As annoying as it was when that one uncle would pretend he had your nose or pulled a quarter from behind your ear, he was actually doing you a valuable service.

That's because the earlier we get tricked, the better we are at spotting a total load of bullcrap. And whenever the people on this list learned that hard lesson, you can be sure they only needed to learn it once.   

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1. Yeah, they always sucker people in with the flashy promises and save the truth for the fine print.

1. Yeah, they always sucker people in with the flashy promises and save the truth for the fine print.
Instagram |  @god.of.appleysauce

Still, we've hit a new low when we can't even trust the numbers on these things anymore. Can't blame this person for not believing their lies.

2. Yeah, nowadays, finding some fresh gear is just step one. Step two is making sure they didn't put something dumb on it. 

2. Yeah, nowadays, finding some fresh gear is just step one. Step two is making sure they didn't put something dumb on it.
Twitter |  @goodfellowes

From now on, I can picture her sagely telling her friends to wait and turn it over whenever they find something cute.

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3. Well, I guess this thing fulfilled the purpose she wanted, but that's about it.

3. Well, I guess this thing fulfilled the purpose she wanted, but that's about it.
Instagram |  @will_ent

I'm not even sure what she's supposed to do to avoid this besides never trusting a seller who won't take a selfie with their product next to that day's paper.

4. Nice try, homie, but I have a funny feeling they're not falling for that one.

If they're really smart, they'll just upload the original photo so this person can see their smiles all they want.

Bonus points if they act all oblivious about it.

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5. Well, if this doesn't inspire confidence in the fine cuisine inside, I don't know what does.

5. Well, if this doesn't inspire confidence in the fine cuisine inside, I don't know what does.
Reddit |  Knuckle_dick

The only way to make the freshness of that salsa more dubious is to put the word "allegedly" next to it. Especially if that word's in quotes too.

6. It's always the worst when people get fooled by something that wasn't even trying to fool us.

6. It's always the worst when people get fooled by something that wasn't even trying to fool us.
Instagram |  @wot_u_sayin_tho

Anyone who's ever accidentally eaten creatively packaged dog food knows this struggle well. Yeah, I think I'd rather just wash the hair off than go through that again.

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7. Really, has anyone ever had a Skype call they bothered to wear pants for?

7. Really, has anyone ever had a Skype call they bothered to wear pants for?
Instagram |  @wot_u_sayin_tho

OK, I guess I've had one, but trust me: Acting professionally while wearing Homer Simpson pajama pants isn't much easier than with no pants at all.

8. To be fair, it would be pretty hard to see this one coming.

8. To be fair, it would be pretty hard to see this one coming.
Instagram |  @hereforthebanter_

I'm sure they told the next person to show them the money first, but I'd love if they updated the ad with "and you're bringing your own detergent."

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9. Obviously, this note was written in the wake of some heartbreaking fish betrayals.

9. Obviously, this note was written in the wake of some heartbreaking fish betrayals.
Instagram |  @course

Well, either that or this person just a has a healthy mistrust for the name "Chad." I'm not sure why the fish would care if he called it Ronald, though.

10. Well, it is true that a promise ring only means as much as the person making the promise.

10. Well, it is true that a promise ring only means as much as the person making the promise.
Instagram |  @meme.w0rld

Still, in a perfect world, the ring should only look this nice when the promise is reliable. If they're cheating, it should be a burnt onion ring.

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11. What a world we live in when such perfectly innocent instructions can be transformed into a devious trap.

I'm not sure what monster wants everyone to look like they peed themselves, but they must be stopped.

Basically, we need a lower-stakes version of Batman. 

12. I guess this is what we invited when we started buying pre-ripped and pre-faded jeans.

12. I guess this is what we invited when we started buying pre-ripped and pre-faded jeans.
Instagram |  @wot_u_sayin_tho

These companies obviously got a little cocky and just thought we'd pay top dollar for any old garbage. Well, sorry chumps, but the age of the pet rock is over.

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13. Well, I guess now they know to check the reviews before even thinking of heading off to the groomers.

13. Well, I guess now they know to check the reviews before even thinking of heading off to the groomers.
Instagram |  @will_ent

If there are a bunch of photos of oddly coiffed dogs with a lot of text in all-caps next to them, that's a bad sign.

14. Sadly, we aren't the only victims when our friends mess with us.

Let's all spare a thought for the poor barista who had to deal with an increasingly angry customer saying "frappajappajooza" over and over again. 

Especially when the only clue was "it's blue."

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And don't let the fact that she called Photoshop "photo crop" fool you. She's really not playing around.

