50 Of The Most Evil Packaging Designs That Were Created To Deceive People (New Pics)

God is in the details, they say. But so is the devil. Especially when you’re hungry and drained after yet another bender day in this wild, wild world. And though jerk packaging designs do not apply solely to food, but come in many shapes and product categories, they are the solid reason why so many of us have some level of trust issues.

Like, putting three salami tranches on the side of a pizza so that it gets a “window view,” shining like a diamond out of the package, is borderline bearable. We bear this injustice only because we know it can get worse. Like a wrap packaged in such a way that it looks ⅓ bigger than it truly is.

So Bored Panda has compiled this list as a safe place to talk about shamelessly evil packaging designs that have been spotted all over the world. And even if the phenomenon is more or less universal, it doesn’t mean it’s okay. On the contrary, it serves as a reminder that it can always get worse than your chocolate box with 50% of the candy discreetly concealed from the packaging because it doesn’t exist.

Psst! More infuriating packages that boil even the most Zen blood of all can be found in our previous articles here and here.#1 

1001 Stickers And 768 Of Them Are Useless Squares. Thanks, Disney

1001 Stickers And 768 Of Them Are Useless Squares. Thanks, Disney

Mishi_Moshi Report475pointsPOST

Woets5 days ago

Love that you counted them163ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#2 

Tricked By The Packaging Of My Moisturizing Cream

Tricked By The Packaging Of My Moisturizing Cream

Bail-Me-Out Report474pointsPOST

Hollysmom5 days ago

Happens all the time. Always read the amount/ oz’s etc… I open the packages too170ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#3 

Is Anyone Else Bothered By Deceptive Packaging Like This?

Is Anyone Else Bothered By Deceptive Packaging Like This?

sevenhops Report454pointsPOST

This is Fine5 days ago

Aren’t the majority of women’s cosmetics deceptively packaged?252ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

Bored Panda reached out to Portugal-based graphic designer Laura Vanagaite who specializes in branding and illustration design. Laura said that deceptive packaging like the ones you see in this post is really a way to trick the human mind.

“Once we see unique photos of food and drinks, our mind creates the impression that the volume of the contents is greater than it actually is.” This anticipation is destroyed as soon as you open the package. “And once we find out that the reality is different, we feel the disappointment,” Laura explained.

When asked why there is still so much deceptive packaging sold in the shopping aisles, Laura said that this is a clever marketing technique. “Brands know that beautiful imagery sells and that catchy photos with great products create the illusion which will help to sell it fast.”#4 

My Sister Got This For Her Birthday

My Sister Got This For Her Birthday

GatorMaster2112 Report453pointsPOST

Hollysmom5 days ago

What a rip off.186ReplyView More Replies…View more commentshttps://af7b0a3c3688caf281cc4da484ba9dd4.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html#5 

Bought These Sticky Notes Cause I Thought The Gold Border Was Nice

Bought These Sticky Notes Cause I Thought The Gold Border Was Nice

KarmasDoll Report452pointsPOST

Hollysmom5 days ago

Thats horrible. Back they go157ReplyView more comments#6 

The Sticker Was A Lie

The Sticker Was A Lie

Doophie Report400pointsPOST

S. Tor Storm5 days ago

the sticker was microwave safe I guess :p156ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

However, the alluring impression of the deceptive packaging is temporary. Laura says that in order to establish a bond with your loyal customers, brands should employ functional and trustworthy designs. It’s what allows them “to create a feeling of security between them and their customer.”

When it comes to the right kind of packaging design, Laura explained “that all areas of design have a purpose to solve a problem and provide trust to the user.” This means that user-friendly packaging should have features like safety and enhanced usability, be appealing and optimal, and fit the specific customer requirements.

“Every good design needs to be functional, practical, and represent the brand itself in a good way.” But that doesn’t mean it should be boring, on the contrary. In addition to all the features mentioned before, efficient packaging has to grab the consumer’s attention.

