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Here Are 14 Deceptive Tactics Used to Trick Customers

 Marketing has developed into a revolutionary tool for businesses to widen their clientele and expand their platform. Various ad campaigns have gained fame throughout the years for their clever phrasing and iconic imagery. However, not all marketing ploys carried out by even the most experienced and long-standing businesses are applause-worthy. In fact, many are just downright sneaky

From mislabeling to downsizing, some companies will do just about anything to bump up their profits. In fact, a common practice seen nowadays is “shrinkflation”, where the size of the product is quietly reduced or relabeled while the price remains the same or is even increased. Here are 14 such tricks used by companies to increase the sale of common household products and food items found in grocery stores.

1. In 2016, Toblerone increased the gap between each triangle of chocolate in their bars which reduced the chocolate content by 10%, and then they also raised the price. 

Downsizing and labelling marketing ploys done to trick Customers by big companies, Old and new toblerone bar

(Depositphotos / By Ashley Pomeroy, Wikimedia Commons)  

2. The Mars bar at the bottom is from 1996. The smaller one is a more recent bar that is double the older price. 

Downsizing and labelling marketing ploys done to trick Customers by big companies, Photograph with old large mars bar and smaller new one

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3. In 2017, Tropicana quietly shrunk their family-size juice cartons by 9% while maintaining the price. 

Downsizing and labelling marketing ploys done to trick Customers by big companies, Side by side photographs of old larger and new smaller Tropicana family cartons

(Twitter)  

4. The Hefty Bags Mega Pack used to contain 90 bags but was downsized to 80 despite the price remaining the same. 

Downsizing and labelling marketing ploys done to trick Customers by big companies, Two hefty bags mega packs with 90 bags and 80 bags respectively

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5. Most cereal brands make the boxes thinner and longer so that they can reduce the quantity while maintaining the same price. 

Downsizing and labelling marketing ploys done to trick Customers by big companies, Boxes of cereal boxes lined up 

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6. Some brands use thin synthetic fibers instead of cotton in their cheaper t-shirts which make them slightly transparent. 

Downsizing and labelling marketing ploys done to trick Customers by big companies, Plain white t-shirt

(By Lateiner, Wikimedia Commons)    

7. Despite the price remaining the same, Powerade bottles were reduced in quantity from 32 oz to 28 oz.

Downsizing and labelling marketing ploys done to trick Customers by big companies, Two different flavors of powerade bottles that are different sizes

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8. Pyrex, a company known for its fireproof glassware, unexpectedly changed its formula a few years ago to make their glassware less fragile, but it also became less resistant to high heat, leading to numerous explosions in the customers’ homes.

Downsizing and labelling marketing ploys done to trick Customers by big companies, Two pyrex measuring glasses 

(By Picofluidicist, Wikimedia Commons)   

9. Mars Inc., in an attempt to reduce the caloric value of single-serve chocolate bars, has gradually reduced the size of Twix bars by 14% without changing the price. 

Downsizing and labelling marketing ploys done to trick Customers by big companies, Two twix bars on a table

10. A common practice at American bars is “short-pouring” where 14 oz beer glasses (called cheater pints) are used instead of 16oz ones because they look so similar 

Downsizing and labelling marketing ploys done to trick Customers by big companies, Group of long tall beer glasses

11. The Family/Party Size Packs of certain flavors of Lays Chips, like Classic Salted and Cheddar & Sour Cream, are actually different in weight (13 oz and 12.5 oz respectively) but they cost the same. 

Downsizing and labelling marketing ploys done to trick Customers by big companies, Classic lays party size next to cheddar & sour cream party size

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12. Pringles reduced the size of their chips and the tubes over the last few years, claiming it was due to a shift in manufacturing locations, but they still kept the cost the same.

Downsizing and labelling marketing ploys done to trick Customers by big companies, Picture showing the size difference in old and new Pringles chips

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13. Toilet Paper rolls by major manufacturers like Charmin have reduced in size by 0.5 inches, from 4.5 x 4.5″ to 4 x 4″, without changing the price.

Downsizing and labelling marketing ploys done to trick Customers by big companies, Newsreel noting that toilet paper rolls have become slimmer 

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14. Doritos came out with a new “Bigger Bag - More to Share” which costs more but contains the same quantity of chips as the original (500 g) 

Downsizing and labelling marketing ploys done to trick Customers by big companies, Promotional doritos pack besides normal packet

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