And don't let the fact that she called Photoshop "photo crop" fool you. She's really not playing around.
Twitter |  @kaelyned

Fortunately, the next photo was enough the convince her, so Heather and Stevie didn't spend all night taking increasingly ridiculous photos together.

15. Yeah, they can make their sign as ineptly as they want. I'm still gonna think they're a cop.

15. Yeah, they can make their sign as ineptly as they want. I'm still gonna think they're a cop.
Reddit |  mikeytoe

Sorry, the old "try to make us look so obviously undercover that we can't possibly be undercover" trick just isn't gonna work on me.

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16. The cruelest Easter surprise imaginable 

16. The cruelest Easter surprise imaginable
Instagram |  @gregdigiacinto_mbst

When you think you're getting a chocolate.

17. Gotta say, I wish this is how this usually went.

17. Gotta say, I wish this is how this usually went.
Instagram |  @will_ent

If you can't get what you asked for, you should at least get something that's actually interesting.

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18. The only way y'all ain't straight-up lying to me is if the one on the right isn't mostly air.

18. The only way y'all ain't straight-up lying to me is if the one on the right isn't mostly air.
Reddit |  sherlockhomeboy23

19. I wouldn't even trust condoms bought at a gas station, let alone electronics 

19. I wouldn't even trust condoms bought at a gas station, let alone electronics
Reddit |  nyohannes
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20. Whoa, looks like we've got an evil genius on our hands.

20. Whoa, looks like we've got an evil genius on our hands.
Twitter |  @JackReecePotter

I mean, it kind of backfired since he left as soon as he showed up but I guess wasting his time is pretty much a victory. 

21. Well, at least this tells me which houses I shouldn't stay over at.

21. Well, at least this tells me which houses I shouldn't stay over at.
Instagram |  @wot_u_sayin_tho

I'd much rather spend the night at a haunted house than one whose owner powers through their day with human suffering instead of coffee.

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22. Et tu, Subway? Come on, I thought we were bros.

22. Et tu, Subway? Come on, I thought we were bros.
Reddit |  @Bromog

23. Even the golden arches are taking us for chumps 

23. Even the golden arches are taking us for chumps
Twitter |  @JakeBru3
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24. I don't know what kind of pact with Satan this guy made to get his seller rating up.

24. I don't know what kind of pact with Satan this guy made to get his seller rating up.
Instagram |  @will_ent

25. Aww man, this would have to be the world's biggest letdown.

25. Aww man, this would have to be the world's biggest letdown.
Instagram |  @kalesalad

Just when you think you're gonna get some sweet, sweet ant action, that's it. So unfair.

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26. This guy will never play games again, in any way, shape or form.

26. This guy will never play games again, in any way, shape or form.
Tumblr |  funnyand

27. Oh yeah, awesome, I always wanted a doll to have more furniture than I do.

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28. As someone who doesn't like surprises, this seems like a dangerous game.

28. As someone who doesn't like surprises, this seems like a dangerous game.
Twitter |  @millselle

29. Get your money back

29. Get your money back
Instagram |  @beigecardigan
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30. One unpleasant tactile surprise coming right up!

31. He wont be buying from amazon again

31. He wont be buying from amazon again
Instagram |  @will_ent

The dangers of shopping online are real

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32. That's the last time you order that from the menu

32. That's the last time you order that from the menu
Twitter |  @pronounced_ing

33. McDonald's is back at it again

33. McDonald's is back at it again
Instagram |  @tomflanagan_

Fool me once, shame on me, but fool me twice...

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34. Never trust the labels 

34. Never trust the labels
Imgur |  steiny42

35. You almost got me...

35. You almost got me...
Reddit |  winter_storm
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36. Haha, you know a parent's ahead of the game when they start with "before you lie."

36. Haha, you know a parent's ahead of the game when they start with "before you lie."
Twitter |  @kaelyned

And she's even cottoned on to the old "use an old picture" trick, so she asks for a series of selfies with new instructions.

Yeah, she's good at this.

37. This is just what happens when you've been hurt too much.

37. This is just what happens when you've been hurt too much.
Twitter |  @nowimonyoass
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38. First questions first, where's the cheese at?

38. First questions first, where's the cheese at?
Instagram |  @vanstradamus_

Not exactly the gourmet pizza you were counting on.

39. When you think you have the perfect Insta...but the fountain does you dirty

39. When you think you have the perfect Insta...but the fountain does you dirty
Instagram |  @annanyni
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40. Time to switch to shower gel instead of bar soap

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