This is where the product and packaging designers come into play. “The designer has the ability to make the design stand out by using shapes, colors, orientations. These are key in making it clear to the consumer what the brand is about and what its purpose is.”#7 

Ahh Yes, Reality Is Often Disappointing

Ahh Yes, Reality Is Often Disappointing

vicesam Report393pointsPOST

Hello it Smee5 days ago

Looks like a roll with a rat turd in the middle.171ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#8 

“Printed All Over” And Deliberately Leaves The Pattern On The Outside Of The Package

"Printed All Over" And Deliberately Leaves The Pattern On The Outside Of The Package

sorden96 Report387pointsPOST

Hollysmom5 days ago

Now this is blatantly false188ReplyView More Replies…View more commentshttps://af7b0a3c3688caf281cc4da484ba9dd4.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html#9 

Rolling Stone Presents (39 Of The) 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time

Rolling Stone Presents (39 Of The) 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time

-Owlette- Report387pointsPOST

Ty Stratton-Quirk5 days ago

They say “Always read the fine print”, but I never thought that would apply to the front cover of a book…150ReplyView more comments#10 

Natural My Foot

Natural My Foot

93arkhanov93 Report385pointsPOST

80 Van5 days ago

It turns out this is due to a quirk in Indian food safety standards that allow only non-processed foods to be called natural without using the disclaimer. The company assures its customers that the sugar is indeed natural, but it is processed from sugar cane juice to sugar. https://www.cnbctv18.com/business/companies/not-its-true-nature-parrys-explains-disclaimer-on-its-natural-brown-sugar-7004201.htm97ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#11 

Both Weigh 500g But The Green One Is In A 30% “Bigger Bag More To Share”

Both Weigh 500g But The Green One Is In A 30% "Bigger Bag More To Share"

AApickleAA Report365pointsPOST

Aahzmandus Pervect5 days ago

Yes, more bag to share.198ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#12 

So Thankful For My Singular Candy Topping

So Thankful For My Singular Candy Topping

hyrte0010 Report364pointsPOST

troufaki135 days ago

Well, it is candY topped, not candIES!180ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#13 

Thought I’d Buy Some Colored Pens. Turns Out Every Single One Of Them Has Blue Ink

Thought I’d Buy Some Colored Pens. Turns Out Every Single One Of Them Has Blue Ink

desperate_ly Report359pointsPOST

Hollysmom5 days ago

Would like to see the packaging161ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#14 

Bought A Ball Pit For My Baby

Bought A Ball Pit For My Baby

aditisar Report355pointsPOST

wandile dludlu5 days ago

Blatant false advertising… there is no baby in the actual package544ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#15 

This “Box” Of Beef Jerky

This "Box" Of Beef Jerky

boot1994 Report343pointsPOST

Raine Soo5 days ago

Yes, this is deceptive, but always remember to check the weight of the content.106ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#16 

How Can They Even Call This “Non-Dairy?”

How Can They Even Call This "Non-Dairy?"

thatcadiegirl Report339pointsPOST

banana man5 days ago

someone is probably gonna die from this143ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#17 

Sales Genius

Sales Genius

geoxan69 Report321pointsPOST

RaroaRaroa5 days ago

Wishbone in New Zealand does this.53ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#18 

This Cashew Packaging. I Was Wondering Why My Hand Instantly Hit The Bottom When I Opened It

This Cashew Packaging. I Was Wondering Why My Hand Instantly Hit The Bottom When I Opened It

DiggyKalborn Report317pointsPOST

Hollysmom5 days ago

Just wow72ReplyView more comments#19 

Bought A Coloring Book And Pencils To Keep Myself Busy While I’m Off Work. Thought These Were Full-Size Pencils

Bought A Coloring Book And Pencils To Keep Myself Busy While I’m Off Work. Thought These Were Full-Size Pencils

eva_white Report310pointsPOST

Hello it Smee5 days ago(edited)

It has a built-in sharpener for what? To make them even tinier.116ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#20 

New Packaging (Right), Same Quantity

New Packaging (Right), Same Quantity

tuf-tuf Report309pointsPOST

RaroaRaroa5 days ago

Disgusting. Anything that uses more plastic to pack something than is absolutely necessary is just awful. Arggh, this is making me so mad! Who are these people?!208ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#21 

