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Disappointing Purchases People Made After Being Misled By Ads

We've all been woo'd by a good commercial at some point in our lives. Especially when you're a kid, Nerf really makes it look like having a sweet blaster will make you the coolest kid on the street. We've all gone crazy at some point for those ads for laser tag games and frozen drink makers, and many of us never learn and keep making stupid purchases far into our adult years. That said, this isn't always our fault, sometimes products are straight up misleading and manipulative.

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    Text - yngSeep 20.5k points 2 days ago edited 2 days ago When I was a kid I remember seeing a commercial about a remote control car that could drive on the walls. Of course I was fucking amazed. Turns out it was a 10cm long car that had a vacuum system built in, made a lot of noise and was super slow
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    Text - notreallyfussed 24.1k points 2 days ago Slapchop Tried slicing already sliced apples and it just broke. Fuck you Vince.
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    Text - Back2Bach 1.0k points 2 days ago Coming up to Thanksgiving a year ago, a local grocery store advertised frozen turkeys for just 39 cents per pound. The "catch" was that the turkeys had to weigh at least 22 pounds. Of the few turkeys left for purchase, the one I found was 27 pounds. Even though it was cooked just right, the bird was tough-dry, chewy, and had a foul taste.
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    Text - dainty_eggs 36.1k points 2 days ago Anything that is supposed to remove hair permanently. midlifecrackers 23.8k points 2 days agoS Or restore it permanently.
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    Text - S 4 nnyx 34.5k points 2 days ago When I was like 6 or so there was a commercial for transformers underwear that came out just before Christmas where the kids wearing them could transform. They were the only thing that I asked for for Christmas that year. I forget what my parents/santa got me, but I distinctly remember being disappointed that it wasn't transformers underwear. Later that day my grandparents showed up, and when I opened the transformers underwear they got me, it was by far t
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    Text - 2 NekoCreations 26.9k points 2 days ago edited 1 day ago S GrandPad. Bought one for my tech illiterate mom in law for Christmas. Spent 3 days trying to set it up with tech support before admitting it was a piece of $200 crap. Ended up returning it and customizing an older android tablet for her. Made it so she couldn't install or buy anything without a password, hid all the system controls so you can't find them without search, then hid search. Installed only the few apps she needed and h
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    Text - TRIGMILLION 20.5k points 2 days ago I hate chopping vegetables so I bought one of those automatic things they show on TV. A whole diced onion in 30 seconds. It mainly just smushed everything and got clogged up and took forever to clean. Turns out a knife and cutting board is easier.
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    Text - rukiddingmeagain 15.3k points 2 days ago I have a new treadmill and elliptical I can sell you.... Flahdagal 10.2k points 2 days ago S But where will you hang clothes?
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    Text - tmb1117 15.1k points 2 days ago Showing my age here. One Christmas when I was a kid I was dying to get the electronic football game. Opened up my presents and there it was. Got it set up and plugged it in and the bastards just vibrated all over the place and fell over. That's first down. Set up all 22 players again for 2nd down. Rattle hum hum splat. Same thing. You can see where this is going. Never played the damn thing again.
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    Text - CockDaddy Karen 12.7k points 2 days ago There were these things called Bendaroos that I would often see on TV as a kid. They were these bendy things you could stick together and build stuff out of, and they looked SO COOL. My cousin bought a pack of them and invited me to play with her. The Bendaroos turned out to be these pathetic waxy sticks that you could not really build with. They didn't bend easily, they didn't really stick together, but damn did they make your hands and everything
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    Text - SlayzorHunter 12.5k points 2 days ago There was this ham which had commercials specially addressed to kids. It was saying that if you take a bite you go on an adventure. It also showed the kid that ate it teleporting into a spaceship and going on a space adventure. Bought it and... it was just a regular ham.
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    Text - kittynoismyusername 9.3k points 2 days ago Pedi Paws, that rotary nail file for dogs. It would have taken at least 20 minutes of filing per nail, and no dog is going to hold still that long! What a waste of money!
