that it does anything to purify or clean skin any better than simply washing your face.

Skin typically doesn’t carry toxins like the stomach does, so the charcoal doesn’t have anything to purify.

Users are left with a pointless face mask and a bathroom that’s about to be very messy.

Skechers Shape-Ups

Skechers’ claim that people would lose weight and tone muscle just by walking around in their shoes was simply false advertising.

Walking about in almost any footwear can promote weight loss and tone muscle.

Skechers’s shoes did nothing to give either a special boost.

Consumers receive full refunds following a lawsuit targeting the product.

Face Mist

Various face mist products claim to help refresh and add moisture to users’ skin before they start their day.

Ingredients in some mists can cause dry or irritate skin and lead to rashes and bumps.

It’s better to take a warm shower and use an oil-free moisturizer when freshening up before you go out.


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