800 Pieces. Yeah Right. The Box Is Half Blocked And 550 Pieces Are Tiny Dot Pieces. My Son Was Not Happy

800 Pieces. Yeah Right. The Box Is Half Blocked And 550 Pieces Are Tiny Dot Pieces. My Son Was Not Happy

robstraightedge Report307pointsPOST

Hollysmom5 days ago

People need to regularly post this kind of thing to warn others and stop companies from doing things like this220ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#22 

New Means What’s Inside Is Not New

New Means What's Inside Is Not New

raghu972 Report305pointsPOST

Vic5 days ago

L’O-UNREAL126ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#23 

I Was Wondering Why This Watermelon Juice Tasted So Weird

I Was Wondering Why This Watermelon Juice Tasted So Weird

spamtarget Report305pointsPOST

Tomas Holicka5 days ago

A misprint perhaps? It mentions three ingredients which are not in and apple, beetroot, carrot and ginger is a perfectly ok juice on its own…72ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#24 

Brand New Protein Powder, Not Even Filled Half Whey

Brand New Protein Powder, Not Even Filled Half Whey

Furious_Flames Report300pointsPOST

Sleazy Weaver5 days ago

Ha! Love the pun. At least you *gained* something from this experience.175ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#25 

My Mother Ordered 1000 Plastic Blocks For Her Nephews. Ended Up Receiving 523

My Mother Ordered 1000 Plastic Blocks For Her Nephews. Ended Up Receiving 523

Mrm854 Report298pointsPOST

Katrina5 days ago

They actually counted the bricks? They deserve a refund231ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#26 

Bought Some Eye Makeup, Just Realized One Of The Eyeshadows Isn’t Safe For Eyes. Found Out Via White Print On A White Background

Bought Some Eye Makeup, Just Realized One Of The Eyeshadows Isn’t Safe For Eyes. Found Out Via White Print On A White Background

“Not intended for use in the immediate eye area”

PmMeYourFear Report298pointsPOST

Lorelai Purvis5 days ago

uuuhhhh… well that’s not right92ReplyView more comments#27 

I Guess The Meatballs All Just Wanted A Window Seat

I Guess The Meatballs All Just Wanted A Window Seat

joeChump Report293pointsPOST

Grumble O’Pug5 days ago

I would get a refund104ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#28 

8% Alcohol Or

8% Alcohol Or

CucumberWizard Report284pointsPOST

Foxxy (The Original)5 days ago

Super dodgy.108ReplyView more comments#29 

Tesco Is Selling “Flushable” Wet Wipes Which Are “Harmful To Aquatic Life”

Tesco Is Selling "Flushable" Wet Wipes Which Are "Harmful To Aquatic Life"

HarryMedawar Report281pointsPOST

Foxxy (The Original)5 days ago(edited)

ALL “flushable” wipes are harmful and should NOT be flushed because they still don’t break down well and clog up pipes and it is awful for the environment. These should be illegal to be called flushable.282ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#30 

New Cereal Box Is 11% Taller With 1.6% Less Cereal

New Cereal Box Is 11% Taller With 1.6% Less Cereal

______——— Report278pointsPOST

RaroaRaroa5 days ago

More wasteful packaging. How do the people who come up with these ideas sleep at night. A lot of cereal boxes are half empty. Not only would it save on cardboard, the plastic for the bag inside and the ink, if it were more realistic for the contents, it would also be cheaper to freight because they’d fit more boxes in a truck.150ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#31 

No, It’s Not Bigger. It’s Of Same Size

No, It's Not Bigger. It's Of Same Size

ctp_obvious Report267pointsPOST

James0165 days ago

Doesn’t say what they are comparing it to. Is there some small print saying its now bigger than a pea?99ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#32 

This Box Of Mostly Sticks With Some Matches In It

This Box Of Mostly Sticks With Some Matches In It

ampma Report265pointsPOST

Hollysmom5 days ago

Just wow. That may actually be a production problem214ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#33 

Disappointment

Disappointment

Draiman402 Report265pointsPOST

Enuya5 days ago

Everybody: “Uhh, this packaging is terrible.” Me: “Is this… CATAN on the second picture? Yay, let me play with you!”132ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#34 

“Made In U.S.A”

"Made In U.S.A"