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    Text - migmanson 8.5k points 2 days ago edited 1 day ago An ultrasonic dishwasher device. You fill up the sink, add some liquid soap and turn on the USB powered ultrasonic vibrator device that will peel off any dirt from your dishes. All you need to do is rinse after 5 minutes. Total flop. It turns out we don't have that tech yet. And it would waste too much water.
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    Text - electricpheonix 8.1k points 2 days ago Tooth whitening kit. Comes with some gel and a blue LED thing you put in your mouth for a few minutes twice a day. Used it for two weeks with absolutely no change, €30 down the drain.
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    Text - yankonapc 7.6k points 2 days ago The "inaudible to humans" cat deterrent devices you're supposed to be able to hide in your garden. It was really loud and piercing and utterly ineffective. I eventually gave up and got a cat. Now only one cat poos in my flowerbeds, which is an improvement, and I know what he eats.
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    Text - RaptureRising 6.3k points 2 days ago One of those dyson fans, it looked awesome you could your arm through it... It was expensive, loud, overly bright LED, collected dust like a mofo and worst part was that it blew with the capacity of a pack a day asthmatic smoker
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    Text - stupidperson810 5.5k points 2 days ago edited 2 A drone. So cool. Fly around and look at stuff from above. Then what? Don't use it. Pain in the arse to carry around and set up.
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    Text - ImInMediaYeah 4.5k points 2 days ago edited 2 days ago Everything I bought as a young child from a mail-order joke shop. That includes: X-Ray specs that were not in any way X-Ray. If I remember correctly, it had plastic red thread in the eye pieces of a cardboard glasses frame. Handshake electric shock. This was just a wind-up thing that buzzed when your 'victim' pressed a button. It was so bulky and obvious, mounted in the palm of your hand. Wonder pets. [Edit: named Sea Monkeys in most
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    Text - Fake dog turd. This mostly looked convincing. Apart from the flat area on top from the plastic moulding manufacturing process. As long as you didn't look at that, it was convincing. One item that did live up to the advertisement in that mail-order joke shop catalogue was the fake chewing gum. The outer part did look very similar to the real band. And when you pulled out the fake piece of gum, a mouse-trap mechanism would slam, hard, on to your index finger. That was actually painful. And
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    Text - Rakugi 4.4k points 2 days ago A bike which folded about as compact as one of those cloth camping chairs. I went to the mall and bought one from the as seen on TV store (warning sign I chose to ignore) It had crappy silicone rubber wheels (like rollerblades but bigger) and was direct drive. The cogs slipped on even the slightest of hills, making it less than useless in my city. Also, the seat was uncomfortable and made it feel like all your weight was on your tailbone. Fired that bugger on
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    Text - shygirlturnedsassy 4.2k points 2 days ago That big belt you wear around your waist to help you lose weight. I was 17, spent nearly 6 month's savings on that thing.
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    Text - KeevanGoliath 3.5k points 2 days ago Moon Shoes! I was so ecited as a kid to use these but the first use caused a broken ankle. You could barely jump with them in the first place.
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    Text - Email_404 3.4k points 2 days ago That god damn Shamwow. All the Sham with none of the Wow. The advert made it seem so great for drying EVERYTHING. It doesn't dry anything. It just soaks up and spreads water around.
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    Text - sparklefrog 1.5k points 2 days ago The "As seen on TV" Sea Monkeys. The pictures looked like cool weird sea creatures, in reality brine shrimp. Not nearly as cool as similarly advertised Magic Rocks
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    Text - Citizen_of_Omsk_City 1.2k points 2 days ago Mr. Clean. When I was a 5yo kid I saw an add on TV where you'd wipe the tiles and it would transform into flowers and waterfalls. I BEGGED my mom to get a bottle. My disappointment was immeasurable, when it did nothing but clean the tiles. I felt lied to. My mom said don't believe everything you see on TV and part of me died that day.
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    Text - TunedMassDamsel 1.2k points 2 days ago I'm 37. I distinctly remember begging for, and then being thrilled to receive, the Snoopy Snow Cone Maker. It was such a piece of shit. I was an immensely disappointed five year old. It was all plastic, as I recall, and you were supposed to turn the Snoopy on the top, which would ostensibly grind ice into snow. This would not occur. Then the powder that you would shake on top of it was utterly vile. I think I played with it once. It was utterly disap
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