Yes, advertisers lie. Or at least bend the truth a little. Everybody knows that, right?
WRONG. People expect to get what what they see on the billboard, but what they don’t know is that it’s impossible. I mean seriously, have you ever wondered why a Big Mac looks 1000% percent better on TV than what you get at the 2am drive thru? A new infographic from Finances Online reveals just how far companies will go to make their products seem more appealing – from replacing actual ice cream with mashed potato for a more solid appearance to using motor oil for honey or syrup.
To show the disparity between common ads and actual products, Finances Daily compared popular food, hotel and fashion brands, revealing how different the ad images can look from actual items.
Frozen food packages are repeat offenders, with companies like Smart Ones advertising its meals perfectly plated with fresh ingredients.
Want to know the worst tricks? From replacing actual ice cream with mashed potato for a more solid appearance to using motor oil for honey or syrup, the infographic reveals what really goes into food photography.
But it’s not just limited to foods. Hotels are major violators. Hint, that’s not really an infinity pool.
And cosmetics, don’t even get me started.
But the worst has to be kids toys. They’re in for a seriously rude awakening once they get their “prize” back home from the store.
But with nearly half of Americans believing advertising to ‘fairly honest’, it seems consumers will continue to be tricked into buying disappointing products.
Ugh, that makes me really depressed. I just want the amazing looking taco with the perfectly toasted tortilla to go along with my perspiringly fresh soda. But I guess I can cross that dream off the bucket list. Darn.
If you’re as angry as I am at these guys, tell your friends below.