Report263pointsPOST

wandile dludlu5 days ago

The case is made in the USA… we can’t actually trust them to make the important stuff.201ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#35 

9 Sticker Rolls. One Mildly Infuriated 7-Year-Old

9 Sticker Rolls. One Mildly Infuriated 7-Year-Old

MrsPlague33 Report259pointsPOST

RaroaRaroa5 days ago

These are the worst. Unfortunately there is always a new generation of parents who are clueless enough to fall for them so they keep making them.103ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#36 

Some Acrylic Paints I Bought

Some Acrylic Paints I Bought

LeeKellyLK Report258pointsPOST

RaroaRaroa5 days ago

Not only is this deceptive, but it’s producing extra packaging for nothing. You know that package and all the paint tubes are going to still be on this planet long after all of us are dead and gone.124ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#37 

Went To Poundland And Had The Choice Between These And After Eights, Got These Cause They We’re Bigger, I Paid For Air

Went To Poundland And Had The Choice Between These And After Eights, Got These Cause They We're Bigger, I Paid For Air

niamsme Report242pointsPOST

Raine Soo5 days ago

Always check the comparative weights, not the size of the boxes.157ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#38 

Pain

Pain

901koala Report228pointsPOST

banana man5 days ago

sad58ReplyView more comments#39 

Actual Size Is Not The Actual Size

Actual Size Is Not The Actual Size

relishmypickles Report226pointsPOST

Hollysmom5 days ago

Well that’s really blatantly false92ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#40 

Coloring Kit That Is 90% Empty And Counts Each Piece Of Paper As One Piece In 100 Pieces

Coloring Kit That Is 90% Empty And Counts Each Piece Of Paper As One Piece In 100 Pieces

MchZ Report213pointsPOST

RaroaRaroa5 days ago

Always pays to read the contents list. This kind of item usually has one.72ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#41 

Coloring Book For My Son

Coloring Book For My Son

PhotosByDrew Report204pointsPOST

Kaisa5 days ago

Primary colors plus one free. What more could you want.66ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#42 

Sneaky Packaging Cheating Us

Sneaky Packaging Cheating Us

tenebralupo Report202pointsPOST

James0165 days ago

That’s just really sh**ty given how much they charge for blades117ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#43 

Package Of The Cheese vs. The Cheese Itself

Package Of The Cheese vs. The Cheese Itself

eszleny Report198pointsPOST

Hollysmom5 days ago

All the time.44ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#44 

One Of The Blocks Isn’t One Of The Blocks

One Of The Blocks Isn't One Of The Blocks

golden-potato Report189pointsPOST

Couldnt_Find_A_Good_Name5 days ago

But can we appreciate the amount of effort put into making that piece of cardboard into looking like a block?115ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#45 

Xtreme Jerks I’d Say

Xtreme Jerks I'd Say

MigueeRL Report187pointsPOST

Mohsie Supposie5 days ago

They both say they are 60g.61ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#46 

This Sour Batch Candy Bag Felt Oddly Light

This Sour Batch Candy Bag Felt Oddly Light

KevroniCoal Report187pointsPOST

Raine Soo5 days ago

This is a complete waste of packaging.95ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#47 

These Were Locked In A Glass Case Facing Forward So You Couldn’t Just Read The Back Before Purchase

These Were Locked In A Glass Case Facing Forward So You Couldn’t Just Read The Back Before Purchase

Taylor-Cox-TLC Report184pointsPOST

Foxxy (The Original)5 days ago

You can ask to read the box before purchasing.90ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#48 

This Pizza Tastes Like False Advertising

This Pizza Tastes Like False Advertising

SIRasdf23 Report181pointsPOST

Catlady60005 days ago

I’m picturing a sweat shop full of kids frantically rolling 1000s of pizza crusts96ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#49 

Even Worse – It’s Stale

Even Worse - It's Stale

katielh98 Report179pointsPOST

RaroaRaroa5 days ago

Why would anyone buy popcorn in a bag, in a box, in a box with a window anyway?137ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#50 

Thanks Jetstar For My Large Box Of Pencils

Thanks Jetstar For My Large Box Of Pencils

tandol Report178pointsPOST

Hollysmom5 days ago

Was this from Wish?60ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

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